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NA907 - Grossular $ 300
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/na907a.jpg] Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/na907b.jpg]

Rare large, clear Grossular garnets to 1 cm wide. Slightly yellow at the transparent corners, 1.7 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm. These white/clear crystals were always rare and now even more so since the mine is closed.


TU69 - Spessartine on Quartz $ 950
Tongbei, Fujian Province, China
small cabinet - 7.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


Spessartine on Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/tu69a.jpg] Spessartine on Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/tu69b.jpg] Spessartine on Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/tu69c.jpg]

Double terminated light smokey Quartz with a covering of Spessartine around the middle attached to a larger crystal. Undamaged and very nice.


TZ317 - Tsavorite on Calcite $ 650
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


Tsavorite on Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz317a.jpg] Tsavorite on Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz317b.jpg]

Gem quality green grossular crystal on matrix of Calcite crystals. The Tsavorite is 1cm wide and complete all around with one side indented where it intergrew with another crystal. Backside has attached Graphite crystals. It's not common to find a nice matrix specimen and even less common to find one with such a gemm quality Tsavorite.


B869 - Spessartine with Galena $ 300
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
miniature - 3.7 x 3.5 x 2 cm


Spessartine with Galena from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/b869a.jpg] Spessartine with Galena from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/b869b.jpg] Spessartine with Galena from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/b869c.jpg]

Bright and glassy Spessartine crystals in a matrix of Galena.


B928 - Chamosite psuedo. Almandine $ 260 DISCOUNTED 40% OFF TO $ 156
Michigamme Mine, Marquette Co., Michigan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Chamosite psuedo. Almandine from Michigamme Mine, Marquette Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/b928a.jpg] Chamosite psuedo. Almandine from Michigamme Mine, Marquette Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/b928b.jpg] Chamosite psuedo. Almandine from Michigamme Mine, Marquette Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/b928c.jpg]

Intergrown pair of crystals of Almandine replaced by Chamosite (the iron analogue of Clinochlore in the Chlorite group of minerals) from the upper peninsula of Michigan. Good sized with crystals to 3.5 cm (most found were less than 3cm). The old label indicates it was in the Frank Hess collection and identified it as 'Aphrosiderite', however Aphrosiderite is an obsolete name and Chamosite is the correct species name. I only have the Hess label, but this specimen is also shown on the Arkenstone website and indicates it was from the historical garnet collection of SMITH COLLEGE, Northampton, Massachusetts and ex. Dr. Gary Hansen Collection.


T296 - Tsavorite $ 1800 DISCOUNTED 40% OFF TO $ 1080
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t296a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t296b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t296c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t296d.jpg]

Single Tsavorite crystal with intergrowths of Graphite. Complete all around though portions of the top and bottom are irregular where it grew with the Graphite. Great color and sharpness of form.


T490 - Tsavorite $ 800
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t490a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t490b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t490c.jpg]

Jewel-like crystals of Tsavorite on a Graphite matrix. The Tsavorites have excellent color and are transparent and undamaged. The main cluster is 2 intergrown crystals that together are 1.2cm wide.


T553 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 1600
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 3.5 cm


Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553c.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553d.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553e.jpg]

Crystallized Graphite with pale green Diopside and vivid green Tsavorite crystals. Large Graphite crystals and 5 Tsavorites, largest is 7mm and very gemmy with excellent color. Undamaged. An uncommon and showy Merelani combo specimen.


T566 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 1200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.1 x 1.1 x 1 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t566a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t566b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t566c.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t566d.jpg]

Outstanding small thumbnail composed of two interconnected GEM Tsavorite crystal on Graphite. Flawless gem Tsavorite crystals are hard to come by because the cutting value is so high they are almost always cut as gemstones. This specimen has two glass-like, undamaged crystals, though one has a indentation where another Tsavorite was formerly located.


T567 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 1600
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm


Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t567a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t567b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t567c.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t567d.jpg]

Crystallized Graphite with light green Diopside and vivid green Tsavorite crystals. Tsavorite crystals are 8mm and very gemmy with excellent color. Undamaged, uncommon and showy Merelani combo specimen.


T568 - Tsavorite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t568a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t568b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t568c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t568d.jpg]

A recent surprise from Merelani are these elongated clusters of Tsavorite crystals, some of which, like this one, appear to be faden growth. Complete group of crystals with glassy luster and a distinct faden line running up through the center.


T569 - Pyrite on Tsavorite $ 150
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm


Pyrite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t569a.jpg] Pyrite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t569b.jpg] Pyrite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t569c.jpg]

A recent surprise from Merelani are these elongated Tsavorite crystals. Glassy green crystal, undamaged, with attached Pyrite crystals.


T619 - Tsavorite with Calcite on Graphite $ 2500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 5 x 2.3 x 2 cm


Tsavorite with Calcite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t619a.jpg] Tsavorite with Calcite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t619b.jpg] Tsavorite with Calcite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t619c.jpg]

An uncommon matrix Tsavorite specimen with large gemmy crystals associated with Calcite on Graphite. The two largest crystals are each about 1.7cm wide. The crystals are very gemmy, good sized, and on matrix. The white Calcite crystals provide nice color contrast too. There is significant gem value to the crystals, possibly more valuble than my asking price. The central crystal has a facet grade gem area that is 13 x 10 x 7mm. Large gem quality Tsavorites are hard to find, especially on matrix.


T627 - Almandine in Schist $ 275
Zillertal, Austria
cabinet - 12 x 9 x 4 cm


Almandine in Schist from Zillertal, Austria [db_pics/pics/t627a.jpg] Almandine in Schist from Zillertal, Austria [db_pics/pics/t627b.jpg] Almandine in Schist from Zillertal, Austria [db_pics/pics/t627c.jpg]

Classic old time Zillertal specimen with Garnets to 2cm in a silvery green schist.


T641 - Tsavorite with Pyrite $ 1500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm


Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t641a.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t641b.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t641c.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t641d.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t641e.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t641f.jpg]

An extremely elongated Tsavorite crystal with attached Pyrite crystals. Fully crystallized all around and undamaged, even the bottom end has some crystal faces present. This is the longest elongated Tsavorite I have yet seen from recent production.



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