Selected Specimens

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TZ131 - Diopside with Graphite $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 202)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.1 x 0.6 cm


Diopside with Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz131a.jpg] Diopside with Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz131b.jpg] Diopside with Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz131c.jpg]

Sharply formed crystal with good luster and highly transparent. With attached Graphite on backside. More transparent than typical Diopsides from here.


TZ133 - Tsavorite $ 2400 (=~ CAN$ 2425)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.2 x 0.9 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz133a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz133b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz133c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz133d.jpg]

This is a rare nearly perfect and complete Tsavorite crystal. Tsavorite typically form on graphite and almost always have a contact on the bottom where they were attached to the Graphite. This one grew atop the thin edges of Graphite crystals. Although there are some dark colored grooves on the bottom surface caused by the Graphite crystals, it is fully crystallized all around. Under a loupe I found a couple tiny nicks on the bottom, otherwise it is undamaged and of exceptional quality, and it has great color.


TZ135 - Tanzanite $ 900 (=~ CAN$ 910)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz135a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz135b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz135c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz135d.jpg]

Fine quality Tanzanite crystal that is complete all around with good gem zones. Trichroic with blue and purple coloration from the sides and a good red color up the C-axis. Natural, unheated, and with hardly any damage (just a couple very tiny edge nicks). A good value for the price. I backlit one photo for fun.


TZ136 - Chabazite on Prehnite $ 450 (=~ CAN$ 455)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.2 x 2 x 2 cm


Chabazite on Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz136a.jpg] Chabazite on Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz136b.jpg] Chabazite on Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz136c.jpg]

Translucent yellow Prehnite sprinkled with small brown crystals of Chabazite. This is the finest quality yellow Prehnite specimen I've seen from Merelani. A bit of Tanzanite attached to the bottom too.


TZ137 - Tanzanite $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 202)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz137a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz137b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz137c.jpg]

Single Tanzanite crystal with a good, uniform shape. Trichroic with blue and purple coloration from the sides and a good red color up the C-axis. Natural, unheated, and undamaged.


TS178 - Cerussite $ 7500 (=~ CAN$ 7580)
Tsumeb, Namibia
cabinet - 11 x 8 x 5 cm


Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts178a.jpg] Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts178b.jpg] Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts178c.jpg] Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts178d.jpg]

Large, complete Cerussite in amazing condition considering it's a large, old, and brittle mineral - I can only a few small areas of contact or damage and even the bottom is crystallized. These fine, large Cerussites from Tsumeb are increasingly hard to acquire


TZ141 - Tanzanite $ 300 (=~ CAN$ 303)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.8 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz141a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz141b.jpg]

A 3cm wide double-terminated Tanzanite set across the top of another Tanzanite. I found this in a parcel of heated Tanzanite crystals, but you rarely find double terminated Tanzanite and the composition of the crystals was so nice that I bought it despite it having been heated.


AF816 - Azurite $ 350 (=~ CAN$ 354)
Touissit, Morocco
thumbnail - 2.6 x 1.2 x 0.6 cm


Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af816a.jpg] Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af816b.jpg] Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af816c.jpg]

Single Azurite crystal with lots of small side crystals. Good luster and undamaged.


AF798 - Azurite $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 202)
Bou Bekker Mine, Touissit, Morocco
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


Azurite from Bou Bekker Mine, Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af798a.jpg] Azurite from Bou Bekker Mine, Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af798b.jpg] Azurite from Bou Bekker Mine, Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af798c.jpg]

Undamaged, floater cluster of Azurite crystals wwith minor amounts of Malachite. The crystals have good form and luster and display a wide range of sizes up to 1.5cm.


AF799 - Cuprite with Calcite $ 400 (=~ CAN$ 404)
Mashamba Mine, Katanga, Congo
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 5 cm


Cuprite with Calcite from Mashamba Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/af799a.jpg] Cuprite with Calcite from Mashamba Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/af799b.jpg] Cuprite with Calcite from Mashamba Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/af799c.jpg]

Cuprite crystals with pink Calcite crystals on matix. Display face is 6cm tall and 5cm wide, with Calcite and and an additional small Cuprite on the backside. Main Cuprite crystal is 1.4cm.


A318 - Lollingite on Scheelite $ 350 (=~ CAN$ 354)
Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 5.8 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm


Lollingite on Scheelite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a318a.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a318b.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a318c.jpg]

A 4.5 cm Scheelite crystal that is partially coated by Lollingite. The Scheelite crystal is partially etched. The Scheelite has a metallic silver-colored mineral (looks like Molybdenite) that formed as an epimorph of the Scheelite and was later covered by another layer of Scheelite.


A320 - Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz $ 300 (=~ CAN$ 303)
Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China
cabinet - 10.5 x 10 x 5 cm


Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a320a.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a320b.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a320c.jpg]

Large 4.5cm Scheelite crystal that is partially coated by Lollingite associated with green Quartz over Magnetite. The Scheelite crystal is partially etched, revealing a metallic silver-colored mineral (looks like Molybdenite) that formed as an epimorph of the Scheelite and was later covered by another layer of Scheelite. An interesting specimen that also has visual pizzaz due to the shiny Lollingite and green Quartz. Other Scheelite are present and completely covered by Lollingite.


A322 - Elbaite with Beryl on Albite $ 1500 (=~ CAN$ 1516)
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4 x 3.6 cm


Elbaite with Beryl on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a322a.jpg] Elbaite with Beryl on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a322b.jpg] Elbaite with Beryl on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a322c.jpg] Elbaite with Beryl on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a322d.jpg]

Fine, floater specimen of a spherical cluster of Albite bladed crystals with attached Elbaite and Beryl. The largest Elbaite is a double-terminated 4.3 cm crystal with a translucent sea green color. The Beryl is colorless and 2 cm wide. Fine and undamaged and good from all angles.


A323 - Beryl with Elbaite and Albite $ 400 (=~ CAN$ 404)
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4 x 3.6 cm


Beryl with Elbaite and Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a323a.jpg] Beryl with Elbaite and Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a323b.jpg] Beryl with Elbaite and Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a323c.jpg]

Interesting floater specimen of a colorless to pale blue Beryl. Attached to one side is a green Elbaite that is naturally curved caused by fraturing and rehealing in the pagmatite pocket in which it grew. On the other side is a translucent Albite rising up and away from the Beryl. The bottom is rehealed making this a floater. Undamaged with a nice composition.


A327 - Anatase on Quartz $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 202)
Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 5 cm


Anatase on Quartz from Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a327a.jpg] Anatase on Quartz from Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a327b.jpg] Anatase on Quartz from Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a327c.jpg] Anatase on Quartz from Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a327d.jpg]

Sharply formed Anatase crystals on Albite associated with Quartz crystals. Nine Anatase crystals to about 7mm in size. Some of the Quartz crystal has green Chlorite inclusions.



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