East African Gem Crystals


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AF812 - Sapphire on Scapolite $ 600 (=~ € 488) SOLD
Mpwapwa, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


Sapphire on Scapolite from Mpwapwa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af812a.jpg] Sapphire on Scapolite from Mpwapwa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af812b.jpg] Sapphire on Scapolite from Mpwapwa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af812c.jpg] Sapphire on Scapolite from Mpwapwa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af812d.jpg]

This is the best specimen from a small number of specimens available from this new find. Glassy pink Sapphire crystals to 1.5cm in size on a etched yellow Scapolite crystal. The Sapphires have a subtle pink hue, similar to rose quartz. A beautiful and unusual piece that was head and shoulders above the approximately 10 other pieces available.


AF813 - Ruby $ 150 (=~ € 122) SOLD
Montepuez, Mozambique
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm


Ruby from Montepuez, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/af813a.jpg] Ruby from Montepuez, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/af813b.jpg] Ruby from Montepuez, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/af813c.jpg]

Glassy, transparent Ruby crystal. Wafer-like crystal with triangular growth patterns on the faces.


AF814 - Ruby $ 200 (=~ € 163) SOLD
Montepuez, Mozambique
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.8 x 0.5 cm


Ruby from Montepuez, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/af814a.jpg] Ruby from Montepuez, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/af814b.jpg]

Glassy, transparent Ruby crystal. Wafer-like crystal with triangular growth patterns on the faces. The largest crystal of the lot.


AF815 - Alexandrite $ 290 (=~ € 236) SOLD
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
thumbnail - 0.9 x 0.7 x 0.3 cm


Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af815a.jpg] Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af815b.jpg] Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af815c.jpg]

Single untwinned Alexandrite, gemmy with good crystal form.


AF484 - Alexandrite $ 700 (=~ € 569) SOLD
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.3 x 1.1 x 0.6 cm


Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af484a.jpg] Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af484b.jpg]

V-twin Alexandrite crystal, gemmy with good crystal form. Chunky floater crystal with no damage or points of attachment. Purple and green color. These were found some time ago and have not been seen since.


AF817 - Zircon $ 170 (=~ € 138) SOLD
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 0.7 x 0.7 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af817a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af817b.jpg]

Single gemmy Zircon crystal with a nice wine red to red brown coloration and much better transparency than most from this find. Complete and undamaged except the slightest edge wear and interesting multi-faceted termination.


AF818 - Zircon $ 150 (=~ € 122) SOLD
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af818a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af818b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af818c.jpg]

Single gemmy Zircon crystal with a nice wine red to red brown coloration and much better transparency than most from this find. Complete and undamaged, but with some natural indentations in one area, likely caused by the inclusions of unidentified white crystals that are occasionally found in the Zircons from this area (and present in this crystal).


AF819 - Zircon $ 200 (=~ € 163) SOLD
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.9 x 0.9 x 0.7 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af819a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af819b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af819c.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af819d.jpg]

Single gemmy Zircon crystal with a nice wine red to red brown coloration and much better transparency than most from this find. Complete and undamaged except the slightest edge wear.


AF820 - Zircon SOLD
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af820a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af820b.jpg]

Single orange/brown Zircon crystal with good crystal form. A well formed, complete and undamaged Zircon crystal.  INterestingly, there are shallow indentations on the crystal surfaces from crystals of an unidentified mineral that were formerly attached and have since etched away.


AF822 - Chrysoberyl $ 240 (=~ € 195) SOLD
Lost Hope Mine, Karoi, Zimbabwe
thumbnail - 1.2 x 1 x 0.9 cm


Chrysoberyl from Lost Hope Mine, Karoi, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/af822a.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Lost Hope Mine, Karoi, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/af822b.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Lost Hope Mine, Karoi, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/af822c.jpg]

No, this is not Brazilian; this little gem dates back to the 1980s and was included in a small lot of blue Euclase I purchased. Though the mine is most famous for Euclase, these sixling Chrysoberyls were also occasionally found, most about this size.


AF823 - Tsavorite $ 400 (=~ € 325) SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1.3 x 1 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af823a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af823b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af823c.jpg]

Complete, glassy Tsavorite crystal. One tiny ding present on one face, otherwise undamaged - even the bottom faces are crystallized, though show the indentations from the thin blades of Graphite the crystal formed upon.


AF824 - Tsavorite $ 500 (=~ € 407) SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af824a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af824b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af824c.jpg]

Glassy and gemmy Tsavorite crystal with excellent green color.


AF825 - Tsavorite $ 80 (=~ € 65) SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.2 x 1.0 x 1 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af825a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af825b.jpg]

Glassy light green Tsavorite crystal with good luster. Mostly complete crystal with some indentations in back where other crystals intergrew, and some Graphite on the bottom where it was attached to matrix.


AF480 - Enstatite $ 90 (=~ € 73) SOLD
Kilosa, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.6 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


Enstatite from Kilosa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af480a.jpg] Enstatite from Kilosa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af480b.jpg]

Transparent, brown Enstatite crystal with good luster and nicely terminated. Crystals from this find are usually only suitable for facet rough as most are unterminated and etched, in fact this crystal was pulled from facet rough.


AF828 - Enstatite $ 190 (=~ € 154) SOLD
Kilosa, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm


Enstatite from Kilosa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af828a.jpg] Enstatite from Kilosa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af828b.jpg] Enstatite from Kilosa, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af828c.jpg]

Transparent, brown Enstatite crystal - 21 carats of facet quality crystal, nicely terminated. Crystals from this find are usually only suitable for facet rough as most are unterminated and etched, in fact this crystal was pulled from facet rough. The crystal has slightly etched surfaces and a notch towards the bottom where another mineral was likely formerly present and later etched away.



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