Selected Specimens

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K477 - Variscite $ 500
Itumbiara, Goias, Brazil
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Variscite from Itumbiara, Goias, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K477a.jpg] Variscite from Itumbiara, Goias, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K477b.jpg] Variscite from Itumbiara, Goias, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K477c.jpg]

Two spherical clusters of Variscite crystals in a vug in Quartz. I obtained this specimen from dealer Steve Perry about 20 years ago during a visit to his home following one of his many trips to Brazil. This was the best of his specimens, with better color and sparkle than the rest. Variscite is usally found in massive form, rarely as crystals.


K464 - Prehnite $ 450
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5.5 x 2.2 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K464a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K464b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K464c.jpg]

Rosette shaped groups of translucent yellow Prehnite crystals. Great color and large crystals, this is one of the finest specimens from a large lot of recently mined and purchased Prehnite specimens from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. The back smooth and flat where it grew against Graphite. It's pristine except for light chipping along the top edge and a partial Tanzanite crystal intergrown in the lower right side.


K463 - Prehnite $ 400
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K463a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K463b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K463c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K463d.jpg]

Rosette shaped group of translucent yellow Prehnite crystals. Great color and large crystals, this is one of the finest specimens from a large lot of recently mined and purchased Prehnite specimens from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. The main rosette is 4cm tall and sits nearly vertically for display. The larger crystals appear to have grown from a central sphere of Prehnite. The bottom is somewhat flat where it grew against Graphite. It's pristine except for light chipping on some crystals and a contacted backside.


K400 - Silver in Calcite $ 750
Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
large cabinet - 19 x 9.5 x 2.3 cm


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Silver in Calcite from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/K400a.jpg] Silver in Calcite from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/K400b.jpg] Silver in Calcite from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/K400c.jpg]

Thick, heavy vein section of Silver in Calcite, a 2.3cm thick slab sawcut on both sides. There is a layer of solid Silver along the more straight edge, with the rest of the specimen filled with more dendritic Silver. Visually, it appears to be 40-50% Silver, and by weight, a much larger percentage. The specimen weighs ounces and was the best slab (richest, largest, thickest) out a large lot of Cobalt Silver I purchased from a Canadian miner over 20 years ago.


K419 - Lawsonite $ 250
Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA
cabinet - 10 x 10 x 4.5 cm


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Lawsonite from Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/K419a.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/K419b.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/K419c.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/K419d.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/K419e.jpg]

Rare blue/grey Lawsonite crystals to 1.5cm embedded in Glaucophane schist. Good sized, rich specimen from the type locality for Lawsonite.


K471 - Lawsonite $ 750
Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 4 cm


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Lawsonite from Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/K471a.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/K471b.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/K471c.jpg]

Rare blue/grey Lawsonite crystals to 1.5cm embedded in Glaucophane schist. The main crystal is sharply formed and exposed fromt he schist on both sides. This is the single best example I've had and was in my collection for 20 years. From the type locality for Lawsonite.


K470 - Rose Quartz $ 450
Pitorra Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4 x 4 x 1.5 cm


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Rose Quartz from Pitorra Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K470a.jpg] Rose Quartz from Pitorra Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K470b.jpg] Rose Quartz from Pitorra Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K470c.jpg]

Cluster of well formed Rose Quartz crystals atop a partial white Quartz crystal. Comes with an old label showing a price of $350.


K474 - Dioptase $ 550
Tantara Mine, Congo
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 2.5 cm


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Dioptase from Tantara Mine, Congo [db_pics/pics/K474a.jpg] Dioptase from Tantara Mine, Congo [db_pics/pics/K474c.jpg] Dioptase from Tantara Mine, Congo [db_pics/pics/K474d.jpg]

Cluster of large Dioptase crystals that grew atop the tips of Calcite crystals (now gone). The Dioptase crystals reach 1.8cm in size and are undamaged.


K510 - Garnet, Dravite in Graphite $ 150
Red Embers Mine, Erving, Massachusetts, USA
cabinet - 10 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm


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Garnet, Dravite in Graphite from Red Embers Mine, Erving, Massachusetts, USA [db_pics/pics/K510a.jpg] Garnet, Dravite in Graphite from Red Embers Mine, Erving, Massachusetts, USA [db_pics/pics/K510b.jpg] Garnet, Dravite in Graphite from Red Embers Mine, Erving, Massachusetts, USA [db_pics/pics/K510c.jpg] Garnet, Dravite in Graphite from Red Embers Mine, Erving, Massachusetts, USA [db_pics/pics/K510d.jpg]

3 red Garnet crystals in a matrix of grey Graphite. Small dark crystals of Dravite are also embedded in the Graphite. The Garnets reach 12mm in diameter and have been analyzed as mostly Almandine with a touch of Pyrope in the outer layers. These make stunning specimens due to the fact that the Graphite has been removed from around the backs of the Garnets allowing light to pass through the crystals, creating glowing 'red embers'.


K363 - Quartz $ 150
Himalaya Mtns., India
small cabinet - 9 x 7.5 x 5 cm


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Quartz from Himalaya Mtns., India [db_pics/pics/K363a.jpg] Quartz from Himalaya Mtns., India [db_pics/pics/K363b.jpg] Quartz from Himalaya Mtns., India [db_pics/pics/K363c.jpg]

Water-clear, colorless Quartz crystals from the Indian Himalayas. Slight chipping on one back termination face, otherwise perfect. Stands upright for display.


K459 - Prehnite $ 200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 2.3 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K459a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K459b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K459c.jpg]

Spherical groups of translucent yellow Prehnite crystals on Graphite. Great color with large distinct crystals.


K462 - Prehnite $ 450
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 3.3 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K462a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K462b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K462c.jpg]

Grouping of translucent yellow Prehnite crystals with a slight amount of attached Graphite. Great color with large distinct crystals. There is also an attached crystal of whitish Chabazite. Slight chipping is present but overall in great condition and a very good one for Merelani Prehnite.


K362 - Brucite $ 300
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.9 x 4.9 x 2 cm


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Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K362a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K362b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K362c.jpg]

Bright lemon yellow Brucite crystals from the original finds of a couple years ago. I looked through hundreds of specimens to find the brightest, most deeply saturated yellow specimens such as this. This specimen is solid Brucite and is well crystallized on both sides. The bright yellow Brucite formed as a second generation over a thin piece of white Brucite. These new specimens from Pakistan are world's best for the species.


K230 - Copper $ 200
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA
cabinet - 15 x 9.5 x 8 cm


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Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/K230a.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/K230b.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/K230d.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/K230f.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/K230g.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/k230c.jpg]

Large specimen with hackly masses of Copper sticking out all over. A very colorful piece with green Epidote, a red rock matrix, and bright Turquoise blue areas.


K511 - Tourmaline on Quartz $ 1850
Pederniera Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 15 x 10 x 7 cm


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Tourmaline on Quartz from Pederniera Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K511a.jpg] Tourmaline on Quartz from Pederniera Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K511b.jpg] Tourmaline on Quartz from Pederniera Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K511c.jpg] Tourmaline on Quartz from Pederniera Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K511d.jpg] Tourmaline on Quartz from Pederniera Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K511e.jpg] Tourmaline on Quartz from Pederniera Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/K511h.jpg]

Large, floater specimen of multi-colored Tourmaline crystals on a large Quartz crystal. This is an old specimen dating back to the early days of the mine (I am told the 1980s). Even though they are all from the same pocket, the Tourmalines show a variety of colors and form - some with dark terminations, others with yellowish terminations, and some with pink cores. The best is a 4cm well terminated crystal of transparent green with a yellow termination. The Quartz crystal is rehealed on the bottom. This is a great (and inexpensive) specimen for a collector who wants to put together a Pederniera collection reflecting the various pockets and styles found at the mine.
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