Tanzanian Gem Crystals



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T551 - Chrome Tourmaline $ 3500 (=~ € 3142)
Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania
miniature - 3.8 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm


Chrome Tourmaline from Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t551a.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t551b.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t551c.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t551d.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of Chrome Tourmaline which is a chromium and vanadium rich Dravite. Complete all around with deep emerald green coloration and gemmy!! This is one the best I've seen of this all green style from the 'Commander Mine' find in 2016. There is unfortunately part of the crystal missing from the lower back side as seen in the third photo. Regardless, it is a spectacular crystal that would command twice as much or more if perfect, the color and clarity is just that good, and it can be displayed without showing the missing area. Last photo is backlit. Weighs 17.2 grams.


T552 - Spessartine $ 2200 (=~ € 1975)
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2.8 cm


Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t552a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t552b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t552c.jpg]

Bright citrus orange single Spessartine crystal of good size and great color. A complete crystal but with two faces intergrown/contacted by the mica matrix. Internal gem zones, no black inclusions. Intermittent mining occurs now at this locality, and this crystal was found this year.


T553 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 1600 (=~ € 1436)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 3.5 cm


Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553c.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553d.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t553e.jpg]

Crystallized Graphite with pale green Diopside and vivid green Tsavorite crystals. Large Graphite crystals and 5 Tsavorites, largest is 7mm and very gemmy with excellent color. Undamaged. An uncommon and showy Merelani combo specimen.


T554 - Diopside on Graphite $ 200 (=~ € 180)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.4 x 1 cm


Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t554a.jpg] Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t554b.jpg] Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t554c.jpg]

Green Diopside crystals on Graphite. Two of the Diopsides are double terminated, largest is 1.7cm.


T555 - Diopside on Graphite $ 200 (=~ € 180)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm


Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t555a.jpg] Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t555b.jpg]

Green Diopside crystals on Graphite. Good cluster.


T556 - Dravite $ 440 (=~ € 395)
Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2 x 1.3 cm


Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t556a.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t556b.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t556c.jpg]

Blue capped Dravite crystal from a new, 2017 find. There is a deep blue cap, followed by a translucent white zone, over an opaque, dark base. The luster on these crystals is only fair, but the blue is intensly colored and unusual for Dravite. Undamaged, complete crystal, the best one in this size range I saw.


T557 - Zircon $ 350 (=~ € 314)
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm


Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t557a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t557b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t557c.jpg]

Well formed, complete red Zircon crystal. These have been trickling out for years, this one being a little larger than most, and better quality.


T558 - Pyrite on Graphite $ 200 (=~ € 180) SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.3 x 1.3 x 1 cm


Pyrite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t558a.jpg] Pyrite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t558b.jpg]

Beautiful 1.1cm Pyrite crystal with superb luster with small Pyrite crystals on Graphite. Undamaged and better than photos.


T559 - Magnesio Axinite $ 450 (=~ € 404)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.8 x 0.3 cm


Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t559a.jpg] Magnesio Axinite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t559b.jpg]

Single, complete Magnesio Axinite crystal. These are only found spradically at Merelani, and even when found, are mostly just fragments of crystals. This is an uncommonly complete crystal, relatively undamaged with just a little chatter along one edge.


T560 - Spessartine $ 900 (=~ € 808)
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 3 x 3 cm


Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t560a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t560b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t560c.jpg]

Bright citrus orange single Spessartine crystal of good size and color. A complete crystal with a souple small chipped tips, otherwise undamaged. Internal gem zones and very few black inclusions. Intermittent mining occurs now at this locality, and this crystal was found this year.


T561 - Tanzanite $ 350 (=~ € 314)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.0 x 0.9 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t561a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t561b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t561c.jpg]

Single, complete Tanzanite crystal. A bi-color crystal of yellow over a blue core. Relatively undamaged but with some edge chipping. Highly gemmy in the upper half. Unheated, natural Tanzanite.


T562 - Diopside $ 450 (=~ € 404)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.0 x 0.6 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t562a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t562b.jpg]

Undamaged single Diopside with great transparency, facet grade it's entire length. The backside has some attached Graphite and crystals of Graphite extend into the back of the crystal.


T563 - Diopside $ 400 (=~ € 359)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t563a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t563b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t563c.jpg]

Single Diopside with the top chrome green coloration. A funny thing about Merelani Diopsides is that the highly transparent crystals have lighter color, and crystals like this one, with the top color, have less transparency. There are two indentations from other crystals on one narrow side, otherwise complete and undamaged all around.


T564 - Diopside $ 200 (=~ € 180)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 1.0 x 0.6 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t564a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t564b.jpg]

Complete single Diopside with good transparency, undamaged.


T565 - Tanzanite, Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 350 (=~ € 314) SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm


Tanzanite, Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t565a.jpg] Tanzanite, Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t565b.jpg] Tanzanite, Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t565c.jpg] Tanzanite, Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t565d.jpg]

Colorful combination specimen of Tanzanite, Tsavorite, and Diopside on Graphite crystals. There is unfortunatley some damage to two of the Tsavorite crystals, however the colorful combination of minerals creates a visual appeal that's undeniable.



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