Tanzanian Gem Crystals


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T276 - Diopside $ 800
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 1 x 0.5 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t276a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t276b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t276c.jpg]

Rich chrome green Diopside crystal from the famous December 2007 find that produced Diopsides with a vivid, rich green color, far and away better than average Merelani Diopside. This is a fine single crystal complete all around with good luster. Undamaged.


T277 - Diopside $ 500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.4 x 1 x 0.6 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t277a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t277b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t277c.jpg]

Rich chrome green Diopside crystal from the famous December 2007 find that produced Diopsides with a vivid, rich green color, far and away better than average Merelani Diopside. This is a fine single crystal complete all around with good luster. Undamaged with slight intergrowths of Graphite on one side.


T278 - Diopside $ 500 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.6 x 1.2 x 1 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t278a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t278b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t278c.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t278d.jpg]

Unusual etched chrome green Diopside crystal. This was mined in 2016 and was the only one like it I saw, or have ever seen. The color is incredible and it is fully transparent facet grade.


T279 - Tanzanite $ 900
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 1.5 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t279a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t279b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t279c.jpg]

Unusual deep blue Tanzanite crystal with a bubbly green/brown mineral attached the sides and back. On the backside, underneath this mineral, are Prehnite crystals. Complete and undamaged.


T280 - Scapolite $ 400 SOLD
Morogoro, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t280a.jpg] Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t280b.jpg] Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t280c.jpg]

Red cat's-eye Scapolite crystal, complete all around and undamaged. The cat's-eye shimmer can be seen when held sideways under a light. These red crystals are rare to find and this is the best one I've ever had.


T281 - Scapolite $ 280
Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 2.1 x 1.6 cm


Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t281a.jpg] Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t281b.jpg] Scapolite from Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t281c.jpg]

Bi-color Scapolite crystal that is half red and cat's-eye and half transparent and golden. Complete all around and undamaged except for one small nick on a termination edge. The cat's-eye shimmer can be seen when held sideways under a light. These red crystals are rare to find and this is only one of 3 I've ever had the chance to buy.


T282 - Tsavorite, Graphite in Quartz $ 600 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.6 x 2.4 x 2 cm


Tsavorite, Graphite in Quartz from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t282a.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite in Quartz from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t282b.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite in Quartz from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t282c.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite in Quartz from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t282d.jpg]

Complete and undamaged double-terminated Quartz crystal with inclusions of Graphite and Tsavorite. The Graphite occurs as 3 distinct platy crystals. The Tsavorite crystals are spread out inside the Quartz with one exposed at the surface. A Merelani rarity.


T283 - Graphite in Tremolite $ 120
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 0.8 x 0.3 cm


Graphite in Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t283a.jpg] Graphite in Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t283b.jpg]

Single chrome Tremolite crystal with included Graphite crystals.


T285 - Apatite $ 250 SOLD
Namalulu, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 1.8 cm


Apatite from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t285a.jpg] Apatite from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t285b.jpg] Apatite from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t285c.jpg]

An exciting new specimen of tabular blue Apatite. From the Namalulu area, which in the past has produced elongated yellow Apatite. This is only the second one like it I have seen.


T286 - Tsavorite on Diopside $ 750 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1.0 cm


Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t286a.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t286b.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t286c.jpg]

Single Diopside crystal adorned with gem like crystals of Tsavorite. Good Tsavorite on front and back. A small treasure.


T287 - Tsavorite on Diopside $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t287a.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t287b.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t287c.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t287d.jpg]

Cluster of Diopside crystals with Graphite. Attached on one side is a gemmy 7mm Tsavorite crystal.


T289 - Tsavorite with Graphite $ 200 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.3 x 1.0 x 0.8 cm


Tsavorite with Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t289a.jpg] Tsavorite with Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t289b.jpg]

Gem Tsavorite crystals to 9mm with Graphite.


T290 - Apatite, Tremolite, Graphite $ 400 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 9 x 8 x 5 cm


Apatite, Tremolite, Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t290a.jpg] Apatite, Tremolite, Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t290b.jpg] Apatite, Tremolite, Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t290c.jpg] Apatite, Tremolite, Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t290d.jpg]

Chrome Tremolite and gem blue Apatite crystals on a matrix of Calcite, Zeolites, and Graphite. I have previously only seen loose single crystals of Tremolite and Apatite from Merelani. Here you have a single matrix specimen with both species combined.


T291 - Titanite with Diopside $ 380
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.6 x 2.4 x 1 cm


Titanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t291a.jpg] Titanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t291b.jpg]

A rare Merelani Titanite crystal with an attached cluster of Diopside. The Titanite has good glasy luster and is complete all around, with some irregular growth on the left side. I can count the number of Merelani Titanites I've ever seen on one hand.


T292 - Apatite $ 280 SOLD
Mahenge, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm


Apatite from Mahenge, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t292a.jpg] Apatite from Mahenge, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t292b.jpg]

Mining for Spinels in Mahenge in 2016 has turned up a handful of these unusually colored single Apatite crystals. I bought every one I could, which was only 4. The color is blue with a hint of green and it's very gemmy. Undamaged.



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