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SV125 - Tourmaline $ 1800
Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 4.4 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV125a.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV125b.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV125c.jpg]

Unusual, old Elbaite crystal from Nuristan, Afghanistan. The upper half is water clear and colorless (Achroite) with a green band in the center and a light pink at the base. Pristine and complete with a multi-faceted termination. Comes with a number of old labels, including a Mitchell Gunnell label indicating he acquired it in 1973 from Walt Lidstrom. Weighs 9.38 grams. 


SV126 - Tourmaline $ 750
Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 3.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm


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Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV126a.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV126b.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV126c.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV126d.jpg]

An unusual, distinct Elbaite crystal from Nuristan, Afghanistan. The upper half is colorless (Achroite) with a green band in the center and a light pink color at the base. Pristine and complete with a multi-faceted termination. Achroite is rare and one of the hardest types of Tourmaline to find. Weighs 9.55 grams. Ex. Dr. Abraham Feinberg collection.


SV128 - Tourmaline $ 2000
Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal
miniature - 3.2 x 3 x 1.3 cm


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Tourmaline from Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal [db_pics/pics/SV128a.jpg] Tourmaline from Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal [db_pics/pics/SV128b.jpg] Tourmaline from Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal [db_pics/pics/SV128c.jpg] Tourmaline from Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal [db_pics/pics/SV128d.jpg]

Rare classic Elbaite crystal from the Hyakule Mine in Nepal. These Nepalese crystals are distinctive and now very hard to find, and this one is both good sized (many being thin 'pencil' style crystals) and highly transparent. The termination is green while the rest of the crystal is pink with bands of lighter and darker coloration. It's complete and undamaged except for one chip on the back. There are also some small Tourmaline crystals attached to part of the backside. Comes with an old Joe Cilen label with his hand drawn picture and description on the back. This is a great piece and better than photos - you will love this when you see it! Weighs 23 grams. 


SV129 - Calcite $ 900
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA
miniature - 4 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm


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Calcite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SV129a.jpg] Calcite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SV129c.jpg] Calcite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SV129d.jpg]

The only way to describe this specimen is to say it's an absolute jewel!  Doubly-terminated Calcite crystal from the Elmwood Mine in Tennessee. This is a stunning, pristine crystal with golden coloration that deepens near the terminations. Though Calcite is not a rare mineral, even as very large crystals, they are difficult to find in the quality. A competition level miniature. Like a faceted jewel made by the earth.


SV130 - Benitoite $ 3500
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 3 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130aa.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130bb.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130cc.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130d.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130e.jpg]

Large, deep blue crystals of Benitoite on matrix. With crystals to 2.2cm, this is a visually impactful miniature sized Benitoite specimen. The crystals have strong blue color, lustrous faces, and are thick. The top of the large crystal has significant gem value (have you checked the price of Benitoite gemstones lately?).


SV133 - Gold $ 2500 SOLD
Reed Gold Mine, Locust, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina, USA
miniature - 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.3 cm


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Gold from Reed Gold Mine, Locust, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/SV133a.jpg] Gold from Reed Gold Mine, Locust, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/SV133b.jpg] Gold from Reed Gold Mine, Locust, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/SV133c.jpg] Gold from Reed Gold Mine, Locust, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/SV133d.jpg] Gold from Reed Gold Mine, Locust, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/SV133e.jpg] Gold from Reed Gold Mine, Locust, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/SV133f.jpg]

Crystallized Gold in Quartz from the Reed Mine in North Carolina. The Reed Mine was the site of the first documented Gold find in the United States when in 1779, 12-year-old Conrad Reed discovered a 17-pound gold nugget in Little Meadow Creek. Conrad's father John Reed later found a 28 pound Gold nugget. After the placer Gold was exhausted, the mine was advanced underground. This specimen was recovered during the underground workings. It's a rich and showy Gold specimen and an interesting piece of history as well as a hard to find Gold locality specimen.


SV134 - Azurite with Malachite $ 900
Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm


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Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134d.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134e.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134f.jpg]

Blocky, electric blue crystals of Azurite from the historic mines in Bisbee, Arizona. The Azurite occurs as a thin veneer over Malachite after Azurite pseudomorphs, giving the specimen the bright electirc blue coloration. This classic Azurite is similar to specimens from the Milpillas Mine in Mexico. There are areas where the Azurite does not cover the underlying Malachite which appears to be natural growth formations and not damage. It's well crystallized all around, even on the bottom.


SV135 - Calcite on Vanadinite $ 500 SOLD
Apex mine, San Carlos, Manuel Benavides Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
miniature - 3.7 x 3 x 2.8 cm


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Calcite on Vanadinite from Apex mine, San Carlos, Manuel Benavides Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SV135a.jpg] Calcite on Vanadinite from Apex mine, San Carlos, Manuel Benavides Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SV135c.jpg] Calcite on Vanadinite from Apex mine, San Carlos, Manuel Benavides Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SV135e.jpg]

Transparent Calcite crystals on hoppered orange Vanadinite crystals from San Carlos, Mexico. A very sculptural, high quality miniature sized specimen. These are very uncommon in this quality.


SV138 - Lepidolite on Tourmaline $ 3000
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
miniature - 4.3 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


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Lepidolite on Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV138a.jpg] Lepidolite on Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV138b.jpg] Lepidolite on Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV138c.jpg] Lepidolite on Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV138d.jpg]

Gem quality pink Tourmaline crystal from the Himalaya Mine in San Diego Co., California. The crystal is transparent from top to bottom and accented by purple Lepidolite and thin blades of Albite. Pristine and complete crystal of the highest quality. As a California mineral dealer I've seen hundreds and hundreds of Himalaya Mine Tourmaline, and this one is in the top 1 percent. Weighs 18.4 grams. 


SV139 - Tourmaline $ 2000
Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 5 x 1 x 0.8 cm


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Tourmaline from Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SV139a.jpg] Tourmaline from Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SV139b.jpg] Tourmaline from Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SV139c.jpg] Tourmaline from Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SV139d.jpg]

Transparent multi-colored Tourmaline crystal from the Xanda Mine in Brazil. This gem crystal has a steep pyramidal termination and grades up from a green base to a central blue zone followed by a purply pink termination. It's complete all around, transparent top to bottom, and pristine. The blue zone is really impressive. Ex. Stan Korfmacher  collection. Weighs 9.87 grams.


SV140 - Cassiterite with Quartz $ 800
Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia
miniature - 4 x 3 x 3 cm


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Cassiterite with Quartz from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/SV140a.jpg] Cassiterite with Quartz from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/SV140b.jpg] Cassiterite with Quartz from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/SV140c.jpg] Cassiterite with Quartz from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/SV140d.jpg]

Long before China, transparent Cassiterite from Bolivia was the standard and this one will not disappoint. Cassiterite specimens from this locality are most commonly found as densely packed groups of crystals. This specimen features a large, single, isolated Cassiterite crystal on a matrix covered by Quartz and Siderite crystals with a single Quartz crystal rising dramatically from the back. The Cassiterite crystal has it all - transparency, good size (2cm), and high luster. It's also complete all around and undamaged. 


SV100 - Gold $ 2800 SOLD
Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.2 x 1.1 x 0.7 cm


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Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV100a.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV100b.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV100c.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV100d.jpg]

Single slightly rounded Gold crystal from the Zapata claims in Venezuela. Weighs 6.68 grams. Single isolated Gold crystals are not common. Obtained in trade, this had a previous dealer price of $6,800.


SV101 - Gold $ 500 SOLD
Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.4 x 0.5 x 0.4 cm


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Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV101a.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV101b.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV101c.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV101d.jpg]

Elongated group of Gold crystals from the Zapata claims in Venezuela. The main crystal is a spear-tip shaped spinel twin crystal. Weighs 1.26 grams.


SV102 - Gold $ 2000 SOLD
Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.3 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm


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Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV102a.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV102b.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV102c.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV102d.jpg]

Wild looking hoppered Gold crystal from the Zapata claims in Venezuela. The hoppering is so extreme it forms a mostly hollow crystal, like a miniature vase with two compartments. Weighs 2.55 grams. Obtained in trade, this had a previous dealer price of $2,800.


SV103 - Gold $ 980 SOLD
Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.2 x 1.1 x 0.7 cm


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Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV103a.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV103b.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV103c.jpg] Gold from Zapata claims, Icabarú River placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/SV103d.jpg]

Elongated group of Gold crystals from the Zapata claims in Venezuela. The crystals are elongated spinel-twins. Weighs 2.09 grams. Obtained in trade, this had a previous dealer price of $2,000.

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