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ST159 - Vesuvianite $ 80
Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2.1 x 2 cm


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Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST159a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST159b.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST159c.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST159d.jpg]

Two parallel grown, translucent rootbeer brown Vesuvianite crystals. A wonderful example of a California Vesuvianite and of higher quality than most from this locality.


ST160 - Vesuvianite $ 80
Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2.2 cm


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Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST160a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST160b.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST160c.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST160d.jpg]

Lustrous, translucent rootbeer brown Vesuvianite crystals to 2.5cm on a solid matrix of massive Vesuvianite. A wonderful example of a California Vesuvianite and of higher quality than most from this locality.


ST164 - Vesuvianite $ 80
Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm


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Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST164a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST164b.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST164c.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST164d.jpg]

Cluster of translucent rootbeer brown Vesuvianite crystals to 2.3cm. A wonderful example of a California Vesuvianite and of higher quality than most from this locality.


ST167 - Vesuvianite $ 125
Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.3 x 3 x 2.7 cm


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Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST167a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST167b.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST167c.jpg] Vesuvianite from Tunnel 36, Portola, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST167d.jpg]

Lustrous, translucent rootbeer brown Vesuvianite crystals to 2cm on a solid matrix of massive Vesuvianite. A wonderful example of a California Vesuvianite and of higher quality than most from this locality.


ST285 - Kolwezite on Cobaltian Calcite $ 300
Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo
cabinet - 10.5 x 10 x 2 cm


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Kolwezite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST285a.jpg] Kolwezite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST285b.jpg] Kolwezite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST285c.jpg] Kolwezite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST285d.jpg]

Dark olive green botryoidal Kolwezite atop vivid pink Cobaltoan Calcite (or possibly Cobaltoan Dolomite) creating a stunning mixture of colors and forms. Kolwezite is a Copper Cobalt Carbonate Hydroxide and this is the type locality for the species. A beautiful large display piece and combination specimen of two desireable species together. Sawcut on back and one edge.


ST269 - Kolwezite/Malachite Pseudomorphs $ 250
Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo
small cabinet - 9 x 6 x 4.5 cm


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Kolwezite/Malachite Pseudomorphs from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST269a.jpg] Kolwezite/Malachite Pseudomorphs from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST269c.jpg] Kolwezite/Malachite Pseudomorphs from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST269d.jpg] Kolwezite/Malachite Pseudomorphs from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST269e.jpg]

Dark green crystals of Kolwezite and/or Malachite that has pseudomorphed after Barite (?) on Cobaltian Calcite. The pseudomorphs form a cluster about 4cm wide in a vug. The Cobaltian Calcite is brown with an later generation of vivid pink. Kolwezite is a Copper Cobalt Carbonate Hydroxide and this is the type locality for the species. private_notes


ST238 - Kolwezite after Cuprite on Cobaltian Calcite $ 900
Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo
cabinet - 14.5 x 9 x 3 cm


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Kolwezite after Cuprite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST238a.jpg] Kolwezite after Cuprite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST238b.jpg] Kolwezite after Cuprite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST238c.jpg] Kolwezite after Cuprite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST238d.jpg] Kolwezite after Cuprite on Cobaltian Calcite from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST238f.jpg]

Dark olive green Kolwezite pseudomorphs after Cuprite atop rhombs of pink Cobaltoan Calcite (or possibly Cobaltoan Dolomite) creating a stunning mixture of colors and forms. There are a few clusters of an earlier generation of botryoidal Kolwezite but the majority are angular crystals of the pseudomorphs. Kolwezite is a Copper Cobalt Carbonate Hydroxide and this is the type locality for the species. A beautiful large display piece and combination specimen of two desireable species together.


ST239 - Malachite stalactites $ 300
Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 6 cm


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Malachite stalactites from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST239a.jpg] Malachite stalactites from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST239b.jpg] Malachite stalactites from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST239c.jpg] Malachite stalactites from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST239d.jpg]

Long, shimmering stalactites of Malachite on a matrix of solid botryoidal Malachite. Wild looking Congo classic.


ST265 - Cuprite on Malachite with Chrysocolla $ 450
Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo
cabinet - 11 x 7.5 x 5 cm


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Cuprite on Malachite with Chrysocolla from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST265a.jpg] Cuprite on Malachite with Chrysocolla from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST265d.jpg] Cuprite on Malachite with Chrysocolla from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST265f.jpg] Cuprite on Malachite with Chrysocolla from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST265g.jpg] Cuprite on Malachite with Chrysocolla from Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/ST265h.jpg]

Large fan-shaped cluster of velvety green Malachite atop a matrix of fibrous Malachite intergrown with blue Chrysocolla. There are 5 crystals of octahedral Cuprite attached to the fan-shaped formation of Malachite. Unusual and colorful.


ST172 - Datolite $ 150
Russian River, north of Cloverdale, Mendocino Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 4 x 4 cm


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Datolite from Russian River, north of Cloverdale, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST172a.jpg] Datolite from Russian River, north of Cloverdale, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST172b.jpg] Datolite from Russian River, north of Cloverdale, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST172c.jpg]

Glassy white Datolite crystals on matrix. Found by a friend while prospecting in this area known for Jadeite and Rosenhahnite crystals. These were found in a single boulder that was excavated during construction work on Highway 101. This boulder produced what are considered Californias's best Datolite. Individual crystals on this specimen reach 7mm in size and are translucent to transparent. Superb piece for a California suite of minerals.


ST360 - Tourmaline $ 1800
St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Tourmaline from St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/ST360a.jpg] Tourmaline from St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/ST360b.jpg] Tourmaline from St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/ST360c.jpg] Tourmaline from St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/ST360d.jpg] Tourmaline from St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/ST360.mp4]

Large, dark green single Tourmaline crystal from recent production at this famous mine in Zimbabwe. Tourmaline has been very rare from this mine historically, which has primarily targeted blue Topaz. Most Tourmaline found here occur as small pencil-like crystals and this fat, somewhat tabular crystal in an anomaly. Though dark, it is transparent facet grade throughout with a more greenish brown at the upper third and a bright pure green in the lower two thirds. There is a bit of edge chipping along the sides, it's complete all around, and has a perfect termination. Weighs a hefty 153 grams.


ST118 - Tourmaline $ 60
St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe
miniature - 3.5 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm


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Tourmaline from St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/ST118a.jpg] Tourmaline from St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/ST118b.jpg] Tourmaline from St. Anne's Mine, Miami, Karoi District, Zimbabwe [db_pics/pics/ST118c.jpg]

Gem Tourmaline crystal recently mined from the famous St. Anne's Mine in the Karoi district of Zimbabwe. Fully terminated, complete, and undamaged. It's transparent top to bottom with a good medium green color over most of the crystal with a darker green (though still transparent) termination. The termination is multi-faceted and complex. Excellent quality Tourmaline.


ST359 - Zircon $ 900
Rweko, Nkasi District, Rukwa Region, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm


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Zircon from Rweko, Nkasi District, Rukwa Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ST359a.jpg] Zircon from Rweko, Nkasi District, Rukwa Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ST359b.jpg] Zircon from Rweko, Nkasi District, Rukwa Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ST359c.jpg] Zircon from Rweko, Nkasi District, Rukwa Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ST359d.jpg] Zircon from Rweko, Nkasi District, Rukwa Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ST359.mp4]

Large, deep red complete Zircon crystal from Tanzania, much larger than typical for this locality. It has a steep pyramidal termination and is nicely transparent when backlit.


ST381 - Azurite $ 600
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 3.2 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST381a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST381b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST381c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST381d.jpg]

A 2.8cm double-terminated Azurite crystal sits perfectly for display atop a small amount of matrix. Complete and undamaged with glassy faces all around and a few smaller crystal scattered around the base. Excellent miniature.


M887 - Ilvaite $ 200
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M887a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M887b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M887c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M887d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M887e.jpg]

Large, thick glossy black Ilvaite crystal, complete all around and undamaged. These new Huanggang Ilvaites are superb and easily some of the world's best for species.
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