Olmiite on Calcite from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [OLMIITE4]
Olmiite on Calcite
N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
Dioptase from Altyn-Tyube, Karagandy Oblast, Kazakhstan [DIOPTASE1]
Dioptase
Altyn-Tyube, Karagandy Oblast, Kazakhstan
Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [RHODOCHROSITE3]
Rhodochrosite
N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [DIOPSIDE7]
Diopside
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [TANZANITE7]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [AQUA10]
Beryl var. Aquamarine
Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam

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Quartz var. Amethyst with Hematite Incl. from Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/amethyst1a.jpg] Quartz var. Amethyst with Hematite Incl. from Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/amethyst1b.jpg] Quartz var. Amethyst with Hematite Incl. from Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/amethyst1c.jpg]



AMETHYST1 - Quartz var. Amethyst with Hematite Incl.
$ 285.00
SOLD NET
Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia
small cabinet - 6 x 8 x 5 cm

This dynamic cluster of Amethyst has crystals directed in several different directions, making it eye-catching. There is a bit of "smoke," in the primary crystal, which adds additional character to the piece. Crystals from this area are often misidentified as being from "Brandberg, Namibia," which is actually a deposit within a nature preserve in the same district. The Goboboseb mountains, in the Erongo region from which this cluster was found, is know for its remoteness, as the nearest water source is over 35 kilometers away. Near the base of the cluster, are needles of hematite, which occur occasionally in Quartz from this deposit. It is in excellent condition, with only the back-projecting crystal having been broken in the pocket and rehealed. 




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Diopside from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside1a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside1b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside1c.jpg]



DIOPSIDE1 - Diopside
$ 195.00
SOLD
Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x 1 cm

Gem Diopside crystals from the Tanzanite mines in Tanzania are a relatively new item on the market. They tend to be small, with the best quality ones being bright green and glassy. This gemmy diopside has an electric "glowing" green that is so striking. It has a wonderful multi-face termination, brilliant color and internal clarity as well. This piece will add great color to your display. It weighs 1.35 grams (over 6.5 carats). An impressive article about this deposit was printed in the Mineralogical Record in September-October 2009 (the "Tanzanite Issue").




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Diopside from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside2a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside2b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside2c.jpg]



DIOPSIDE2 - Diopside
$ 195.00
SOLD
Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.2 x .8 x .5 cm

Gem Diopside crystals from the Tanzanite mines in Tanzania are a relatively new item on the market. They tend to be small, with the best quality ones being bright green and glassy. This piece has an excellent, rich color. It is nearly an inch long and has a smaller crystal that has joined the primary that adds character to the overall crystal. It weighs 1.7 grams (8.5 carats). An impressive article about the deposit was printed in the Mineralogical Record in September-October 2009 (the "Tanzanite Issue").




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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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Cuproadamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/cupro1a.jpg] Cuproadamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/cupro1b.jpg] Cuproadamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/cupro1c.jpg]



CUPRO1 - Cuproadamite
$ 395.00
SOLD
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
miniature - 2.6 x 3.5 x 2.1 cm

This was the best piece in a high-grade lot of about 40 pieces I acquired, shortly after it was mined. The rare production occurred, following the drought in Mexico (fall of '08) that lowered the water level in the Ojuela Mine below the Adamite level for the first time in about 20 years. I love this piece as it shows saturated, green color in a primary, large crystal. This main crystal has an unusual four sided form, that you don't see in the ordinary variety of Adamite. There is a sharp contrast between the glassy green, copper rich adamites and the brown Limonite matix. The primary crystal is 1.8 x 1.3 cms. An unusual and hard to find specimen.




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Tourmaline var. Elbaite from New Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm2a.jpg] Tourmaline var. Elbaite from New Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm2b.jpg] Tourmaline var. Elbaite from New Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm2c.jpg]



TOURM2 - Tourmaline var. Elbaite
$ 265.00
SOLD
New Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 5.6 x 1.1 x .75 cm

This Tourmaline exhibits a neat progression of green turning into blue (verdelite into indicolite). Two individuals are joined alongside, both are terminated well. It was mined in the last year at the Santa Rosa, one of Brazil's few working tourmaline mines. It weighs 10.4 grams




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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
SOLD
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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Quartz var. solution Quartz from Jeffrey Quarry, North Little Rock, Arkansas [db_pics/pics/quartz28a.jpg] Quartz var. solution Quartz from Jeffrey Quarry, North Little Rock, Arkansas [db_pics/pics/quartz28b.jpg] Quartz var. solution Quartz from Jeffrey Quarry, North Little Rock, Arkansas [db_pics/pics/quartz28c.jpg]



QUARTZ28 - Quartz var. solution Quartz
$ 45.00
SOLD
Jeffrey Quarry, North Little Rock, Arkansas
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4.3 x 3.0 cm

This attractive cluster is a good example of solution quartz, which is a rather uncommon occurence world wide. The Jeffrey Quarry was closed in the 1980's, and is famous for producing these super clear Quartz clusters that were formed in a silica-rich solution. It's in fine condition, without any visible damage. I got this out of an old collection, it was probably collected in the early 1970's.




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Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum2a.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum2b.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum2c.jpg]



PLATINUM2 - Platinum with Gold
$ 185.00
SOLD NET
Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia
thumbnail - 4 x 3 x 3 mm

What goes better with Platinum than Gold? The guilded lilly of mineral specimens. These are hard to come by, as not many were covered in gold. 

This platinum crystal is rather cubic, so it is compact for its weight.

It weighs .38 grams = 1.9 carats. 




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Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum1a.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum1b.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum1c.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum1d.jpg]



PLATINUM1 - Platinum with Gold
$ 235.00
SOLD NET
Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia
thumbnail - 6 x 5.5 x 3 mm

 

What goes better with Platinum than Gold? The guilded lilly of mineral specimens. These are hard to come by, as not many were covered in gold. 

It weighs .44 grams which is 2.20 carats.



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