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
Olmiite on matrix from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [OLMIITE2]
Olmiite on matrix
N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [SUGILITE5]
Sugilite with Aegerine
N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
Danburite rough and cut from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [DANBURITE6]
Danburite rough and cut
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
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
Azurite w/ Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico [AZURITE7]
Azurite w/ Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico

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Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote8a.jpg] Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote8b.jpg] Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote8d.jpg]



SIKHOTE8 - Sikhote-Alin Meteorite
$ 245.00
SOLD
Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia
small cabinet - 6.3 x 3.7 x 2.5 cm

This nickel iron meteorite fell on Feb. 12, 1947 in the Sikhote-alin Mountains of Eastern Siberia, Russia. It is the largest observed meteorite fall in history, with over 23000 kg raining down on the earth in the form of iron shrapnel and the more rare individual fallen meteorites such as this one. A couple years ago, the Russian government has made it difficult to export, and diggers I knew said there was almost nothing left to find. 

This piece has two distinct sides. One side ihas small regmaglypts and the other has a smoother wavier texture. It has a pleasant, dynamic shape reminiscient of an artist's sculpture. It weighs 110 grams.




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Lapis Lazuli (hand polished) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis2a.jpg] Lapis Lazuli (hand polished) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis2b.jpg] Lapis Lazuli (hand polished) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis2c.jpg]



LAPIS2 - Lapis Lazuli (hand polished)
$ 65.00
SOLD
Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm

This royal blue Lapis sculpture has fabulous color, excellent polish (done in Hong Kong, not in Afganistan), and the carving itself resembles a spinnaker sail. It weighs 71 grams. It has just enough gold pyrite, and a tiny bit of white marble to accentuate the intense blue that only comes from the best Lapis. I pulled a handful of the best pieces from a large purchase of hundreds that I bought three years ago (since then the quality has been terrible). It exhibits the right combination of color, polish and shape. Set it on a shelf, or on your desk and enjoy its natural beauty.




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Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm41a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm41b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm41c.jpg]



TOURM41 - Tourmaline Var. Elbaite
$ 95.00
SOLD
Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 3.6 x .6 x .5 cm

Gemmy, blue and red tourmaline. Weighs 12.12 carats (2.42 grams). Great termination, no damage (one spot of contact near base).




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Beryl Var. Aquamarine with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua11a.jpg] Beryl Var. Aquamarine with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua11b.jpg] Beryl Var. Aquamarine with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua11c.jpg] Beryl Var. Aquamarine with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua11d.jpg] Beryl Var. Aquamarine with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua11e.jpg]



AQUA11 - Beryl Var. Aquamarine with Muscovite
$ 695.00
SOLD
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
cabinet - 13 x 7.5 x 8.0 cm

This is a large Aqua specimen. It weighs 642 grams (1 pound 6.65 ozs). It has four large crystals and seven or eight smaller crystals. It has great color, and a bright, reflective surface. I've pictured the interpenetration of the central 5 cm crystal with a smaller aqua that terminates in the center of the host crystal. No visible damage, there is some contact along the sides. 




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Beryl Var. Emerald from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald6a.jpg] Beryl Var. Emerald from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald6b.jpg] Beryl Var. Emerald from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald6c.jpg]



EMERALD6 - Beryl Var. Emerald
$ 95.00
SOLD NET
Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia
thumbnail - 1.05 x .6 x .5 cm

This emerald crystal has great color, it "says," Emerald even from across the room.  Gemmy near the termination, well crystallized. One micro chip below the edge of the termination (after I used a microscope to examine). A great value (a friend of mine came back from Columbia and so I'm passing on the good deal I got). It weighs 3.28 carats.




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Brazilianite on double terminated Albite crystal from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite2a.jpg] Brazilianite on double terminated Albite crystal from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite2b.jpg] Brazilianite on double terminated Albite crystal from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite2c.jpg] Brazilianite on double terminated Albite crystal from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite2d.jpg] Brazilianite on double terminated Albite crystal from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite2e.jpg]



BRAZILIANITE2 - Brazilianite on double terminated Albite crystal
$ 3500.00
SOLD NET
Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 11.3 x 6.5 x 5.0 cm

This absolutely stunning specimen was one of the best for its size from the pocket found at the Telirio Mine about 4 years ago. The core of the piece is a double terminated beige Albite crystal, on top of it have grown dozens of bright yellow-green Brazilianites. The larger crystals range from 2 to 3.7 cm long, with the average running over 1 cm. The crystallization is highly concentrated and is crowned by a beautiful double terminated Brazilianite on the very top, aesthetically perched in all of its 3.7 cm greatness. I love how the matrix, the Albite is double terminated and also how large the crystals are, especially the double terminated "cherry on top." It comes with a custom made acrylic base ($150 value). I had snagged this out of a lot when it first come to the US from Brazil and sold it to Steve Dowell, whose collection we purchased in the last year. I have been told this mine will never produce again, although I haven't been there personally. 




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Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm42a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm42b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm42c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm42d.jpg]



TOURM42 - Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite
$ 115.00
SOLD
Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4.5 x .9 x .6 cm

This odd Tourmaline is naturally etched, and has three different colors in four distinct color zones. It is totally gem quality which means you can read through it. The termination is green and then it shifts to bergundy, then yellow then back to bergundy. An excellent example from this location which is known for etched gem tourmalines. No damage. It weighs 3.26 grams.




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Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum6a.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum6b.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum6c.jpg]



CORUNDUM6 - Corundum Var. Ruby
$ 95.00
SOLD
Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
thumbnail - 2.0 x 1.6 x .9 cm

This ruby has an excellent hexagonal formation, with extra crystals growing alongside it. It is complete which is actually hard to find with rubies growing in marble. It has good pinkish with a hint of violet color. No damage.

Rubies found at Sivec Mountain, have been mined for thousands of years. It is a marble mine in the Republic of Macedonia. These aren't on the market regularly. They are highly fluorescent, as shown in the second pic under a long wave lamp. It weighs 5 grams.




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Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass4a.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass4b.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass4c.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass4d.jpg]



DSGLASS4 - Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool
$ 95.00
SOLD
Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt
small cabinet - 6.8 x 2.5 x 1.2 cm

Libyan Desert Glass is believed to the result of the impact of a large meteorite, or the result of a significant aerial burst explosion around 28.5 million years ago (dated by the fission track method). They are the purest form of natural glass on earth, containing over 96% silica. They were first discovered by ancient Egyptians as evidenced by a scarab beatle carvings found on the mummy of King Tutankhamun. Today they are found in the deep Saharan desert, two days driving into a militarized zone near the border of Libya and Egypt. The leading theory leans towards an aerial burst ten thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima nuclear detonation (Boslough). Some pieces have dark streaks; chemical analyses of these inclusions show enrichment by meteoritic elements, such as Osmium, with typical chondritic proportions (Koeberl C.). 

This piece was used as a scraper by nomadic man approximately 10,000 years ago. Holding this piece will blow your mind. It started as sand/precambrian sandstone, was melted by an aerial burst into glass, laid around for 28 million years. Was then picked up and fashioned into a tool by paleolithic man and used to scrape animal hides, dropped and found again recently. This is a beautiful example, as it has a natural curve and obvious edge. It fits in the right hand perfectly. You too will want to scrape hides when you hold this remarkable artifact! It weighs about 22 grams.




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Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite9a.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite9b.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite9c.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite9d.jpg]



MOLDAVITE9 - Moldavite
$ 115.00
SOLD
Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic
small cabinet - 5.5 2.5 x 1.1 cm

Moldavite is a green tektite. A tektite is an impact glass, created due to the impact of a meteorite with the earth's crust. It is believed that the meteorite that created the Ries Kessel (a massive 15 mile diameter crater), 120 miles away in Germany "splashed," hot material into the atmosphere that cooled as it fell back to Earth. This impact material, landed across a relatively small (10 to 15 square mile) area in the current Czech Republic. This impact event is dated around 15 million years ago. Moldavite miners must dig holes to access this old layer in which the Moldavite is found. Moldavite is typically quite small, with the largest pieces generally available, weighing between 30 to 50 grams (up to 6-7 cm long). Moldavite is valued for its size (larger pieces are much rarer), condition (lack of damage), an attractive green color, and how textured, or "spikey," the surface is. 

This one has a beautiful rich green color, and a well textured surface. When I buy Moldavite I typically buy at least a kilo at a time from the miners. This was one of the best for its size from a recent purchase. There are two micro chips that are only seen if studied closely and don't amount to anything (so hard to spot). It weighs 15 grams.



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