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T596 - Heliodor $ 4900 (=~ AUS$ 6525) SOLD
Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine
small cabinet - 8.8 x 3 x 3 cm


Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/t596a.jpg] Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/t596b.jpg] Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/t596c.jpg]

Etched single crystal with good etch marks all around and strong yellow color. These are no longer being found and usually can only be obtained when they are released from private collections. Internally all gem with great luster, weighs 82 grams. Complete all around.


T597 - Tsavorite, Pyrite on Diopside $ 220 (=~ AUS$ 293)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.2 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Tsavorite, Pyrite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t597a.jpg] Tsavorite, Pyrite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t597b.jpg] Tsavorite, Pyrite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t597c.jpg] Tsavorite, Pyrite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t597d.jpg]

I love little oddities like this from Merelani. This appears to be solid Diopside with Diopside crystals sticking out in all directions. Sprinkled atop the Diopside are crystals of Pyrite and Tsavorite. There are lots of Tsavorite here, more than a dozen, maybe 20.


T598 - Rhodochrosite, Pyrite $ 900 (=~ AUS$ 1198) SOLD
Oppu Mine, Aomori Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan
cabinet - 12 x 5.8 x 2.5 cm


Rhodochrosite, Pyrite from Oppu Mine, Aomori Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan [db_pics/pics/t598a.jpg] Rhodochrosite, Pyrite from Oppu Mine, Aomori Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan [db_pics/pics/t598b.jpg] Rhodochrosite, Pyrite from Oppu Mine, Aomori Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan [db_pics/pics/t598c.jpg]

Rolling mounds of bubbly pink Rhodochrosite over Pyrite over Sphalerite. This is old material rarely seen now from the classic and famous Oppu Mine. A gorgeous display specimen with no damage.


T599 - Bournonite with Quartz $ 1500 (=~ AUS$ 1997) SOLD
Herodsfoot Mine, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England
cabinet - 10.5 x 7 x 5 cm


Bournonite with Quartz from Herodsfoot Mine, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/t599a.jpg] Bournonite with Quartz from Herodsfoot Mine, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/t599b.jpg] Bournonite with Quartz from Herodsfoot Mine, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/t599c.jpg]

Bournonite 'cogwheels' to 3.5cm in size on sparklying white Quartz crystals. These are rare English classics mined in the mid to late 1800s. There are a number of good crystals here mixed in among the Quartz, which itself is very bright and showy. There is some contact/damage on the backside, but can be displayed without much, if any, showing. A rare classic that is also aesthetic, with the Bournonite crystals well separated and evenly dispersed across the width of the specimen.


T600 - Variscite with Crandallite $ 1800 (=~ AUS$ 2397)
Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA
large cabinet - 18 x 10 x 4.5 cm


Variscite with Crandallite from Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/t600a.jpg] Variscite with Crandallite from Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/t600b.jpg] Variscite with Crandallite from Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/t600c.jpg] Variscite with Crandallite from Little Green Monster Mine, Fairfield Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/t600d.jpg]

Large nodule of Variscite with one side brightly polished. This piece amazingly has 4 separate areas (at least) of Variscite surrounded by yellow Crandallite. These are rare to find now in this size and quality.


T601 - Dioptase on Chrysocolla over Cerussite $ 550 (=~ AUS$ 732)
Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Congo
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 cm


Dioptase on Chrysocolla over Cerussite from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Congo [db_pics/pics/t601a.jpg] Dioptase on Chrysocolla over Cerussite from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Congo [db_pics/pics/t601b.jpg] Dioptase on Chrysocolla over Cerussite from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Congo [db_pics/pics/t601c.jpg]

Old specimen composed of a reticulated 'snowflake' of Cerussite that has been coated by Chrysocolla with Dioptase crystals attached to one side. All the Dioptase aren't in perfect condition, but I think it displays best from the side without the Dioptase anyways. This was recently released from a collection and I've never seen one like it before. The label notes that it was purchased from John Seibel in 1997. A rare and unusual thumbnail!


T602 - Rhodochrosite with Fluorite $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 466)
American Tunnel, Silverton, Colorado
miniature - 4.2 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from American Tunnel, Silverton, Colorado [db_pics/pics/t602a.jpg] Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from American Tunnel, Silverton, Colorado [db_pics/pics/t602b.jpg] Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from American Tunnel, Silverton, Colorado [db_pics/pics/t602c.jpg]

Rhodochrosite crystals on clear Fluorite.The Fluorite has great luster and has small step faces modifying the main octahedral form. This is a floater specimen crystallized all around. Super pretty and undamaged.


T603 - Pyromorphite $ 750 (=~ AUS$ 999)
9 Level, Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 3 cm


Pyromorphite from 9 Level, Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/t603a.jpg] Pyromorphite from 9 Level, Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/t603b.jpg] Pyromorphite from 9 Level, Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/t603c.jpg]

Yellow/green Pyromorphite crystals covering matrix. The crystals have an incredible wet looking luster and are undamaged.


T604 - Benitoite $ 250 (=~ AUS$ 333) SOLD
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 3.1 x 3 x 2 cm


Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t604a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t604b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t604c.jpg]

Large single Benitoite crystal on matrix. Though not perfect, the crystal is an impressive 3.1cm wide and has deep blue color. Nicely crystallized, even on the backside faces.


T605 - Tourmaline $ 2000 (=~ AUS$ 2663)
Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 3.5 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm


Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t605a.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t605b.jpg]

Single glassy Tourmaline crystal with top top color!! The core is a well saturated raspberry color, followed by a more transparent greenish color, and finally capped by a thin bright blue zone (what color!!!). The termination face has mirror luster. Weighs 18.6 grams.


T606 - Tourmaline $ 2000 (=~ AUS$ 2663) SOLD
Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4 x 2.2 x 2 cm


Tourmaline from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t606a.jpg] Tourmaline from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t606b.jpg] Tourmaline from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t606c.jpg]

Single glassy Tourmaline crystal with an uncommon coloration. The lower portion is a gemmy blue color, followed by green, then red, and finally capped by a thin yellow/orange zone. Complete all around and undamaged. Weighs 35.3 grams.


T607 - Dioptase in Quartz $ 1500 (=~ AUS$ 1997)
Kaokaveld, Namibia
miniature - 4.7 x 3.0 x 3 cm


Dioptase in Quartz from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t607a.jpg] Dioptase in Quartz from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t607b.jpg] Dioptase in Quartz from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t607c.jpg] Dioptase in Quartz from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t607d.jpg]

Rare specimen of Dioptase crystals included in Quartz. These are not often seen and it's the only one I've ever owned. There were a handful of specimens from the Congo with slightly bigger Quartz crystals and included Dioptase crystals that sold in the $25K-$35K range. In this specimen, the Dioptase crystals settled on an earlier generation of yellow colored Quartz (which I understand is caused by Sulfur).


T608 - Tourmaline $ 600 (=~ AUS$ 799)
Chia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 3.7 x 1.3 x 1 cm


Tourmaline from Chia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t608a.jpg] Tourmaline from Chia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t608b.jpg] Tourmaline from Chia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t608c.jpg]

Multi-colored Tourmaline crystal with shades of red and green. It has the appearance of a larger crystal that has grown atop, and at a slightly different angle, to a smaller crystal, or it may be that the bottom of the larger crystal partially etched away and later recrystalized. In any case, it's a beautiful piece that is mostly double-terminated, and complete all around.


T609 - Quartz with inclusions $ 260 (=~ AUS$ 346) SOLD
Virgem da Lapa. Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4.5 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm


Quartz with inclusions from Virgem da Lapa. Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t609a.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Virgem da Lapa. Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t609b.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Virgem da Lapa. Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t609c.jpg]

Fine quality, complete Quartz crystal with both moss-like, yellow inclusions and brown needle-shaped inclusions. A very slight nick on the termination otherwise undamaged. The old label has a note that it was purchased from the Fraziers back in 1988.


T610 - Fluorite on Celestite $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 466) SOLD
Clay Center, Ohio, USA
small cabinet - 6.3 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm


Fluorite on Celestite from Clay Center, Ohio, USA [db_pics/pics/t610a.jpg] Fluorite on Celestite from Clay Center, Ohio, USA [db_pics/pics/t610b.jpg] Fluorite on Celestite from Clay Center, Ohio, USA [db_pics/pics/t610c.jpg]

This is one of the most aesthetic Clay Center Fluorites I've ever seen. It features a 6.3cm single Celestite crystal with an attached 3.1cm cube of phantomed Fluorite. The Fluorite cube is complete and has good luster and only a couple tiny, trivial nicks.



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