Opal: Rough and Cut from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [OPAL2]
Opal: Rough and Cut
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
Sphalerite on Quartz from Shuikoushan Lead/Zinc Mine, Chaling, Hunan Province, China [SPHALERITE1]
Sphalerite on Quartz
Shuikoushan Lead/Zinc Mine, Chaling, Hunan Province, China
Danburite rough and cut from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [DANBURITE6]
Danburite rough and cut
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Sugilite with Aegerine from N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [SUGILITE5]
Sugilite with Aegerine
N'Chwanning III Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [SMITHSONITE5]
Smithsonite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Corundum var. Sapphire from Potanino Mine, Ilmen Mountains, Russia [CORUNDUM8]
Corundum var. Sapphire
Potanino Mine, Ilmen Mountains, Russia

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Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/smithsonite5a.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/smithsonite5b.jpg]



SMITHSONITE5 - Smithsonite
$ 325.00
NET
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.3 x 2.8 x 1.2 cm

The Tsumeb mine was a prolific producer of copper based minerals for many decades. This Smithsonite is a most unusual form. It is a spray of highly reflective needle-like crystals that together have a striking pinkish-cognac color. No apparent damage. 




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Moldavite Necklace and rough stone from Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite14a.jpg] Moldavite Necklace and rough stone from Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite14b.jpg] Moldavite Necklace and rough stone from Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite14c.jpg] Moldavite Necklace and rough stone from Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite14d.jpg]



MOLDAVITE14 - Moldavite Necklace and rough stone
$ 650.00
SOLD
Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic
large cabinet - 45 x .9 x .9 cm

Moldavite is a green tektite. A tektite is an impact glass, created due to the impact of a meteorite with the earth's crust. It is believed that the meteorite that created the Ries Kessel (a massive 15 mile diameter crater), 120 miles away in Germany "splashed," hot material into the atmosphere that cooled as it fell back to Earth. This impact material, landed across a relatively small (10 to 15 square mile) area in the current Czech Republic. This impact event is dated around 15 million years ago. Moldavite miners must dig holes to access this old layer in which the Moldavite is found. Moldavite is typically quite small, with the largest pieces generally available, weighing between 30 to 50 grams (up to 6-7 cm long).

The necklace has intense green color, each bead is hand-faceted and graduates from a .7 cm at the top down to .9 cm at the bottom. There are a total of 108 beads. it weighs 36 grams! The findings are all sterling silver.

The rough piece weighs 8 grams and is a superior example for its size. I pulled it from my reserve that was the best of an entire kilogram I acquired 10 years ago. The color matches the necklace, so its a piece for the collection (or a gift) while the necklace is wearable.

 




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Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite15a.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite15b.jpg] Moldavite from Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic [db_pics/pics/moldavite15c.jpg]



MOLDAVITE15 - Moldavite
$ 135.00
SOLD NET
Chlum, Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic
thumbnail - 4.9 x 2.4 x 1.2 cm

Moldavite is a green tektite. A tektite is an impact glass, created due to the impact of a meteorite with the earth's crust. It is believed that the meteorite that created the Ries Kessel (a massive 15 mile diameter crater), 120 miles away in Germany "splashed," hot material into the atmosphere that cooled as it fell back to Earth. This impact material, landed across a relatively small (10 to 15 square mile) area in the current Czech Republic. This impact event is dated around 15 million years ago. Moldavite miners must dig holes to access this old layer in which the Moldavite is found. Moldavite is typically quite small, with the largest pieces generally available, weighing between 30 to 50 grams (up to 6-7 cm long).

The color is bright green, the form is nearly a tear drop, great texture and it is gemmy!  This fine example came out of my reserve, meaning it was one of the best one or two pieces out of a 85 piece parcel I acquired ten years ago. For a collector who just wants one fine example, this would be it.  It would make an incredible pendant, given its tapered shape and flat back.  It weighs 13.1 grams 




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Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass Ventifact from Golf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass6a.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass Ventifact from Golf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass6b.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass Ventifact from Golf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass6c.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass Ventifact from Golf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass6d.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass Ventifact from Golf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass6e.jpg]



DSGLASS6 - Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass Ventifact
$ 1200.00
SOLD NET
Golf Kebir Region, Egypt
cabinet - 12.5 x 10 x 4.5 cm

Libyan Desert Glass is believed to be the result of the impact of a large meteorite, or the result of a significant aerial burst explosion around 28.5 million years ago (dated by the fission track method). They are the purest form of natural glass on earth, containing over 96% silica. They were first discovered by ancient Egyptians as evidenced by a scarab beatle carvings found on the mummy of King Tutankhamun. Today they are found in the deep Saharan desert, two days driving into a militarized zone near the border of Libya and Egypt (good times!). The leading theory leans towards an aerial burst ten thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima nuclear detonation (Boslough). Some pieces have dark streaks; chemical analyses of these inclusions show enrichment by meteoritic elements, such as Osmium, with typical chondritic proportions (Koeberl C.). 

 This is a monster, museum quality piece of Libyan desert Glass. The color is a rich, gem quality yellow color. This is a ventifact which is a stone that is naturally shaped by the wind. In the third picture I use my hand to show the line on the piece where it was emerging out of the sands of the Sahara desert. Where it was above the sand, the texture is smooth and polished. Below the line, it is a little more coarse. Large ones like this are quite rare with the rich, top  gemmy yellow color. It weighs 406 grams.




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Quartz Var. Smoky Amethyst with Lepidochrosite incls. from Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg district, Erongo region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/quartz66a.jpg] Quartz Var. Smoky Amethyst with Lepidochrosite incls. from Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg district, Erongo region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/quartz66b.jpg] Quartz Var. Smoky Amethyst with Lepidochrosite incls. from Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg district, Erongo region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/quartz66c.jpg]



QUARTZ66 - Quartz Var. Smoky Amethyst with Lepidochrosite incls.
$ 225.00
SOLD NET
Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg district, Erongo region, Namibia
small cabinet - 7 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm

Crystals from this area are often misidentified as being from "Brandberg, Namibia," which is actually a deposit within a nature preserve in the same district. The Goboboseb mountains, in the Erongo region from which this cluster was found, is know for its remoteness, as the nearest water source is over 35 kilometers away. The host basalt has been dated to over 200 million years old. I have discussed this with geologists, who have theorized that Quartz crystals from the Goboboseb mountains have probably been crystallized for that same length of time! 

This piece has been in our reserve for many years. It is gemmy and bright and damage-free. There is amazing zoning of purple and black phantoms, with a clear point.  

 




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Quartz var. Smoky w/ iron coated Epidote incls. from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz67a.jpg] Quartz var. Smoky w/ iron coated Epidote incls. from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz67b.jpg] Quartz var. Smoky w/ iron coated Epidote incls. from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz67c.jpg]



QUARTZ67 - Quartz var. Smoky w/ iron coated Epidote incls.
$ 195.00
SOLD
Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 11 x 5.8 x 3.5 cm

This is a great example of a new find out of brazil. At first glance it appears to be thick Rutile crystals, but actually it is iron coated Epidote. the Quartz is bright and lustrous. As was the case with 90% of this material, there is some damage to the right side as pictured. The inclusions are quite unique and we'll see if more comes out. It weighs 215 grams.




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Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut from Africa [db_pics/pics/beryl8a.jpg] Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut from Africa [db_pics/pics/beryl8b.jpg] Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut from Africa [db_pics/pics/beryl8c.jpg]



BERYL8 - Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut
$ 495.00
SOLD NET
Africa
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5.2 x 2.2 cm

I acquired about 1,000 pounds of beryl from a family who's father had worked in a northern ohio factory from the mid 1950's to the early 1990's. The company imported Beryl ore from Africa, and smelted the ore in large furnaces (1400 C). They sold the refined Beryllium ingots to NASA for use in constructing heat shields for space craft. The father of the family was a rock hound who would pick pretty pieces off the ore piles during his lunch breaks. I was happy to get his "stash," of beryl and spent weeks screening and sorting the rough to find gems like this one.

The rough is a non-damaged, lightly etched goshenite crystal that weighs 86 grams and is internally clean (can be faceted). The stone was cut by American cutter Michael Davis. It is a very bright, flawless modified Barion cut (rectangular cushion) that weighs 34.50 carats. The siblings of these two pieces were smashed, melted and shot into space.

 




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Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut from Africa [db_pics/pics/beryl9a.jpg] Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut from Africa [db_pics/pics/beryl9b.jpg] Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut from Africa [db_pics/pics/beryl9c.jpg] Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut from Africa [db_pics/pics/beryl9d.jpg]



BERYL9 - Beryl var. goshenite rough and cut
$ 950.00
SOLD NET
Africa
small cabinet - 5.9 x 4.5 x 2.1 cm

I acquired about 1,000 pounds of beryl from a family who's father had worked in a northern ohio factory from the mid 1950's to the early 1990's. The company imported Beryl ore from Africa, and smelted the ore in large furnaces (1400 C). They sold the refined Beryllium ingots to NASA for use in constructing heat shields for space craft. The father of the family was a rock hound who would pick pretty pieces off the ore piles during his lunch breaks. I was happy to get his "stash," of beryl and spent weeks screening and sorting the rough to find gems like this one.
The rough is a damage-free,  lightly etched, goshenite crystal that weighs 92 grams and has large areas inside that could be facetted. The stone was cut by American cutter Jay Medici. It is a nine sided cut that weighs a whopping 136 carats! I used different lighting methods to show the range of brilliance of both pieces.  The siblings of these two pieces were smashed, melted and shot into space.

 

 




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Tourmaline var. Bi-color Elbaite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California [db_pics/pics/tourm54a.jpg] Tourmaline var. Bi-color Elbaite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California [db_pics/pics/tourm54b.jpg] Tourmaline var. Bi-color Elbaite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California [db_pics/pics/tourm54c.jpg]



TOURM54 - Tourmaline var. Bi-color Elbaite
$ 445.00
SOLD NET
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California
miniature - 4.5 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm

This  tourmaline has rich gemmy color saturation, and a brilliant, flat termination. It is choice quality, as other rubellite from here is often a brownish red and not as valuable. Near the bottom, the pink terms green. In great condition, only two of the tiniest chips (less than 1 mm in size). It weighs 20.7 grams. 




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Quartz var. herkimer diamonds from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County, New York [db_pics/pics/quartz65a.jpg] Quartz var. herkimer diamonds from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County, New York [db_pics/pics/quartz65b.jpg]



QUARTZ65 - Quartz var. herkimer diamonds
$ 2500.00
SOLD NET
Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County, New York
thumbnail - 11 x 7.5 x 4 cm

This is a gorgeous Herk Cluster, mined in the mid 1980's. A central large crystal is flanked by over a dozen bright clear herks. It has a light charcoal-smoky hue, but is really gemmy. Good ones like this are few and far between. As is the case with all large clusters, the crystals have been reattached ("Re-constructed") to exactly how they naturally grew in the pocket. 



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