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
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
Sphalerite on Quartz from Shuikoushan Lead/Zinc Mine, Chaling, Hunan Province, China [SPHALERITE1]
Sphalerite on Quartz
Shuikoushan Lead/Zinc Mine, Chaling, Hunan Province, China
Spinel (rough and cut) from Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [SPINEL4]
Spinel (rough and cut)
Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Opal: Rough and Cut from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [OPAL2]
Opal: Rough and Cut
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
Dioptase from Altyn-Tyube, Karagandy Oblast, Kazakhstan [DIOPTASE1]
Dioptase
Altyn-Tyube, Karagandy Oblast, Kazakhstan

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Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12a.jpg] Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12b.jpg] Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12c.jpg]



OPAL12 - Opal (rough and cut)
$ 275.00 (=~ CAN$ 353.38)

Shoa Province, Ethiopia
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.3 x 1 cm

Fire opal has been found in Ethiopia for many years, however this new deposit also known as 'desert opal,' typically has a white silica base, compared to the previous finds that were brown or occasionally black. Desert opal can be brilliant and colorful. It is a relatively new deposit, and as such untested for very long time horizons (like Australian). I've sorted thorugh many high grade pieces I've held back for many years to find a match to this fully polished free form cut opal. The color play is red, green, yellow and orange. The fire is way better in person. High grade pieces such as these are hard to get now. The rough piece weighs 11.5 carats, the polished free form weighs  6.2 carats.




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Ruby in Muscovite from Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal [db_pics/pics/ruby1a.jpg] Ruby in Muscovite from Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal [db_pics/pics/ruby1b.jpg] Ruby in Muscovite from Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal [db_pics/pics/ruby1c.jpg] Ruby in Muscovite from Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal [db_pics/pics/ruby1d.jpg] Ruby in Muscovite from Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal [db_pics/pics/ruby1e.jpg]



RUBY1 - Ruby in Muscovite
$ 125.00 (=~ CAN$ 160.62)
SOLD
Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal
miniature - 4.7 x 2.5 x 2.9 cm

A fine example from a classic location, in the Himalayas. It has a pleasant contrast of purplish-red and apple green, the longest ruby crystals are 2 cm.

23.2 grams. Relatively complete, no obvious damage.




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Silver on Acanthite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Bucholz, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/silver2a.jpg] Silver on Acanthite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Bucholz, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/silver2b.jpg] Silver on Acanthite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Bucholz, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/silver2c.jpg] Silver on Acanthite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Bucholz, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/silver2d.jpg] Silver on Acanthite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Bucholz, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/silver2e.jpg]



SILVER2 - Silver on Acanthite
$ 350.00 (=~ CAN$ 449.75)
SOLD
Himmelsfurst Mine, Bucholz, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
miniature - 4.4 x 4.5 x 3.0 cm

Well formed black Acanthite sets the structure for medium thick wires of branching bronze-patinad silver crystals. 




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Phenakite from Sao Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/phenakite3a.jpg] Phenakite from Sao Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/phenakite3b.jpg] Phenakite from Sao Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/phenakite3c.jpg] Phenakite from Sao Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/phenakite3d.jpg] Phenakite from Sao Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/phenakite3e.jpg] Phenakite from Sao Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/phenakite3f.jpg] Phenakite from Sao Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/phenakite3g.jpg]



PHENAKITE3 - Phenakite
$ 950.00 (=~ CAN$ 1220.75)
SOLD
Sao Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 3.4 x 2.9 x 3.1 cm

This is a fantastic cluster of massive phenakite crystals. The largest crystal is 3.3 cm across. Phenakites this size are exceptionally rare. There are three smaller phenakites on the backside of the massive one. Phenakites from this mine tend to be rather cloudy, but these are rather transparent. It has a contact at the bottom of the large crystal where it attached to another crystal. It has some embedded mica crystals. Fantastic piece. 25.8 grams.




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Fluorite from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite13a.jpg] Fluorite from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite13b.jpg] Fluorite from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite13c.jpg]



FLUORITE13 - Fluorite
$ 475.00 (=~ CAN$ 610.38)
SOLD
Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
small cabinet - 7.1 x 5.7 x 3.7 cm

These attractive lime green fluorites often occur covered in Quartz, in this remote south African mine. As part of the prepping, the fluorites are immersed in Hydrofluoric acid (think of the blood in the movie Alien that dissolves metal) that dissolves Quartz but not the Fluorite. There are current major problems with production at the mine, and future mining is uncertain.

This piece is remarkably bright and tranparent. The saturated green color seems unreal it's so strong. Numerous octohedral crystals are stacked on one another.139 grams.




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Rhodochrosite on matrix from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite7a.jpg] Rhodochrosite on matrix from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite7b.jpg] Rhodochrosite on matrix from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite7c.jpg] Rhodochrosite on matrix from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite7d.jpg]



RHODOCHROSITE7 - Rhodochrosite on matrix
$ 895.00 (=~ CAN$ 1150.07)
SOLD
Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
miniature - 3.8 x 3.2 x 2.6 cm

I got this out of an old collection recently. The Rhodochrosite crystal measures 2.9 cm long by 1.3 cm wide. The crystal is rich crimson red, gemmy and facet-grade. 




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Phenakite from Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/phenakite4a.jpg] Phenakite from Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/phenakite4b.jpg] Phenakite from Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/phenakite4c.jpg]



PHENAKITE4 - Phenakite
$ 195.00 (=~ CAN$ 250.57)
SOLD
Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
miniature - 3.2 x 1.0 x 1.2 cm

Sharp transparent crystal. Gemmy. No damage.




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Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold17a.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold17b.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold17c.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold17d.jpg]



GOLD17 - Gold
$ 275.00 (=~ CAN$ 353.38)
SOLD NET
Near Santa Elena, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.0 x .9 x .6 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 fine example is well hoppered, and shaped criously like a human ear. It weighs 2.5 grams, no damage.



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