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NA907 - Grossular $ 300 (=~ AUS$ 389)
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.


TZ317 - Tsavorite on Calcite $ 650 (=~ AUS$ 842)
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.


B928 - Chamosite psuedo. Almandine $ 260 (=~ AUS$ 337) DISCOUNTED 40% OFF TO $ 156 (=~ AUS$ 202)
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 (=~ AUS$ 2332) DISCOUNTED 40% OFF TO $ 1080 (=~ AUS$ 1399)
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.


T553 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 1600 (=~ AUS$ 2073)
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 (=~ AUS$ 1554)
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 (=~ AUS$ 2073)
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 (=~ AUS$ 453)
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 (=~ AUS$ 194)
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.


T641 - Tsavorite with Pyrite $ 1500 (=~ AUS$ 1943)
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.


T642 - Grossular $ 700 (=~ AUS$ 907)
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm


Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t642a.jpg] Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t642b.jpg] Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t642c.jpg] Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t642d.jpg]

Large glassy and gemmy Grossular crystal over a tiny bit of chrome green matrix. The Grossular has a very pale orange coloration, almost colorless. Undamaged. Ex. Charlie Key collection.


T691 - Tsavorite $ 400 (=~ AUS$ 518)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1 x 0.8 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t691a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t691b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t691c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t691d.jpg]

Fine quality elongated Tsavorite crystal from recent production (2017) that has been producing these stange, elongated crystals. Many of the new crystals, like this one, exhibit a faden line running up the C-axis. This is an undamaged floater cluster of a few interconnected crystals.


T692 - Tsavorite $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 259)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t692a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t692b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t692c.jpg]

A real GEM of a Tsavorite crystal. Totally transparent and crystalized on all sides, even the bottom. Some Tsavorites grow perched atop the edges of Graphite crystals which allows crystal faces to form on the bottom as well as the top and sides.There are residual thin black grooves on the bottom where the Graphite crystals were, otherwise fully crystallized.


T790 - Grossular $ 250 (=~ AUS$ 324)
Coyote Front Range, Bishop, Inyo Co., California, USA
miniature - 4 x 3 x 3 cm
ex.  Irv Brown


Grossular from Coyote Front Range, Bishop, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t790a.jpg] Grossular from Coyote Front Range, Bishop, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t790b.jpg] Grossular from Coyote Front Range, Bishop, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t790c.jpg]

Gemmy orange/brown Grossular crystals in a mound shaped group.


T819 - Almandine $ 180 (=~ AUS$ 233)
Wrangell, Alaska, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


Almandine from Wrangell, Alaska, USA [db_pics/pics/t819a.jpg] Almandine from Wrangell, Alaska, USA [db_pics/pics/t819b.jpg] Almandine from Wrangell, Alaska, USA [db_pics/pics/t819c.jpg]

A 2.4cm Almandine garnet in matrix. A large sized garnet for the locality with just one small chip, otherwise perfect.



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