Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [AQUA8]
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Atacamite on Chrysocholla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [ATACAMITE2]
Atacamite on Chrysocholla
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
Tourmaline var. Elbaite on Clevelandite from Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [TOURM10]
Tourmaline var. Elbaite on Clevelandite
Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [TANZANITE6]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Azurite w/ Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico [AZURITE7]
Azurite w/ Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Ruby in Muscovite from Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal [RUBY1]
Ruby in Muscovite
Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal

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Serandite with Aegirine from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/serandite1a.jpg] Serandite with Aegirine from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/serandite1b.jpg] Serandite with Aegirine from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/serandite1c.jpg]



SERANDITE1 - Serandite with Aegirine
$ 175.00

Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 1.7 x 2 x 1.2 cm

This lovely Serandite is a floater crystal, and has an embedded Aegerine in the top that adds contrast to this richly colored mineral. For its size, this piece is top notch. The mines in Mont St. Hilaire are all closed, and sadly pieces such as this one are irreplaceable. It comes in a thumbnail box, with its original hand written label, assembled by famed thumbnail collector Wendy Melanson of Hawthorneden Inc.

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Adamite on limonite from Level 5, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite2a.jpg] Adamite on limonite from Level 5, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite2b.jpg]



ADAMITE2 - Adamite on limonite
$ 295.00

Level 5, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
small cabinet - 7.2 x 6 x 3 cm

This Adamite is bright and shiny. It exemplifies the pleasant contrast between the yellow Adamite (measures 4.5 x 3 cms) and the earthy red tone of the Limonite. This piece was mined in the autumn of 2008, when a prolonged drought made the water level within the Ojuela mine drop to expose the Adamite level. These levels had faced flooding since the late 1970's. Since then, these same levels have not been reached and production has been virtually nil. 

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Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz from Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm7a.jpg] Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz from Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm7b.jpg] Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz from Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm7c.jpg]



TOURM7 - Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz
$ 195.00

Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
miniature - 4.2 x 3 x 2 cms

This Uvite has a deep green color, and is pleasantly "stacked," vertically. It has a sprinkling of Magnesite and Quartz crystals, making it a desirable specimen from Brumado. This piece originated through Hawthorneden, back when they were readily being found. Since then, the supply of good Uvites has dried up. Pic #3 is the back side of the specimen, also attractive and with a small area missing a crystal (not too eye catching and it's on the back!). 

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Quartz aka Quartz aka Quartz aka



QUARTZ2 - Quartz aka "Spirit Quartz"
$ 95.00

Near Pretoria, South Africa
thumbnail - 9.0 x 9.6 x 7 cm

Spirit Quartz is found in South Africa. It's unusual in that drusy Amethyst grows over an opaque Quartz shaft, thus creating a sparkly, cactus-like specimen. I learned with considerable glee, that this Quartz was not named "Spirit Quartz," because of any isoteric, or transcendental reasons. The African miners named it Spirit Quartz because when they found the good color (a rich purple) they could then get paid and buy some of the readily available "mentholated Spirits," at the local liquor store. Apparently both Spirit Quartz and Mentholated spirits have the same purple color! 

This piece is aesthetic and has crystals that are on average 9 cm (3 1/2 inches) long. It displays well, and is in good condition. Unseen from the displayable angle, on the back there is a patch where some of the drusy Amethyst came off, thus exposing the primary Quartz shaft, probably when it was extracted.

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Olmiite on matrix from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/olmiite1a.jpg] Olmiite on matrix from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/olmiite1b.jpg] Olmiite on matrix from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/olmiite1c.jpg]



OLMIITE1 - Olmiite on matrix
$ 215.00

N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
thumbnail - 3.5 x 2.8 x 2 cm

Once regarded as Poldervaartite, this piece was later known to be Olmiite due to a higher concentration of Manganese than originally observed. This piece has all the best attributes from the Olmiite find that was part of the Charlie Key collection (which this came from), from a pocket mined around 2000. It has a rich color, and a bright sparkly luster. The form is good as well as the spherical habit of the mineral is plainly seen, while attached to the matrix. The newer finds, typically have a lighter color.

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Olmiite on matrix from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/olmiite2a.jpg] Olmiite on matrix from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/olmiite2b.jpg]



OLMIITE2 - Olmiite on matrix
$ 395.00

N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4 2.7 cm

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Olmiite from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/olmiite3a.jpg] Olmiite from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/olmiite3b.jpg] Olmiite from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/olmiite3c.jpg]



OLMIITE3 - Olmiite
$ 75.00

N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
miniature - 4.8 x 4.3 x 1.2 cm

Once regarded as Poldervaartite, this mineral was later known to be Olmiite due to a higher concentration of Manganese than originally observed. This piece shows unique, bright barrel-like crystals on a matrix covered with druzy calcite. It is mounted on a 1 1/4" acrylic base (not pictured). There is a small ding on the mid right section of the piece, which is easily seen in the pics. Overall, a good sample of this interesting mineral. 

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Apophyllite on Stilbite from Poonah District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/apoph1a.jpg] Apophyllite on Stilbite from Poonah District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/apoph1b.jpg] Apophyllite on Stilbite from Poonah District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/apoph1c.jpg] Apophyllite on Stilbite from Poonah District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/apoph1d.jpg]



APOPH1 - Apophyllite on Stilbite
$ 235.00
- ON HOLD

Poonah District, Maharashtra, India
miniature - 4.5 x 5.0 x 2.8 cm

This Apophyllite was mined around 1988 in Poonah. The mine that produced Apophyllite with this classic emerald-like color, was closed around 1990 and housing was built on top of the site (yes India is well populated!). Apparently the mine yielded industrial basalt for the construction trade that was of poor quality -- probably due to the gas pockets that in turn allowed the Apophyllite to grow. This color Apophyllite has become a classic amongst Indian zeolite collectors, as no other area has produced the same shade of green as the old Poonah deposit. 

This specimen has large crystals in high concentration, with good color saturation. It contrasts with the bright white stilbite underneath. It comes mounted on a 1 1/4" acrylic base.

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Brazilianite and Albite from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite1a.jpg] Brazilianite and Albite from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite1b.jpg] Brazilianite and Albite from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite1c.jpg]



BRAZILIANITE1 - Brazilianite and Albite
$ 350.00

Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7.0 x 5.5 x 3.3 cm

This dramatic cluster of Brazilianite and Albite crystals was originally in the Hawthorneden stock. It was originally priced much higher than $350. We lowered the price to reflect a market value due to a new pocket found in Brazil in 2008. This piece is aesthetic as it has Brazilianites ranging from under 5 mm long to nearly 5 cm long on the same piece. In pic #3, you can see the "criss-cross of two large crystals. The one in the back is opaque, and the one in the front is bright and gemmy. It's in fine condition with no visible dings. It displays nicely as well. 

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Quartz with Epidote inclusions from Ankaraka, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz6a.jpg] Quartz with Epidote inclusions from Ankaraka, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz6b.jpg] Quartz with Epidote inclusions from Ankaraka, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz6c.jpg]



QUARTZ6 - Quartz with Epidote inclusions
$ 75.00

Ankaraka, Madagascar
small cabinet - 9 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm

This interesting Quartz crystal gets its color from numerous fine "phantom" layers of Epidote, in otherwise clear Quartz. We have had "first pick," of this material for over 10 years. It is found in a remote central, northern area of Madagascar, at a location that also produces gem quality Titanite (aka Sphene). The form of this crystal is particularly neat because it seems to only have three sides. Looking down its C-axis, (from the top-down) one can see how the typical six-sided crystal "evolved," into the three sided, elongated specimen. 



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