Selected Specimens

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A970 - Elbaite (R) $ 150 (=~ CAN$ 152)
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
miniature - 4 x 2.8 x 2.0 cm


Elbaite (R) from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a970a.jpg] Elbaite (R) from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a970b.jpg]

Highly aesthetic grouping of five double-terminated Elbaite crystals intergrown with Albite. The Elbaite are green with clear terminations. One Elbaite has one professional repair. 


TZ238 - Alabandite $ 300 (=~ CAN$ 303)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz238a.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz238b.jpg]

Large single octahedral crystal. One tip is intergrown with Tanzanite. The crystal shows natural etching and is good sized for the find and huge by world standards.


TZ241 - Dravite $ 120 (=~ CAN$ 121)
Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 0.9 x 0.8 cm


Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz241a.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz241b.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz241c.jpg]

Facet quality single crystal, yellow brown coloration. Slight chipping along edges, excellent transparency.


TZ252 - Prehnite $ 300 (=~ CAN$ 303)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz252a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz252b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz252c.jpg]

Blue Prehnite specimen about as good as these get form wise as most of these are massess of crystals with at least some damage around the edges. This is a clean group front and back, nearly a floater with some traces of Graphite on the bottom where it was attached. These have a nice color change between shades of blue in different lighting.


C100 - Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph $ 100 (=~ CAN$ 101)
Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm


Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c100a.jpg] Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c100b.jpg] Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c100c.jpg]

Large single Andradite crystal that formed as a cast over a previous Andradite. When viewed from the side you can see the growth history with alternating layers of Andradite and Epidote psuedomorph after andradite.


C101 - Epidote after Andradite $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 202)
Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California
miniature - 4 x 3 x 3 cm


Epidote after Andradite from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c101a.jpg] Epidote after Andradite from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c101b.jpg]

Cluster of green Epidote after Andradite crystals. The crystals are sharply formed and reach 2.5cm in size. There are a couple remaining traces of a thin veneer of Andradite that was once present over the Epidote.


C102 - Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph $ 180 (=~ CAN$ 182)
Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2 x 2.0 cm


Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c102a.jpg] Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c102b.jpg] Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c102c.jpg]

Interesting specimen that at first glance looks like a pair of good Andradite crystals. But if you look at the back you see that the red Andradite forms a thin layer over Epidote that completely replaced previous Andradite crystals.


C108 - Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph $ 100 (=~ CAN$ 101)
Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California
miniature - 5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c108a.jpg] Andradite, Epidote psuedomorph from Garnet Hill Mine, Claveras Co., California [db_pics/pics/c108b.jpg]

Pair of large Andradite crystals that formed as casts over previous Andradites. When viewed from the side you can see the growth history with alternating layers of Andradite and Epidote psuedomorph after Andradite.


TZ253 - Tanzanite $ 250 (=~ CAN$ 253)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.2 x 1.0 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz253a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz253b.jpg]

Gemmy single crystal in excellent condition. A complete crystal with great transparency. The crystal exhibits blue and purple pleochrosim when viewed from the front and sides. Although this crystal was purchased as part of a parcel of unheated crytals, the lack of a red coloration up the C-axis indicates that this crystal may have been heated. Regardless, it is a robust crystal more transparent than most and a great buy at this price.


TZ254 - Wurtzite $ 100 (=~ CAN$ 101)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.2 x 0.9 x 0.9 cm


Wurtzite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz254a.jpg] Wurtzite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz254b.jpg]

Single translucent orange crystal with a stepped termination. Contacted along the backside.


TZ257 - Dravite $ 80 (=~ CAN$ 81)
Namalulu, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.2 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm


Dravite from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz257a.jpg]

Transparent reddish brown crystal section of Dravite with an unusual, etched looking form. From a new find.


TZ261 - Zircon $ 60 (=~ CAN$ 61)
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz261a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz261b.jpg]

Complete, steeply terminated single crystal with areas of good transparency, deep red/brown color.


TZ264 - Spessartine $ 400 (=~ CAN$ 404)
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.


TS201 - Azurite $ 80 (=~ CAN$ 81)
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4.3 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm


Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts201a.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts201b.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts201c.jpg]

An open vug in matrix loaded with prismatic Azurite crystals. The Auzrite crystals are highly translucent with great color.


TS202 - Malachite after Azurite $ 180 (=~ CAN$ 182)
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm


Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts202a.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts202b.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts202c.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts202d.jpg]

A 1.7cm wide chisel-shaped crystal of Malachite after Azurite associated with other smaller crystals. Wel formed crystals with good chatoyancy to the Malachite.



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