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
Rhodochrosite on matrix from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Prov., Lima Dept., Peru [RHODOCHROSITE4]
Rhodochrosite on matrix
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
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
Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz from Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [TOURM7]
Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz
Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
Quartz Var. Rose from Lavra da Ilha Pegmatite, Taquaral, Itinga, Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [ROSE3]
Quartz Var. Rose
Lavra da Ilha Pegmatite, Taquaral, Itinga, Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Blue Spinel in calcite with Mica from Rift Valley Province, Kenya [SPINEL3]
Blue Spinel in calcite with Mica
Rift Valley Province, Kenya

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Azurite pseudomorph after Linarite from Tazalart Mine, Tafraout, Morocco [db_pics/pics/azurite8a.jpg] Azurite pseudomorph after Linarite from Tazalart Mine, Tafraout, Morocco [db_pics/pics/azurite8b.jpg]



AZURITE8 - Azurite pseudomorph after Linarite
$ 195.00
SOLD
Tazalart Mine, Tafraout, Morocco
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.6 x 4 cm

This comes from a recent find of these unusual pseudomorphs, not widespread on the market. Good crystallization, no damage. 




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Copper pseudomorphs after cuprite w/ Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper11a.jpg] Copper pseudomorphs after cuprite w/ Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper11b.jpg] Copper pseudomorphs after cuprite w/ Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper11c.jpg]



COPPER11 - Copper pseudomorphs after cuprite w/ Silver
$ 895.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.8 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm

The cuprites from the Rubtsovsky Mine in Russia are widely considered the best ever found. The Rubtsovsky Mine is an operating copper mine, and the oxidation zone has produced Cuprites, Azurites, native copper, silver, and iodine minerals like Miersite, and Marshite. I have been following the production for many years, and they are totally done producing cuprites, pseudos, etc. 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. 

The copper pseudomorphs from here are quite rare (occuring less than 1% of the time vs. whole cuprites). This piece consists of about 19 distinct crystals, with one or two still showing the original cuprites. There's a small area with spongy silver. I stashed this piece years ago, good ones like this are scarce on the market.   

 




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Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis4a.jpg] Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis4b.jpg] Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved) from Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/lapis4c.jpg]



LAPIS4 - Lapis Lazuli (polished and carved)
$ 195.00

Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
miniature - 4.4 x 3.8 x 1.6 cm

This royal blue Lapis free form sculpture has intense, fabulous color. (an even richer blue in person) It has an excellent polish (done in Hong Kong, not in Afganistan), and the shape itself resembles a spinnaker sail. It weighs 36.4 grams. It has just enough gold pyrite, and a tiny bit of white marble to accentuate the intense blue that only comes from the best Lapis. I pulled a handful of the best pieces from a large purchase of hundreds that I boughtover 8  years ago (since then the quality has been terrible). It exhibits the right combination of color, polish and shape. Set it on a shelf, or on your desk and enjoy its natural beauty. This is the same grade that cabs are cut from and set in gold rings. 

The Lapis carving is from  an extensive carving collection I purchased 4 years ago. It was carved in China around 1997. The quality of the Lapis matches well, they are the same height, and the quality of the Horse is excellent. It stands well by itself, being well balanced. I couldn't come close to replacing either of these two pieces on the market today.

 




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Tourmaline Var. Tri-Colored Elbaite scepter from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm52a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Tri-Colored Elbaite scepter from Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm52b.jpg]



TOURM52 - Tourmaline Var. Tri-Colored Elbaite scepter
$ 1500.00
SOLD NET
Barra Da Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 3.3 x 2.0 x 1.2 cm

Known as the "rocket pocket," this is a great example from the find. Its green at the termination then a gemmy yellow and finally a gem magenta tail. The tail is terminated as well. It weighs 15 grams. no damage.




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Smithsonite Var. Cuprian from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/smithsonite4a.jpg] Smithsonite Var. Cuprian from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/smithsonite4b.jpg]



SMITHSONITE4 - Smithsonite Var. Cuprian
$ 1395.00
SOLD
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 3 cm

These bright apple-green copper-rich crystals seem to glow from within. The largest Smithsonite crystal is a full 2 cm across. Tsumeb as most people know has been arguably the most exciting copper rich mine ever worked. The sheer variety of minerals and various crystal forms is truly amazing. Within this "seam," all the crystals are nicely intact without damage. 




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Cinnabar on Quartz with chalcopyrite from Nikitovka Deposit, Central Donbass, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/cinnabar1a.jpg] Cinnabar on Quartz with chalcopyrite from Nikitovka Deposit, Central Donbass, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/cinnabar1b.jpg] Cinnabar on Quartz with chalcopyrite from Nikitovka Deposit, Central Donbass, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/cinnabar1c.jpg]



CINNABAR1 - Cinnabar on Quartz with chalcopyrite
$ 325.00
SOLD
Nikitovka Deposit, Central Donbass, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm

Beautiful red with a shimmering luster. It looks great from both sides (as pictured), the cinnaber crystals wrap around the edge indicating this was a floater. We see loads of cinnabar from china, usually a single crystal here and there (occasionally with crystals glued on calcite matrix as well), Ukraine cinnabar is very scarce on the market, and this is a substantially large cluster of them. No obvious damage (put it under a scope and 1 or 2 rubbed spots), It weighs 67 grams.




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Rhodochrosite from Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite10a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite10b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/rhodochrosite10c.jpg]



RHODOCHROSITE10 - Rhodochrosite
$ 235.00

Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
thumbnail - 2.6 x 2.2 x 1 cm

The Rhodos are sharp, bright, and richly colored. No visible damage. Crystal length is up to 5mm. 




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Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite2a.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite2b.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite2c.jpg]



SUGILITE2 - Sugilite with Aegerine
$ 3500.00
SOLD NET
N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm

Within the last 2 years, a small pocket of crystallized Sugilite was found at the N'Chwanning III mine. Sugilite is typically found at the Wessels mine, in solid chunks, so this was an amazing discovery. this piece was described to me as being in the top 10 of the specimens recovered from the pocket, and from the specimens I have seen this is a spectacular example. Fibrous purple crystals grow in the seams of the Aegerine matrix. The Sugilite is an electric purple (daylight) that shifts to an electric magenta under incandescent. No damage. 




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Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite3a.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite3b.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite3c.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite3d.jpg]



SUGILITE3 - Sugilite with Aegerine
$ 335.00

N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm

Within the last 2 years, a small pocket of crystallized Sugilite was found at the N'Chwanning III mine. Sugilite is typically found at the Wessels mine, in solid chunks, so this was an amazing discovery. Fibrous purple crystals grow in the seams of the Aegerine matrix. The Sugilite is an electric purple (daylight) that shifts to an electric magenta under incandescent light. A fine piece, with lots of color for its size. No damage. 




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Sugilte with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite4a.jpg] Sugilte with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite4b.jpg]



SUGILITE4 - Sugilte with Aegerine
$ 575.00
SOLD
N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
thumbnail - 6 x 3.9 x 2.5 cm

Within the last 2 years, a small pocket of crystallized Sugilite was found at the N'Chwanning III mine. Sugilite is typically found at the Wessels mine, in solid chunks, so this was an amazing discovery. Fibrous purple crystals grow in the seams of the Aegerine matrix. The Sugilite is an electric purple (daylight) that shifts to an electric magenta under incandescent light. Many seams of fibrous needle Sugilite twist and turn in the greater matrix, in a 360 degree view of color.  No damage. 



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