Selected Specimens

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TZ197 - Alabandite $ 200 (=~ ¥ 19608)
Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 2 cm


Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz197a.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz197b.jpg]

Single black crystal.


TZ199 - Alabandite with Tanzanite $ 60 (=~ ¥ 5882)
Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
miniature - 3.2 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm


Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz199a.jpg] Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz199b.jpg] Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz199c.jpg]

Single black crystal.


TZ200 - Alabandite $ 125 (=~ ¥ 12255)
Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz200a.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz200b.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz200c.jpg]

Single black crystal.


TZ202 - Alabandite $ 250 (=~ ¥ 24510)
Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm


Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz202a.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz202b.jpg]

Single black crystal.


TZ205 - Alabandite $ 120 (=~ ¥ 11765)
Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm


Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz205a.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz205b.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz205c.jpg]

Single black crystal.


TS188 - Malachite after Azurite $ 100 (=~ ¥ 9804)
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 3.8 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm


Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts188a.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts188b.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts188c.jpg]

Crystals of Malachite after Azurite forming an attractive cluster. Teh crystal faces have a rich, satiny luster.


A963 - Elbaite $ 400 (=~ ¥ 39216)
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
miniature - 5 x 3 x 3.0 cm


Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a963a.jpg] Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a963b.jpg] Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a963c.jpg] Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a963d.jpg]

Elegant pair of multi-colored Elbaite on blades of white Feldspar. One end of the double-terminated crystals have a yellow color and pyramidal termination, the other ends have a green color and a flatter termination.


A964 - Elbaite with Quartz $ 1500 (=~ ¥ 147059)
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 5.0 cm


Elbaite with Quartz from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a964a.jpg] Elbaite with Quartz from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a964b.jpg] Elbaite with Quartz from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a964c.jpg] Elbaite with Quartz from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a964d.jpg]

Ten yellow-tipped Elbaite crystals that penetrate up and through blades of white Feldspar and a large transparent Quartz crystal. A gorgeous and unusual looking specimen.


A965 - Elbaite $ 350 (=~ ¥ 34314)
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm


Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a965a.jpg] Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a965b.jpg] Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a965c.jpg] Elbaite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a965d.jpg]

Double-terminated Elbaite attached to a double-terminated Quartz crystal. Main crystal is undamaged, though a tiny second Elbaite grown out of the Quartz is damaged across the termination, but it is so small you don't notice. Both crystals terminate in a yellow coloration.


TZ179 - Prehnite, Graphite on Tanzanite $ 1800 (=~ ¥ 176471)
Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm


Prehnite, Graphite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz179a.jpg] Prehnite, Graphite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz179b.jpg] Prehnite, Graphite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz179c.jpg]

Highly aesthetic and colorful specimen of a bright blue Tanzanite crystal partially covered by yellow Prehnite. Such specimens of yellow Prehnite on Tanzanite are uncommon, but even when found, they do not often form in such and showy manner as this. Note that there is Calcite and tiny hexagons of Graphite mixed among the Prehnite. Although the Calcite does not detract from the main display face, it does affect the beauty of the Prehnite when looking at the back and one side. I did not want to remove the Graphite crystals which would come off with the removal ofthe Calcite, however if you are not concerned about losing the Graphite, the overall aesthetics could be easily enhanced by removal of the Calcite.


TZ211 - Wurtzite $ 300 (=~ ¥ 29412)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm


Wurtzite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz211a.jpg] Wurtzite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz211b.jpg] Wurtzite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz211c.jpg]

Single crystal with a rich red/orange color, gemmy and bright.


TZ212 - Wurtzite with Sphalerite $ 250 (=~ ¥ 24510)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.0 x 1 cm


Wurtzite with Sphalerite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz212a.jpg] Wurtzite with Sphalerite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz212b.jpg]

Translucent red/orange color pagoda shaped crystal. At the tips are dark areas of epitaxial Sphalerite.


TZ215 - Tanzanite on Graphite $ 5000 (=~ ¥ 490196)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 3 cm


Tanzanite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz215a.jpg] Tanzanite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz215b.jpg] Tanzanite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz215c.jpg] Tanzanite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz215d.jpg]

A 3.5 cm tall Tanzanite on a Graphite matrix. Matrix Tanzanites are hard to come by, with the vast majority of specimens being single, loose crystals - just the nature of how they are formed and mining process. The Tanzanite has superb, glassy luster and lots of gem sections within. Tanzanite is a one locality mineral and the Merelani Tanzanite mines will someday be exhausted. This is a good opportunity to get a good matrix specimen while they are still available.


TZ216 - Prehnite on Tanzanite $ 40000 (=~ ¥ 3921569)
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 (=~ ¥ 93137)
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.



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