Danburite rough and cut from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [DANBURITE6]
Danburite rough and cut
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [HESSONITE7]
Garnet var. Hessonite
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [LARIMAR5]
Larimar aka Blue Pectolite
Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic
Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Kunar Province, Afganistan [TOURM29]
Tourmaline Var. Elbaite
Kunar Province, Afganistan
Ruby in Muscovite from Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal [RUBY1]
Ruby in Muscovite
Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal
Creedite with Fluorite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazilasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico [CREEDITE6]
Creedite with Fluorite
Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazilasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico

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Optical Quartz Sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sphere1a.jpg] Optical Quartz Sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sphere1b.jpg] Optical Quartz Sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sphere1c.jpg] Optical Quartz Sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sphere1d.jpg]



SPHERE1 - Optical Quartz Sphere
$ 95.00
SOLD
Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4.2 x 4.2 x 4.2 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 dollar bill is upside down (while George is right side up). In the third pic, the bill is rightside up, so George is upside down, but in the reflection, the bill is upside down and the face is rightside up. In the fourth pic, the camera is focused only on the sphere, so the bill behind it is fuzzy. If you look closely, you can make out the individual pixels of ink composing George's portrait. 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 91 grams, and is 1 1/2 inches in diameter.




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Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum3a.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum3b.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum3c.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum3d.jpg]



CORUNDUM3 - Corundum Var. Ruby
$ 175.00
SOLD
Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
miniature - 4.3 x 2.35 x 1.3 cm

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, and when they are good with a dramatic color contrast from red to white, they are excellent examples of rubies in matrix. They are highly fluorescent, as shown in the third pic. The color is a richer red under incandescent light, vs. the daylight fluorescent pictured. There is mica embedded on the front side, and the right side is where it was attached to massive Corundum. The left side crystallized nicely and is slightly tabular. 




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Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum2a.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum2b.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum2c.jpg]



CORUNDUM2 - Corundum Var. Ruby
$ 135.00
SOLD
Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
thumbnail - 2.2 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm

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, and when they are good with a dramatic color contrast from red to white, they are excellent examples of rubies in matrix. They are highly fluorescent, as shown in the second pic. The color is a richer red under incandescent light. this piece has some slight roughing to the left side, but is overall without damage.




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Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot3a.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot3b.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot3c.jpg]



PERIDOT3 - Peridot
$ 65.00
SOLD
Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.2 x .9 cm

This peridot is taller than wider. Good color and clarity. There are two minor chips near the top that blend into the overall form.




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Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot2a.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot2b.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot2c.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot2d.jpg]



PERIDOT2 - Peridot
$ 115.00
SOLD
Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan
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This is a good example of Peridot, with a bright lime green color and good internal clarity. No damage.




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Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot1a.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot1b.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot1c.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan [db_pics/pics/peridot1d.jpg]



PERIDOT1 - Peridot
$ 195.00
SOLD
Sapat Gali, Manshera,Pakistan
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm

This Peridot has excellent color, good form and no damage. These are often darker or more olive green vs. lime green. It's a good size as well, longer than most but fat around the middle while being properly transparent. 




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Opal: Rough and Cut from Jalisco, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal10a.jpg] Opal: Rough and Cut from Jalisco, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal10b.jpg] Opal: Rough and Cut from Jalisco, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal10c.jpg] Opal: Rough and Cut from Jalisco, Mexico [db_pics/pics/opal10d.jpg]



OPAL10 - Opal: Rough and Cut
$ 695.00
SOLD NET
Jalisco, Mexico
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.9 x 1.8 cm

The polished opal was the only piece I acquired this season from my contact who owns and works opal mines in Jalisco. This piece struck me as a fiery tooth. I've paired it with a jelly matrix opal from the same location that I got from an old collection (mined in the late sixties), pieces like this are all cut nowadays. The polished piece has incredible color play with green, blue and reds, it is a special piece.




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Opal from Shoa valley, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal11a.jpg] Opal from Shoa valley, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal11b.jpg] Opal from Shoa valley, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal11c.jpg] Opal from Shoa valley, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal11d.jpg]



OPAL11 - Opal
$ 55.00
SOLD
Shoa valley, Ethiopia
thumbnail - 2.0 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm

Although opal has been found in Ethiopia for many years, this new deposit also known as 'desert opal,' can be brilliant and colorful. Desert opal has been known to develop internal fractures. For good pieces like this one, we let it 'dry out' for several months. We have cut a number of stones from this material, in which case we let the stones 'rest,' for a year, just to make sure it hasn't developed any crazing. This stone is solid, without any problems, and is a fine example of this spectacular new deposit.

It shows red and green primarily. It weighs 14.6 carats.




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Quartz w/ petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz33a.jpg] Quartz w/ petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz33b.jpg] Quartz w/ petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz33c.jpg] Quartz w/ petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz33d.jpg] Quartz w/ petroleum inclusions from Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/quartz33f.jpg]



QUARTZ33 - Quartz w/ petroleum inclusions
$ 95.00
SOLD
Zhob Baluchistan, Pakistan
thumbnail - 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.8 cm

This is a pair of double terminated Quartz crystals from Zhob Baluchistan: a war torn region of Pakistan. One is filled with petroleum, and considered a four phase included Quartz. The second is a clear example of a three phase included Quartz. It has a fluid inclusion (not petroleum) and trapped gas bubble. The first pic is normal lighting of the pair, and the second pic is both of them under long wave fluorescent light. These two make a great set to show off fluorescence.  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. 

The petroleum included Quartz is in good condition with smaller quartz crystals growing on it, and a few spots of contact where some of those came off. the clear crystal is also in good condition with just a little minor chipping on the bottom edge of one termination.




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Elbaite Tourmaline with Clevelandite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tourm37a.jpg] Elbaite Tourmaline with Clevelandite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tourm37b.jpg] Elbaite Tourmaline with Clevelandite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tourm37c.jpg]



TOURM37 - Elbaite Tourmaline with Clevelandite
$ 235.00
SOLD
Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan
miniature - 3.7 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm

The central Tourmaline measure 3.7 cm tall. Both crystals are bright and reflective and have top bands of gem green and light pink terminations. There are three total crystals, accented by the Cleavelandite. The tourmalines don't have any dings. This piece was recently mined in Pakistan and brought (late) to the Munich show. 



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