Opal: Rough and Cut from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [OPAL2]
Opal: Rough and Cut
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
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
Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [SMITHSONITE5]
Smithsonite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE5]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
Rhodochrosite from Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [RHODOCHROSITE10]
Rhodochrosite
Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Quartz var. Faden from Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan [QUARTZ16]
Quartz var. Faden
Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan

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Tourmaline Var. Tri-Color Elbaite from Sapo mine, Goibiera, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm50a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Tri-Color Elbaite from Sapo mine, Goibiera, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm50b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Tri-Color Elbaite from Sapo mine, Goibiera, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm50c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Tri-Color Elbaite from Sapo mine, Goibiera, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm50d.jpg]



TOURM50 - Tourmaline Var. Tri-Color Elbaite
$ 395.00
SOLD
Sapo mine, Goibiera, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7.4 x 3.3 x 2.7

These elusive tourmalines were mined around 1996. Known as tri-color blue caps, the best examples start red, then go to yellow and finally a blue termination. Typical examples are currently worth in excess of $50 per gram. This crystal is a weird example as it exploded, and split while in the pocket and continued to terminate. I have seen this before while mining Quartz and good examples are quite uncommon. It is a floater, as even the base is crystallized. It has multiple terminations, It has about 12 spire-like terminations, of those about 7 are complete. It has good color and is highly reflective. It weighs 65 grams!




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Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar5a.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar5b.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar5c.jpg]



LARIMAR5 - Larimar aka Blue Pectolite
$ 595.00

Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic
large cabinet - 22.5 x 12.5 x 1 cm

Larimar aka Blue Pectolite, is similar to petrified wood. It is only found in the Dominican Republic, and shares its distinctive color with the Caribean ocean. This piece is huge! It weighs 636 grams (1 pound 6 oz+). It's over 9 inches long, so imagine an adolescent Sasquatch shape. A Larimar slab this size is rare to find on the market as the nodules don't typically get this large, and a slab of this quality is not easily found on the market as many cabs could be cut from it, and made into jewelry. I like it as a specimen, since the color of this quality is so distinctive and attractive. The slab is thicker than normal, but you can still see about 30% of light through it when backlit. It is also polished on both sides, which is a nice touch (most slabs are not polished). 




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Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar6a.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar6b.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar6c.jpg]



LARIMAR6 - Larimar aka Blue Pectolite
$ 345.00
SOLD
Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic
large cabinet - 18.5 x 11 x 1 cm

Larimar aka Blue Pectolite, is similar to petrified wood. It is only found in the Dominican Republic, and shares its distinctive color with the Caribean ocean. This piece is large! It weighs 414 grams (14 oz+). It's over 7 inches long. A Larimar slab this size is unusual to find on the market as the nodules don't typically get this large, and a slab of this quality is not easily found on the market as many cabs could be cut from it, and made into jewelry.  The slab is thicker than normal, but you can still see about 30% of light through it when backlit. It is also polished on both sides, which is a nice touch (most slabs are not polished). 




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Beryl Var. Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskll, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine [db_pics/pics/beryl6a.jpg] Beryl Var. Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskll, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine [db_pics/pics/beryl6b.jpg] Beryl Var. Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskll, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine [db_pics/pics/beryl6c.jpg]



BERYL6 - Beryl Var. Heliodor
$ 950.00
SOLD NET
Volodarsk-Volynskll, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine
small cabinet - 7 x 4.5 x 2.6 cm

Heliodors from this classic location have become scarce and expensive. This Heliodor weighs a substantial 123 grams. There are multiple crystal faces resulting from prolonged etching while underground. It is fairly gemmy with a pleasant yellowish green color. It has a hefty size and the price is downright cheap at less than $8 per gram (average price for more transparent clean crystals is around $50 per gram nowadays). I got this from an old rockshop in the middle of nowhere, so I'm able to pass along the good pricing. Comes mounted on a 2" acrylic base. 




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Creedite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Oblast', Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/creedite4a.jpg] Creedite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Oblast', Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/creedite4b.jpg] Creedite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Oblast', Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/creedite4c.jpg] Creedite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Oblast', Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/creedite4d.jpg]



CREEDITE4 - Creedite
$ 2500.00
SOLD NET
Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Oblast', Kazakhstan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5.5 x 4.2 cm

Creedite usually is red-orange, and found in Mexico. Rarely is purple creedite found. It has been found in Mexico, but the other classic location is Kazakhstan. Creedite is a complex Aluminum salt. This one has a beautiful purple-Lavender color, with bright, lustrous crystals up to 1 cm long. A beautiful piece in good condition as pictured. 




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Garnet Var. Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsavorite3a.jpg] Garnet Var. Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsavorite3b.jpg] Garnet Var. Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsavorite3c.jpg] Garnet Var. Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tsavorite3d.jpg]



TSAVORITE3 - Garnet Var. Tsavorite with Diopside
$ 1350.00
SOLD NET
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
miniature - 4.2 x 2.5 x 3 cm

This is a unique specimen of elongated Tsavorite crystals with Diopside. The Tsavorite is a rich leaf green, and consequently leached all the Vanadium out of the Diopside. The KD is the partition coefficient, which is much higher for garnet than diopside, therefore the vanadium (causes the green color) stayed within the garnet, not the diopside. This piece is unusual in that it exhibits the partition coefficient, but also because Tsavorite rarely creates elongated crystals like this. There is a little contact on the tops of the elongated crystals, and there are small bright pyrites throughout. 




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Quartz Cluster with Hematite Phantoms from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz60a.jpg] Quartz Cluster with Hematite Phantoms from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz60b.jpg] Quartz Cluster with Hematite Phantoms from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/quartz60c.jpg]



QUARTZ60 - Quartz Cluster with Hematite Phantoms
$ 395.00
SOLD
Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
small cabinet - 7 x 6.5 x 6

These are super-bright quartz crystals, each with a bright red phantom. It was found in the area now famous for green fluorites. This was part of a small pocket, and is quite unusual for the locality. It weighs 473 grams. The quartz crystals average 1 cm, but are as long as 2.2 cms. no visible damage to the quartz. It displays nicely as well. 




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Native Silver from Kongsburg, Buskerud, Norway [db_pics/pics/silver3a.jpg] Native Silver from Kongsburg, Buskerud, Norway [db_pics/pics/silver3b.jpg] Native Silver from Kongsburg, Buskerud, Norway [db_pics/pics/silver3c.jpg]



SILVER3 - Native Silver
$ 1395.00
NET
Kongsburg, Buskerud, Norway
miniature - 4.3 x 2.6 x 2.1 cm

This is a single thick wire of Kongsburg silver, nicely coated with micro acanthite crystals which is typical of the location. It bends and curves in a pleasant arc, which displays well in a case. no damage. 




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Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside7a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside7b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside7c.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/diopside7d.jpg]



DIOPSIDE7 - Diopside
$ 2400.00
NET
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3.6 x 2.7 cm

This large beautiful Diopside is bright apple-green, lustrous and without damage. Diopside from Merelani of this size is very unusual, especially with the great color. no damage.

 




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Danburite rough and cut from Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia [db_pics/pics/danburite7a.jpg] Danburite rough and cut from Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia [db_pics/pics/danburite7b.jpg] Danburite rough and cut from Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia [db_pics/pics/danburite7c.jpg] Danburite rough and cut from Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia [db_pics/pics/danburite7d.jpg]



DANBURITE7 - Danburite rough and cut
$ 335.00
NET
Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 2 cm

This is the best Russian danburite I've seen in over 10 years of sourcing these. The color is a rich, gemmy cognac and its in great condition. The termination is pristine, and there's only one very small nick on the backside edge. The crystal weighs 24 grams, and it comes with a color-matching 3 carat oval stone. The stone is bright and has one tiny inclusion underneath the pavillion, which is not visible from any further than about 2 feet away.



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