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TZ264 - Spessartine $ 400 (=~ AUS$ 553)
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm


Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz264a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz264b.jpg]

Complete, symetrical single crystal with good orange color and a lack of black Braunite inclusions which plague most of these. Undamaged except for a couple very tiny nicks. Selected from hundreds years ago for it's high quality and held back until now.


A115 - Apatite $ 400 (=~ AUS$ 553)
Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm


Apatite from Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a115a.jpg] Apatite from Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a115b.jpg] Apatite from Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a115c.jpg]

An 8mm wide crystal of purple Apatite well centered on matrix of Quartz and Lepidolite. Most Afghan purple Apatites I see are imperfect with bad luster or otherwise unsuitable as a fine specimen. This is the uncommon exception with good color, luster, and a nice display.


A143 - Fluorite $ 270 (=~ AUS$ 373)
Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China
small cabinet - 6 x 6 x 3.5 cm


Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a143a.jpg] Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a143b.jpg] Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a143c.jpg]

Fantastic water-clear fluorite crystals from a recent, limited find. Light green in color, undamaged, very fine quality.


A189 - Fluorite $ 125 (=~ AUS$ 173)
Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China
miniature - 5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a189a.jpg] Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a189b.jpg]

Fantastic water-clear fluorite crystals from a recent, limited find. Light green in color, undamaged though lower left side of main crystal has some contacting.


PAK104 - Topaz $ 450 (=~ AUS$ 622)
Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
small cabinet - 6 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm


Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak104a.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak104b.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak104c.jpg]

Large 5cm double-terminated Topaz crystal on an Albite matrix. The lower portion of theTopaz has some included dark, elongated crystals of an unidentified mineral.


TZ279 - Tanzanite $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 484)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.2 x 1 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz279a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz279b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz279c.jpg]

Highly gemmy single crystal, complete and undamaged.


PAK108 - Topaz $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 484)
Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
miniature - 4.2 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak108a.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak108b.jpg]

Gem quality double-terminated Topaz crystal on Albite. Undamaged except for one tiny chip along one edge.


SA700 - Epidote $ 1500 (=~ AUS$ 2075)
Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 10.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Epidote from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa700a.jpg] Epidote from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa700b.jpg] Epidote from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa700c.jpg] Epidote from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa700d.jpg] Epidote from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa700e.jpg]

Double-terminated, diverging grouping of Epidote crystals. Undamaged and superb quality with each end terminating in crisp, flat terminations. Mined in the mid 1990s, Steve Perry bought the pocket and brought them back to the USA. This specimen was my pick as the best of the pocket.


SA701 - Vauxite with Quartz, Cassiterite $ 900 (=~ AUS$ 1245)
Siglo XX Mine, Llallagua, Bolivia
miniature - 3.3 x 2.8 x 2 cm


Vauxite with Quartz, Cassiterite from Siglo XX Mine, Llallagua, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/sa701a.jpg] Vauxite with Quartz, Cassiterite from Siglo XX Mine, Llallagua, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/sa701b.jpg] Vauxite with Quartz, Cassiterite from Siglo XX Mine, Llallagua, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/sa701c.jpg]

Rare spherical cluster of Vauxite crystals. Vauxite group is 2.4cm in diameter.


SA702 - Ludlamite $ 600 (=~ AUS$ 830)
Huanuni Mine, Oruro Dept., Bolivia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm


Ludlamite from Huanuni Mine, Oruro Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/sa702a.jpg] Ludlamite from Huanuni Mine, Oruro Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/sa702b.jpg] Ludlamite from Huanuni Mine, Oruro Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/sa702c.jpg]

1.4cm crystal of Ludlamite on matrix with Siderite. Aesthtics and quality are superb, undamaged.


SA704 - Apatite with Quartz, Pyrite $ 400 (=~ AUS$ 553)
Julcani Mine, Peru
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Apatite with Quartz, Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa704a.jpg] Apatite with Quartz, Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa704b.jpg] Apatite with Quartz, Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa704c.jpg] Apatite with Quartz, Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa704d.jpg] Apatite with Quartz, Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa704e.jpg]

Hard to find, old time specimen of yellow/green Apatite crystals along side a Quartz crystal. One of the small Apatites is incomplete, all the others perfect and undamaged.


SA705 - Apatite with Pyrite $ 400 (=~ AUS$ 553)
Julcani Mine, Peru
thumbnail - 2.8 x 0.9 x 0.8 cm


Apatite with Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa705a.jpg] Apatite with Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa705b.jpg] Apatite with Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa705c.jpg] Apatite with Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa705d.jpg]

Hard to find, old time specimen of yellow/green Apatite associated with Pyrite. The apatite has good luster, is double-terminated, perfect and undamaged.


A301 - Elbaite $ 2100 (=~ AUS$ 2905)
Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 4.6 x 2 x 1.7 cm


Elbaite from Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a301a.jpg] Elbaite from Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a301b.jpg]

Thick single Elbaite crystal with a fabulous green gem section at the top, with the main body a dark green. The form and color of the termination is excellent and the botttom is rehaled and fully crystallized. Complete and undamaged except for one minor chip along the bottome edge as seen in photo. This is the best from a small pocket found approximately 10 years ago, and I've not seen more like this since.


AF558 - Gaudefroyite $ 600 (=~ AUS$ 830)
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm


Gaudefroyite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/af558a.jpg] Gaudefroyite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/af558b.jpg] Gaudefroyite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/af558c.jpg]

Thick Gaudefroyite crystals on Manganite matrix. The crystals reach 13 x 7mm in size. Rare piece.


TZ284 - Tanzanite on Calcite $ 650 (=~ AUS$ 899)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6.5 x 6 x 4 cm


Tanzanite on Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz284a.jpg] Tanzanite on Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz284b.jpg] Tanzanite on Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz284c.jpg] Tanzanite on Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz284d.jpg]

Large Calcite crystal with attached Graphite and gem Tanzanite. The Calcite is clear with an outer coating of translucent, satiny Calcite. The Tanzanite is 1.6cm long, gemmy and undamaged.



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