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TZ227 - Tsavorite $ 650 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 2 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz227a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz227b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz227c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz227d.jpg]

Large single crystal with areas of transparency and bright, glassy luster. There is damage in a few areas on the edges, but interestingly this one was nearly a floater as both the top and bottom faces are present and smooth and glassy (usually the bottom face is either covered in graphite or shows indentations from graphite crystals). Big and green with big glassy faces. Black Graphite inclusing inside near one face.


TZ228 - Tsavorite $ 1250 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.0 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz228a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz228b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz228c.jpg]

Rare cluster of Tsavorite crystals in a floater group (no points of attachment). This is from a couple of great pockets found in mid 2013 that produced a good number of Tsavorite crystals with exception luster, including a small handful of clusters, which are uncommon.  Aside from one cluster priced in the five figure range, this is the best cluster I've seen from the find.


TZ229 - Tsavorite $ 2000 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz229a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz229b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz229c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz229d.jpg]

Floater single crystal of Tsavorite. This was the best complete single crystal out of hundreds I examined from the recent finds of mid 2013. Great luster and transparency with some Graphite inclusions. Under a loupe I can find two tiny dings on edges, otherwise perfect.


TZ230 - Dravite $ 750 SOLD
Landanai, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.9 x 0.8 x 0.6 cm


Dravite from Landanai, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz230a.jpg] Dravite from Landanai, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz230b.jpg]

Vivid green chrome/vanadium Dravite crystal with a highly unusual colorless (achroite) termination. Complete and undamaged, remarkable specimen.


TZ231 - Magnesio Axinite $ 900
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.0 x 0.6 cm


Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz231a.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz231b.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz231c.jpg]

Superb quality single crystal with purple coloration. Sharp and highly glassy. Very slight chatter along edges, otherwise undamaged. Front and backsides shown.


TZ234 - Tourmaline $ 250 SOLD
Namalulu, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm


Tourmaline from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz234a.jpg] Tourmaline from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz234b.jpg]

Gem quality single crystal with yellow coloration. Complete all around with glassy luster, unusual. More yellow in person, photos are showing some brown overtones.


TZ235 - Tremolite $ 800 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.9 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm


Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz235a.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz235b.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz235c.jpg]

Fine quality terminated single crystal with rich green coloration, as good as they get color wise. From the December 2007 pocket, undamaged. Pictured in Figure 79 of the Merelani issue of the Mineralogical Record (Sept.- Oct. 2009 issue).


TZ236 - Ruby $ 400 SOLD
Morogoro, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm


Ruby from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz236a.jpg] Ruby from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz236b.jpg] Ruby from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz236c.jpg] Ruby from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz236d.jpg]

Long single crystal with relatively distinct crystal form for rubies from this locality. With attached green Pargasite crystals and small dark red unidentified crystals. 


M100 - Amethyst $ 450 SOLD
Marovoalavo Mine, Adilamena, Toamasina Prov., Madagascar
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2.6 x 1.3 cm


Amethyst from Marovoalavo Mine, Adilamena, Toamasina Prov., Madagascar [db_pics/pics/m100a.jpg] Amethyst from Marovoalavo Mine, Adilamena, Toamasina Prov., Madagascar [db_pics/pics/m100b.jpg] Amethyst from Marovoalavo Mine, Adilamena, Toamasina Prov., Madagascar [db_pics/pics/m100c.jpg] Amethyst from Marovoalavo Mine, Adilamena, Toamasina Prov., Madagascar [db_pics/pics/m100d.jpg]

Japan-law twin crystal with Amethyst scepters on each end. Fine quality, undamaged specimen. This specimen was part of the special exhibit 'African Thumbnail Treasures' at the 2012 Munich show.


E433 - Wiluite $ 150 SOLD
Vilyui River Basin, Eastern Siberian Region, Russia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm


Wiluite from Vilyui River Basin, Eastern Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/pics/e433a.jpg] Wiluite from Vilyui River Basin, Eastern Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/pics/e433b.jpg]

Double terminated green crystal from the type locality, translucent along edges with backlighting. Wiluite is a member of the Vesuvianite group. Good sized for the species. Ex. Ray Hill collection.


NA159 - Benitoite $ 4500 SOLD
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
small cabinet - 9 x 6.5 x 3 cm


Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/na159a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/na159b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/na159c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/na159d.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/na159e.jpg]

Benitoite crystals to 2.5cm on edge on a flat schist matrix. Good arrangement of the crystals and good sized, associated with 2 Neptunite crystals. One termination on the center lower crystal is incomplete, the rest are good. 


SA913 - Ceruleite $ 50 SOLD
Emma Luisa Mine, Guanaco, Antofagasta Prov., Chile
thumbnail - 2.3 x 2.0 x 1.4 cm


Ceruleite from Emma Luisa Mine, Guanaco, Antofagasta Prov., Chile [db_pics/pics/sa913a.jpg] Ceruleite from Emma Luisa Mine, Guanaco, Antofagasta Prov., Chile [db_pics/pics/sa913b.jpg]

Thumbnail sized nodule of Ceruleite, a rare copper arsenate, from the type locality, undamaged. 



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