Creedite with Fluorite from Navidad mine, Durango, Mexico [CREEDITE6]
Creedite with Fluorite
Navidad mine, Durango, Mexico
Apophyllite with Scolecite from Jalisgoan, near Jalgoan, Maharashtra State, India [APOPHYLLITE5]
Apophyllite with Scolecite
Jalisgoan, near Jalgoan, Maharashtra State, India
Danburite rough and cut from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [DANBURITE6]
Danburite rough and cut
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [ADAMITE8]
Adamite on Limonite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Azurite w/ Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico [AZURITE7]
Azurite w/ Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania

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Calcite VAR Cobaltian from Oumlil, Bou Azzer, Morocco [db_pics/pics/calcite6a.jpg] Calcite VAR Cobaltian from Oumlil, Bou Azzer, Morocco [db_pics/pics/calcite6b.jpg] Calcite VAR Cobaltian from Oumlil, Bou Azzer, Morocco [db_pics/pics/calcite6c.jpg] Calcite VAR Cobaltian from Oumlil, Bou Azzer, Morocco [db_pics/pics/calcite6d.jpg] Calcite VAR Cobaltian from Oumlil, Bou Azzer, Morocco [db_pics/pics/calcite6e.jpg] Calcite VAR Cobaltian from Oumlil, Bou Azzer, Morocco [db_pics/pics/calcite6f.jpg]



CALCITE6 - Calcite VAR Cobaltian
$ 335.00
SOLD
Oumlil, Bou Azzer, Morocco
small cabinet - 5.8 x 4.6 x 1.8 cm

This Calcite has outrageous color. The crystals are sharp and bright and saturated with a rich pink color. Although plenty of pink calcite has come out of Morocco, ones of this quality are unusual.

There is a small area of contact in the central lower part of the plate, although it is not eye-catching at all. Otherwise, it is in fine condition. 




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Prehnite with Apophyllite from O & G Quarry, Southbury, Connecticut [db_pics/pics/prehnite4a.jpg] Prehnite with Apophyllite from O & G Quarry, Southbury, Connecticut [db_pics/pics/prehnite4b.jpg] Prehnite with Apophyllite from O & G Quarry, Southbury, Connecticut [db_pics/pics/prehnite4c.jpg]



PREHNITE4 - Prehnite with Apophyllite
$ 35.00
SOLD
O & G Quarry, Southbury, Connecticut
thumbnail - 6.3 x 4.0 x 1.8 cm

This cute piece comes from the O and G quarry in Connecticut that I believe is closed now. It is "dusted," with Apophyllite. The color of the Prehnite is lime green, and is well crystallized. There is some contact on either side of the piece where it was attached to the pocket, and crystallized on both sides.




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Opal var. crystalline from Jalisco, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal5a.jpg] Opal var. crystalline from Jalisco, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal5b.jpg] Opal var. crystalline from Jalisco, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal5c.jpg] Opal var. crystalline from Jalisco, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal5d.jpg]



OPAL5 - Opal var. crystalline
$ 295.00
SOLD
Jalisco, Mexico
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.2 x .8 cm

This is a stunner of a solid, highly polished red fire opal from Mexico. I get these directly from the miner who does all the work himself. I have to buy his entire selection to get the right price. This is the best piece from an entire parcel of several hundred carats of fire opal. It is the most valuable variety: red with fire, and pieces like this are usually priced at $100 per carat and up in Tucson. The color play is predominantly red and green with a hint of yellow. It weighs 5.1 carats. 




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Opal from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal6a.jpg] Opal from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal6b.jpg]



OPAL6 - Opal
$ 145.00
SOLD
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
thumbnail - 2.3 x 2.0 x 1.8 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 new deposit, and as such untested for very long time horizons (like Australian). This is a brilliant "nugget," of fire opal. The color play is red, green, yellow and blue. The fire is way better in person. This is a high grade piece that is getting hard to get now. It weighs 31 carats. 




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Tourmaline Var Elbaite, with Quartz and Lepidolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose Da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm15a.jpg] Tourmaline Var Elbaite, with Quartz and Lepidolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose Da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm15b.jpg] Tourmaline Var Elbaite, with Quartz and Lepidolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose Da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm15c.jpg] Tourmaline Var Elbaite, with Quartz and Lepidolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose Da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm15d.jpg] Tourmaline Var Elbaite, with Quartz and Lepidolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose Da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm15e.jpg]



TOURM15 - Tourmaline Var Elbaite, with Quartz and Lepidolite
$ 125.00
SOLD
Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose Da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2.1 x 1.6 cm

This is a special miniature. It shows a green and red "watermelon," Tourmaline covered in clear Quartz crystals and Lepidolite (even a little Clevelandite). I've only seen a handful of these, apparently from the same pocket at the Pederneira mine (about 3 years ago).  It comes mounted on an acrylic base. It's in great condition, the lowest Quartz has a tiny Wilbur on it if you look with a hand lens.




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TOURM14 - Tourmaline Var Elbaite
$ 1100.00
SOLD NET
"Washington D.C. pocket," Cruzeiro Mine, San Jose Da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 6.6 x 1.0 x .75 cm

This gem tourmaline is from the Smale collection. He bought the entire pocket in the late nineties in Washington D.C. from Pierre LaVille, (the manager of the mine). This is the last from this pocket I was able to get from Dr. Smale (I had bought and sold about 20 from him). This crystal is gem rough, which makes it very hard to photograph properly. It has a Maroon-red and green color.  The termination is pristine. There are  two incredibly small chips out of the backside (only indicated with a fingernail running down the edge), doesn't take away from the crystal at all. Many of the crystals from this pocket didn't terminate well, however this one is sharp. It is gorgeous, and very hard to find on the market anymore. 




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Tourmaline VAR Elbaite from Darra-i-Pech, Nangerhar Province, Afganistan [db_pics/pics/tourm13a.jpg] Tourmaline VAR Elbaite from Darra-i-Pech, Nangerhar Province, Afganistan [db_pics/pics/tourm13b.jpg] Tourmaline VAR Elbaite from Darra-i-Pech, Nangerhar Province, Afganistan [db_pics/pics/tourm13c.jpg]



TOURM13 - Tourmaline VAR Elbaite
$ 325.00
SOLD
Darra-i-Pech, Nangerhar Province, Afganistan
miniature - 4.8 x 2.0 x 1.2 cm

This Tourmaline has an electric, bright Blue-green color. It is slightly tabular (flat), but not too flat. When looking at it straight-on, it looks bigger than it is. It has four side crystals growing alongside it. The terminations are all in good condition. There is some scuffing on the reverse side near the bottom of the crystal. Where the crystals are growing together on the front side, there is a very skinny one, sandwiched in there that is terminated, but whose stem runs halfway down the length of the others. Not particularly noticeable. the second two pics are both side shots. It weighs 16.9 grams. 




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Tourmaline VAR Elbaite from Urubu Mine, Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm12a.jpg] Tourmaline VAR Elbaite from Urubu Mine, Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm12b.jpg]



TOURM12 - Tourmaline VAR Elbaite
$ 35.00
SOLD
Urubu Mine, Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 6.9 x 5.0 x 4.0 cm

This was a recent find from Brazil. There was a very large "boulder," of Rubellite that miners beat on to produce chunks of Tourmaline. The color is good, and it shows the striated crystals. It's in Quartz, and none of the tourmaline are terminated, but none were from this find. It is a fun piece, good as a sample. It weighs 120 grams.




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Danburite from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/danburite4a.jpg] Danburite from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/danburite4b.jpg] Danburite from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/danburite4c.jpg]



DANBURITE4 - Danburite
$ 75.00
SOLD
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
small cabinet - 8.3 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm

Danburite is found in a Tin Mine in Mexico. The miners that bring them out are apparently quite rough with them, as 98% of all the crystals are dinged. This piece is in good shape overall. It weighs 150 grams, it's a palm sized piece that shows off the typical chizel shape morphology of Danburite. It also has a pink cast to it. The middle Pic really shows off its pink color, the third pic is of the opposite side. It has two micro dings (Wilburs), which are hard to see, and don't detract. Overall it is a bright, good sized Danburite. 




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Topaz var. Imperial from Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/topaz6a.jpg] Topaz var. Imperial from Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/topaz6b.jpg] Topaz var. Imperial from Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/topaz6c.jpg]



TOPAZ6 - Topaz var. Imperial
$ 55.00
SOLD
Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.1 x 1.2 cm

This piece came out of Hawthorneden's unprepped area. It has good color, especially down its C axis (first pic). Imperial Topaz is found in Oro Preto Brazil. It is an unusual color for Topaz as colorless is the most common. It's weighs 7.3 grams. It has a little rough patch below the termination on the backside of the crystal.






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