Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [SMITHSONITE5]
Smithsonite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County,  New York [HERKIMER6]
Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond
Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County, New York
Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [SAPPHIRE2]
Corundum Var. Sapphire
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
Olmiite on Calcite from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [OLMIITE4]
Olmiite on Calcite
N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
Opal var. Hyalite from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [OPAL14]
Opal var. Hyalite
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Opal (polished) from Jalisco, Mexico [OPAL3]
Opal (polished)
Jalisco, Mexico

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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
$ 275.00

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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Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm42a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm42b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm42c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm42d.jpg]



TOURM42 - Tourmaline Var. Elbaite (tri-colored) with Lepidolite
$ 115.00
SOLD
Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4.5 x .9 x .6 cm

This odd Tourmaline is naturally etched, and has three different colors in four distinct color zones. It is totally gem quality which means you can read through it. The termination is green and then it shifts to bergundy, then yellow then back to bergundy. An excellent example from this location which is known for etched gem tourmalines. No damage. It weighs 3.26 grams.




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Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum6a.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum6b.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum6c.jpg]



CORUNDUM6 - Corundum Var. Ruby
$ 95.00
SOLD
Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
thumbnail - 2.0 x 1.6 x .9 cm

This ruby has an excellent hexagonal formation, with extra crystals growing alongside it. It is complete which is actually hard to find with rubies growing in marble. It has good pinkish with a hint of violet color. No damage.

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. They are highly fluorescent, as shown in the second pic under a long wave lamp. It weighs 5 grams.




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Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass4a.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass4b.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass4c.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass4d.jpg]



DSGLASS4 - Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tool
$ 95.00
SOLD
Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt
small cabinet - 6.8 x 2.5 x 1.2 cm

Libyan Desert Glass is believed to the result of the impact of a large meteorite, or the result of a significant aerial burst explosion around 28.5 million years ago (dated by the fission track method). They are the purest form of natural glass on earth, containing over 96% silica. They were first discovered by ancient Egyptians as evidenced by a scarab beatle carvings found on the mummy of King Tutankhamun. Today they are found in the deep Saharan desert, two days driving into a militarized zone near the border of Libya and Egypt. The leading theory leans towards an aerial burst ten thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima nuclear detonation (Boslough). Some pieces have dark streaks; chemical analyses of these inclusions show enrichment by meteoritic elements, such as Osmium, with typical chondritic proportions (Koeberl C.). 

This piece was used as a scraper by nomadic man approximately 10,000 years ago. Holding this piece will blow your mind. It started as sand/precambrian sandstone, was melted by an aerial burst into glass, laid around for 28 million years. Was then picked up and fashioned into a tool by paleolithic man and used to scrape animal hides, dropped and found again recently. This is a beautiful example, as it has a natural curve and obvious edge. It fits in the right hand perfectly. You too will want to scrape hides when you hold this remarkable artifact! It weighs about 22 grams.




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Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite9a.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite9b.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite9c.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite9d.jpg]



MOLDAVITE9 - Moldavite
$ 115.00
SOLD
Chlum, Moldau River valley, Czech Republic
small cabinet - 5.5 2.5 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. 

This one has a beautiful rich green color, and a well textured surface. When I buy Moldavite I typically buy at least a kilo at a time from the miners. This was one of the best for its size from a recent purchase. There are two micro chips that are only seen if studied closely and don't amount to anything (so hard to spot). It weighs 15 grams.




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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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