Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
Quartz var. Faden from Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan [QUARTZ16]
Quartz var. Faden
Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan
Tourmaline Var. Elbaite from Kunar Province, Afganistan [TOURM29]
Tourmaline Var. Elbaite
Kunar Province, Afganistan
Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [HESSONITE7]
Garnet var. Hessonite
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Opal (polished) from Jalisco, Mexico [OPAL3]
Opal (polished)
Jalisco, Mexico
Serandite with Aegirine from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [SERANDITE1]
Serandite with Aegirine
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

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Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass3a.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass3b.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass3c.jpg] Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass from Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt [db_pics/pics/dsglass3d.jpg]



DSGLASS3 - Tektite var. Libyan Desert Glass
$ 55.00 SOLD
Gilf Kebir Region, Egypt
small cabinet - 6.8 x 2.5 x 1.2 cm

Libyan Desert Glass is believed to 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. 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 beautiful example exhibits  sculpted, smooth faces and a rich yellow color. It weighs 19.96 grams.




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Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire6a.jpg] Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire6b.jpg] Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/sapphire6c.jpg]



SAPPHIRE6 - Corundum Var. Sapphire
$ 195.00
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
thumbnail - 2.8 x 1.5 x .9 cm

This beautiful double terminated sapphire crystal has a dynamic form with lots of "steps," going in and out. It's in great condition with a good blue color and transparency. It weighs 22.10 carats (over 4 grams). There is a smaller sapphire growing into the side of it. It was found in the mid 1990's.




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Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County,  New York [db_pics/pics/herkimer6a.jpg] Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County,  New York [db_pics/pics/herkimer6b.jpg] Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County,  New York [db_pics/pics/herkimer6c.jpg]



HERKIMER6 - Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond
$ 120.00
Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County, New York
miniature - 3.7 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm

Herkimer Diamonds are a special variety of Quartz, found in Herkimer county, New York. The deposit occurs in dolomite (silicified limestone) and is incredibly difficult to break. Fossils are found alongside Herkimers, that further indicates a low temperature crystallization. Miners use heavy sledge hammers and chizels to remove many feet of overburden, to expose the pocket layer. Herkimers were named by General Herkimer in the mid 1800's.

This interesting cluster consists of 5 clear crystals, that grew this way in the pocket, were mined individually and then re-constructed using clear epoxy. There are several small contacts (where ever smaller herks grew and were not recovered), and one small black spot where it contacted the dolomite slightly. Overall damage free.  




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Wulfenite from Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/wulfenite3a.jpg] Wulfenite from Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/wulfenite3b.jpg] Wulfenite from Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/wulfenite3c.jpg] Wulfenite from Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/wulfenite3d.jpg]



WULFENITE3 - Wulfenite
$ 225.00
Wulfenite from Villa Ahumada, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.3 cm




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Fluorite with Quartz from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite10a.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite10b.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite10c.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite10d.jpg]



FLUORITE10 - Fluorite with Quartz
$ 145.00 SOLD
Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
small cabinet - 5.7 x 4.5 x 2.9 cm

These attractive lime green fluorites occur covered in Quartz, in this remote south African mine. As part of the prepping, the fluorites are immersed in Hydrofluoric acid (think of the blood in the movie Alien that dissolves metal) that dissolves Quartz but not the Fluorite. There are current major problems with production at the mine, and future mining is uncertain. 

This piece is a beautiful contrast of green Fluorite and well crystallized Quartz crystals growing right off the front face of the flourite! There is a smaller fluorite that is covered in druzy Quartz crystals that also serves as a contrast to show how these amazing minerals form.




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Fluorite with Quartz from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite11a.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite11b.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite11c.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa [db_pics/pics/fluorite11d.jpg]



FLUORITE11 - Fluorite with Quartz
$ 135.00 SOLD
Riemvasmaak, Kakamas Dist. Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
miniature - 4.0 x 3.5 x 3.6 cm

These attractive lime green fluorites occur covered in Quartz, in this remote south African mine. As part of the prepping, the fluorites are immersed in Hydrofluoric acid (think of the blood in the movie Alien that dissolves metal) that dissolves Quartz but not the Fluorite. There are current major problems with production at the mine, and future mining is uncertain. 

This gemmy richly colored well formed fluorite cluster is handsomely "frosted" with druzy quartz. The largest fluorite measures 2.2 cm long. No damage.




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Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold8a.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold8b.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold8c.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold8d.jpg]



GOLD8 - Gold
$ 795.00 SOLD NET
Near Santa Elena, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.2 x .8 cm

This bright, naturally crystallized gold crystal was found recently in the jungles of Venezuela. These amazing crystals are found in a remote area that is renowned for being incredibly dangerous. They find diamonds alongside gold crystals, which often have grown in Kaolin clay. They are very pure (98%+) and this adds to their intricate crystallization. It weighs 20.57 carats (4.11 grams).

It feels quite heavy in the hand and displays well, as it resembles a rose. No damage.




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Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold9a.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold9b.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold9c.jpg] Gold from Near Santa Elena, Venezuela [db_pics/pics/gold9d.jpg]



GOLD9 - Gold
$ 595.00 SOLD NET
Near Santa Elena, Venezuela
thumbnail - 1.6 x .9 x .6 cm

Super crystallized pieces like this are quite uncommon. this was found in the jungles of Venezuela, in a remote dangerous area. The gold is found alongside diamonds and given it's near purity the gold found here can be bright and crystallized. It weighs 12.84 carats (2.57 grams). It has crystals headed in five different directions, and the longest one has a branching sub crystal that makes it resemble a suguaro cactus (pictured). no damage.




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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite6a.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite6b.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite6c.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite6d.jpg]



TANZANITE6 - Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
$ 695.00
Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.25 x 1.1 x .9 cm

Tanzanite is a gem form of zoisite, found only in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Mining is very deep, as gemstones easily go for $250 - $1000+ per carat. Crystals are also produced, of varying quality given largely that anything with a gemmy area within it gets cut. Also most are dinged, so getting pristine specimens is very difficult. Most pieces are heat treated, which mimics the natural geology that gives the crystals that amazing blue-purple color. The mines are incredibly deep and long term future production is in question.

It weighs 21.37 carats (4.27 grams). It is a vibrant blue-purple with remarkable gemminess through out. The termination is pristine. The side near the bottom has a slight sheered spot that under the microscope is a crystallied face, so this happened while in the pocket and still growing.(it's very hard to spot) The main front face has some raised triangles (known as screw distortions to geologists), overall a great crystal, with flashes of purple when looking at it from the side.




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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite7a.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite7b.jpg] Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tanzanite7c.jpg]



TANZANITE7 - Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
$ 495.00
Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.25 x .8 x .8 cm

Tanzanite is a gem form of zoisite, found only in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Mining is very deep, as gemstones easily go for $250 - $1000+ per carat. Crystals are also produced, of varying quality given largely that anything with a gemmy area within it gets cut. Also most are dinged, so getting pristine specimens is very difficult. Most pieces are heat treated, which mimics the natural geology that gives the crystals that amazing blue-purple color. 

It weighs 14.71 carats (2.94 grams). It is really gemmy, bright and long. There is a small sidecar crystal, that accents the longer one well. The termination is pristine, with only a tiny chip on the backside smaller crystal. 

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