Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [SAPPHIRE2]
Corundum Var. Sapphire
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [SPINEL4]
Spinel (rough and cut)
Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [SMITHSONITE5]
Smithsonite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
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
Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [OPAL12]
Opal (rough and cut)
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania

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Effenbergerite in Sugilite from Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/effenbergerite1.jpg] Effenbergerite in Sugilite from Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/effenbergerite1c.jpg] Effenbergerite in Sugilite from Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/effenbergerite1d.jpg]



EFFENBERGERITE1 - Effenbergerite in Sugilite
$ 495.00
SOLD
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa
small cabinet - 5.7 x 4.2 x 3.8 cm

A dozen or more Effenbergerites were a new find at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in 2012. Prior to this find, large examples were micromounts. This piece is a huge example of this rare Barium copper Silicate, occuring in Sugilite. It's unusual to have such a rare mineral also have such a striking, attractive color.  It weighs 66 grams (about 2 ozs).




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Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar3a.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar3b.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar3c.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar3d.jpg]



LARIMAR3 - Larimar aka Blue Pectolite
$ 175.00
SOLD
Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic
small cabinet - 8.8 x 6.8 x .8 cm

Larimar aka Blue Pectolite, is similar to petrified wood. It is only found in the Dominican Republic, and shares its distinctive color with the Caribean ocean. This piece is cutting rough quality, and a slab of this quality is not easily found on the market as many cabs could be cut from it, and made into jewelry. It is not polished, so you can feel the natural texture of the stone (a very light layer of mineral oil is all). it weighs 72 grams. 




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Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm39a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm39b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm39c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm39d.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm39e.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm39f.jpg]



TOURM39 - Tourmaline Var. Elbaite
$ 735.00
SOLD NET
Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7.3 x 1.75 x 1.6 cm

This beautiful Tourmaline is nearly 3 inches long. It has four color zones! It's double terminated with Red terminations on either end. The length of it is a green-blue (more green near bottom and more blue near top).It has a wild red termination, where multiple terminations are "sprouting," off near the top. The other end is more plain but red nonetheless.  It is in great condition with a small chip off the backside of one of the secondary crystals on the primary termination. It weighs 22 grams. 




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Charoite Sphere from Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/pics/charoite1a.jpg] Charoite Sphere from Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/pics/charoite1b.jpg] Charoite Sphere from Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/pics/charoite1c.jpg] Charoite Sphere from Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/pics/charoite1d.jpg] Charoite Sphere from Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/pics/charoite1e.jpg] Charoite Sphere from Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/pics/charoite1f.jpg]



CHAROITE1 - Charoite Sphere
$ 2995.00
SOLD NET
Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
cabinet - 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm

I acquired this amazing sphere about 10 years ago when I first heard that the one mountain in the world that produces Charoite had been turned into a crater and no more would be produced. Since then, suppliers have depleted their stores (especially the AA grade like this) years ago. A sphere this size of this quality are not available on the market at all, nor will they ever be again. Ten years ago, there were enough large pieces of high quality rough to warrant the waste involved in creating a sphere this large. Nowadays, only cabs are made with this grade. It is a richer purple in person. It has a few small patches of yellow Tinaksite, and a couple small spots of black Augite. What makes this sphere valuable is overall "crystalline," quality of the Charoite (reflective, purple).  

It weighs a substantial 2,692 grams - that's 5 pounds, 15 ozs. It's diameter is 5 inches (a large softball?) A special piece. 




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Heulandite with Stilbite from Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/heulandite2a.jpg] Heulandite with Stilbite from Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/heulandite2b.jpg]



HEULANDITE2 - Heulandite with Stilbite
$ 42.00

Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India
small cabinet - 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.1 cm

An attractive specimen of silvery white heulandite and white Stilbite. 




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Quartz w/ phantom from Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz43a.jpg] Quartz w/ phantom from Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz43b.jpg] Quartz w/ phantom from Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz43c.jpg]



QUARTZ43 - Quartz w/ phantom
$ 75.00
SOLD
Betafo, Madagascar
miniature - 4.2 x 1.2 x .8 cm

Here's a great example of a small pocket of weird phantom quartz we got 6 years ago. The quartz is clear and bright and really sets off the internal prismatic phantom. It has crystallization on its other termination, and no damage. 




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Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepter w/ Anatase from Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz46a.jpg] Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepter w/ Anatase from Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz46b.jpg] Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepter w/ Anatase from Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz46c.jpg]



QUARTZ46 - Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepter w/ Anatase
$ 65.00
SOLD
Betafo, Madagascar
miniature - 4.2 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm

This was a better piece from a small pocket of Quartz found 5 years ago in Madagascar. It is a Scepter with a purple hue to it, but what makes it unusual are several small octohedral Anatase crystals attached to it's shaft. It's the only occurence of Anatase on Quartz I've encountered from Madagascar.




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Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from New Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm40a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from New Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm40b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from New Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm40c.jpg]



TOURM40 - Tourmaline Var. Indicolite
$ 935.00
SOLD NET
New Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 6.5 x 1.5 x 1.0 cm

This beautiful Tourmaline twin was mined recently at the Santa Rosa Mine in Brazil. It has a rich blue color with a twinge of greenish-blue that overall is a distinctive hue for Santa Rosa. Both terminations are bright and sharp. The overall piece is bright and colorful .Production of Tourmaline in Brazil has been dismal over the last three+ years, I felt lucky to be able to get ahold of this piece, given I'm good friends with the mine owner. This piece is over 2.5 inches long and has a wonderful proportion of length to width. No damage. Mounted on a custom acrylic base. 




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Fluorite with Barite from Mahoning Mine #1, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois [db_pics/pics/fluorite9b.jpg] Fluorite with Barite from Mahoning Mine #1, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois [db_pics/pics/fluorite9c.jpg] Fluorite with Barite from Mahoning Mine #1, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois [db_pics/pics/fluorite9d.jpg] Fluorite with Barite from Mahoning Mine #1, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois [db_pics/pics/fluorite9e.jpg]



FLUORITE9 - Fluorite with Barite
$ 495.00
SOLD
Mahoning Mine #1, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois
miniature - 4.8 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm

A good, Illinois blue fluorite is a "must-have," for a good mineral collection. This is a fine example, with a gemmy blue depth reminiscient of a glacier, and with a purplish, pyramidal phantom-core visible deep inside it. It is neatly covered with snow white Barite that gives a pleasant contrast to the gemmy blue color. There's no damage on the top corner, or the right or back edges. The left corner has a small cleavage, it doesn't detract. I got this out of Les Tolonen's collection, We were able to acquire 100 flats from him representing his 100 trips to the cave-in-rock district spanning 35 years of his doing business in the area while it was in production.




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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite2a.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite2b.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite2c.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite2d.jpg]



TANZANITE2 - Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
$ 535.00
SOLD
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1.1 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 is a spectacular Tanzanite crystal. It has great color, It's very gemmy and Bright. It  exhibits a large internally clean area. It has a bluish-purple color, with a beautiful termination, and no damage. It comes mounted on a custom acryic base. It weighs 13.49 carats. 



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