gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [GOLD16]
gold
Near Santa Elena, Venezuela
Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic [MOLDAVITE15]
Moldavite
Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic
Garnet var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [TSAVORITE4]
Garnet var. Tsavorite
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Creedite with Fluorite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazilasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico [CREEDITE6]
Creedite with Fluorite
Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazilasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico
Acanthite from Imiter, Atlas Mountains, Morocco [ACANTHITE2]
Acanthite
Imiter, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [DIOPSIDE7]
Diopside
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania

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Quartz w/ Ajoite and Copper incls. (polished) from Messina, South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz56a.jpg] Quartz w/ Ajoite and Copper incls. (polished) from Messina, South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz56b.jpg] Quartz w/ Ajoite and Copper incls. (polished) from Messina, South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz56c.jpg] Quartz w/ Ajoite and Copper incls. (polished) from Messina, South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz56d.jpg] Quartz w/ Ajoite and Copper incls. (polished) from Messina, South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz56e.jpg] Quartz w/ Ajoite and Copper incls. (polished) from Messina, South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz56f.jpg]



QUARTZ56 - Quartz w/ Ajoite and Copper incls. (polished)
$ 795.00
SOLD
Messina, South Africa
cabinet - 14 x 12 x 9 cm

This cabinet sized Quartz Cluster involves over 20 crystals, most ofwhich exhibit turquoise colored Ajoite inclusions. The largest crystal has a white phantom deep inside it and copper inclusions near the surface (last pic). The second largest crystal contains the lion's share of the Ajoite with copper around the edges. It sits well from many angles and is a fine example of this rare Quartz inclusion from South Africa. Due to the inherent encrustation that sometimes occurs at this location, four crystal faces have been professionally lapped (polished) to "improve the view," inside. Otherwise there are no dings or chips or damamge of any kind on the cluster (except for the smallest crystal on the back side (not eye catching whatsoever). It was mined in the late 1980's. It weighs three pounds (1.36 kgs)




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Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tools from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass5a.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tools from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass5b.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tools from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass5c.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tools from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass5d.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tools from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass5e.jpg]



DSGLASS5 - Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass, paleolithic tools
$ 95.00
SOLD
Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt
small cabinet - 5.5 x 3.3 x .8 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.). 

These two pieces were used as scrapers by nomadic man approximately 10,000 years ago. Holding these  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. These two are fine examples as they have natural curves and obvious edges. It fits in the right hand perfectly. You too will want to scrape hides when you hold this remarkable artifact! The large is 13 grams, the smaller is 5 grams (3 x 2 cm). There is a chip or two near the blade edge on each.




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Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm45a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm45b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm45c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm45d.jpg]



TOURM45 - Tourmaline Var. Indicolite
$ 375.00
SOLD
Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 6 x 1 x .9 cm

This is an all around good Indicolite. It has a solid blue color, with a small Quartz crystal alongside its pristine termination. Bright and long. 




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Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/smithsonite1a.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/smithsonite1b.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/smithsonite1c.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/smithsonite1d.jpg]



SMITHSONITE1 - Smithsonite
$ 495.00
SOLD NET
Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm

Pink, bright, lustrous and well formed from a famous closed mine. It appears two stalactites grew alongside one another, and the smithsonite covered them completely. 

No damage. beautiful piece. from an old German collection (I snatched it in Munich). It comes mounted on an acryllic base.




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Cuprite with native silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite4a.jpg] Cuprite with native silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite4b.jpg] Cuprite with native silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite4c.jpg] Cuprite with native silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite4d.jpg]



CUPRITE4 - Cuprite with native silver
$ 375.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 3.8 x 2.8 cm

The cuprites from the Rubtsovskiy Mine in Russia are widely considered the best ever found. The Rubtsovskly Mine is an operating copper mine, and the oxidation zone has produced Cuprites, Azurites, native copper, silver, and iodine minerals like Miersite. I have been following the production for the last two years, to better understand how these are unique and what pieces stand out from "the crowd." About 95+% of the production have damage of some kind to a corner or edge. This is largely due to the miners who when extracting crystals from the kaolin clay zone (which protects the Cuprites), they drop them into their pockets, and they get dinged. 

This piece has the most native silver of any I've ever seen! Normally 'spongy silver' occurs in small patches and is viewed with a hand lens, but on this piece massive cocoons of silver inhabit one entire side of the piece. This location is unique in that this is the only location where silver is known to grow directly on Cuprite crystals (Pekov 2011). For this reason I think this is a must-have specimen as it so clearly exhibits this rare occurence! One small "rubbed" crystal on the backside, otherwise damage-free.  It weighs 3.60 ounces/ 102 grams. 




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Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/corundum7a.jpg] Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/corundum7b.jpg] Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/corundum7c.jpg]



CORUNDUM7 - Corundum Var. Sapphire
$ 895.00
SOLD
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.2 x 1.0 cm

This double terminated Sapphire crystal has amazing color, transparency and luster. It has two single terminated "sidecar," crystals alongside it which adds contrast and character.

The primary crystal is free of any damage. On one termination there is a very small contact (less than 1 mm) where another sapphire crystal had once grown (south side of the first pic). Overall this 18 carat super blue sapphire is a fine example for any collection.




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Tektite Var. Moldavite from Chlum, Maldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite12a.jpg] Tektite Var. Moldavite from Chlum, Maldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite12b.jpg] Tektite Var. Moldavite from Chlum, Maldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite12c.jpg] Tektite Var. Moldavite from Chlum, Maldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite12d.jpg] Tektite Var. Moldavite from Chlum, Maldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite12e.jpg] Tektite Var. Moldavite from Chlum, Maldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite12f.jpg]



MOLDAVITE12 - Tektite Var. Moldavite
$ 235.00
SOLD NET
Chlum, Maldau River Valley, Czech Republic
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4 x 1.5 cm

This fine example has a large surface area, for its weight. No damage of any kind. It weighs a little over 24 grams.

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. 




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Quartz Var. Rose from Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz57a.jpg] Quartz Var. Rose from Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz57b.jpg] Quartz Var. Rose from Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz57c.jpg]



QUARTZ57 - Quartz Var. Rose
$ 95.00

Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm

I spent several hours pouring through a recently found pocket of over 10,000 rose quartz specimens fresh from the mine in Brazil. This was in the top 2 pieces.  It has a distinct pink color, with bright, long crystal length up to 1.0 cm. It has no damage at all not even on the back or base. I can mount this on an acrylic base for anyone who buys it (just ask). It weighs 6 grams.




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Cavansite on Stilbite Cavansite on Stilbite Cavansite on Stilbite



CAVANSITE2 - Cavansite on Stilbite "The Face"
$ 395.00
SOLD
Wagholi Quarry, Maharashtra, India
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 5 cm

I occasionally have seen a pair of blue Cavansite balls on matrix. They resemble eyes. This piece is the only one I've ever seen that has the eyes, then the Stilbite crystals have formed a nose and a mouth of the overall face! It is unmistakable. 

Cavansite is a recently discovered mineral. It was named after it's elements: Calcium, Vanadium, Silicate. It is found in India which I believe is the only location. 

No Damage. 




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Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho [db_pics/pics/pyro3a.jpg] Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho [db_pics/pics/pyro3b.jpg] Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho [db_pics/pics/pyro3c.jpg] Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho [db_pics/pics/pyro3d.jpg] Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho [db_pics/pics/pyro3e.jpg]



PYRO3 - Pyromorphite
$ 395.00
SOLD
Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho
small cabinet - 7 x 3.1 x 3.1 cm

This Pyromorphite is bright, lustrous and well crystalliized. Individual crystals are as long as .8 cms. It really looks good on its acryllic base, as it sweeps up and to the right. I traded my friend John Rakovan (Miami University Professor extraordinaire) recently for this piece out of his collection. no damage.



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