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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.


T824 - Dioptase on Shattuckite $ 1500
Kaokaveld, Namibia
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Dioptase on Shattuckite from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t824a.jpg] Dioptase on Shattuckite from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t824b.jpg] Dioptase on Shattuckite from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t824c.jpg]

Colorful specimen of thick Dioptase cluster on blue Shattuckite. The Dioptase cluster is 2.3cm tall and undamaged.


T827 - Shattuckite over Dioptase over Calcite $ 3000
Tantara Mine, Katanga, Dem. Republic of Congo
cabinet - 9.5 x 6.5 x 6 cm


Shattuckite over Dioptase over Calcite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Dem. Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/t827a.jpg] Shattuckite over Dioptase over Calcite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Dem. Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/t827b.jpg] Shattuckite over Dioptase over Calcite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Dem. Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/t827c.jpg] Shattuckite over Dioptase over Calcite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Dem. Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/t827d.jpg] Shattuckite over Dioptase over Calcite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Dem. Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/t827e.jpg]

Large open vug of blue Shattuckite over Dioptase. The Dioptase formerly covered larger Calcite crystals, which are now gone, only the tips of one or two crystals can be seen on the backside now, however their form is clearly evident from the inside of the vug. The specimen is almost entirely Dioptase and Shattuckite. An unusual feature of this specimen is the light, pearly luster on the surface of the Shattuckite, which is more typically a darker, matte luster. Rare and unusual.


T833 - Rhodochrosite $ 2200
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm


Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t833a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t833b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t833c.jpg]

Cluster of 5 gem red scalenohedral Rhodochrosite crystals. Some terminations cleaved though smooth. Gemmy with great color.


T843 - Tanzanite $ 6000
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3 x 1 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t843a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t843b.jpg]

Good sized pink Tanzanite crystal. Pinks are uncommon and this one is unique with a dark blue phantom line dividing the pink zone on top and a more purple/pink zone below. There is a chip on a back edge, but the termination is good and it can be display from the front undamaged. Pinks are hard to come by, but for some reason perfect undamaged pinks are even more rare, even the best known fine pink Tanzanite has a chip or two. A beautiful and uncommon Tanzanite. Weighs 21.1 grams.


T846 - Tanzanite $ 3000
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 2.2 x 0.7 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t846a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t846b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t846c.jpg]

Stunning bi-color Tanzanite crystal of yellow over vivid purple/blue. This crystal has superb luster and unusually uniform shape, retaining an even 7mm thickness all the way from the base to the termination. There are two chips, including one on the back termination, but the sheer pizzaz and dramatic coloration greatly overcomes it, it's that pretty and unique. Weighs 13 grams.


T870 - Azurite $ 3500
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 9 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm


Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t870a.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t870b.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t870c.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t870d.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t870e.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t870f.jpg]

Cluster of large, partially etched Azurite crystals from Tsumeb. Fully crystallized all around, even part of the bottom is recrystallized! There is a small indentation showing Malachite on the lower front face (possibly damage, possibly natural), and the lower backside of the back crystal has some indentations/contact from another former Azurite crystal. Otherwise good all around. These good large Tsumeb Azurites are very hard to come by now.


T887 - Tanzanite $ 2000 DISCOUNTED 40% OFF TO $ 1200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.6 x 1 x 0.6 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t887a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t887b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t887c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t887d.jpg]

Double-terminated natural Tanzanite crystal with good luster and gem zones. Unheated and undamaged. Double terminated Tanzanite crystals are uncommon.


T940 - Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite $ 1200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm


Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940a.jpg] Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940b.jpg] Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940c.jpg] Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940d.jpg] Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940e.jpg]

Unique specimen of a heart-shaped Sphene with attached Tsavorite and Pyrite. Complete all around and undamaged. Incredible, unusual thumbnail.


T943 - Azurite with Malachite $ 4500
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 3 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t943a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t943b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t943c.jpg]

Outstanding cluster of Azurite crystals from the Watercourse Pocket. An undamaged floater with the superb blue color these are known for. Backside has the typical small stringers of Malachite attached. Nothing but crystals all around.


C148 - Andradite var. Demantoid $ 1200
Val Malenco, Lombardy, Italy
cabinet - 12.5 x 7 x 1.8 cm


Andradite var. Demantoid from Val Malenco, Lombardy, Italy [db_pics/pics/c148a.jpg] Andradite var. Demantoid from Val Malenco, Lombardy, Italy [db_pics/pics/c148b.jpg] Andradite var. Demantoid from Val Malenco, Lombardy, Italy [db_pics/pics/c148c.jpg]

Thin matrix covered with bright green garnet crystals. The garnets are over 1cm in size and many are transparent. This is a great example out of an old collection with good coverage of crystals on a thin flat matrix. Most crystals are good though some damaged crystals keep the price much lower than it otherwise would be.


C153 - Scheelite $ 1000
Traversella Mine, Chiusella Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
small cabinet - 7 x 4.5 x 4 cm


Scheelite from Traversella Mine, Chiusella Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy [db_pics/pics/c153a.jpg] Scheelite from Traversella Mine, Chiusella Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy [db_pics/pics/c153b.jpg] Scheelite from Traversella Mine, Chiusella Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy [db_pics/pics/c153c.jpg]

Rare specimen of Italian Scheelite on matrix. An old specimen from a classic locality not commonly seen for sale. The crystal measures 2cm and is a good yellow with gemmy zones. There are at least 3 other small Scheelite present on the Pyrite rich matrix.


C172 - Feldspar var. Moonstone $ 1500
Namalulu, Tanzania
large cabinet - 21 x 19 x 7 cm


Feldspar var. Moonstone from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c172a.jpg] Feldspar var. Moonstone from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c172b.jpg] Feldspar var. Moonstone from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c172c.jpg]

New find of crystallized moonstone from Tanzania. Individual crystals to 2cm that display a satiny blue color when turned under lighting. This 'Schiller effect' of color is seen at different angles on the different crystals and was therefore not possible to catch in still photos and these are therefore more colorful and attractive in person. Moonstone crystals are rare! Large, relatively flat crystal covered specimen. Biggest of lot with good blue on crystals.


C200 - Azurite $ 2000
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 6.2 x 4 x 4.5 cm


Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c200a.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c200b.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c200c.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c200d.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c200e.jpg]

Large group of chunky Azurite crystals. Main crystal is 3.8cm wide across the termination. Translucent along the edges when held to a light. There are small Cerussite crystals present. Undamaged except where it broke away from the host rock on the right side. Comes with an old label from noted Tsumeb collector Carl Acosta and old price of $3,800.


C205 - Legrandite $ 2200
Mina Oujela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
miniature - 3.3 x 1 x 0.6 cm


Legrandite from Mina Oujela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c205a.jpg] Legrandite from Mina Oujela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c205b.jpg] Legrandite from Mina Oujela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c205c.jpg]

Floater, double-terminated Legrandite crystal from the recent (2017) find. Thick and translucent with great color. There were not many single crystals found (I only saw one other). .



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