Selected Specimens

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A317 - Elbaite $ 180 (=~ AUS$ 175)
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2.8 x 1.7 cm


Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a317a.jpg] Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a317b.jpg]

Yellow tipped Elbaites attached to Feldspar crystals. The yellow color is uncommon in Tourmaline.


US149 - Benitoite $ 1500 (=~ AUS$ 1461)
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
thumbnail - 2.9 x 2.2 x 1.4 cm


Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us149a.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us149b.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us149c.jpg]

Fine specimen composed of 7 deep blue Benitoite crystals. Two of the crystals are triply terminated, largest crystal reaches 1.7cm wide.


US150 - Benitoite $ 750 (=~ AUS$ 730)
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
miniature - 4 x 3 x 2 cm


Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us150a.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us150b.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us150c.jpg]

Deep blue Benitoite crystals on matrix. Interestingly, the main crystal is etched on the largest face. What makes this specimen special is the deep blue color, and mostly the luster - rarely do Benitoite crystals have great luster as this specimen. Also main crystal reaches and impressive 2.7cm in size. A small crystal at lower left is damaged at one tip, and the tip of the large crystal appears to have grown against schist on the opposite side of the pocket it formed in.


US151 - Benitoite $ 600 (=~ AUS$ 584)
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us151a.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us151b.jpg]

Two Benitoite crystals that contrast well against the white Natrolite matrix. Crystals are translucent with good blue color. The largest is 1.2cm and essentially triply terminated (one termination is intergrown withthe Natrolite).


US152 - Benitoite $ 2600 (=~ AUS$ 2532)
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
small cabinet - 7.7 x 6.3 x 2 cm


Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us152a.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us152b.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us152c.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us152d.jpg]

Approximately 50-60 deep blue Benitoite crystals on schist matrix with Natrolite (and one Joaquinite!). One crystal shows damage and some show etching. Great coverage, great color, pics say it all.


US153 - Benitoite, Neptunite, Joaquinite $ 800 (=~ AUS$ 779)
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
miniature - 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm


Benitoite, Neptunite, Joaquinite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us153a.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite, Joaquinite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us153b.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite, Joaquinite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us153c.jpg]

A 2.8cm vertically oriented Neptunite with a 1.5cm Benitoite and two small golden Joaquinite crystals. Nice structure and very attractive.


NA627 - Manganoan Adamite $ 800 (=~ AUS$ 779)
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


Manganoan Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na627a.jpg] Manganoan Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na627b.jpg] Manganoan Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na627c.jpg]

Dark Geothite matrix covered by lustrous white and purple Adamite crystals.


NA628 - Manganoan Adamite $ 900 (=~ AUS$ 877)
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
thumbnail - 3 x 3 x 3 cm


Manganoan Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na628a.jpg] Manganoan Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na628b.jpg] Manganoan Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na628c.jpg]

Large, lustrous white and purple Adamite crystals. Crystals are undamaged and reach 3cm in length.


TZ120 - Tanzanite $ 500 (=~ AUS$ 487)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.2 x 0.8 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz120a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz120b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz120c.jpg]

Exquisite gem crystal. Undamaged with great luster and transparency. This is a really fine crystal and well priced for the degree of quality, even has a phantom. Natural, unheated gem crystal.


TZ123 - Tanzanite $ 3500 (=~ AUS$ 3409)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.4 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz123a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz123b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz123c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz123d.jpg]

Exquisite gem crystal, undamaged and unheated with great luster and transparency. Superb quality here, and a real winner of a specimen. 55 carats of nearly 100% facet grade Tanzanite. Great crystal.


TZ124 - Prehnite $ 400 (=~ AUS$ 390)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 5 x 4 x 3.6 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz124a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz124b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz124c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz124d.jpg]

Thick cluster of curved blue Prehnite crystals. A little bit rough around the edges but the best specimen of the few I saw available with a nice formation of thick curving crystals rather than the single tabular crystals.The color of the blue intensifies in natural sunlight and gets very deeply colored in the thicker parts.


TZ125 - Magnesio-axinite $ 450 (=~ AUS$ 438)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.6 x 0.4 cm


Magnesio-axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz125a.jpg] Magnesio-axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz125b.jpg] Magnesio-axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz125c.jpg]

Gemmy purple crystal, undamaged except along the bottom where it was attached to the matrix. Good color and uncommonly good in terms of lack of damage.


TZ126 - Magnesio-axinite $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 341)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.4 x 1.8 x 0.3 cm


Magnesio-axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz126a.jpg] Magnesio-axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz126b.jpg]

Gemmy light purple crystal, undamaged except along the bottom where it was attached to the matrix and very trivial chatter along the edge, sub-1mm. Good transparency and uncommonly good in terms of damage.


TZ128 - Quartz on Tanzanite $ 800 (=~ AUS$ 779)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Quartz on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz128a.jpg] Quartz on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz128b.jpg] Quartz on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz128c.jpg]

Sculptural Quartz crystal on Tanzanite. Rarely seen Quartz crystal from Merelani on a terminated Tanzanite crystal. The Quartz is 4cm tall with complex form and sharply pointed termination. A small flake of Tanzanite at the base of the Quartz came off while I was cleaning it and I have reattached it.


TZ129 - Tanzanite $ 4200 (=~ AUS$ 4091)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 2 x 1.3 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz129a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz129b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz129c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz129d.jpg]

High quality single crystal, very gemmy near termination. Trichroic with good red color up the C-axis. Natural, unheated, and undamaged. Weighs 116 carats.



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