Garnet var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [TSAVORITE4]
Garnet var. Tsavorite
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [SMITHSONITE5]
Smithsonite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Dioptase from Altyn-Tyube, Karagandy Oblast, Kazakhstan [DIOPTASE1]
Dioptase
Altyn-Tyube, Karagandy Oblast, Kazakhstan
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [LAPIS4]
Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved)
Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [SAPPHIRE2]
Corundum Var. Sapphire
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

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Gold from Round Mountain Mine, Nye Co., Nevada [db_pics/pics/gold14a.jpg] Gold from Round Mountain Mine, Nye Co., Nevada [db_pics/pics/gold14b.jpg]



GOLD14 - Gold
$ 175.00
SOLD NET
Round Mountain Mine, Nye Co., Nevada
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.35 x .7 cm

Very bright, no damage.




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Gold with Quartz from Dahlonega, Georgia [db_pics/pics/gold15a.jpg] Gold with Quartz from Dahlonega, Georgia [db_pics/pics/gold15b.jpg] Gold with Quartz from Dahlonega, Georgia [db_pics/pics/gold15c.jpg] Gold with Quartz from Dahlonega, Georgia [db_pics/pics/gold15d.jpg]



GOLD15 - Gold with Quartz
$ 175.00
SOLD NET
Dahlonega, Georgia
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Dahlonega is the location of the first major United States Gold Rush. In 1828 a belt of gold was discovered on Cherokee Indian land in Georgia causing a large influx of miners. First the town of Auraria sprang up around the mines. Then nearby Dahlonega, named from the Cherokee language meaning yellow money, became the newly-formed Lumpkin County seat. That led to the establishment of United States Branch Mints at Dahlonega, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina by a Congressional Act in 1835. The two branch mints produced their first gold coinage in 1838.(from http://dahlonegagoldrush.com)

Attractive nugget 1.8 grams.




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gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold16a.jpg] gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold16b.jpg] gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold16c.jpg] gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold16d.jpg]



GOLD16 - gold
$ 295.00
SOLD NET
Near Santa Elena, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.1 x .8 x .8 cm

This bright, naturally crystallized gold crystal was found recently in the jungles of Venezuela. These amazing crystals are found in a remote area that is renowned for being incredibly dangerous. They find diamonds alongside gold crystals, which often have grown in Kaolin clay. They are very pure (98%+) and this adds to their intricate crystallization.

This is a good example of crystallizedgold from Venezuela. Well hoppered, great color, no damage. It weighs 2.6 grams




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Garnet Var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsavorite1c.jpg] Garnet Var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsavorite1d.jpg] Garnet Var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsavorite1e.jpg]



TSAVORITE1 - Garnet Var. Tsavorite
$ 275.00
SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm

Gemmy, bright, apple-green color. It's mostly double terminated. Complete top termination, bottom termination is contacted partially. 3.8 grams/19 carats.




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Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm49a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm49b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm49c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm49d.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm49e.jpg]



TOURM49 - Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite
$ 95.00
SOLD NET
Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 1.8 x .9 x .7 cm

A stunning bi-color red and green gemmy tourmaline. Classic cruzeiro bi-color thumbnail.

2.4 grams / 12 carats.




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Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite6a.jpg] Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite6b.jpg] Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite6c.jpg]



CUPRITE6 - Cuprite
$ 135.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2 x 2.1 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 is an all around good example of twinned inter-penetrating crystals. Good condition with a little contact at the base (where it attached), very slight rubbing to a corner (need a 10x loupe to see it). it weighs 23 grams.




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Cuprite w/Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite7a.jpg] Cuprite w/Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite7b.jpg]



CUPRITE7 - Cuprite w/Silver
$ 175.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.8 x 3.1 x 1.5 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 cluster of Cuprite crystals has a bright sheen.It's in good condition (one minor spot of rubbing), the back side exhibits both spongy silver and crystallized silver, which is quite unusual. The occurence of silver on cuprite is extrememly rare worldwide. 




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Cuprite w/Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite8a.jpg] Cuprite w/Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite8b.jpg]



CUPRITE8 - Cuprite w/Silver
$ 135.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.7 x 3.1 x 1.8 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. 

 These shiny blocky cuprites have a good thick section of spongy silver on the back (rare occurence worldwide). It weighs 37 grams.




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Native Copper from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper8a.jpg] Native Copper from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper8b.jpg] Native Copper from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper8c.jpg]



COPPER8 - Native Copper
$ 495.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
small cabinet - 7.9 x 5 x 3.2 cm

The Rubtsovsky mine has become well known for producing the best Cuprite crystals ever found. It has produced some fine copper crystals as well. This one is particularly unique as it has an incredible rainbow-like patina. It is one of two I have seen (out of thousands) from this mine that has such amazing colors. It braches out well and has no damage. 98 grams.

 




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Garnet Var. Spessartine from Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/spessartine8a.jpg] Garnet Var. Spessartine from Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/spessartine8b.jpg] Garnet Var. Spessartine from Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/spessartine8c.jpg] Garnet Var. Spessartine from Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/spessartine8d.jpg] Garnet Var. Spessartine from Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/spessartine8e.jpg]



SPESSARTINE8 - Garnet Var. Spessartine
$ 895.00
SOLD NET
Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm

This crystal has outrageous color and clarity. It came from the first wave of the find about 6 years ago, and this quality was not equaled later in the production. It has a distinct deep orange color. It demonstrates the crystal form well with sharp defined faces. It has some micro chipping, but you really have to look for it. It weighs 14.2 grams.



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