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
Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [OPAL12]
Opal (rough and cut)
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [AQUA8]
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Serandite with Aegirine from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [SERANDITE1]
Serandite with Aegirine
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
Quartz
Quartz "Faden"
Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan

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Heulandite with Stilbite from Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/heulandite1a.jpg] Heulandite with Stilbite from Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/heulandite1b.jpg] Heulandite with Stilbite from Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/heulandite1c.jpg]



HEULANDITE1 - Heulandite with Stilbite
$ 95.00

Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India
small cabinet - 8.0 x 6.3 x 5.3

This beautiful piece shows the aesthetic combination of pinkish/peach Heulandite and orangy/peach Stilbite. Although zeolites from India are common, really good ones are not common. This is a really good one, that shows dramatic forms and bright luster.  It's in fine condition, there is a minor piece cleaved off one of the smaller stilbites (not eye-catching).




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Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal9a.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal9b.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal9c.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal9d.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal9e.jpg]



OPAL9 - Boytroidal Opal
$ 115.00
SOLD
Durango, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.9 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm

This comes from a recent discovery of a small-scale mining operation around Durango, Mexico. Some of the pieces I looked at still had roots on them, indicating a deposit relatively close to the surface. the opal itself is remarkably clear and intact. The fluorescence is extreme under both long wave and short wave (short wave pictured). 

This piece is a neat miniature, where the opal seems to have "percolated," up on the chalcedony matrix. Mounted on black acrylic base. Pictures show both sides.

Without damage.




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Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal8a.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal8b.jpg]



OPAL8 - Boytroidal Opal
$ 125.00
SOLD
Durango, Mexico
miniature - 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9 cm

This comes from a recent discovery of a small-scale mining operation around Durango, Mexico. Some of the pieces I looked at still had roots on them, indicating a deposit relatively close to the surface. The opal itself is remarkably clear and intact. The fluorescence is extreme under both long wave and short wave (short wave pictured). 

This piece has crystallized on a brownish chalcedony matrix. It comes mounted on a black acrylic base. It's in great shape, without any dings. 




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Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal7a.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal7b.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal7c.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal7d.jpg] Boytroidal Opal from Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal7e.jpg]



OPAL7 - Boytroidal Opal
$ 95.00
SOLD
Durango, Mexico
miniature - 3.3 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm

This comes from a recent discovery of a small-scale mining operation around Durango, Mexico. Some of the pieces I looked at still had roots on them, indicating a deposit relatively close to the surface. the opal itself is remarkably clear and intact. The fluorescence is extreme under both long wave and short wave (short wave pictured). 

It's in great shape without any dings.




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Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite8a.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite8b.jpg]



MOLDAVITE8 - Moldavite
$ 85.00
SOLD NET
Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic
miniature - 3.5 x 2.8 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. 

 

For its size, this peice has great color, texture and it stands up by itself. It weighs 12.7 grams.




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Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite7a.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite7b.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite7c.jpg]



MOLDAVITE7 - Moldavite
$ 259.00
SOLD NET
Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic
miniature - 4.7 x 4.5 x 1.2 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 exceptional Moldavite has excellent color, great texturing and is without damage. Pieces this good are hard to come by. It weighs 21.8 grams.




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Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite6a.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite6b.jpg]



MOLDAVITE6 - Moldavite
$ 235.00
SOLD NET
Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic
miniature - 4.6 x 4.5 x 1.2 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 piece has it all. It is large, gemmy green and textured. It weighs 23.7 grams. It has two very minor chips that are hard to spot. 




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Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire5a.jpg] Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire5b.jpg] Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire5c.jpg]



SAPPHIRE5 - Corundum Var. Sapphire
$ 65.00
SOLD
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
miniature - 3.5 x .9 x .7 cm

Attractive, natural blue, double terminated sapphire crystal. 




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Quartz Var. Amethyst from Karur, Chennai, Southern India [db_pics/pics/quartz32a.jpg] Quartz Var. Amethyst from Karur, Chennai, Southern India [db_pics/pics/quartz32b.jpg] Quartz Var. Amethyst from Karur, Chennai, Southern India [db_pics/pics/quartz32c.jpg]



QUARTZ32 - Quartz Var. Amethyst
$ 95.00
SOLD
Karur, Chennai, Southern India
miniature - 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.1 cm

Occasionally spectacular little examples of Amethyst scepters are produced in southern India. This is a good example of one. The Amethyst "heads," have sprouted up from a drusy whiter quartz base. They are perched nicely on the bed of drusy quartz which makes for an amazing miniature. The Amethyst is glassy and transparent with needles of probably Rutile or Lepidochrosite happening inside. There are even small gemmy herkimer diamond-like amethysts growing on the scepter head. It's in great shape, no visible dings. Most of the material from here is chipped a lot. 




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Elbaite Tourmaline with Clevelandite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tourm33a.jpg] Elbaite Tourmaline with Clevelandite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tourm33b.jpg] Elbaite Tourmaline with Clevelandite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tourm33c.jpg]



TOURM33 - Elbaite Tourmaline with Clevelandite
$ 325.00
SOLD
Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan
miniature - 4.1 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm

These four primary Tourmalines are interconnected with Cleavelandite. This was recently mined, and rushed to Munich where I carefully selected it for its color, clarity and lack of damage. This piece is quite unique because it shows off a blue cap beyond a band of green and a broader layer of yellow-green. This was the only blue cap example out of 125 specimens available. The tourmaline is bright and reflective. It's in great shape no damage to the four tourmalines. There is a very minor small fifthe crystal that has a little chipping, but no big deal.

 



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