Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [DIOPSIDE7]
Diopside
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [AQUA10]
Beryl var. Aquamarine
Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE4]
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
Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [OPAL12]
Opal (rough and cut)
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Kunar Province, Afganistan [TOURM29]
Tourmaline Var. Elbaite
Kunar Province, Afganistan

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Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite5a.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite5b.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite5c.jpg]



SUGILITE5 - Sugilite with Aegerine
$ 195.00

N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
cabinet - 9.8 x 6.5 x 2.2 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. This piece really shows the layers of the aegerine "sandwiching," the sugilite crystals. It's quite large.




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Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite6a.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite6b.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite6c.jpg] Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [db_pics/pics/sugilite6d.jpg]



SUGILITE6 - Sugilite with Aegerine
$ 295.00
SOLD
N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
miniature - 3.3 x 2 x 1 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. This piece is a stunner for its size. Great as pictured from both sides in both lightings, no damage. 




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Gold from Pauji, near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold19a.jpg] Gold from Pauji, near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold19b.jpg] Gold from Pauji, near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold19c.jpg]



GOLD19 - Gold
$ 850.00
SOLD
Pauji, near Santa Elena, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1 x .8 cm

Venezuela has been producing sharp, bright gold crystals over the last few years. They are mined in a very dangerous part of the world, where diamonds are also found near Santa Elena in the western, jungle area of Venezuela.

This gold crystal is razor sharp. It has four sides (tetrahedron) on the main crystal. 3.9 grams 




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Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold20a.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold20b.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold20c.jpg]



GOLD20 - Gold
$ 995.00
SOLD NET
Near Santa Elena, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1 x .75 cm

Venezuela has been producing sharp, bright gold crystals over the last few years. They are mined in a very dangerous part of the world, where diamonds are also found near Santa Elena in the western, jungle area of Venezuela.

This "cluster," is exceptional in every way possible: brightness, luster, form, color. It weighs a hefty 4.18 grams for its size. no damage. 




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Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold21a.jpg]



GOLD21 - Gold
$ 495.00
SOLD NET
Near Santa Elena, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x .4 cm

Venezuela has been producing sharp, bright gold crystals over the last few years. They are mined in a very dangerous part of the world, where diamonds are also found near Santa Elena in the western, jungle area of Venezuela.

This "candelabra," gold crystal also resembles a rose. It weighs 1.95 grams. no damage. 




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Copper pseudomorph after cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper12a.jpg] Copper pseudomorph after cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper12b.jpg] Copper pseudomorph after cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper12c.jpg] Copper pseudomorph after cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper12d.jpg]



COPPER12 - Copper pseudomorph after cuprite
$ 350.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.4 x 2.2 x 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 is quite large for a copper pseudo. I stashed this piece years ago, good ones like this are scarce on the market. no damage.  

 



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