Jeff Self has been collecting in Colorado since he was a young boy. A Colorado native Jeff would spend summers in the San Juan Mountains working the mines with his grandfather Ralph. Jeff would sell Quartz, Hubnerite, Rhodochrosite and other minerals, out of a little red wagon, at the Silverton stop of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Now with his wife, Donna Ware, they spend as much time as possible in the field, digging on their minning claims that are scattered across Colorado. They recover fine specimens of Aquamarine, Phenakite, Fluorite etc., from Mount Antero ( where they have been working for 25 years ). Amozonite, Smoky Quartz, Fluorite etc., from the Crystal Peak area. Topaz from the Tarryall Mountains near Pilot Peak. Jeff and Donna have some of their best specimens on loan to the Colorado School of Mines Mineral Museum in Golden, Colorado.
Members of numerous mineral clubs- Colorado Mineral Society, North Jeffco Gem and Mineral Club, Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club, Denver Mining Club ( The Ragged Ass Miners ), Colorado Micromounters Club, Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Mineral Museum, & The Friends of Mineralogy- Colorado Chapter ( where they are the preservation committee ). They are currently working on a 'Miners Oral History Project' recording the stories of Colorado miners.
" The worst day in the field is better than the best day sitting at home watching television,"
Aquamarine crystal from the Blue Eagle claim, Mount Antero, Chaffee County, Colorado.
Specimen measures 45 x 9 x 7.5 mm
Item # AQ 016 Price $ 2,200.00
Phenakite on matrix. from Mount Antero, Chaffee County, Colorado. --- Fine mineral specimen, very sharp, well developed crystal faces. Half gem quality, half translucent Phenakite on a mica and feldspar matrix. Blades of mica can be seen, through the Phenakite, included into the base of the crystal. Phenakite measures 13 x 11mm, Matrix is 18 x 15mm.
Item # PH011 Price $285.00
Miner's safety lamp (wolf?). Brass mine tag reads BA 4864. Initials J.S on top. Used in the South Central Illinois coal district. Made of Aluminum (non-sparking).
Item # MM012 Price $ 225.00