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
Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [ADAMITE6]
Adamite on Limonite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [AQUA10]
Beryl var. Aquamarine
Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam
Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [HESSONITE7]
Garnet var. Hessonite
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [DIOPSIDE7]
Diopside
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania

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Tourmaline var. Elbaite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm4a.jpg] Tourmaline var. Elbaite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm4b.jpg] Tourmaline var. Elbaite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm4c.jpg]



TOURM4 - Tourmaline var. Elbaite
$ 245.00
SOLD
Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 5.4 x 1 x .7 cm

Here is a colorful, gemmy watermelon Tourmaline crystal. Half the crystal is pink, then it turns green and is finally pink on the termination (a cross-section would show pink in the middle and green on the 'rind'). It has a natural flattish side, so it lays down well, or could be made into an attractive pendant if one was so inclined. It's in great condition with no damage. It weighs 8.5 grams.




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Fluorite on Quartz with Ferberite from Yaogangxian mine, Yizhan co., Chenzhou city, HuNan province, China [db_pics/pics/fluorite3a.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Ferberite from Yaogangxian mine, Yizhan co., Chenzhou city, HuNan province, China [db_pics/pics/fluorite3b.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Ferberite from Yaogangxian mine, Yizhan co., Chenzhou city, HuNan province, China [db_pics/pics/fluorite3c.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Ferberite from Yaogangxian mine, Yizhan co., Chenzhou city, HuNan province, China [db_pics/pics/fluorite3d.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Ferberite from Yaogangxian mine, Yizhan co., Chenzhou city, HuNan province, China [db_pics/pics/fluorite3e.jpg]



FLUORITE3 - Fluorite on Quartz with Ferberite
$ 215.00
SOLD
Yaogangxian mine, Yizhan co., Chenzhou city, HuNan province, China
miniature - 4.4 x 4 x 3.1 cm

This specimen is aesthetic and quite attractive. There is a well formed cube of blue/purple fluorite perched on top of phantom Quartz crystals (the larger one showing secondary growth), and the Quartz is growing on top of Ferberite, which serves nicely as a natural base. It's in excellent condition overall. The Quartz and Fluorite are damage-free, and only the Ferberite "base," is broken on either end, (but that doesn't take away from the eye-appeal of this stunning miniature.)




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Beryl var. Emerald with Pyrite from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald2a.jpg] Beryl var. Emerald with Pyrite from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald2b.jpg] Beryl var. Emerald with Pyrite from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald2c.jpg] Beryl var. Emerald with Pyrite from Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia [db_pics/pics/emerald2d.jpg]



EMERALD2 - Beryl var. Emerald with Pyrite
$ 395.00
SOLD NET
Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia
thumbnail - 1 x .85 x .5 cm

This Emerald was recently mined in Columbia. It is gemmy and has a good green color that leans towards the blue range of the spectrum, which is indicative of Muzo emeralds. It has a bright pyrite crystal that is partially embedded in the Emerald. This aspect of the crystal makes it particularly unique. There are two other small indentations in the crystal where two other Pyrites used to be attached (as seen in "emerald2c"), and are not technically considered damage to the primary crystal. It weighs 4.02 carats. 

 




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Opal: Rough and Cut from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal2a.jpg] Opal: Rough and Cut from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal2c.jpg] Opal: Rough and Cut from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal2d.jpg]



OPAL2 - Opal: Rough and Cut
$ 195.00

Shoa Province, Ethiopia
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.5 x 1.8

Fire opal has been found in Ethiopia for many years, 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 new deposit, and as such untested for very long time horizons (like Australian). We have cut many pieces, and if they don't crack during cutting, we let them "rest," for about a year, before offering them for sale. The rough piece weighs 55.80 carats/ 11.16 grams. It is a wonderful specimen from this new deposit. The piece is a nodule, that has a flat face, and the quality of the opal seam is beautiful. Pics don't convey the way the light pics up the colors when you see it in person.  The cabochon that accompanies the larger piece weighs 3.89 carats. It is cut as a high dome round. I matched the color play as much as possible to make the set. They both exhibit flashes of green and orange, with the cab exhibiting a bit more blue. 




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Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote2a.jpg] Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote2b.jpg] Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote2c.jpg] Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote2d.jpg]



SIKHOTE2 - Sikhote-Alin Meteorite
$ 195.00
SOLD
Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia
small cabinet - 6 x 3.8 x 2 cm

This iron meteorite fell on Feb. 12, 1947 in the Sikhote-alin Mountains of Eastern Siberia, Russia. It is the largest observed meteorite fall in history, with over 23000 kg raining down on the earth in the form of iron shrapnel and the more rare individual fallen meteorites such as this one. It is covered in regmaglypts, the indentations that give the piece contours. I put this piece away, back when this meteorite was readily available on the market. A couple years ago, the Russian government has made it difficult to export, and diggers I knew said there was almost nothing left to find. It weighs 80.5 grams




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Brazilianite and Albite from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite1a.jpg] Brazilianite and Albite from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite1b.jpg] Brazilianite and Albite from Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/brazilianite1c.jpg]



BRAZILIANITE1 - Brazilianite and Albite
$ 350.00
SOLD
Telirio Mine, Divina das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7.0 x 5.5 x 3.3 cm

This dramatic cluster of Brazilianite and Albite crystals was originally in the Hawthorneden stock. It was originally priced much higher than $350. We lowered the price to reflect a market value due to a new pocket found in Brazil in 2008. This piece is aesthetic as it has Brazilianites ranging from under 5 mm long to nearly 5 cm long on the same piece. In pic #3, you can see the "criss-cross of two large crystals. The one in the back is opaque, and the one in the front is bright and gemmy. It's in fine condition with no visible dings. It displays nicely as well. 




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Apophyllite on Stilbite from Poonah District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/apoph1a.jpg] Apophyllite on Stilbite from Poonah District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/apoph1b.jpg] Apophyllite on Stilbite from Poonah District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/apoph1c.jpg] Apophyllite on Stilbite from Poonah District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/apoph1d.jpg]



APOPH1 - Apophyllite on Stilbite
$ 235.00
SOLD
Poonah District, Maharashtra, India
miniature - 4.5 x 5.0 x 2.8 cm

This Apophyllite was mined around 1988 in Poonah. The mine that produced Apophyllite with this classic emerald-like color, was closed around 1990 and housing was built on top of the site (yes India is well populated!). Apparently the mine yielded industrial basalt for the construction trade that was of poor quality -- probably due to the gas pockets that in turn allowed the Apophyllite to grow. This color Apophyllite has become a classic amongst Indian zeolite collectors, as no other area has produced the same shade of green as the old Poonah deposit. 

This specimen has large crystals in high concentration, with good color saturation. It contrasts with the bright white stilbite underneath. It comes mounted on a 1 1/4" acrylic base.




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Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite2a.jpg] Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite2b.jpg] Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite2c.jpg]



HESSONITE2 - Garnet var. Hessonite
$ 95.00
SOLD
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.3 x 3.0 x 1.8 cm

This is a good example of a Hessonite Garnet, from the Jeffrey mine in Quebec. Small size garnets lead up to a single larger one at the top of the cluster. The larger one measures about 1 x 1 cm.  It comes on a 1 1/4" black acrylic base. The Jeffrey mine has been closed to collecting for many years, as I've heard NASA has leased it to mine asbestos for use in their heat shields. Specimens have become more and more scarce. 




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Topaz var. Imperial from Oro Preto, Brazil [db_pics/pics/topaz1a.jpg] Topaz var. Imperial from Oro Preto, Brazil [db_pics/pics/topaz1b.jpg] Topaz var. Imperial from Oro Preto, Brazil [db_pics/pics/topaz1c.jpg]



TOPAZ1 - Topaz var. Imperial
$ 65.00
SOLD
Oro Preto, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.6 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm

This piece came out of Hawthorneden's unprepped area. It has good color, and is not dinged (like most of them). Imperial Topaz is found in Oro Preto Brazil. It is an unusual color for Topaz as colorless is the most common. It's heavy for its size and weighs 8.7 grams. 




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Quartz Var. Amethyst Quartz Var. Amethyst Quartz Var. Amethyst Quartz Var. Amethyst



AMETHYST2 - Quartz Var. Amethyst "Antenna Quartz"
$ 135.00
SOLD
Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia
thumbnail - 4 x 4.5 x 3.7 cm

This unusual example of "antenna Quartz," occurred as a brief layer in  a Quartz vein in the Goboboseb mountains in Namibia. The vein was frosty white quartz, and then they hit a layer where there were secondary growth of Amethyst on the white quartz crystals. This secondary growth may be considered "reverse sceptering," as the Quartz grows skinnier and more narrow, compared with scepters where they expand outward. It's in good condition, and comes mounted on a 1 1/4" stepped acrylic base (not pictured).



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