Collection Specimens

A selection of 38 specimens recently pulled from my personal collection (plus one recently acquired Tsumeb specimen). 


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AF935 - Chondrodite with Magnetite SOLD
Palabora Open Pit, Phalaborwa, Transvaal, South Africa
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


Chondrodite with Magnetite from Palabora Open Pit, Phalaborwa, Transvaal, South Africa [db_pics/pics/af935a.jpg] Chondrodite with Magnetite from Palabora Open Pit, Phalaborwa, Transvaal, South Africa [db_pics/pics/af935b.jpg] Chondrodite with Magnetite from Palabora Open Pit, Phalaborwa, Transvaal, South Africa [db_pics/pics/af935c.jpg] Chondrodite with Magnetite from Palabora Open Pit, Phalaborwa, Transvaal, South Africa [db_pics/pics/af935d.jpg] Chondrodite with Magnetite from Palabora Open Pit, Phalaborwa, Transvaal, South Africa [db_pics/pics/af935e.jpg]

Fiery red/orange, gemmy 1cm Chondrodite on matrix with oriented Magnetite crystals. Collected by J.P. Gliddon and considered by him to be one of the finest Chondrodites to ever be found a Palabora. The color and luster of the Chondrodite is superb (no brown overtones like so many Chondrodites), and the lustrous, triangular faces of the Magnetite, all in parallel growth, create a great effect.


AF936 - Amethyst $ 300 SOLD
Brandberg, Namibia
cabinet - 10.3 x 3.1 x 2.8 cm


Amethyst from Brandberg, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af936a.jpg] Amethyst from Brandberg, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af936b.jpg]

Single Amethyst crystal, complete and good sized. I love the combination of the purple Amethyst at the base and the white/clear Quartz at the top.


AF937 - Azurite $ 1000 SOLD
Touissit Mine, Morocco
miniature - 3.5 x 3.1 x 1.9 cm


Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af937a.jpg] Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af937b.jpg] Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af937c.jpg] Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af937d.jpg]

Cluster of dark blue Azurite crystals which are translucent along the edges when backlit. Complete all around and undamaged (except for one tiny 2mm ding) with alteration to Malachite in areas around the base. Excellent luster on the Azurite. Looks like Tsumeb, but it's Toussit.


AF938 - Malachite on Dolomite cast $ 225 SOLD
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 8.5 x 6 x 6 cm


Malachite on Dolomite cast from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af938a.jpg] Malachite on Dolomite cast from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af938b.jpg] Malachite on Dolomite cast from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af938c.jpg] Malachite on Dolomite cast from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af938d.jpg]

Light blue green (likely cuprian) Dolomite casts upon which grew white lenticular Dolomite crystals and acicular sprays of Malachite. A very 3-dimensional, floater specimen that is much better when held and turned in the hand.


AF947 - Tanzanite $ 6500 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af947a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af947b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af947c.jpg]

Killer thumbnail Tanzanite, highly gemmy from top to bottom. Distinct green and blue color zoning in one direction with purple when viewed on the other faces, and red when viewed up the C-axis - four colors in one crystal! Illustrated in the Merelani issue of the Mineralogical Record, Figure 110, page 396, even better in person.


AF948 - Tanzanite $ 3000 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 1.4 x 0.9 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af948a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af948b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/af948c.jpg]

Fine, icey blue Tanzanite of exceptional quality. This crystal has top luster and great presence with superb transparency top to bottom, way better than the norm, witht he vast majority of Tanzanites being heavily fractured on the lower half and only transparent on the upper half. Good red up the C-axis too.


A887 - Apophyllite with Stilbite $ 700 SOLD
Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India
small cabinet - 5.8 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Apophyllite with Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a887a.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a887b.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a887c.jpg]

Gemmy, prismatic green Apophyllite crystals associated with a pearly white 2cm Stilbite cluster. Apophyllite is fairly common, but the greens much less so, and when they come together in attractive clusters like this they are truly 'flowers' of the mineral kingdom and a great addition to a fine collection.


A888 - Apophyllite SOLD
Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4.5 x 3 cm


Apophyllite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a888a.jpg] Apophyllite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a888b.jpg] Apophyllite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a888c.jpg]

Amazing double terminated Apophyllite crystal atop stalactitic quartz. The Apop is 4.9cm wide. I used to import hundreds of Indian minerals years ago, this was one of the very few that really stood out and was kept in my collection.


A889 - Apophyllite $ 350
Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4 x 3 cm


Apophyllite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a889a.jpg] Apophyllite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a889b.jpg] Apophyllite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/a889c.jpg]

Amazing double terminated Apophyllite crystal atop stalactitic quartz. The Apop is 4cm wide. I used to import hundreds of Indian minerals years ago, and this one was one fo the select few out the many hundreds in those parcels that I kept for my collection.


A890 - Afghanite $ 390 SOLD
Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan
miniature - 4 x 3 x 3 cm


Afghanite from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a890a.jpg] Afghanite from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a890b.jpg] Afghanite from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a890c.jpg]

Highly translucent 1.8cm crystal in matrix, in fact I would call it gemmy. Most Afghanites don't excite me as they can be whitish blue, opaque, and crudely formed, but not this one. A well formed crystal, sharper than most, that begs to be trimmed into a superb thumbnail specimen.


A891 - Quartz $ 500 SOLD
North Waziristan, Pakistan
miniature - 4.7 x 3 x 1.8 cm


Quartz from North Waziristan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a891a.jpg] Quartz from North Waziristan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a891b.jpg] Quartz from North Waziristan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a891c.jpg] Quartz from North Waziristan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a891d.jpg]

A most unusual faden Quartz specimen that looks like a stack of double terminated Quartz crystals that slumped over to one side, with the faden line curved along with the crystals. Perfect and undamaged.


A892 - Aquamarine $ 900 SOLD
Skardu District, Pakistan
miniature - 3.2 x 1.9 x 1.8 cm


Aquamarine from Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a892a.jpg] Aquamarine from Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a892b.jpg] Aquamarine from Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a892c.jpg]

Gem quality single Aqua crystal I bought at the Tucson show around 1990. Aside from being a high quality gem crystal, it has the added appeal of having a number of unusual negative crystals included within that appear to be octahedral in shape.


A893 - Peridot $ 500 SOLD
Sappat, Kohistan, Pakistan
miniature - 3.3 x 2.2 x 2 cm


Peridot from Sappat, Kohistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a893a.jpg] Peridot from Sappat, Kohistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a893b.jpg] Peridot from Sappat, Kohistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a893c.jpg]

Sharply formed Peridot crystal, which is not the norm for these as they ususally have a melted appearance with rounded edges. Gemmy with top lime green color without a hint of the usual olive tones. Additional smaller crystal in front too.


A894 - Cinnabar on Dolomite $ 280 SOLD
Tongren, Guizhou, China
miniature - 4.1 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Cinnabar on Dolomite from Tongren, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a894a.jpg] Cinnabar on Dolomite from Tongren, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a894b.jpg] Cinnabar on Dolomite from Tongren, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a894c.jpg]

Superb 1.1 cm Cinnabar crystal set in lustrous white Dolomite. Translucent when backlit, undamaged.


A900 - Realgar $ 1200 SOLD
Shimen Realgar Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4 x 2 cm


Realgar from Shimen Realgar Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a900a.jpg] Realgar from Shimen Realgar Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a900b.jpg]

Pair of interconnected, large Realgar crystals, the smaller crystal is double terminated.



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