Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [DIOPSIDE7]
Diopside
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Garnet var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [TSAVORITE4]
Garnet var. Tsavorite
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Quartz
Quartz "Faden"
Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE5]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [AQUA8]
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Quartz var. Faden from Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan [QUARTZ16]
Quartz var. Faden
Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan

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Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut) from Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil [db_pics/pics/agate2a.jpg] Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut) from Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil [db_pics/pics/agate2b.jpg] Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut) from Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil [db_pics/pics/agate2c.jpg]



AGATE2 - Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut)
$ 65.00
SOLD
Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil
small cabinet - 7 x 4.5 x 4 cm

This is a set of an intact polished, enhydro agate and a sliced half of an enhydro agate. The sliced half is filled with Quartz crystals and several Calcite crystals. the intact example is of an identical color banding, but is intact so with a flashlight held behind, you can see the water slosh around inside it. We have been selling these enhydros for over 10 years, and people always wonder what they look like inside. This unique set shows exactly what they look like. 




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Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut) from Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil [db_pics/pics/agate3a.jpg] Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut) from Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil [db_pics/pics/agate3b.jpg] Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut) from Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil [db_pics/pics/agate3c.jpg] Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut) from Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil [db_pics/pics/agate3d.jpg]



AGATE3 - Quartz Var. Agate Enhydro Geode (rough and cut)
$ 75.00
SOLD
Rio Grande Del Sur, Brazil
small cabinet - 8.6 x 5.0 x 3.7 cm

This is a set of an intact polished, enhydro agate and a sliced half of an enhydro agate. The sliced half is filled with Quartz crystals. The intact example is of an identical color banding, but is intact so with a flashlight held behind, you can see the water slosh around inside it. We have been selling these enhydros for over 10 years, and people always wonder what they look like inside. This unique set shows exactly what they look like. 




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Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote6a.jpg] Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote6b.jpg] Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote6c.jpg] Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote6d.jpg] Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote6e.jpg] Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote6f.jpg] Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote6g.jpg] Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote6h.jpg]



SIKHOTE6 - Meteorite Var. Sikhote-Alin
$ 1195.00
SOLD NET
Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia
cabinet - 10.7 x 6.7 x 5.8 cm

I just picked up this Sikhote in Munich, from a Russian dealer/miner. I was struck by this piece imediately. It is beautifully oriented, with "fly lines," (ripple-like lines in the fusion crust that flow from the impact "lip,") which formed as this individual Meteorite fell through the atmosphere and became superheated, thus melting the outermost layer and creating the "fusion crust." It has extensive regmaglypts (indentations in the fusion crust) through out. It has an area underneath where it's speculated it sat in water (or landed in water) and the underlying surface is exposed. The deep lines and texture look like the landscape of the moon. It adds a whole new texture and "part fo the story," to tell people.

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. Remarkably, a friend of the Russian dealer found this spectacular example just recently, and succesfully got it to Germany. It's one of the finest I've seen, with everything one would want in a nickel-iron meteorite. It's larger than a man's fist, and is a "proper," size and an impressive weight of 847 grams or (1 pound 13.9 ounces), as you can see by all the pics, it can be displayed many different ways and is attractive each way. 




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Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua8a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua8b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua8c.jpg]



AQUA8 - Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
$ 239.00

Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.0 x 3.0 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 87 grams. 




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Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (Bi-colored) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm38a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (Bi-colored) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm38b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (Bi-colored) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm38c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (Bi-colored) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm38d.jpg]



TOURM38 - Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (Bi-colored)
$ 395.00
SOLD NET
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California
miniature - 4.4 x 2.3 x 2.0 cm

This piece exhibits good color. It is bi-colored with four different color zones. (top down: Red, green, pink, green). It is nearly double terminated, with part of the bottom termination growing off of a little feldspar with Lepidolite. This crystal is thick and yet still shows good color saturation. Often Himalaya mine tourmaline has a brownish-red color whereas this one has pink and red zones. This mine is an american classic, and this piece is a fine example for the price. It weighs 35 grams.




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Beryl Var. Emerald from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald4a.jpg] Beryl Var. Emerald from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald4b.jpg] Beryl Var. Emerald from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald4c.jpg]



EMERALD4 - Beryl Var. Emerald
$ 95.00
SOLD NET
Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia
thumbnail - 1.25 x .5 x .5 cm

The Muzo Mine in Columbia is one of the oldest working mines in the world (+400 years). This gemmy example is well terminated, and has a little sidecar (unterminated) crystal that gives it additional character. It's about a half inch long and weighs 3.26 carats. No damage on the primary crystal.




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Zoisite var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite1a.jpg] Zoisite var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite1b.jpg] Zoisite var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite1c.jpg] Zoisite var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite1d.jpg]



TANZANITE1 - Zoisite var. Tanzanite
$ 199.00
SOLD NET
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.9 x .9 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. Natural crystals are often a yellow-brown, although some like this one have a natural blue-purple color. This piece is particularly good in that it shows off good color with reasonable clarity, but also shows the typical natural color on the base. It also hasno damage. There is a very slight "line," on the left shoulder where there is some white clay as a natural inclusion that in some pics creates the illusion of a ding near the termination. Comes mounted on an acryllic base. It weighs 12 carats.




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Meteorite Slice Var. Stony Iron, pallasite from Fukang, Xinjiang Province, China [db_pics/pics/fukang2a.jpg] Meteorite Slice Var. Stony Iron, pallasite from Fukang, Xinjiang Province, China [db_pics/pics/fukang2b.jpg] Meteorite Slice Var. Stony Iron, pallasite from Fukang, Xinjiang Province, China [db_pics/pics/fukang2c.jpg]



FUKANG2 - Meteorite Slice Var. Stony Iron, pallasite
$ 495.00
SOLD NET
Fukang, Xinjiang Province, China
miniature - 4.2 x 3.5 x .3 cm

This meteorite slice comes off of the Fukang stony iron pallasite, which was found in 2000 in the Gobi Desert in China. The meteorite weighed about 1003 kgs. It is believed to be 4.5 billion years old. It is a nickel-iron with encapsulated olivine crystals that formed inside the metal. This piece is a full 3 mm thick, which is substantial. It has been cut with a diamond infused wire, else the olivine crystals shatter if sawing with a conventional saw blade. The slice was polished and then later etched with Nitric acid. The acid eats away the top layer of iron, exposing the underlying Widmanstatten pattern within the metal that only occurs in meteorites. I enjoy seeing people's eyes light up when they hold a pallasite slice, and let their imaginations grab hold of the idea this is probably as old as the solar system, and that it spent most of that time floating in space. This slice has a generous amount of olivine in it, it weighs 25.25 grams.




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Meteorite Slice Var. Stony Iron, pallasite from Fukang, Xinjiang Province, China [db_pics/pics/fukang1a.jpg] Meteorite Slice Var. Stony Iron, pallasite from Fukang, Xinjiang Province, China [db_pics/pics/fukang1b.jpg] Meteorite Slice Var. Stony Iron, pallasite from Fukang, Xinjiang Province, China [db_pics/pics/fukang1c.jpg]



FUKANG1 - Meteorite Slice Var. Stony Iron, pallasite
$ 495.00
SOLD NET
Fukang, Xinjiang Province, China
miniature - 4.0 x 3.6 x .3 cm

This meteorite slice comes off of the Fukang stony iron pallasite, which was found in 2000 in the Gobi Desert in China. The meteorite weighed about 1003 kgs. It is believed to be 4.5 billion years old. It is a nickel-iron with encapsulated olivine crystals that formed inside the metal. This piece is a full 3 mm thick, which is substantial. It has been cut with a diamond infused wire, else the olivine crystals shatter if sawing with a conventional saw blade. The slice was polished and then later etched with Nitric acid. The acid eats away the top layer of iron, exposing the underlying Widmanstatten pattern within the metal that only occurs in meteorites. I enjoy seeing people's eyes light up when they hold a pallasite slice, and let their imaginations grab hold of the idea this is probably as old as the solar system, and that it spent most of that time floating in space. 

This slice shows an equal amount of olivine and patterned nickel-iron. It weighs 25.65 grams.




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Cerrusite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/cerrusite1a.jpg] Cerrusite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/cerrusite1b.jpg] Cerrusite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/cerrusite1c.jpg] Cerrusite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/cerrusite1d.jpg] Cerrusite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/cerrusite1e.jpg] Cerrusite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/cerrusite1f.jpg]



CERRUSITE1 - Cerrusite
$ 1295.00
SOLD NET
Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.6 x 5.6 x 4.3 cm

Cerrusite comes in several colors. This one has a pinkish color mixed with a rich cognac. It is a dynamic piece that shows crystals going in several directions. It has some contacts, and one tiny chip on the smallest crystal. Overall this is an interesting piece from Tsumeb, a clasic closed mine. I included pics with black and white backgrounds to give some additional perspective. This piece has been "re-listed," with an additional facetted Cerrusite, also from Tsumeb. The cut stone weighs 20.97 carats, and was cut by american cutter Jay Medici of Ohio. Cerrrusite is very difficult to cut, as it has tricky cleavage planes, is temperature sensitive, and is very soft (ironically, harder stones are much easier to cut). There are so few cut stones on the market, it is very difficult to find anything that matches color. I am very happy how the colors match between this unique specimen, and the stone.



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