Selected Specimens

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J550 - Stannite $ 180
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.8 cm


Stannite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J550a.jpg] Stannite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J550b.jpg] Stannite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J550c.jpg]

Lustrous metallic, bronze-colored crystals of Stannite. Yaogangxian Stannite is in my opinion the best in the world. This is a pristine cluster with mica atttached to the backside, with a point of contact at the base.


J514 - Rhodochrosite after bivalve $ 350
Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine
miniature - 3.7 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm


Rhodochrosite after bivalve from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J514a.jpg] Rhodochrosite after bivalve from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J514b.jpg] Rhodochrosite after bivalve from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J514d.jpg]

A fossil bivalve shell that has been completely replaced by pink Rhodochrosite. The shell is wonderfully preserved with both sides present and in perfect condition. One end has been cut to reveal the pink Rhodochrosite inside.The old iron mine where these were found is long closed and these are no longer being found. An undamaged, very well preserved example.


J508 - Spinel $ 180
Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.5 x 1 cm


Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J508a.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J508b.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J508c.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J508d.jpg]

Two attached red Spinel crystals that contrast well agains the white matrix. These are transparent crystal, but with internal fracturing. Good color and luster and dispays perfectly from the front, with some contacting onthe backside.


J272 - Spessartine gemstone $ 190
Namibia (?)
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.4 cm


Spessartine gemstone from Namibia (?) [db_pics/pics/J272a.jpg] Spessartine gemstone from Namibia (?) [db_pics/pics/J272b.jpg] Spessartine gemstone from Namibia (?) [db_pics/pics/J272c.jpg] Spessartine gemstone from Namibia (?) [db_pics/pics/J272d.jpg]

6mm round Spessartine gemstone weighing 1.65 carats. The old label from 2003 calls it 'Mandarin Garnet' and shows of price of $100. Great color!


J639 - Tsavorite with Diopside $ 250
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.3 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J639a.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J639b.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J639c.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J639d.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J639e.jpg]

Double-terminated glassy and gemmy Diopside crystal with attached Pyrite and Tsavorite crystals. There are aslo a few Graphite crystals present, with some perfect crystals included within the Diopside.


J641 - Tsavorite with Diopside $ 160
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 1 x 0.8 cm


Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J641a.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J641b.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J641c.jpg]

Undamaged cluster of Diopside, Graphite, and Tsavorite crystals. The Diopside crytal is double-terminated. Floater specimen crystallized all around.


J645 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 240
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J645a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J645b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J645c.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J645d.jpg]

Gorgeous and gemmy cluster of Tsavorite crystals atop a matrix of Graphite over Quartz. The cluster is about 1.3cm wide. There is some irregular growth on the right side caused by Graphite crystals but is not damaged.


J649 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 150
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J649a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J649b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J649c.jpg]

Gemmy Tsavorite crystals to 5mm atop a matrix of Graphite over Quartz. The crystals are bright and transparent and most are perfect with some damaged along the edge.


J650 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 250
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J650a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J650b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J650c.jpg]

Dense coverage of gemmy Tsavorite crystals atop a matrix of Graphite. Undamaged.


J651 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 250
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 1 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J651a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J651b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J651c.jpg]

Dense coverage of gemmy Tsavorite crystals, Diopside, and lsutrous metallic Pyrite crytals atop a matrix of Graphite. Undamaged.


J652 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.3 x 3 x 1.5 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J652a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J652b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J652c.jpg]

Excellent colored gemmy Tsavorite crystals to 5mm atop a matrix of crystallized Graphite. Undamaged.


J654 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 250
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.7 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J654a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J654b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J654c.jpg]

Dense coverage of gemmy Tsavorite and Diopside crystals atop a matrix of Graphite. There is a single Pyrite in the center. Undamaged.


J656 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 2.3 x 2 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J656a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J656b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J656c.jpg]

A 1.8cm elongated faden Tsavorite crystal group attached to a flat, transparent unidentified crytal, possibly Tanzanite, on a matrix of Graphite, Pyrite crystals, and unidentifed white crystals.


J657 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 230
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1.2 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J657a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J657b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J657c.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J657d.jpg]

Dense coverage of gemmy Tsavorite crystals to 7mm and a Diopside crystal atop a matrix of Graphite crystals. Undamaged.


J658 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 260
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J658a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J658b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J658c.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J658d.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J658e.jpg]

Floater cluster of gemmy Tsavorite crystals, Diopside, and Pyrite crystals on Graphite crystals. Undamaged.



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