Olmiite on Calcite from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [OLMIITE4]
Olmiite on Calcite
N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
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
Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [HESSONITE7]
Garnet var. Hessonite
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [AQUA8]
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [DIOPSIDE7]
Diopside
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania

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Benitoite on Crosite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/benitoite2a.jpg] Benitoite on Crosite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/benitoite2b.jpg] Benitoite on Crosite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/benitoite2c.jpg]



BENITOITE2 - Benitoite on Crosite
$ 1350.00 SOLD
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
miniature - 3.3 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm

This is a large Benitoite on white matrix. There has been little to no production for the last 6+ years. The largest crystal is 1.75 cm on the top edge of the Benitoite (a little less than 3/4 inch). It has a great sapphire color with no damage on the Benitoites. It comes mounted on a custom acrylic base.




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Magnesio-axinite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/axinite1a.jpg] Magnesio-axinite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/axinite1b.jpg]



AXINITE1 - Magnesio-axinite
$ 365.00 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3.2 x .8 cm

Magnesio-axinite of this color is quite unusual from any location. This was found in the Tanzanite mines of Tanzania. They are notoriously damaged, this one has a pleasing pink-lilac color, is well crystallized and only has a little damage on the right bottom corner. Very difficult to replace as these don't come out often. 




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Beryl Var. Morganite from Virgem de Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/morganite1a.jpg] Beryl Var. Morganite from Virgem de Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/morganite1b.jpg] Beryl Var. Morganite from Virgem de Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/morganite1c.jpg]



MORGANITE1 - Beryl Var. Morganite
$ 750.00 SOLD NET
Virgem de Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4.2 x 6 cm

This Morganite was naturally etched while in the pocket. It has a rich pink color that is unmistakable. It is crystallized all around, and is substantially large at nearly 4 inches tall. It weighs 194 grams.




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Quartz Var. Optical sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz62a.jpg] Quartz Var. Optical sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz62b.jpg] Quartz Var. Optical sphere from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/quartz62c.jpg]



QUARTZ62 - Quartz Var. Optical sphere
$ 135.00 SOLD
Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4.2 x 4.2 x 4.2 cm

This sphere began as a very clear quartz crystal in Brazil, mined in the 1930's or 40's or earlier. The Canadian government bought the rough and stockpiled it for the WW2 war effort. The optical Quartz was used as lens in things like gun sites. In the 1980's Frank Melanson of Hawthorneden bought the whole lot of it and sent the rough to Idar Oberstein, Germany to be cut into precise spheres and eggs. I remember coming across a stash of these at Frank's house when we went about purchasing his entire inventory. At first we thought 'great, more quartz spheres,' but when I held it up and looked at my dad he was pictured perfectly upside down! 

This is an optical Quartz sphere, meaning there are NO inclusions so the distortion to light entering the sphere is scene with total precision and clarity. In the second picture, the bill is rightside up, so Franklin is upside down inside the sphere. Make note of the fact that in the third pic, the the bill is upside down (while Franklin is right side up inside the sphere. This is fun to have to show to kids and other adults the nature of a lens.  

The Hawthorneden stock had about 20,000 stone spheres and eggs in it. Over the years we have been hoarding these optical spheres while liquidating all the others. This one was, by the way priced at $120 back in the late eighties when they first got them back from the German factories. It weighs 91 grams, and is over 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

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