Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [DIOPSIDE7]
Diopside
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Kunar Province, Afganistan [TOURM29]
Tourmaline Var. Elbaite
Kunar Province, Afganistan
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
Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [SMITHSONITE5]
Smithsonite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Serandite with Aegirine from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [SERANDITE1]
Serandite with Aegirine
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Wulfenite from Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [WULFENITE3]
Wulfenite
Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

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Quartz Var. Optical sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz48a.jpg] Quartz Var. Optical sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz48b.jpg] Quartz Var. Optical sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz48c.jpg]



QUARTZ48 - Quartz Var. Optical sphere
$ 99.00
SOLD
Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4.25 x 4.25 x 4.25 cm

This sphere began as a very clear quartz crystal in Brazil, mined in the 1930's or 40's or earlier. The Canadian government bought the rough and stockpiled it for the WW2 war effort. The optical Quartz was used as lens in things like gun sites. In the 1980's Frank Melanson of Hawthorneden bought the whole lot of it and sent the rough to Idar Oberstein, Germany to be cut into precise spheres and eggs. I remember coming across a stash of these at Frank's house when we went about purchasing his entire inventory. At first we thought 'great, more quartz spheres,' but when I held it up and looked at my dad he was pictured perfectly upside down! 

This is an optical Quartz sphere, meaning there are NO inclusions so the distortion to light entering the sphere is scene with total precision and clarity. In the second picture, make note of the fact the the bill is upside down (while Franklin is right side up). In the third pic, the bill is rightside up, so Franklin is upside down, but in the reflection, the bill is upside down and the face is rightside up. This is fun to have to show to kids and other adults who are easily amused. 

The Hawthorneden stock had about 20,000 stone spheres and eggs in it. Over the years we have been hoarding these optical spheres while liquidating all the others. This one was, by the way priced at $120 back in the late eighties when they first got them back from the German factories. It weighs 108 grams, and is over 1 1/2 inches in diameter.




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Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz49a.jpg] Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz49b.jpg] Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz49c.jpg]



QUARTZ49 - Quartz with petroleum inclusions
$ 60.00
SOLD
Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm

Here is an entire vial of petroleum included 4 phase Quartzes. I would estimate there are at least 30 individual crystals. They fluoresce like crazy, and otherwise have a golden yellow hue under natural light. I will also throw in a 60X power handheld microscope with both natural light LED and long wave Fluorescent LED free of charge (a $12 value). 

It is a four phase inclusion in a double terminated Quartz crystal found in central Pakistan 6 years ago. It is highly fluorescent under both short wave and long wave (LW pictured). The long wave makes the petroleum fluoresce yellow, the short wave brings out the more reds and blues. The gas bubble forms when the the Quartz cools after forming, the petroleum contracts more than the Quartz because it is less dense, it pulls a vacume within the fluid thus creating a "gas" bubble.  The four phases are: the gas bubble trapped in the petroleum, the petroleum itself, a darker brown previously organic material, and black carbon inclusions. I learned this from an insightful geologist who specializes in Quartz inclusions, whom I met at the Tucson Main show.  




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Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz50a.jpg] Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz50b.jpg] Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz50c.jpg] Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz50d.jpg] Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz50e.jpg] Quartz with petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz50f.jpg]



QUARTZ50 - Quartz with petroleum inclusions
$ 195.00
SOLD
Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan
miniature - 4.1 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm

This is one of the best of these rare 4-phase inclusion Quartzes I have found in the last 6 years of selling them. It has a bright glassy lustre, the internal yellow and brown are striking. It is over 4 centimeters long which for this location is as long as I've ever seen one. It has 4 independent moving bubbles. It is incredibly fluorescent! It comes mounted on a beveled acrylic base, and has only a bit of a scuff on the back side that is not seen when displaying it. 

It is a four phase inclusion in a double terminated Quartz crystal found in central Pakistan 6 years ago. It is highly fluorescent under both short wave and long wave (LW pictured). The long wave makes the petroleum fluoresce yellow, the short wave brings out the more reds and blues. The gas bubble forms when the the Quartz cools after forming, the petroleum contracts more than the Quartz because it is less dense, it pulls a vacume within the fluid thus creating a "gas" bubble.  The four phases are: the gas bubble trapped in the petroleum, the petroleum itself, a darker brown previously organic material, and black carbon inclusions. I learned this from an insightful geologist who specializes in Quartz inclusions, whom I met at the Tucson Main show.  




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Azurite with Malachite from Nevada Lode, La Sal, San Juan Co. Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/azurite3a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Nevada Lode, La Sal, San Juan Co. Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/azurite3b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Nevada Lode, La Sal, San Juan Co. Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/azurite3c.jpg]



AZURITE3 - Azurite with Malachite
$ 115.00
SOLD
Nevada Lode, La Sal, San Juan Co. Utah, USA
small cabinet - 6.0 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm

Azurite with Malachite from Utah. This piece came to us through Hawthorneden, because Frank had bought an entire room full of Azurites from this deposit in the late 1980's. Not much has been found since then, and in the 1990's Bisbee roses were widely available, then China started producing in the late 1990's. Most people who see our assortment are surprised to see the location. This piece has great color, and a fine lustre. There is no damage on this piece, just an annoying small patch of white mineral tack on its base (unseen when displaying it). 




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Mimetite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mimetite3a.jpg] Mimetite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mimetite3b.jpg] Mimetite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mimetite3c.jpg]



MIMETITE3 - Mimetite
$ 325.00
SOLD
Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm

This Mimetite has a glassy lustre, and striking yellow-orange color. The crystals grow as long as 1.2 cm, and there are about 20 different ones comprising this attractive specimen. Although very hard to spot there are two or three partial crystals out of the 20. Overall its an amazing, bright example of Mimetite from this long-closed classic location in Namibia. 




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Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite6a.jpg] Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite6b.jpg] Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite6c.jpg] Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/adamite6d.jpg]



ADAMITE6 - Adamite on Limonite
$ 195.00

Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
cabinet - 11 x 7 x 5.5 cm

There are layers of horizontal Limonite "stacked," on itself, with yellow Adamite crystals "inhabiting," the space between each layer. Some are exending out, while most are tucked away inside. There are layers of micro-adamites forming a druzy layer on some layers of Limonite. What's also cool is this piece fluoresces like mad, turning a neon green under long wave ultraviolet light. 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. There is a partial Adamite crystal in the middle of the piece, and one ofn the far side (let's say 32 intact and two partials). Quite interesting for its layered characteristics. 




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Lapis Lazuli (hand polished) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis3a.jpg] Lapis Lazuli (hand polished) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis3b.jpg] Lapis Lazuli (hand polished) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis3c.jpg] Lapis Lazuli (hand polished) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis3d.jpg]



LAPIS3 - Lapis Lazuli (hand polished)
$ 115.00
SOLD
Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm

This royal blue Lapis sculpture has intense, fabulous color. (an even richer blue in person) It has an excellent polish (done in Hong Kong, not in Afganistan), and the carving itself resembles a spinnaker sail. It weighs 95.9 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. This is the same grade that cabs are cut from and set in gold rings. 




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Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm44a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm44b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm44c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm44d.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm44e.jpg]



TOURM44 - Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite
$ 115.00
SOLD
Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.6 x .9 x .9 cm

This cool gemmy Tourmaline from Brazil, is electric green, with a pink base. It is a little etched, which is typical from this mine. Great condiiton with only a tiny "rub" along the top edge below the termination (hard to see in person). This is facet-grade Tourmaline and is neat to have in a collection as an example. It weighs 3.7 grams. 




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Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm43a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm43b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm43c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm43d.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm43e.jpg]



TOURM43 - Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite
$ 950.00
SOLD
Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 8.0 x 5.0 x 3.2 cm

This is a gem, bi-colored Tourmaline from Brazil. It is more pinkish rubellite on one side and more teal-blue indicolite on the other side. There are a dozen different crystals all growing together. The colors are Intense, and there's nothing opaque about it. This is a great piece as a palm-sized, massive example of gem tourmaline from Brazil. It has excellent lustre. I just got this from an estate collection and it comes with its original label form Luis Leite, a famous Portugeuse dealer who passed away in the late 1990's. It weighs a substantial 121 grams! Given it is a "conglomeration," of gem pegmatite tourmaline, there are some broken crystals along with pristine terminated ones. 




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Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua12a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua12b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua12c.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua12d.jpg]



AQUA12 - Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
$ 165.00
SOLD
Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4.3 x 2.3 cm

This beautiful Aquamarine was naturally etched by acids occuring deep in the Earth during, or after the original Beryl crystal formed. It has hundreds of "crystal faces," due to the etching phenomenon. It conjures images of icebergs and glaciers. It came out of a "stash," from the Hawthorneden inventory we purchased several years ago. It has no damage. It weighs 57.9 grams. It is bluer in person. It has a naturally crystallized flat face that serves well as its base. 



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