Selected Specimens

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E644 - Azurite $ 250 (=~ € 224)
Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France
thumbnail - 3.0 x 2.6 x 1.1 cm


Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/e644a.jpg] Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/e644b.jpg]

Sharp cluster of Azurite crystals from the famous Chessy mines of France. These mines are long closed and I understand these specimens were found in the 1800s. This specimen is composed of intergrown Azurite crystals with an overall diamond shaped form. There are no points of contact, a complete floater and undamaged.


TZ387 - Dravite $ 400 (=~ € 359)
Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm


Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz387a.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz387b.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz387c.jpg]

Transparent, light brown Dravite grading to a darker rootbeer color at the base. There is a sharp change to silvery grey, cat's-eye Dravite approximately half way up the crystal. These half normal/half cats-eye crystals are much less common than normal crystals from the find, and crystals with such a sharp delineation between the two even more so. Weighs 18.9 grams.


TZ391 - Dravite $ 250 (=~ € 224)
Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania
miniature - 4.6 x 1.2 x 1 cm


Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz391a.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz391b.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz391c.jpg]

Transparent, rootbeer brown Dravite with a sharp change to cat's-eye Dravite near the top. The bottom half shows a series of natural fracturing and rehealing resulting in a bent crystal, very interesting and unusual.


TZ402 - Dravite $ 350 (=~ € 314)
Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.3 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz402a.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz402b.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz402c.jpg]

Transparent, light brown Dravite with a darker rootbeer color in the lower half and a sharp change to silvery grey, cat's-eye Dravite near the top. These half normal/half cats-eye crystals are much less common than normal crystals from the find, and crystals with such a sharp delineation between the two even more so. Weighs 16.3 grams.


TZ406 - Alabandite with Tanzanite $ 950 (=~ € 853)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 5 cm


Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz406a.jpg] Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz406b.jpg] Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz406c.jpg] Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz406d.jpg]

Large, well formed single Alabandite crystal a full 7cm on edge. This is a very large crystal with good shape and large smooth faces. Attached to the side is a very interesting formation of light blue Tanzanite enclosed within a white Calcite rhomb.


US157 - Copper with Calcite $ 2500 (=~ € 2244)
Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 4.5 cm


Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157a.jpg] Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157b.jpg] Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157c.jpg] Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157d.jpg] Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157e.jpg]

Hackly Copper protruding out of a Quartz matrix with areas overgrown by clear Calcite crystals. Well balanced specimen with lots of Copper and good coverage of Calcite crystals heavily included by bright, non-tarnished Copper. There is some damage to the Calcite, but it is in overall good condition.


TS227 - Cuprian Smithsonite $ 800 (=~ € 718)
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.6 x 3.8 x 2 cm


Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts227a.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts227b.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts227c.jpg]

Bright green Smithsonite crystals that contrast well against the white Dolomite matrix.


TS230 - Azurite with Malachite after Azurite $ 350 (=~ € 314)
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.6 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Azurite with Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts230a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts230b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts230c.jpg]

Highly colorful specimen of Azurite, Malachite after Azurite crystals on a bright yellow/green matrix.


TS232 - Cuprian Adamite $ 350 (=~ € 314)
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm


Cuprian Adamite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts232a.jpg] Cuprian Adamite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts232b.jpg] Cuprian Adamite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts232c.jpg]

Cuprian Adamite specimen of a style I've never seen before. The crystals are elongated and start out a golden color then turn bright green at the terminations.


TS234 - Cuprian Smithsonite with Rosasite $ 2800 (=~ € 2514)
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 8 x 5.5 x 4 cm


Cuprian Smithsonite with Rosasite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts234a.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite with Rosasite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts234b.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite with Rosasite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts234c.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite with Rosasite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts234d.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite with Rosasite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts234e.jpg]

Three fine, green Cuprian Smithsonite crystals to 9mm on white Dolomite. Also sprinkled across the Dolomite a blue spheres of Rosasite. Ex. Carl Acosta collection.


TZ422 - Scapolite $ 700 (=~ € 628)
Morogoro, Tanzania
miniature - 4.7 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm


Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz422a.jpg] Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz422b.jpg] Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz422c.jpg]

Gem quality etched Scapolite crystal. Rich golden color and nearly flawless internally. This is from old gem rough stock of approximately 20 years ago. Undamaged though contacted at base. Weighs 26.7 grams.


TZ425 - Alexandrite $ 400 (=~ € 359)
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1.0 x 0.8 cm


Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz425a.jpg] Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz425b.jpg] Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz425c.jpg]

Terminated Alexandrite crystal with a color change from green to purple in indoor/outdoor lighting. Although it is only lightly translucent, what makes this crystal special is a wonderful, shimmering chatoyancy that can be observed on the prism faces when you turn back and forth under lighting. Weighs 3.3 grams.


TZ430 - Alexandrite $ 400 (=~ € 359)
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1 x 0.7 cm


Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz430a.jpg] Alexandrite from Lake Manyara, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz430b.jpg]

Double-terminated Alexandrite crystal. Color change from green to purple in indoor/outdoor lighting. Although it is only lightly translucent, what makes this crystal special is a wonderful, shimmering chatoyancy that can be observed on the prism faces when you turn back and forth under lighting.


M106 - Fluorite with Galena $ 150 (=~ € 135)
Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 3.5 cm


Fluorite with Galena from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m106a.jpg] Fluorite with Galena from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m106b.jpg] Fluorite with Galena from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m106c.jpg]

Complex light green Fluorite crystal on matrix with Galena. Undamaged.


M110 - Brochantite $ 1500 (=~ € 1347)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
cabinet - 11 x 6 x 2 cm


Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110a.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110b.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110c.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110d.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110e.jpg]

Thick, deep forest green Brochantite crystals with high luster on matrix. Two very fine, well isolated clusters stand out against the lighter colored matrix. Largest cluster is 2.7cm wide. Individual crystals reach 7mm in width. These are thick, robust crystals from a 2014 find and are much different in style than earlier finds from the mine which were usually more fragile, hair-like crystals.



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