Selected Specimens

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US117 - Grossular $ 300 (=~ AUS$ 292)
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/us117a.jpg] Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/us117b.jpg]

Gem quality Grossular crystals to 1cm, good luster.


US118 - Wardite $ 1200 (=~ AUS$ 1169)
Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada
small cabinet - 7.5 x 7.5 x 2 cm


Wardite from Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada [db_pics/pics/us118a.jpg] Wardite from Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada [db_pics/pics/us118b.jpg] Wardite from Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada [db_pics/pics/us118c.jpg]

Exceptionally fine Wardite specimen with highy lustrous golden yellow crystals as opposed to others which have white crystals. Crystals are translucent to transparent and reach 1cm in size. Minor Lazulite in association.


A828 - Topaz $ 250 (=~ AUS$ 244)
Yunnan Province, China
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm
ex.  James Houran


Topaz from Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/a828a.jpg] Topaz from Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/a828b.jpg] Topaz from Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/a828c.jpg]

Gem quality Topaz crystal with complex, multi-faceted termination. Fine and undamaged.


A829 - Clinozoisite $ 300 (=~ AUS$ 292)
Tormiq, Gilgit, Pakistan
miniature - 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.9 cm


Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Gilgit, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a829a.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Gilgit, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a829b.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Gilgit, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a829c.jpg]

Intergrown pair of Clinozoisite crystals, undamaged with great luster. The high degree of transparency and the formation make this a great specimen.


SA696 - Morganite $ 750 (=~ AUS$ 730)
Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm


Morganite from Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa696a.jpg] Morganite from Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa696b.jpg] Morganite from Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa696c.jpg] Morganite from Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa696d.jpg]

Light pink gem crystal in the rare dihexagonal dipyramid form. This is one of 3 such crystals obtained by Frank Melanson in 2011. This crystal (and one of the other two) have a rounded, psuedo-isometric appearance, looking similar in form to a garnet crystal.


TS133 - Dioptase $ 1500 (=~ AUS$ 1461)
Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 4 cm


Dioptase from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts133a.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts133b.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts133c.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts133d.jpg]

Four large Dioptase crystals to 1.3 cm on white Calcite. I bought this specimen from Clive Quiet approximately 10 years ago. Crystals are bright, lustrous, and translucent.


TS141 - Mottramite $ 275 (=~ AUS$ 268)
Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


Mottramite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts141a.jpg] Mottramite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts141b.jpg] Mottramite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts141c.jpg]

Fantastic floater Mottramite specimen, crystallized on all sides with a shimmering green/brown luster. Specimen is essentially flat with coral-like structures rising up off both sides. There are a few areas of damage, but overall in great shape and a really nice Mottramite.


TS146 - Malachite after Azurite $ 275 (=~ AUS$ 268)
Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
miniature - 3.6 x 2.9 x 1 cm


Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts146a.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts146b.jpg]

V-shaped pair of Malachite after Azurite crystals. Sharply formed with velvety surface luster.


TS149 - Smithsonite $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 195)
Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
miniature - 4.0 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm


Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts149a.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts149b.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts149c.jpg]

Cluster of light yellow Smithsonite crystals. No matrix, nothing but translucent Smithsonite.


A872 - Mimetite with Duftite $ 400 (=~ AUS$ 390)
Mount Bonnie Mine, Northern Territory, Australia
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Mimetite with Duftite from Mount Bonnie Mine, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/a872a.jpg] Mimetite with Duftite from Mount Bonnie Mine, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/a872b.jpg] Mimetite with Duftite from Mount Bonnie Mine, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/a872c.jpg] Mimetite with Duftite from Mount Bonnie Mine, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/a872d.jpg]

Cluster of Mimetite crystals 2.2cm wide, with individual crystals to 9mm, some with attached green Duftite crystals. Undamaged. Locality is closed and these are seldom seen for sale anymore.


A873 - Aquamarine on Muscovite $ 850 (=~ AUS$ 828)
Ping Wu, Sichuan, China
small cabinet - 7 x 4 x 4 cm


Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873a.jpg] Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873b.jpg] Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873c.jpg]

Highly lustrous, tabular blue crystals on Muscovite. Thick, high quality Aqua, undamaged.


A874 - Morganite with Quartz and Lepidolite $ 1200 (=~ AUS$ 1169)
Dara-i-Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan
small cabinet - 8 x 5 x 3.5 cm


Morganite with Quartz and Lepidolite from Dara-i-Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a874a.jpg] Morganite with Quartz and Lepidolite from Dara-i-Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a874b.jpg] Morganite with Quartz and Lepidolite from Dara-i-Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a874c.jpg] Morganite with Quartz and Lepidolite from Dara-i-Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a874d.jpg]

4.5cm Morganite crystal attached to a clear Quartz crystal, both surrounded by stacks of like purple Lepidolite. Both the Morganite and the Quartz crystal have a natural notch in their terminations. Undamaged except for some tiny nicks on the Quartz.


E495 - Datolite $ 700 (=~ AUS$ 682)
Dal'negorsk, Russia
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm


Datolite from Dal'negorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/e495a.jpg] Datolite from Dal'negorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/e495b.jpg] Datolite from Dal'negorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/e495c.jpg] Datolite from Dal'negorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/e495d.jpg]

Large single light green Datolite crystal. Great luster with areas of transparency.


US128 - Neptunite $ 750 (=~ AUS$ 730)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
miniature - 3.7 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us128a.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us128b.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us128c.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us128d.jpg]

High quality, steeply terminated cluster of Neptunite crystals on a small amount of crossite schist and Natrolite matrix.


NA119 - Azurite with Quartz, Cerussite, and Chrysocolla $ 475 (=~ AUS$ 463)
Sierra Rica, Chihuahua, Mexico
miniature - 4 x 4 x 2.5 cm


Azurite with Quartz, Cerussite, and Chrysocolla from Sierra Rica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na119a.jpg] Azurite with Quartz, Cerussite, and Chrysocolla from Sierra Rica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na119b.jpg] Azurite with Quartz, Cerussite, and Chrysocolla from Sierra Rica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na119c.jpg] Azurite with Quartz, Cerussite, and Chrysocolla from Sierra Rica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na119d.jpg]

Azurite clusters to 1.1 cm wide in an unusual association with Quartz, Cerussite, and Chrysocolla from a little known locality in Mexico. Oddly, this specimen comes with a receipt from Shreve & Company (a jewelry store in San Francisco) dated 1970 with a sale price of $25. Azurite clusters are bright and lustrous and occur on both sides of specimen.



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