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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]

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.


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.


T721 - Tourmaline $ 1500
Alto Ligonha, Mozambique
small cabinet - 5.7 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Tourmaline from Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/t721a.jpg] Tourmaline from Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/t721b.jpg] Tourmaline from Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/t721c.jpg]

Terminated single Tourmaline crystal with a pink red color and a very thin green cap. This is an old piece in great condition, undamaged and highly gemmy in the upper and lower thirds. Weighs 49 grams. This was recently released from a collection.


T735 - Kunzite $ 1200
Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 8.8 x 4.5 x 3 cm


Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t735a.jpg] Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t735b.jpg]

Gem quality purple/pink Kunzite crystal with a good termination. Back side of crystal appears to be a cleavage face. Weighs 147 grams.


T734 - Herderite $ 3000
Xanda Mine, Virgem De Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm


Herderite from Xanda Mine, Virgem De Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t734a.jpg] Herderite from Xanda Mine, Virgem De Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t734b.jpg] Herderite from Xanda Mine, Virgem De Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t734c.jpg] Herderite from Xanda Mine, Virgem De Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t734d.jpg] Herderite from Xanda Mine, Virgem De Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t734e.jpg]

Large single Herderite crystal with good purple color from the mine that has produced the world's best. This is a very large crystal and in good condition with many typical faces, etched (but glassy) faces, and a couple areas of contact.


T740 - Rhodochrosite $ 3000
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
cabinet - 11 x 6 x 3.0 cm


Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t740a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t740b.jpg]

Rhodochrosite over Manganite with a bright pink outler layer over alternating light pink and darker pink layers. The crystal form is one of the rarer types for the mine.


T742 - Rhodochrosite after Calcite $ 1800
Madem-Lakko Mine, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
cabinet - 12 x 9 x 6 cm


Rhodochrosite after Calcite from Madem-Lakko Mine, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece [db_pics/pics/t742a.jpg] Rhodochrosite after Calcite from Madem-Lakko Mine, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece [db_pics/pics/t742b.jpg] Rhodochrosite after Calcite from Madem-Lakko Mine, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece [db_pics/pics/t742c.jpg]

Pink rhodochrosite with the dominant crystal 6cm wide and perfectly centered atop the specimen. The Rhodochrosite formed as a replacement after Calcite. The specimen has areas of coverage by drusy Quartz and has associated Pyrite.


T748 - Azurite $ 2000
Touissit, Morocco
small cabinet - 5.3 x 4.5 x 4 cm


Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/t748a.jpg] Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/t748b.jpg] Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/t748c.jpg] Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/t748d.jpg]

Two large Azurite crystals on a Dolomite matrix. Largest crystal is 3cm. Both are well terminated. There are small reticulated Cerussites on the Dolomite. I bought this about 15 years ago in Tucson and have held it in my collection since then.



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