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T492 - Tanzanite $ 6500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.6 x 2.2 x 2 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t492a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t492b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t492c.jpg]

Gem quality Tanzanite crystal with attached Graphite, Calcite, and Diopside. One micro nick on one edge, otherwise perfect and undamaged. Natural, unheated crystal with particularly good aesthetics.
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T506 - Azurite $ 4500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t506a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t506b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t506c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t506d.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t506e.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t506f.jpg]

Cluster of spikey, upright Azurite crystals on a contrasting white matrix. The Azurite crystals are partially psuedomorphed to Malachite and reach 3.5cm in length. Displays well from many angles.


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T551 - Chrome Tourmaline $ 3500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania
miniature - 3.8 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm


Chrome Tourmaline from Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t551a.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t551b.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t551c.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t551d.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of Chrome Tourmaline which is a chromium and vanadium rich Dravite. Complete all around with deep emerald green coloration and gemmy!! This is one the best I've seen of this all green style from the 'Commander Mine' find in 2016. There is unfortunately part of the crystal missing from the lower back side as seen in the third photo. Regardless, it is a spectacular crystal that would command twice as much or more if perfect, the color and clarity is just that good, and it can be displayed without showing the missing area. Last photo is backlit. Weighs 17.2 grams.


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T566 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 1200 (=~ CAN$ 0)
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.
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T567 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 1600 (=~ CAN$ 0)
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.
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T600 - Variscite with Crandallite $ 1800 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA
large cabinet - 18 x 10 x 4.5 cm


Variscite with Crandallite from Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/t600a.jpg] Variscite with Crandallite from Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/t600b.jpg] Variscite with Crandallite from Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/t600c.jpg] Variscite with Crandallite from Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/t600d.jpg]

Large nodule of Variscite with one side brightly polished. This piece amazingly has 4 separate areas (at least) of Variscite surrounded by yellow Crandallite. These are rare to find now in this size and quality.
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T624 - Tourmaline $ 1500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Alto Ligonha, Mozambique
small cabinet - 5.2 x 2.6 x 2.0 cm


Tourmaline from Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/t624a.jpg] Tourmaline from Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/t624b.jpg] Tourmaline from Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/t624c.jpg]

Terminated single Tourmaline crystal with a pink red color and a very thin green cap. This is an old piece in relatively good condition with just a bit of chipping on the back termination edge. It's nicely translucent with an etched base and weighs 51.8 grams. This was recently released from a collection.
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T641 - Tsavorite with Pyrite $ 1500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
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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T656 - Rosasite after Malachite after Azurite (R) $ 2500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Tsumeb, Namibia
cabinet - 10 x 9 x 7 cm


Rosasite after Malachite after Azurite (R) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t656a.jpg] Rosasite after Malachite after Azurite (R) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t656b.jpg] Rosasite after Malachite after Azurite (R) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t656c.jpg] Rosasite after Malachite after Azurite (R) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t656d.jpg]

Rare large cluster of Rosasite after Malachite after Azurite crystals, the largest cluster I can recall ever seeing. Note that this has been repaired in a number of places. This came out of an old collection and the repairs have not been done to modern standards, so it could be greatly improved. There are five large crystals that comprise the group. Just a rare and spectacular piece.


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T657 - Malachite on Chrysocolla after Malachite $ 1200 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Katanga, Congo
cabinet - 10 x 8.5 x 4 cm


Malachite on Chrysocolla after Malachite from Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t657a.jpg] Malachite on Chrysocolla after Malachite from Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t657b.jpg] Malachite on Chrysocolla after Malachite from Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t657c.jpg]

The Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo is the Malachite capital of the world, yet most found is lapidary grade with only a small percentage (usually fibrous or stalactitc specimens) being of any interest to mineral collectors. With specimens like this, Katanga can also claim to be one of the best localities for perfectly crystallized Malachite too. This specimen features perfectly formed individual crystals to 1.3 cm on a colorful and contrasting matrix of sky blue Chrysocolla. Just fabulously sharp single crystals.The Chrysocolla has partially psuedomorphed an earlier generation of Malachite crystals.


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T660 - Sugilite $ 2500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa
small cabinet - 5.3 x 4 x 2 cm


Sugilite from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t660a.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t660b.jpg]

New find of chatoyant Sugilite. Prized Sugilite specimens were first those with small crystals, then later came specimens with fibrous crystals - and now this style, the first I've ever seen like it. This is a solid seam of fibrous, chatoyant Sugilite, reportedly the best quality (though not the biggest) out of only about 5 significant pieces found. A rare and unusual specimen, but could you imagine cat's-eye Sugilite cabachons? Weighs 55.6 grams.


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T664 - Malachite on Mimetite $ 1500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1 cm


Malachite on Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t664a.jpg] Malachite on Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t664b.jpg] Malachite on Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t664c.jpg]

Unique thumbnail specimen of star-shaped Mimetite with attached Malachite. Fully crystallized all around with only one tiny point of contact on the backside. With a little imagination you can see a starfish with Malachite eyes and mouth. Never seen one like this before. From the collection of Rob Smith.
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T674 - Tourmaline $ 1200 (=~ CAN$ 0) DISCOUNTED 40% OFF TO $ 720 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Cruziero Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 6 cm


Tourmaline from Cruziero Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t674a.jpg] Tourmaline from Cruziero Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t674b.jpg] Tourmaline from Cruziero Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t674c.jpg] Tourmaline from Cruziero Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t674d.jpg]

Massive single, well terminated green Tourmaline crystal with highly fibrous, hair-like structure in areas. Broad, flat termination slopes gently back towards the side wtihteh hair-like growth. Can be displayed from one side as a typical (but huge) Tourmaline, or from the other side showing the hair-like fibrous structures.


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T679 - Clinoatacamite with Selenite $ 1200 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru
cabinet - 14 x 11.5 x 6 cm


Clinoatacamite with Selenite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/t679a.jpg] Clinoatacamite with Selenite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/t679b.jpg] Clinoatacamite with Selenite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/t679c.jpg] Clinoatacamite with Selenite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/t679d.jpg]

Large open vug lined with Quartz over Chrysocolla with isolated clusters of dark green Clinoatacamite. At the lower right is a single 4cm Selenite crystal grown over a Clinoatacamite cluster. Uncommon for both overall size and the great isolation of the crystal clusters. These are regarded as the world's best Clinoatacamite specimens.
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T717 - Copper 'Skull' $ 1200 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA
cabinet - 12 x 8 x 8 cm


Copper 'Skull' from Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/t717a.jpg] Copper 'Skull' from Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/t717b.jpg] Copper 'Skull' from Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/t717c.jpg] Copper 'Skull' from Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/t717d.jpg]

Large, exceptional Copper 'Skull', a cast of Copper formed when Copper coats a rounded nodule in a conglomerate with the nodule later eroding away leaving the "skull'. This one is both good sized and exceptionally well formed (complete) and preserved. Many get smashed or dented or are only partial hemispheres. I'd say this one has about 80% coverage of what was the former nodule.



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