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T787 - Scolecite $ 200
Italy
miniature - 3.9 x 3.8 x 2 cm
ex.  Irv Brown


Scolecite from Italy [db_pics/pics/t787a.jpg] Scolecite from Italy [db_pics/pics/t787b.jpg]

Small geode filled with white Scolecite crystals. There is one broken crystal deep in the vug, otherwise all crystals present though not terminated because they contacted the top of the geode. Unusual specimen, unfortunately no further locality information is available.


T789 - Tanzanite $ 700
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm
ex.  Irv Brown


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t789a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t789b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t789c.jpg]

Bi-colored single Tanzanite crystal, yellow over a blue core, with some attached Calcite. Slight chipping on the back face, otherwise undamaged. 23 grams.


T793 - Tourmaline $ 300
Afghanistan
miniature - 3.5 x 1 x 0.7 cm
ex.  Irv Brown


Tourmaline from Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/t793a.jpg] Tourmaline from Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/t793b.jpg]

Single Tourmaline crystal that grades up from medium green to clear to dark green at the termination. Unusual color zoning. Undamaged, with gem zones.


T790 - Grossular $ 250
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.


T794 - Quartz $ 150
Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
miniature - 4 x 3.8 x 3 cm


Quartz from Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t794a.jpg] Quartz from Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t794b.jpg] Quartz from Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t794c.jpg] Quartz from Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t794d.jpg]

Cluster of smokey grey Quartz crystals. The prism faces of the large crystals are covered by smaller Quartz crystals and the termination faces are flat and smooth. There is also color zoning in the terminations with dark zones along the edges. Found in 2017.


T800 - Topaz $ 200
Tepetate, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
miniature - 4.1 x 2 x 1.3 cm


Topaz from Tepetate, San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t800a.jpg] Topaz from Tepetate, San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t800b.jpg] Topaz from Tepetate, San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t800c.jpg]

Large single Topaz crystal out of an old collection that could be considered a giant for this locality as most are smaller crystals commonly found on Rhyolite. Fully terminated but with irregular growth or etching in the red tip. The main body is brown and transparent.


T819 - Almandine $ 180
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.


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.


T830 - Rhodochrosite $ 1500
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.4 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t830a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t830b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/t830c.jpg]

Cluster of gem red scalenohedral Rhodochrosite. Termination of main crystal is smooth but cleaved.


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.


T840 - Chrome Dravite $ 950
Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania
miniature - 4.2 x 1 x 0.8 cm


Chrome Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t840a.jpg] Chrome Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t840b.jpg] Chrome Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t840c.jpg] Chrome Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t840d.jpg]

Amazingly rich chrome green Dravite that grades up to a cat's-eye termination. You may recall similar but brown crystals that were found at this mine in quantity over the past couple years. This crystal is new (late 2017) and the only one like it that was available - we can only cross our fingers that more will be found. Undamaged with an incredible color that is slightly more vivid than other Tanzanian green dravites.


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.


T856 - Grossular on Diopside $ 350
Eden Mills, Vermont, USA
miniature - 3.4 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm


Grossular on Diopside from Eden Mills, Vermont, USA [db_pics/pics/t856a.jpg] Grossular on Diopside from Eden Mills, Vermont, USA [db_pics/pics/t856b.jpg] Grossular on Diopside from Eden Mills, Vermont, USA [db_pics/pics/t856c.jpg]

Intergrown pair of gem Grossular crystals on Diopside. The crystals are transparent with great color. The small crystal has a small chip, otherwise undamaged.


T863 - Quartz $ 250
Orange River, Namibia
miniature - 4.7 x 3.2 x 2 cm


Quartz from Orange River, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t863a.jpg] Quartz from Orange River, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t863b.jpg] Quartz from Orange River, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t863c.jpg]

Undamaged cluster of red Hematite included Quartz crystals. Good luster.


T872 - Tennantite aftr Azurite $ 450
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 4.0 cm


Tennantite aftr Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t872a.jpg] Tennantite aftr Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t872b.jpg] Tennantite aftr Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t872c.jpg]

Cluster of 3 crystals of Azurite that are mostly psuedomorphed to Tennantite. Not only is it an aesthetic cluster, on virtually all similar pieces I've owned, I've never seen any remaining Azurite, they have all been 100% psuedomorphed. On this one you can see areas of residual blue Azurite.



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