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K143 - Topaz $ 160 (=~ AUS$ 211)
Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.9 x 1.7 x 1 cm


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Topaz from Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/k143a.jpg] Topaz from Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/k143b.jpg] Topaz from Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/k143c.jpg] Topaz from Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/k143d.jpg]

Water-clear single Topaz crystal from the famous Klein Spitzkopje locality. Complete all around and undamaged except for a little chipping on one edge. Clear enough to facet.


K136 - Clinoatacamite $ 425 (=~ AUS$ 561)
Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 3.5 cm


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Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/k136a.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/k136b.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/k136c.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/k136d.jpg]

High quality specimen of Clinoatacamite with an isolated crystals atop sparkling drusy Quartz crystals. Good crystals of this rare species. The Lily Mine is now closed.


D152 - Prehnite $ 1800 (=~ AUS$ 2376)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
cabinet - 12.5 x 7.5 x 6 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152d.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152e.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152f.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152g.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152h.jpg]

Large, catepillar-like formation of Prehnite crystals. A very interesting specimen for it's unique form, distinct crystals, and coloration (way better than photos - the camera didn't pick up the blue green color well). New finds at Merelani have produced Prehnites with a color I've not seen before, sort of a mixture of both green and blue. This specimen features both typical lemon yellow and the new blue/green colored crystals. While most Prehnites from other parts of the world occur as botryoidal masses or spheres, Merelani produces well formed, distinct crystals, and this specimen is loaded wtih them. It has double-terminated clusters to 5cm and individual crystals to 3cm. There is one small smooth area where it contacted a Calcite crystal, otherwise it's a floater covered by crystals on all sides, with little if any damage. One of the best, if not the best, Merelani Prehnite I've had. Minor Pyrite and Graphite in association.


D154 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 1250 (=~ AUS$ 1650)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
cabinet - 12.5 x 6 x 3.5 cm


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Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d154a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d154b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d154c.jpg]

Rare large matrix sized specimen of glassy and transparent Tsavorite crystals (green Grossular), Diopside crystals, and small white crystals of Chabazite (?) on a Graphite crystal covered matrix. This is an uncommon and classic example of many minerals from the Merelani mineral suite, all in one large, colorful specimen.


D156 - Heliodor $ 1500 (=~ AUS$ 1980)
Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine
small cabinet - 5.7 x 2 x 1.8 cm


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Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/d156a.jpg] Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/d156b.jpg] Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/d156c.jpg]

Exquisite gem Heliodor crystal with typical etching for the locality, though it retains alot of it's original hexagonal form. Good luster and all gem internally. Complete and undamaged with a naturally etched hollow area at the rear termination area. Weighs 30.73 grams.


D161 - Azurite $ 800 (=~ AUS$ 1056)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 5 x 3.3 x 2 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d161a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d161b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d161c.jpg]

Undamaged floater crystal group with no points of contact - nothing but great crystals. The crystals have good luster and fantastic electric blue color. This specimen is from what was called the Watercourse Pocket. The main, central crystal has a little area of Malachite poking out one end. There has been plenty of Milpillas Azurite found, but I consider these watercours pocket floater specimens to be among the best for the mine.


D162 - Azurite $ 600 (=~ AUS$ 792)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d162a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d162b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d162c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d162d.jpg]

Floater crystal group of Azurite with no points of contact - nothing but great crystals. The crystals have good luster and fantastic electric blue color. This specimen is from what was called the Watercourse Pocket. There are some fibers of Malachite attached and a couple crystls show areas of alteration to Malachite. There si one tiny crystal that is damaged, likely due to the internal alteration to Malachite, otherwise the specimen is undamaged. There has been plenty of Milpillas Azurite found, but I consider these watercours pocket floater specimens to be among the best for the mine.


D164 - Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite $ 2500 (=~ AUS$ 3300)
Tongbei, Fujian Province, China
cabinet - 14 x 9 x 7 cm


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Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164a.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164b.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164c.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164d.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164e.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164f.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164g.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164h.jpg]

Smokey Quartz, Muscovite, Spessartine crystals and even one transparent octahedron of Fluorite atop blocky white Microcline Feldspar crystals. Well balanced specimen with transparent Smokey Quartz crystals rising up in the rear central portion and a backdrop to Spessartine crystals atop a book of Muscovite. This was the best specimen of a lot I reviewed with Debbie Meng during the first years when these were being found, perhaps 20 years ago. There are a few partial Spessartines, which look more like natural corrosion than damage. otherwise all the crystals are perfect and undamaged.


D169 - Copper after Azurite $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 264)
Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/d169a.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/d169b.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/d169c.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/d169d.jpg]

A floater cluster of Azurite that has been completely replaced by Copper. Complete on both sides with well defined, sharp edges. A remarkable and fantastic specimen.


D172 - Montebrasite $ 280 (=~ AUS$ 370)
Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.9 x 0.9 cm


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Montebrasite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/d172a.jpg] Montebrasite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/d172b.jpg] Montebrasite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/d172c.jpg] Montebrasite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/d172d.jpg]

Splendid gem crystal of Montebrasite. Older specimen with good lustrous crystal faces all around, medium yellow color, and good transparency. Both sides shown. Undamaged.


D173 - Petalite $ 160 (=~ AUS$ 211)
Momeik, Myanmar (Burma)
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm


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Petalite from Momeik, Myanmar (Burma) [db_pics/pics/d173a.jpg] Petalite from Momeik, Myanmar (Burma) [db_pics/pics/d173b.jpg] Petalite from Momeik, Myanmar (Burma) [db_pics/pics/d173c.jpg] Petalite from Momeik, Myanmar (Burma) [db_pics/pics/d173d.jpg]

Rare crystal of transparent, smokey colored Petalite. Terminated crystal with good front and side faces and contacting on the lower back face.


D174 - Malachite over Cuprite $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 462)
Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.1 x 2 x 1.8 cm


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Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d174a.jpg] Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d174b.jpg] Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d174c.jpg]

Well formed crystal of Cuprite covered with a thin coating of Malachite on a small amount of Calcite matrix. The Cuprite in these specimens are often transparent and faceted into gemstones. These are classics and now hard to find. The main crystal shows good well defined edges and is 2cm wide. There is a partial crystal on the back, which I actually like because it offers a window into the bright red Cuprite interior but does not detract when viewed from the front.


D175 - Malachite over Cuprite $ 260 (=~ AUS$ 343)
Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm


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Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d175a.jpg] Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d175b.jpg] Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d175c.jpg]

Well formed crystal of Cuprite with a thin coating of Malachite. The Cuprite in these specimens are often transparent and faceted into gemstones. These are classics and now hard to find. The crystal shows good well defined edges and is almost completely covered by Malachite. there is a small chip on the back that gives a window into the bright red Cuprite interior but does not detract when viewed from the front.


D356 - Zircon $ 120 (=~ AUS$ 158)
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 0.5 x 0.4 cm


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Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D356a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D356b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D356c.jpg]

Single gemmy Zircon crystal with a nice wine red to red brown coloration. Complete all around and undamaged except for some slight edge chipping. Smooth, flat crystal faces. Zircon crystals from this locality often have long thin surface grooves caused by another unidentified crystal. This crystal has such surface grooves, and it also has a crystal of the other mineral fully included inside it. A whitish colored crystal a full 1cm long can be seen running lengthwise in one side of the Zircon crystal.


D179 - Rhodochrosite $ 6000 (=~ AUS$ 7920)
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruma, South Africa
miniature - 3.2 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm


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Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruma, South Africa [db_pics/pics/d179a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruma, South Africa [db_pics/pics/d179b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruma, South Africa [db_pics/pics/d179c.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruma, South Africa [db_pics/pics/d179e.jpg]

Cluster of large scalenohedral Rhodochrosite from the famous old finds at the N'Chwanning Mine. The crystals are transparent to translucent with a deep cherry red coloration. The crystal are perfect and stand upright, with only 1 smaller crystal showing a cleave at the tip. Rare and hard to find specimen just released from a collection.
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