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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.


T600 - Variscite with Crandallite $ 1800
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.


T605 - Tourmaline $ 2000
Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 3.5 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm


Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t605a.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t605b.jpg]

Single glassy Tourmaline crystal with top top color!! The core is a well saturated raspberry color, followed by a more transparent greenish color, and finally capped by a thin bright blue zone (what color!!!). The termination face has mirror luster. Weighs 18.6 grams.


T607 - Dioptase in Quartz $ 1500
Kaokaveld, Namibia
miniature - 4.7 x 3.0 x 3 cm


Dioptase in Quartz from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t607a.jpg] Dioptase in Quartz from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t607b.jpg] Dioptase in Quartz from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t607c.jpg] Dioptase in Quartz from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t607d.jpg]

Rare specimen of Dioptase crystals included in Quartz. These are not often seen and it's the only one I've ever owned. There were a handful of specimens from the Congo with slightly bigger Quartz crystals and included Dioptase crystals that sold in the $25K-$35K range. In this specimen, the Dioptase crystals settled on an earlier generation of yellow colored Quartz (which I understand is caused by Sulfur).


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.


T624 - Tourmaline $ 1500
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.


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.


T656 - Rosasite after Malachite after Azurite (R) $ 3500
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.


T657 - Malachite on Chrysocolla after Malachite $ 1200
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.


T660 - Sugilite $ 2500
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]

Wow - shocking new material here. Prized Sugilite specimens were first those with small crystals, then later came the 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, the best (though not the biggest) out of only 5 pieces available. A rare and unusual specimen, but could you imagine cat's-eye Sugilite cabachons? Weighs 55.6 grams.


T664 - Malachite on Mimetite $ 1500
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.


T674 - Tourmaline $ 1200
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.


T679 - Clinoatacamite with Selenite $ 1200
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.


T717 - Copper 'Skull' $ 1200
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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