Azurite w/ Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico [AZURITE7]
Azurite w/ Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County,  New York [HERKIMER6]
Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond
Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County, New York
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania [TANZANITE7]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Merelani Mine, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Serandite with Aegirine from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [SERANDITE1]
Serandite with Aegirine
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [AQUA10]
Beryl var. Aquamarine
Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam
Adamite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [ADAMITE6]
Adamite on Limonite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

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Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/tourm46a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/tourm46b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/tourm46c.jpg]



TOURM46 - Tourmaline Var. Bi-color Elbaite
$ 835.00 SOLD NET
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 7.3 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm

This tourmaline was the best from a kilo parcel I acquired back in 2003, when gem tourmalines were so much more plentiful on the market. It weighs 33 grams. It is fully terminated without damage and has several small complete sidecar crystals. It exhibits the classice pink bottom, then apple green midsection with a pink cap. The current wholesale pricing on this crystal from Pakistani dealers is $30 per gram. 




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Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/tourm48a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/tourm48b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/tourm48c.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/tourm48d.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/tourm48e.jpg]



TOURM48 - Tourmaline Var. Indicolite
$ 995.00 SOLD NET
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 8 x 2.3 x 2 cm

Paprok does produce indicolite from time to time. This crystal was mined in the mid to late 1990's. It exhibits a rich blue color to its core. The termination is a light blue color with a simple termination on the primary crystal and complex termination on the integrated side crystal. The two crystals grew together and even bent together, there is an amazing "stripe"/fault line mid-crystal where a shift occurred in the growth line, and it slightly changed its direction of growth. It has a bright luster, and is without damage. It's priced below $12 per gram.




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Azurite w/ Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/azurite7a.jpg] Azurite w/ Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/azurite7b.jpg] Azurite w/ Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/azurite7c.jpg] Azurite w/ Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/azurite7d.jpg]



AZURITE7 - Azurite w/ Malachite
$ 275.00 NET
Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 3 x 2.7 x 2.6 cm

Millpillas has produced some amazing crystals over the last 4 or 5 years. Word is that they are finished with the oxidation zone, and are not finding Azurites anymore. I got this piece through a trade. The crystals are sharp, the color is rich and the luster is bright. Also the crystals are pristine without damage, which is so difficult to find from this location. The Malachite jumps in contrast to the blue Azurite. 

 




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Beryl Var. Aquamarine w/Fluorite and Muscovite from Chumar, Bakhoor, above Sumayer, Nagar Dist., Gilgit/Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua15a.jpg] Beryl Var. Aquamarine w/Fluorite and Muscovite from Chumar, Bakhoor, above Sumayer, Nagar Dist., Gilgit/Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua15b.jpg] Beryl Var. Aquamarine w/Fluorite and Muscovite from Chumar, Bakhoor, above Sumayer, Nagar Dist., Gilgit/Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua15c.jpg] Beryl Var. Aquamarine w/Fluorite and Muscovite from Chumar, Bakhoor, above Sumayer, Nagar Dist., Gilgit/Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/aqua15d.jpg]



AQUA15 - Beryl Var. Aquamarine w/Fluorite and Muscovite
$ 11500.00 SOLD NET
Chumar, Bakhoor, above Sumayer, Nagar Dist., Gilgit/Baltistan, Pakistan
large cabinet - 23 x 16 x 10

This beautiful Aqua cluster came to me via an estate sale. It was mined in the late nineties, back when production was greater and quality was better. It's composed of dozens of individual ice blue aquas with silvery-gold muscovites in contrast. There are two pale to pinkish fluorite crystals along the left side. I really enjoy the variety of crystal size, ranging from 1 cm to 8 cm long. It exhibits a stunning lack of any damage, with the only exception being a rough upper left edge of a broad crystal, that is positioned on the very edge of the specimen. It displays several different ways, the rough edge is easily positioned so it is invisible. These large, gemmy Aqua specimens have become very scarce on the market. A dealer I showed this too who goes to Pakistan claimed pieces like this one are in Peshawar, with an asking price of $30,000 right now. It's a stunning piece.




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Tourmaline Var. Tri-color Elbaite Tourmaline Var. Tri-color Elbaite Tourmaline Var. Tri-color Elbaite Tourmaline Var. Tri-color Elbaite Tourmaline Var. Tri-color Elbaite



TOURM47 - Tourmaline Var. Tri-color Elbaite "scepter"
$ 3500.00 SOLD NET
Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 6.4 x 1 x 1

This gorgeous Tourmaline is so ideal, it's what everyone looks for in a tourmaline crystal. It's 99% facetable, so the crystal glows a beautiful shade of green and blue. It has a long slender length wtih a bright pink stem. This was part of Luis Menezes collection for years, he got it from Jon Das Mosas. The termination is trigonal and complex at the very tip, the body is pristine, even the stem is terminated. There is one face where the green part wraps around the pink stem where there is rough underside edge, instead of a re-healed edge. It's technically a tri-color double terminated scepter. It weighs 11.83 grams. 

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