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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite5a.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite5b.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite5c.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite5d.jpg]



TANZANITE5 - Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
$ 265.00 (=~ € 217.56)

Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.4 x .8 cm

Tanzanite is a gem form of zoisite, found only in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Mining is very deep, as gemstones easily go for $250 - $1000+ per carat. Crystals are also produced, of varying quality given largely that anything with a gemmy area within it gets cut. Also most are dinged, so getting pristine specimens is very difficult. Most pieces are heat treated, which mimics the natural geology that gives the crystals that amazing blue-purple color. 

This crystal is an amazing contrast of black graphite and yellow Tanzanite. It is a natural color of Tanzanite (if heated it would turn pale blue). It is large at nearly an inch tall, it weighs 20.50 carats.

Overall in great condition, there is some very minor scuffing along a back edge (visible under microspope), not eye-catching.




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Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite7a.jpg] Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite7b.jpg] Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite7c.jpg] Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite7d.jpg]



HESSONITE7 - Garnet var. Hessonite
$ 135.00 (=~ € 110.83)

Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.7 x 1.1 cm

Beautiful cluster of bright, gemmy Hessonite garnets. Production has been sporadic at best, with a few small pockets found with hand tools in the last 3 years, otherwise there's been nothing since the 1980's. This piece is super bright, the color is slightly lighter in person. No damage. 




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Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite3a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite3b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite3c.jpg]



RHODOCHROSITE3 - Rhodochrosite
$ 375.00 (=~ € 307.88)

N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm

A hard-to-find thumbnail size gem Rhodochrosite! There are three major prismatic, scalenohedral crystals with white phantoms and naturally flat terminations. I recently pried this out of a friend's thumbnail collection with a generous trade. It has the code "TCRT2551" on the underside (my friend didn't know which collection it came out of). It weighs 21.76 carats = 4.35 grams. No damage, and there is a noticeable change in the color of the Rhodochrosite crystals... Before the white phantom it is a deeper flawless red, after the phantom, it becomes a lighter red.




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Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire6a.jpg] Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire6b.jpg] Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire6c.jpg]



SAPPHIRE6 - Corundum Var. Sapphire
$ 195.00 (=~ € 160.09)

Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
thumbnail - 2.8 x 1.5 x .9 cm

This beautiful double terminated sapphire crystal has a dynamic form with lots of "steps," going in and out. It's in great condition with a good blue color and transparency. It weighs 22.10 carats (over 4 grams). There is a smaller sapphire growing into the side of it. It was found in the mid 1990's.




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Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [db_pics/pics/spinel4a.jpg] Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [db_pics/pics/spinel4b.jpg] Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [db_pics/pics/spinel4c.jpg] Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [db_pics/pics/spinel4d.jpg] Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [db_pics/pics/spinel4e.jpg] Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [db_pics/pics/spinel4f.jpg]



SPINEL4 - Spinel (rough and cut)
$ 165.00 (=~ € 135.47)

Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm

The crystal is a rare Mackle twin habit. On one face of the octohedron two twinned spinel crystals have grown. So its actually three intergrown spinels that weigh 9.90 carats. I've paired it with a facetted spinel that weighs .48 carats (.6 x .4 cm). No visible dings or damage (there are natural "contacts," in the form as it grows typically in marble).




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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite6a.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite6b.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite6c.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite6d.jpg]



TANZANITE6 - Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
$ 695.00 (=~ € 570.59)

Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.25 x 1.1 x .9 cm

Tanzanite is a gem form of zoisite, found only in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Mining is very deep, as gemstones easily go for $250 - $1000+ per carat. Crystals are also produced, of varying quality given largely that anything with a gemmy area within it gets cut. Also most are dinged, so getting pristine specimens is very difficult. Most pieces are heat treated, which mimics the natural geology that gives the crystals that amazing blue-purple color. The mines are incredibly deep and long term future production is in question.

It weighs 21.37 carats (4.27 grams). It is a vibrant blue-purple with remarkable gemminess through out. The termination is pristine. The side near the bottom has a slight sheered spot that under the microscope is a crystallied face, so this happened while in the pocket and still growing.(it's very hard to spot) The main front face has some raised triangles (known as screw distortions to geologists), overall a great crystal, with flashes of purple when looking at it from the side.




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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite7a.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite7b.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite7c.jpg]



TANZANITE7 - Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
$ 495.00 (=~ € 406.39)

Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.25 x .8 x .8 cm

Tanzanite is a gem form of zoisite, found only in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Mining is very deep, as gemstones easily go for $250 - $1000+ per carat. Crystals are also produced, of varying quality given largely that anything with a gemmy area within it gets cut. Also most are dinged, so getting pristine specimens is very difficult. Most pieces are heat treated, which mimics the natural geology that gives the crystals that amazing blue-purple color. 

It weighs 14.71 carats (2.94 grams). It is really gemmy, bright and long. There is a small sidecar crystal, that accents the longer one well. The termination is pristine, with only a tiny chip on the backside smaller crystal. 




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Quartz Var. Rose from Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz57a.jpg] Quartz Var. Rose from Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz57b.jpg] Quartz Var. Rose from Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz57c.jpg]



QUARTZ57 - Quartz Var. Rose
$ 95.00 (=~ € 77.99)

Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm

I spent several hours pouring through a recently found pocket of over 10,000 rose quartz specimens fresh from the mine in Brazil. This was in the top 2 pieces.  It has a distinct pink color, with bright, long crystal length up to 1.0 cm. It has no damage at all not even on the back or base. I can mount this on an acrylic base for anyone who buys it (just ask). It weighs 6 grams.




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Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12a.jpg] Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12b.jpg] Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12c.jpg]



OPAL12 - Opal (rough and cut)
$ 275.00 (=~ € 225.77)

Shoa Province, Ethiopia
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.3 x 1 cm

Fire opal has been found in Ethiopia for many years, however this new deposit also known as 'desert opal,' typically has a white silica base, compared to the previous finds that were brown or occasionally black. Desert opal can be brilliant and colorful. It is a relatively new deposit, and as such untested for very long time horizons (like Australian). I've sorted thorugh many high grade pieces I've held back for many years to find a match to this fully polished free form cut opal. The color play is red, green, yellow and orange. The fire is way better in person. High grade pieces such as these are hard to get now. The rough piece weighs 11.5 carats, the polished free form weighs  6.2 carats.




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Rhodochrosite from Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite10a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite10b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite10c.jpg]



RHODOCHROSITE10 - Rhodochrosite
$ 235.00 (=~ € 192.94)
- ON HOLD

Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
thumbnail - 2.6 x 2.2 x 1 cm

The Rhodos are sharp, bright, and richly colored. No visible damage. Crystal length is up to 5mm. 



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