Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [TANZANITE6]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Wulfenite from Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [WULFENITE3]
Wulfenite
Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Quartz var. Faden from Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan [QUARTZ16]
Quartz var. Faden
Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan
Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [LAPIS4]
Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved)
Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [SPINEL4]
Spinel (rough and cut)
Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Quartz Var. Rose from Lavra da Ilha Pegmatite, Taquaral, Itinga, Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [ROSE3]
Quartz Var. Rose
Lavra da Ilha Pegmatite, Taquaral, Itinga, Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite3a.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite3b.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite3c.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite3d.jpg]



TANZANITE3 - Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
$ 195.00
NET
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.3 x .9 x .6 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 well formed, gemmy crystal has a natural bluish-purple color, with a tinge of yellow in its base (which shows it hasn't been heated after mining). It is a wedge shaped (looks like a front tooth actually), and weighs 6.40 carats. 




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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite4a.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite4b.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite4c.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite4d.jpg]



TANZANITE4 - Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
$ 215.00

Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1.1 x .7 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 has a natural steely blue color with a yellow accent in its base. It has a little scraping on it back edge. It weighs 8.65 carats.




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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

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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Quartz w/ Tourmaline inclusions from Jenipapo mine, Itapirapuã, Goiás, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz45a.jpg] Quartz w/ Tourmaline inclusions from Jenipapo mine, Itapirapuã, Goiás, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz45b.jpg]



QUARTZ45 - Quartz w/ Tourmaline inclusions
$ 45.00
SOLD
Jenipapo mine, Itapirapuã, Goiás, Brazil
miniature - 3.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm

From thousands there is this one. It is a well crystallized point that is saturated with Indicolite. 99% of the pocket was dinged. This one is not (one tiny rub on an edge). 




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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

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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Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite5a.jpg] Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite5b.jpg] Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite5c.jpg] Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite5d.jpg]



ADAMITE5 - Adamite on Limonite
$ 215.00
SOLD
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
small cabinet - 7.0 x 4.5 x 3.7 cm

This Adamite features three bright and shiny complete crystallizations of Adamite. It exemplifies the pleasant contrast between the yellow Adamite (primary sphere measures 1.75 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. It displays well from two angles, as the backside has a small vug of additional Adamite. No damage.




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Apatite from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/apatite5a.jpg] Apatite from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/apatite5b.jpg]



APATITE5 - Apatite
$ 95.00
SOLD
Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2.0 x 1.8 cm

This showy apatite cluster came out of the collection of Brazilian miner, who collected this piece over 9 years ago. Nice purplish Apatite crystals, quite bright and reflective. No damage. 




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Calcite Var Cobaltian from Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/calcite8a.jpg] Calcite Var Cobaltian from Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/calcite8b.jpg] Calcite Var Cobaltian from Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/calcite8c.jpg]



CALCITE8 - Calcite Var Cobaltian
$ 75.00
SOLD
Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo
small cabinet - 6.0 x 3.2 x 3.3 cm

Brilliant color. It's natural but it looks dyed. Unusual to have such bold color. Good condition no damage to the crystals. Comes mounted on a custom acryllic base.




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Quartz Var. Rutilated (rough and cut) from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz47a.jpg] Quartz Var. Rutilated (rough and cut) from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz47c.jpg] Quartz Var. Rutilated (rough and cut) from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz47d.jpg] Quartz Var. Rutilated (rough and cut) from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz47e.jpg] Quartz Var. Rutilated (rough and cut) from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz47f.jpg]



QUARTZ47 - Quartz Var. Rutilated (rough and cut)
$ 195.00
SOLD
Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 8.6 x 5.7 x 5.5 cm

Rough rutilated Quartz isn't really available on the market, given it's value as cutting rough. (the Chinese are buying it at the mine and shipping right to China). I found this chunk in an old collection from the 1960's - 1970's. The rough is incredibly good- definately cutting rough! Thick golden needles of rutile in smoky quartz with small chips of Hematite. Deep inside the piece there are "rays," of rutile that may be part of a star. The rough weighs 327 grams. I've paired it with a 27 gram super bright Cab from the hawthorneden stock. 




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Fluorapatite from Mercado Mine, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/apatite6a.jpg] Fluorapatite from Mercado Mine, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/apatite6b.jpg] Fluorapatite from Mercado Mine, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/apatite6c.jpg]



APATITE6 - Fluorapatite
$ 95.00
SOLD
Mercado Mine, Durango, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.4 x 1.0 x .8 cm

This apatite is found in the "market Mine," nearby the famous Ojuela mine nearby Durango, Mexico. I have been buying these crystals for over 12 years, and finding gemmy crystals in good condition is difficult, primarily because the crystals are not in their original matrix, as the deposit collapsed millions of years ago. Occasionally clusters are available, and they look like someone mixed up apatite crystals in cement and let it dry. Production has been terrible over the last 3 years. This one was mined about 6 years ago.

This is a beautiful, gemmy Apatite crystal. It is ultra-bright and distinctly yellow. There is a micro chip below the termination edge (not eye catching). These gemmy crystals are really hard to find anymore.



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