Selected Specimens

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TZ261 - Zircon $ 60 (=~ ¥ 5882)
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 (=~ ¥ 39216)
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 (=~ ¥ 7843)
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 (=~ ¥ 17647)
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.


A115 - Apatite $ 400 (=~ ¥ 39216)
Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm


Apatite from Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a115a.jpg] Apatite from Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a115b.jpg] Apatite from Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a115c.jpg]

An 8mm wide crystal of purple Apatite well centered on matrix of Quartz and Lepidolite. Most Afghan purple Apatites I see are imperfect with bad luster or otherwise unsuitable as a fine specimen. This is the uncommon exception with good color, luster, and a nice display.


A143 - Fluorite $ 270 (=~ ¥ 26471)
Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China
small cabinet - 6 x 6 x 3.5 cm


Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a143a.jpg] Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a143b.jpg] Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a143c.jpg]

Fantastic water-clear fluorite crystals from a recent, limited find. Light green in color, undamaged, very fine quality.


A189 - Fluorite $ 125 (=~ ¥ 12255)
Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China
miniature - 5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a189a.jpg] Fluorite from Dongpo Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a189b.jpg]

Fantastic water-clear fluorite crystals from a recent, limited find. Light green in color, undamaged though lower left side of main crystal has some contacting.


AF1001 - Libethenite $ 150 (=~ ¥ 14706)
Rokana Mine, Kitwe, Zambia
thumbnail - 2 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm


Libethenite from Rokana Mine, Kitwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/af1001a.jpg] Libethenite from Rokana Mine, Kitwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/af1001b.jpg] Libethenite from Rokana Mine, Kitwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/af1001c.jpg]

Fibrous crystals of Libethenite on matrix, with the very tip of the main crystal having smooth, lustrous faces. Undamaged, from an old find.


TZ268 - Grossular var. Tsavorite $ 280 (=~ ¥ 27451)
Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x 0.6 cm


Grossular var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz268a.jpg] Grossular var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz268b.jpg] Grossular var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz268c.jpg]

Gemmy single crystal with highly glassy surface luster, great transparency.


A971 - Hematite on Quartz $ 450 (=~ ¥ 44118)
Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
cabinet - 13 x 5 x 4.5 cm


Hematite on Quartz from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a971a.jpg] Hematite on Quartz from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a971b.jpg] Hematite on Quartz from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a971c.jpg]

Large, some what flattened green Quartz crystal with internal purple zones, clean and undamaged. At the base are smaller Quartz crystals and beautiful rosettes of Hematite.


E389 - Liroconite $ 1800 (=~ ¥ 176471)
Wheal Gorland, Gwennap, Cornwall, England
miniature - 3.9 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, Gwennap, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/e389a.jpg] Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, Gwennap, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/e389b.jpg] Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, Gwennap, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/e389c.jpg]

Intense blue crystals of Lironconite in 3 separate vugs in matrix (two on front, one in backside). Crystals reach 3-4mm in size. Spectacular color!


PAK104 - Topaz $ 450 (=~ ¥ 44118)
Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
small cabinet - 6 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm


Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak104a.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak104b.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak104c.jpg]

Large 5cm double-terminated Topaz crystal on an Albite matrix. The lower portion of theTopaz has some included dark, elongated crystals of an unidentified mineral.


PAK105 - Topaz $ 500 (=~ ¥ 49020)
Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak105a.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak105b.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/pak105c.jpg]

Absolute gem of a double-terminated Topaz crystal on an Albite matix with another small gem Topaz in front. Highly transparent and complete all around, like a jewel set atop the Albite.


TZ271 - Alabandite with Pyrite, Tanzanite $ 225 (=~ ¥ 22059)
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
miniature - 3.6 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm


Alabandite with Pyrite, Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz271a.jpg] Alabandite with Pyrite, Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz271b.jpg] Alabandite with Pyrite, Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz271c.jpg]

Intergrown, rounded crystals of Alabandite associted with Pyrite and Tanzanite.


M101 - Azurite with Malachite $ 80 (=~ ¥ 7843)
Bou Bekker Mine, Touissit, Morocco
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Bou Bekker Mine, Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/m101a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bou Bekker Mine, Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/m101b.jpg]

Floater group of Azurite crystals with areas of Malachite.



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