Selected Specimens

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B304 - Azurite, Malachite $ 180 (=~ AUS$ 249)
Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.4 x 1 cm


Azurite, Malachite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b304a.jpg] Azurite, Malachite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b304b.jpg]

Azurite crystal grouping with attached Malachite. The Azurite has a waxy to satiny luster and is brilliantly translucent when backlit. From a single pocket opened in April 2015 that produced a limited number of specimens. A couple chips, otherwise undamaged.


B305 - Azurite, Malachite $ 300 (=~ AUS$ 415)
Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.6 x 1 cm


Azurite, Malachite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b305a.jpg] Azurite, Malachite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b305b.jpg] Azurite, Malachite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b305c.jpg]

Azurite crystal grouping with attached Malachite. Beautiful front and back with just a tiny area of contact on bottom where it attached to the matrix. The Azurite has a waxy to satiny luster and is brilliantly translucent when backlit. From a single pocket opened in April 2015 that produced a limited number of specimens. One very small chip found using a loupe, otherwise undamaged.


B306 - Azurite $ 180 (=~ AUS$ 249)
Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm


Azurite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b306a.jpg] Azurite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b306b.jpg] Azurite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b306c.jpg]

Azurite crystal grouping, beautiful front and back with just a tiny area of contact on bottom where it attached to the matrix. The Azurite has a waxy to satiny luster and is brilliantly translucent when backlit. From a single pocket opened in April 2015 that produced a limited number of specimens. Undamaged.


B308 - Azurite $ 120 (=~ AUS$ 166)
Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm


Azurite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b308a.jpg] Azurite from Volborthite Pocket, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b308b.jpg]

Azurite crystal grouping with crystals to 1.6cm. The Azurite has a waxy to satiny luster and is brilliantly translucent when backlit. From a single pocket opened in April 2015 that produced a limited number of specimens. Undamaged.


B277 - Zircon $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 277)
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.6 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b277a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b277b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of red/brown Zircon. Translucent with gem zones near the termination.Undamaged.


B279 - Zircon $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 277)
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b279a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b279b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of red/brown Zircon. Translucent with gem zones near the termination.Undamaged.


B280 - Zircon $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 277)
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 0.9 x 0.8 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b280a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b280b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b280c.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of red/brown Zircon. Translucent with good gem zones near the termination.Undamaged.


B284 - Zircon $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 277)
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.1 x 1.0 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b284a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b284b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of red/brown Zircon. Transparent top to bottom.Undamaged. One photo backlit to show transparency.


B285 - Zircon $ 120 (=~ AUS$ 166)
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b285a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b285b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of red/brown Zircon. Translucent to transparent.Chipped/contacted on one corner otherwise undamaged.


B309 - Elbaite with Lepidolite $ 600 (=~ AUS$ 830)
Aricanga Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.8 x 1.1 x 0.7 cm


Elbaite with Lepidolite from Aricanga Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/b309a.jpg] Elbaite with Lepidolite from Aricanga Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/b309b.jpg]

Gem green Elbaite with a bright red termination and an attached book of purple Lepidolite. From a mid 1990s find. The strong colors make for a striking specimen. Undamaged.


B311 - Dioptase $ 2400 (=~ AUS$ 3320)
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 7.0 x 3.7 x 3 cm


Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/b311a.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/b311b.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/b311c.jpg]

Large single Dioptase, 1.5cm long, on a matrix covered by smaller Dioptase crystals. An exquisite specimen from the Georg Gebhard collection.


B313 - Scorodite with Pyrite $ 480 (=~ AUS$ 664)
Babu, Guangxi Zhuang, China
small cabinet - 6.4 x 3 x 2.5 cm


Scorodite with Pyrite from Babu, Guangxi Zhuang, China [db_pics/pics/b313a.jpg] Scorodite with Pyrite from Babu, Guangxi Zhuang, China [db_pics/pics/b313b.jpg] Scorodite with Pyrite from Babu, Guangxi Zhuang, China [db_pics/pics/b313c.jpg]

Lustrous purple/blue Scorodite crystals with Pyrite. Recall that the majority of Scorodite from this find are very dark, almost black and opaque. Bright translucent purple/blue crystals such as these are the exception.


B314 - Gold $ 3800 (=~ AUS$ 5256)
Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California
thumbnail - 3 x 3 x 2 cm


Gold from Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California [db_pics/pics/b314a.jpg] Gold from Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California [db_pics/pics/b314b.jpg] Gold from Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California [db_pics/pics/b314c.jpg]

Bright Gold crystals throughout a Quartz matrix. There is a wonderful hoppered octhedral crystal front and center that is 6mm on edge. There is also lots of Gold all throughthe Quartz, so this could be further etched to reveal lots more Gold if desired.


B315 - Sphalerite $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 484)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm


Sphalerite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b315a.jpg] Sphalerite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b315b.jpg] Sphalerite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b315c.jpg] Sphalerite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b315d.jpg]

An unusually good and complete Sphalerite crystal. Nearly a floater with contacting on one face only. Translucent red when backlit. Undamaged.


B316 - Diopside on Tanzanite $ 600 (=~ AUS$ 830)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.3 x 3 x 2 cm


Diopside on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b316a.jpg] Diopside on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b316b.jpg] Diopside on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b316c.jpg] Diopside on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b316d.jpg]

Clusters of Diopside crystals attached to a purple/blue Tanzanite crystal. Undamaged.



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