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T563 - Diopside $ 400
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t563a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t563b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t563c.jpg]

Single Diopside with the top chrome green coloration. A funny thing about Merelani Diopsides is that the highly transparent crystals have lighter color, and crystals like this one, with the top color, have less transparency. There are two indentations from other crystals on one narrow side, otherwise complete and undamaged all around.


T564 - Diopside $ 200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 1.0 x 0.6 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t564a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t564b.jpg]

Complete single Diopside with good transparency, undamaged.


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.


T569 - Pyrite on Tsavorite $ 150
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm


Pyrite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t569a.jpg] Pyrite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t569b.jpg] Pyrite on Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t569c.jpg]

A recent surprise from Merelani are these elongated Tsavorite crystals. Glassy green crystal, undamaged, with attached Pyrite crystals.


T568 - Tsavorite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t568a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t568b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t568c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t568d.jpg]

A recent surprise from Merelani are these elongated clusters of Tsavorite crystals, some of which, like this one, appear to be faden growth. Complete group of crystals with glassy luster and a distinct faden line running up through the center.


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.


T576 - Tanzanite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 0.9 x 0.7 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t576a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t576b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t576c.jpg]

Single, complete Tanzanite crystal. An interesting combination of blue and yellow coloration. Superb quality and highly transparent. Undamaged, natural Tanzanite.


T577 - Magnesio Axinite $ 450
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.3 cm


Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t577a.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t577b.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t577c.jpg]

Single, complete Magnesio Axinite crystal. These are only found sporadically at Merelani, and even when found, are mostly just fragments of crystals. This is an uncommonly complete crystal, relatively undamaged with just a contact and chip along one edge.


T593 - Analcime on Serandite $ 90
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.9 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Analcime on Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t593a.jpg] Analcime on Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t593b.jpg] Analcime on Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t593c.jpg]

Analcime crystals to 1.8cm on pink Serandite crystals. Ex. Charlie Key.


T595 - Serandite $ 260
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.5 x 1 cm


Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t595a.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t595b.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t595c.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t595d.jpg]

Salmon pink Serandite crystal with attached Aegerine. Undamaged with lustrous translucent termination. Ex. Charlie Key.


T601 - Dioptase on Chrysocolla over Cerussite $ 550
Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Congo
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 cm


Dioptase on Chrysocolla over Cerussite from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Congo [db_pics/pics/t601a.jpg] Dioptase on Chrysocolla over Cerussite from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Congo [db_pics/pics/t601b.jpg] Dioptase on Chrysocolla over Cerussite from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Congo [db_pics/pics/t601c.jpg]

Old specimen composed of a reticulated 'snowflake' of Cerussite that has been coated by Chrysocolla with Dioptase crystals attached to one side. All the Dioptase aren't in perfect condition, but I think it displays best from the side without the Dioptase anyways. This was recently released from a collection and I've never seen one like it before. The label notes that it was purchased from John Seibel in 1997. A rare and unusual thumbnail!


T614 - Chrome Tremolite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm


Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t614a.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t614b.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t614c.jpg]

Good sized, terminated Chrome Tremolite crystal with excellent color. This is a little larger than most, and has an excellent, multi-faced termination. It also has outstanding color, and appears to have some cutting quality gems zones inside too.


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.


T642 - Grossular $ 700
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm


Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t642a.jpg] Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t642b.jpg] Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t642c.jpg] Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t642d.jpg]

Large glassy and gemmy Grossular crystal over a tiny bit of chrome green matrix. The Grossular has a very pale orange coloration, almost colorless. Undamaged. Ex. Charlie Key collection.


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.



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