Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [OPAL13]
Opal (rough and cut)
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
Acanthite from Imiter, Atlas Mountains, Morocco [ACANTHITE3]
Acanthite
Imiter, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
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 [OLMIITE1]
Olmiite on matrix
N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [LAPIS4]
Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved)
Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan

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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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Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum2a.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum2b.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum2c.jpg]



PLATINUM2 - Platinum with Gold
$ 185.00
SOLD NET
Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia
thumbnail - 4 x 3 x 3 mm

What goes better with Platinum than Gold? The guilded lilly of mineral specimens. These are hard to come by, as not many were covered in gold. 

This platinum crystal is rather cubic, so it is compact for its weight.

It weighs .38 grams = 1.9 carats. 




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Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum1a.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum1b.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum1c.jpg] Platinum with Gold from Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia [db_pics/pics/platinum1d.jpg]



PLATINUM1 - Platinum with Gold
$ 235.00
SOLD NET
Konder massif, Ayan-Maya District, Kbabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Russia
thumbnail - 6 x 5.5 x 3 mm

 

What goes better with Platinum than Gold? The guilded lilly of mineral specimens. These are hard to come by, as not many were covered in gold. 

It weighs .44 grams which is 2.20 carats.




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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
$ 165.00

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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Quartz var. solution Quartz from Jeffrey Quarry, North Little Rock, Arkansas [db_pics/pics/quartz28a.jpg] Quartz var. solution Quartz from Jeffrey Quarry, North Little Rock, Arkansas [db_pics/pics/quartz28b.jpg] Quartz var. solution Quartz from Jeffrey Quarry, North Little Rock, Arkansas [db_pics/pics/quartz28c.jpg]



QUARTZ28 - Quartz var. solution Quartz
$ 45.00
SOLD
Jeffrey Quarry, North Little Rock, Arkansas
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4.3 x 3.0 cm

This attractive cluster is a good example of solution quartz, which is a rather uncommon occurence world wide. The Jeffrey Quarry was closed in the 1980's, and is famous for producing these super clear Quartz clusters that were formed in a silica-rich solution. It's in fine condition, without any visible damage. I got this out of an old collection, it was probably collected in the early 1970's.






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