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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] Prehnite with Calcite, Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K305.mp4]

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] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K234.mp4]

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.


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.


MM104 - Japan twin Quartz with Augelite $ 450
Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad, Peru
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Japan twin Quartz with Augelite from Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad, Peru [db_pics/pics/mm104a.jpg] Japan twin Quartz with Augelite from Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad, Peru [db_pics/pics/mm104b.jpg] Japan twin Quartz with Augelite from Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad, Peru [db_pics/pics/mm104c.jpg]

Aesthetic thumbnail composed of transparent, Japan twin Quartz crystals all stacked together in an artistic arrangement. A perfect, terminated green Augelite sticks out from the base.


MM108 - Amethyst scepter $ 200
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
miniature - 3.5 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm


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Amethyst scepter from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm108a.jpg] Amethyst scepter from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm108b.jpg] Amethyst scepter from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mm108c.jpg]

Deep purple scepter overgrowth of Amethyst over a lighter colored Quartz crystal. Complete all around and undamaged with great color.


MM109 - Ilvaite $ 150
Dalnegorsk, Russia
thumbnail - 3 x 2.3 x 2.1 cm


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Ilvaite from Dalnegorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/mm109a.jpg] Ilvaite from Dalnegorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/mm109b.jpg] Ilvaite from Dalnegorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/mm109c.jpg] Ilvaite from Dalnegorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/mm109d.jpg]

Chunky single Ilvaite crystal, complete all around and undamaged. Good luster and a full sized thumbnail.


MM116 - Azurite on Malachite $ 650
Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 6.3 x 5 x 3 cm


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Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mm116a.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mm116b.jpg]

Sparkling, lustrous blue Azurite crystals atop Malachite. The Malachite occurs as fibrous crystal groups.


MM118 - Hematite with Quartz $ 2500
Big Bertha Mine (Veta Grande Mine), Dome Rock Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Hematite with Quartz from Big Bertha Mine (Veta Grande Mine), Dome Rock Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mm118a.jpg] Hematite with Quartz from Big Bertha Mine (Veta Grande Mine), Dome Rock Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mm118b.jpg] Hematite with Quartz from Big Bertha Mine (Veta Grande Mine), Dome Rock Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mm118c.jpg]

Stunning Hematite and Quartz specimen from the classic Arizona locality, likely from the late 1970s. Mirror lustrous tabular crystals to 1.9cm. Comes with an old Larry Conklin label that shows a price of $550 likely from decades ago. There are some small damaged crystals, still this is by far the best I've owned or seen, though admittedly I have not seen many - they are uncommon, Mindat only shows 18 specimens.
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