Exceptional Specimens


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AF644 - Tanzanite SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
small cabinet - 7.7 x 3.2 x 3 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af644a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af644b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af644c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af644d.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af644e.jpg]

Exceedingly rare cluster of gem Tanzanite crystals! Tanzanite crystals are usually found as single crystals embedded in matrix, and to have a pocket large enough for open growth of a 7.7cm crystal cluster is rare. 6 crystals of gem quality, lavender color, all undamaged except for one small ding on the side of a lesser crystal. Some attached Diopside and Graphite on backside. Spectacular, unique Tanzanite.


NA117 - Silver $ 1500 SOLD
Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
cabinet - 12 x 8.5 x 3.5 cm


Silver from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/na117a.jpg] Silver from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/na117b.jpg] Silver from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/na117c.jpg]

Large sheet of Silver, attractively bent along the edges like a piece of parchment paper. The single best Silver piece by far from a Canadian dealer's collection I purchased about 10 years ago.


AF725 - Tsavorite $ 5000 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af725a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af725b.jpg]

Gem quality single crystal, facet grade and complete all around except for a bit of damage along the side/bottom of one edge. Exceptionally clear, rare to find this combination of clarity, size, and perfection of the crystal.


AF646 - Tsavorite $ 3200 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af646a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af646b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af646c.jpg]

Exceptionally bright and richly colored single crystal. Smooth, glassy faces with top color.


AF645 - Diopside on Tanzanite $ 6200 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3.8 x 2.9 cm


Diopside on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af645a.jpg] Diopside on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af645b.jpg] Diopside on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af645c.jpg] Diopside on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af645d.jpg]

Double terminated Diopside and Tanzanite crystals on a "matrix" of a partial Tanzanite crystal. The Tanzanites are gemmy and terminated with top luster, the effect with the Diopsides, Graphite, and platy, white mineral are spectacular. Rare specimen indicative of the open pocket growth. Excellent piece for a Merelani suite, even the bottom is interesting with many small Diopsides. Fine, colorful minature.


A162 - Pyromorphite $ 4500 SOLD
Daoping Mine, Guangxi Prov., China
cabinet - 9.5 x 8 x 5 cm


Pyromorphite from Daoping Mine, Guangxi Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a162a.jpg] Pyromorphite from Daoping Mine, Guangxi Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a162b.jpg] Pyromorphite from Daoping Mine, Guangxi Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a162c.jpg]

Rich green Pyro specimen from the early finds at the Daoping Mine. Thick specimen with rolling clusters of lustrous crystals, a couple missing crystals which does not significantly detract from the piece. There is more depth to this specimen than is apparent in the photos, better than most. Obtained a number of years ago from a private European collection via Andy Seibel.


SA161 - Aquamarine $ 4200 SOLD
Jaqueto Mine, Bahia, Brazil
cabinet - 9.5 x 2.9 x 2 cm


Aquamarine from Jaqueto Mine, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa161a.jpg] Aquamarine from Jaqueto Mine, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa161b.jpg] Aquamarine from Jaqueto Mine, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/sa161c.jpg]

Etched floater Aqua crystal, gem quality inside. Beautiful etching all around and transparent, the photos really speak for themselves here. Old specimen from one of the most famous Aqua finds ever. These have always been desirable and costly due to their value as cutting rough for gemstones.


A160 - Sapphire $ 2900 SOLD
Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
small cabinet - 5.6 x 3.9 x 2.5 cm


Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/a160a.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/a160b.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/a160c.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/a160d.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/a160e.jpg]

Tall, translucent blue Sapphire crystal cluster with surprisingly sharp crystal form given that most are found a water worn crystals. Beautiful blue color and very good sized. Lots of smaller crystals sticking out from the main crystal, all are terminated and the cluster is undamaged except for one small ding on a side crystal and a place on the backside where another small crystal was attached. Clusters such as this are much more uncommon than the typical single crystals. Adding even interest are numerous small, lime green crystals on and within the Sapphire, possibly Tourmaline or Spinel.


NA118 - Adamite $ 1400 SOLD
Mina Oujela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
cabinet - 11 x 5.5 x 4.7 cm
ex.  Carl Acosta


Adamite from Mina Oujela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na118a.jpg] Adamite from Mina Oujela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na118b.jpg] Adamite from Mina Oujela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na118c.jpg]

Dense, thick masses of bright yellow crystals over Limonite (up to 1.5cm thick layer). Old material with exceptionally rich coverage of crystals. Recent finds have produced much new Adamite, however this style in terms of thickness and coverage, has not been duplicated.



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