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TZ216 - Prehnite on Tanzanite $ 40000
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6 x 3.3 x 1.4 cm


Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz216a.jpg] Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz216b.jpg] Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz216c.jpg] Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz216d.jpg] Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz216e.jpg] Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz216f.jpg] Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz216g.jpg]

Fine and aesthetic Tanzanite crystal with superb color and high degree of transparency. Natural and unheated. This is a great crystal for a variety of reasons: 1) the color is as good as it gets, 2) it is undamaged, 3) it has a high degree of transparency - but not only that, whereas many tanzanites only have transparency at the top, they also taper greatly towards the termination, meaning the transparency is only in a thin zone at the top. This crystal has a uniform thickness top to bottom, which makes the transparency even more impressive, and gives it significant gem value, 4) the attached clusters of yellow Prehnite add color contrast and pizzaz, and 5), it has a unique form, like 2 crystals attached side by side. I have viewed thousands of Tanzanites over the years and this one really stands out in terms of quality, aesthetics, and uniqueness. Weighs 65.8 grams.


TS210 - Copper with Cerussite, Malachite $ 950
Tsumeb, Namibia
large cabinet - 21 x 11 x 9 cm


Copper with Cerussite, Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts210a.jpg] Copper with Cerussite, Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts210b.jpg] Copper with Cerussite, Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts210c.jpg] Copper with Cerussite, Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts210d.jpg]

Large coral-like formation of Copper encrusted with Malachite and Cerussite crystals. This is one big chunk of Tsumeb, large and heavy with virtually no matrix. While the larger Cerussite occur mostly with the Malachite, the whole specimen has small Cerussites sprinkled on it on all sides. Nicely shaped on all sides too, a floater with no point of contact.


K100 - Hematite $ 450
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.8 x 2.6 x 2.5 cm


Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k100a.jpg] Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k100b.jpg] Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k100c.jpg] Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k100d.jpg]

Cluster of prismatic Hematite crystals. These are a rare form, hexagonal in cross-section with a flat termination from a single pocket found approximately 5-6 years ago.


K101 - Hematite $ 450
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm


Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k101a.jpg] Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k101b.jpg] Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k101c.jpg] Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k101d.jpg]

Cluster of prismatic Hematite crystals. These are a rare form, hexagonal in cross-section with a flat termination from a single pocket found approximately 5-6 years ago.


K102 - Hematite $ 750
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1 x 0.8 cm


Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k102a.jpg] Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k102b.jpg] Hematite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/k102c.jpg]

Prismatic Hematite crystal, a near floater, double terminated and complete all around with a contact at the mid-backside where another crystal was present. These is a rare form of Hematite, hexagonal in cross-section with a flat termination from a single pocket found approximately 5-6 years ago.


E238 - Copper after Cuprite with Silver $ 1200
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.9 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm


Copper after Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e238a.jpg] Copper after Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e238b.jpg] Copper after Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e238c.jpg]

Intergrown octahedrons of Copper that have nearly completely replaced earlier Cuprite crystals (just a touch of Cuprite is visible). Complete all around and undamaged. Small areas of Silver are aso present giving it added appeal. This is an exceptional specimen as most of these have a coarser appearance due to larger subcrystals of Copper. The finess of the Copper leads to a much sharper crystal.


TZ221 - Tsavorite $ 950
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz221a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz221b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz221c.jpg]

Large single crystal with great transparency and bright, glassy luster. Damaged on backside where it was likely detached from matrix, front side shows bright green and transparent with big glassy faces. Weighs 6.8 grams.


TS190 - Hydrocerussite $ 200
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3 cm


Hydrocerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts190a.jpg] Hydrocerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts190b.jpg] Hydrocerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts190c.jpg]

Floater specimen of two intergrown Hydrocerussite crystals on Dolomite. Main crystal is 3.9cm tall. Some edge chipping present but overall in good condition.


TS191 - Cerussite with Mimetite $ 300
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


Cerussite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts191a.jpg] Cerussite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts191b.jpg] Cerussite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts191c.jpg]

Near floater specimen (a little bit of contacting present on left side only) of numerous Cerussite sixling twins and bright yellow Mimetite crystals. Main Cerussite crystal is 2cm across, but there are also about 10 others present, all around the front, back, and sides. In great condition, interesting piece.


TS194 - Hausmanite with Ettringite, Andradite $ 240
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2 cm


Hausmanite with Ettringite, Andradite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/ts194a.jpg] Hausmanite with Ettringite, Andradite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/ts194b.jpg] Hausmanite with Ettringite, Andradite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/ts194c.jpg] Hausmanite with Ettringite, Andradite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/ts194d.jpg]

Fine quality Hausmanite (sharply formed with very bright, satiny luster) with an attached pale yellow Ettringite crystal on red Andradite.


TS196 - Cerussite $ 280
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts196a.jpg] Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts196b.jpg] Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts196c.jpg]

Floater specimen of two Cerussite crystal on a grey matrix covered by irridescent blue and gold micro sulfide crystals. Central crystal is a 1.6cm twin. Top crystal is somewhat hidden behind the matrix, with the individual crystals sticking out from behind the matrix.


TZ227 - Tsavorite $ 650
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 2 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz227a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz227b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz227c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz227d.jpg]

Large single crystal with areas of transparency and bright, glassy luster. There is damage in a few areas on the edges, but interestingly this one was nearly a floater as both the top and bottom faces are present and smooth and glassy (usually the bottom face is either covered in graphite or shows indentations from graphite crystals). Big and green with big glassy faces. Black Graphite inclusing inside near one face.


TZ229 - Tsavorite $ 2000
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz229a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz229b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz229c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz229d.jpg]

Floater single crystal of Tsavorite. This was the best complete single crystal out of hundreds I examined from the recent finds of mid 2013. Great luster and transparency with some Graphite inclusions. Under a loupe I can find two tiny dings on edges, otherwise perfect.


TZ231 - Magnesio Axinite $ 900
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.0 x 0.6 cm


Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz231a.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz231b.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz231c.jpg]

Superb quality single crystal with purple coloration. Sharp and highly glassy. Very slight chatter along edges, otherwise undamaged. Front and backsides shown.


TZ232 - Magnesio Axinite $ 1500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.2 x 2.8 x 0.8 cm


Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz232a.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz232b.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz232c.jpg]

Superb quality single crystal with purple coloration. Sharp and highly glassy. Very slight chatter along edges, otherwise undamaged.



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