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M872 - Ilvaite $ 650
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872e.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with wide chisel-shaped terminations. Complete all around.


M888 - Ilvaite $ 180
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888c.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small area of Quartz in one termination face that has caused an indentation in the face. I'm not sure if it natural growth or damage as the Quartz itself is fully crystallized. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M906 - Chrysoberyl $ 225
Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906a.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906b.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906c.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906d.jpg]

Small sixling twin of Chrysoberyl. Although the top two are larger, all six 'legs' are present. Transluscent and undamaged.


M901 - Aquamarine $ 450
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 4 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm


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Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901a.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901b.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901c.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901d.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901e.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901.mp4]

Terminated single Aquamarine crystal with attached Muscovite and Albite. Glassy luster and gemmy with very slight surface etching. I found one tiny, trivial nick, otherwise complete all around and undamaged.


M913 - Tourmaline $ 2000
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913a.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913b.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913c.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913d.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913e.jpg]

Highly aesthetic cluster of 4 intergrown Tourmaline crystals with alternating colors of green and red. Interestingly, the taller crystals have more typical terminations and the shortest crystals has a more flat termination face. Undamaged.


M916 - Aquamarine $ 450
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 4.7 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916a.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916b.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916c.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916d.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916e.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916f.jpg]

Gemmy Aquamarine crystals intergrown with Quartz and Albite a a few black tourmaline inclusions. This is an undamaged floater fully crystallized all around.


M914 - Topaz $ 650
Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 5 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm


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Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914a.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914b.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914c.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914d.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914e.jpg]

Double-terminated gem Topaz crystal with attached Quartz and Albite. Transparent and undamaged.


M921 - Spessartine, Apatite $ 625
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921a.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921b.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921c.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921d.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921e.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921f.jpg]

Red Spessartine either grown over or replacing a pink Apatite crystal. The garnets come together around the Apatite and retain the general form of the Apatite, with natural gaps between the garnets evidenced by etched faces in the walls of the gaps. These are certainly unusual and uncommon specimens, and I've only had 2 before. A flaoter fully crystallized all around, with attached mica.


M915 - Epidote on Sphene $ 600
Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915a.jpg] Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915c.jpg] Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915d.jpg] Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915e.jpg] Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915.mp4]

This is one heck of a nice thumbnail featuring a spray formation of green Epiodte attached tothe tip of a transparent Sphene crystal. Excellent aethetics and the spray is undamaged, specimen only has a bit of chipping along the base of the Sphene on one side. Really nice one!


D352 - Zircon $ 150
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.2 x 1 cm


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Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D352a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D352b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D352c.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D352d.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 on the termination with surface growth patterns on the prism faces, which is common with these crystals.


K926 - Azurite $ 175
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/K926a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/K926b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/K926c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/K926d.jpg]

Superb electric blue Azurite crystals forming a stacked grouping. This is from the watercourse pocket (also called the elegant pocket or spiderweb pocket) that was opened in 2013. Crystals with superb color and top, wet luster. Main crystal is 1.5cm and sits on top for maximum display.


M890 - Ilvaite $ 150
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.7 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890e.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small green Quartz crystal attached to the side. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M894 - Ilvaite $ 75
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
thumbnail - 3 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894d.jpg]

Glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. Complete all around.


K878 - Tsavorite $ 275
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K878a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K878b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K878c.jpg]

Large single crystal, glassy and transparent.


M543 - Smokey Quartz on Feldspar $ 75
Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm


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Smokey Quartz on Feldspar from Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M543a.jpg] Smokey Quartz on Feldspar from Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M543b.jpg] Smokey Quartz on Feldspar from Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M543c.jpg] Smokey Quartz on Feldspar from Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M543e.jpg]

Cluster of transparent Smokey Quartz crystals intergrown with Feldspar crystals from the pegmatite wall.

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25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
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
133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141

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