Selected Specimens

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K297 - Spessartine $ 750
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm


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Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K297a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K297b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K297c.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K297d.jpg]

Bright citrus orange Spessartine crystal, complete all around. Equant form with gem zones. There is some natural small surface pits, but no damage. This is a good one, with minimal black inclusions that negatively affect most of these. The intensity of color and gem zones are even more apparent with backlighting. These are no longer being found. Weighs 20.7 grams.


K323 - Chalcopyrite with Quartz $ 280
Madan, Rhodope Mts., Bulgaria
cabinet - 9.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm


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Chalcopyrite with Quartz from Madan, Rhodope Mts., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/K323a.jpg] Chalcopyrite with Quartz from Madan, Rhodope Mts., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/K323b.jpg] Chalcopyrite with Quartz from Madan, Rhodope Mts., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/K323c.jpg] Chalcopyrite with Quartz from Madan, Rhodope Mts., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/K323d.jpg]

Stunningly attractive specimen of transparent Quartz with bright, brassy Chalcopyrite crystals. These are fairly common minerals, but in a combination and form to produce this beauty. Both minerals are evenly distributed and in good condition with just a few missing Quartz crystals. The Quartz are uniform in size and transparent. An overall very bright and showy specimen.


K322 - Pyrite with Quartz $ 120
Shangbao Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 8 x 8 x 4 cm


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Pyrite with Quartz from Shangbao Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K322a.jpg] Pyrite with Quartz from Shangbao Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K322b.jpg] Pyrite with Quartz from Shangbao Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K322c.jpg]

Mirro bright and lustrous Pyrite cubes on a matrix of solid crystalline Pyrite. Associated are green Quartz crystals and traces of purple Fluorite. The Shangbao Mine is well know for fabulous Pyrite specimens andthis one does not dissappoint, with cubes to 2cm on edge.


K305 - Prehnite with Calcite, Tanzanite $ 1800
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5 x 4 cm


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Prehnite with Calcite, Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K305a.jpg] Prehnite with Calcite, Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K305b.jpg] Prehnite with Calcite, Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K305c.jpg] Prehnite with Calcite, Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K305d.jpg]

Individual spheres of yellow Prehnite grown in and around flat crystals of white Calcite. This is one of the most beautiful Merelani Prehnites I've ever seen. A fibrous blue Tanzanite and small white crystals (Laumontite?) are attached to the backside. A floater with no points of attachment and little to no damage.


K233 - Prehnite $ 280
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K233a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K233b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K233c.jpg]

This is a very interesting Prehnite composed of an almost perfect sphere of solid Prehnite, like a translucent gumdrop, with larger crystals growing out of the sphere in various directions.


K234 - Prehnite $ 750
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K234a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K234b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K234c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K234d.jpg]

Spherical, mound-shaped Prehnite with large, chunky crystals. This is a very good one in terms of form, size, color, and quality. Nearly pristine with just a couple minor nicked crystal tips.


K237 - Prehnite with Tanzanite $ 750
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Prehnite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K237a.jpg] Prehnite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K237b.jpg] Prehnite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K237c.jpg] Prehnite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K237d.jpg]

Solid, translucent yellow Prehnite with large, chunky crystals. This is a very good one with a little contacting on the left edge and a partial Tanzanite attached near the base, but the entire front display face is perfect undamaged large crystals. This grew against the flat surface of a large Calcite crystal and the backside is flat and smooth.


K238 - Prehnite $ 450
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K238a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K238b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K238c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K238d.jpg]

Translucent blue/green Prehnite crystals with both a color and form new with these late 2018 finds of Prehnite from Merelani. These recent Prehnite have rounded orb formations that morph out into flat bladed crystals. The color, a blue/green/yellow is also a little different than I've seen before in Merelani Prehnites. Undamaged.


K313 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K313a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K313b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K313c.jpg]

Large, gemmy Tsavorite crystals on a matrix of solid Graphite. The Tsavorite have good color and transparency and reach 1cm in size. There is a bit of chipping which keeps the price much lower than it would otherwise be. Regardless, it displays well with good color and crystal size.


K321 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 275
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3 x 1.5 cm


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Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K321a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K321b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K321c.jpg]

Gemmy Tsavorite crystals on a matrix of solid Graphite. The Tsavorite have good color and transparency and reach 5mm in size. I found 1 small nick on one crystal, otherwise it's undamaged.


K300 - Fire Opal gemstone $ 260
Brazil
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.3 x 1 cm


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Fire Opal gemstone from Brazil [db_pics/pics/K300a.jpg] Fire Opal gemstone from Brazil [db_pics/pics/K300b.jpg] Fire Opal gemstone from Brazil [db_pics/pics/K300c.jpg] Fire Opal gemstone from Brazil [db_pics/pics/K300d.jpg]

Orange fire opal gemstone. Appears very clean with no inclusions or edge chips. This was bought about 25 years ago and shows an old price of $139. Weighs 11.35 carats.


K298 - Spessartine $ 650
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm


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Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K298a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K298b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K298c.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K298d.jpg]

Bright citrus orange Spessartine crystal, complete all around. Equant form with gem zones. There is one minor edge chip and some natural small surface pits, but no significant damage. This is a good one, with minimal black inclusions that negatively affect most of these. The intensity of color and gem zones are even more apparent with backlighting. These are no longer being found. Weighs 26.8 grams.


MM100 - Malachite after Azurite $ 260
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 4 cm


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Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm100a.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm100b.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm100c.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm100d.jpg]

Well formed crystals of Malachite after Azurite with a velvety surface luster. Individual crystals to 2.5cm. Highly sculptural and undamaged.


MM102 - Calcite $ 1600
Hercules Mine (Negra Mine), La Negra, Mun. Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico
small cabinet - 9 x 8 x 5 cm


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Calcite from Hercules Mine (Negra Mine), La Negra, Mun. Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm102a.jpg] Calcite from Hercules Mine (Negra Mine), La Negra, Mun. Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm102b.jpg] Calcite from Hercules Mine (Negra Mine), La Negra, Mun. Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm102c.jpg]

Spectacular, bright and gemmy Calcite crystals on matrix. Incredibly beautiful Calcite from a little know Mexican locality. Main crystal is 6.5cm tall and accented by numerous smaller crystals. Undamaged. Much better and brighter in person.


MM103 - Dioptase $ 1500
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/mm103a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/mm103b.jpg]

Interesting new Dioptase specimen from recent finds from early 2019. I posted a small number of these back in May of 2019 and recently acquired this single specimen. It is composed of a series of cup-like formations of bright, drusy Dioptase crystals.
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37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
133 134 135 136 137 138 139

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