Mixed Minerals

Mixed minerals including 9 specimens of elongated Tsavorite crystals groups from the Merelani Tanzanite mines in Tanzania. These are really special pieces and a must for a Merelani collector. Many also have attached Sphene crystals which are uncommon for the locality. Please note that my photogrpahs do not do these justice - they are way better in person.



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T931 - Tsavorite with Sphene, Pyrite $ 900 (=~ CAN$ 1162) SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite with Sphene, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t931a.jpg] Tsavorite with Sphene, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t931b.jpg] Tsavorite with Sphene, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t931c.jpg]

Formation of multiple elongated Tsavorite crystal groups with two Sphene crystals and numerous tiny Pyrite crystals. Excellent color on the Tsavorite, glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. It's essentially a floater, with only the very tip of one part of the bottom as a possible point of contact. An amazing specimen!!!


T932 - Tsavorite with Diopside, Pyrite $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 775)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.9 x 1.0 x 0.9 cm


Tsavorite with Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t932a.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t932b.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t932c.jpg]

Formation of three elongated Tsavorite crystal groups forming a polygon with a small Diopside in the center and numerous attached tiny Pyrite crystals. Glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. It's essentially a floater, with only the very tip of the long end being a point of contact. An amazing specimen!!!


T933 - Tsavorite with Pyrite $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 775)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm


Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t933a.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t933b.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t933c.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t933d.jpg]

Formation of elongated Tsavorite crystals that grade up in size towards the top, with attached tiny Pyrite crystals. Glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. It's essentially a floater, with a small point of contact at the thick end. At the right angle it looks like a lightning bolt. An amazing specimen!!!


T934 - Tsavorite with Diopside, Pyrite $ 800 (=~ CAN$ 1033) SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.2 x 1.0 x 1 cm


Tsavorite with Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t934a.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t934b.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t934c.jpg]

Formation of multiple elongated Tsavorite crystal groups with attached Diopside and Pyrite crystals. Excellent color on the Tsavorite, glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. It's essentially a floater, with only the very tip of one part of the bottom as a possible point of contact. An amazing specimen!!!


T935 - Tsavorite with Sphene, Diopside, Pyrite $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 645)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.0 x 0.8 cm


Tsavorite with Sphene, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t935a.jpg] Tsavorite with Sphene, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t935b.jpg] Tsavorite with Sphene, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t935c.jpg]

Formation of multiple elongated Tsavorite crystal groups with attached sphene, diopside, and Pyrite crystals. Excellent color on the Tsavorite, glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. It's essentially a floater, with only the very tip of one part of the bottom as a possible point of contact. An amazing specimen!!!


T936 - Tsavorite with Pyrite $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 645)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.6 x 0.5 x 0.4 cm


Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t936a.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t936b.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t936c.jpg]

Elongated Tsavorite crystal group with attached Pyrite crystals. Twisting, towering stack of crystals with a distinct faden line. Excellent color on the Tsavorite, glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. Complete and undamaged with the point of contact at the bottom of the stack. An amazing specimen!!!


T937 - Tsavorite with Pyrite $ 800 (=~ CAN$ 1033)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.4 x 0.7 x 0.4 cm


Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t937a.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t937b.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t937c.jpg]

Elongated Tsavorite crystal group with attached Pyrite crystals. Towering stack of crystals with a distinct faden line. Excellent color on the Tsavorite, glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. Complete and undamaged floater crystallized all around. An amazing specimen!!!


T938 - Tsavorite with Sphene, Diopside, Pyrite $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 775)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 1.0 x 0.8 cm


Tsavorite with Sphene, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t938a.jpg] Tsavorite with Sphene, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t938b.jpg] Tsavorite with Sphene, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t938c.jpg]

Formation of elongated Tsavorite crystals with attached Sphene, Diopside, and Pyrite crystals. Excellent color on the Tsavorite, glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. It's well crystallized all around with the top and the bottom as a possible point of contact, it may have spanned the entire pocket. An amazing specimen!!!


T939 - Tsavorite with Diopside $ 900 (=~ CAN$ 1162)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 1.0 x 0.8 cm


Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t939a.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t939b.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t939c.jpg]

Formation of multiple elongated Tsavorite crystal groups with small attached Diopside crystals. Excellent color on the Tsavorite, glassy and well crystallized all around. This style of Tsavorite is new this year and highly unusual, and a wonderful surprise from the Merelani mines. Floater specimen, undamaged with no points of contact. An amazing specimen!!!


T940 - Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite $ 1200 (=~ CAN$ 1549)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm


Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940a.jpg] Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940b.jpg] Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940c.jpg] Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940d.jpg] Sphene with Tsavorite, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t940e.jpg]

Unique specimen of a heart-shaped Sphene with attached Tsavorite and Pyrite. Complete all around and undamaged. Incredible, unusual thumbnail.


T941 - Microlite on Tourmaline $ 125 (=~ CAN$ 161)
Paprok, Afghanistan
thumbnail - 1.9 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm


Microlite on Tourmaline from Paprok, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/t941a.jpg] Microlite on Tourmaline from Paprok, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/t941b.jpg]

A 7mm Microlite crystal grown atop a green Tourmaline crystal.


T942 - Hematite in Quartz $ 150 (=~ CAN$ 194)
Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia
miniature - 4.3 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Hematite in Quartz from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t942a.jpg] Hematite in Quartz from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t942b.jpg]

Quartz scepter with the scepter head colored orange by Hematite inclusions.


T943 - Azurite with Malachite $ 4500 (=~ CAN$ 5809)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 3 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t943a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t943b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/t943c.jpg]

Outstanding cluster of Azurite crystals from the Watercourse Pocket. An undamaged floater with the superb blue color these are known for. Backside has the typical small stringers of Malachite attached. Nothing but crystals all around.


T944 - Quartz with Schorl $ 250 (=~ CAN$ 323)
Skardu, Pakistan
small cabinet - 8 x 4 x 3.5 cm


Quartz with Schorl from Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t944a.jpg] Quartz with Schorl from Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t944b.jpg] Quartz with Schorl from Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t944c.jpg] Quartz with Schorl from Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t944d.jpg]

Unusual specimen of stacked, double-terminated Quartz crystals that appear to have grown around a Schorl crystal. When backlit you can see a dark shadow running up the center of the Quartz crystal that appears to be a Schorl crystal. There are also attached Feldspar and Muscovite crystals.There is one point of contact on part of the bottom, otherwise fully crystallized all around and undamaged. A strange one!


T945 - Ruby $ 400 (=~ CAN$ 516)
Sivec Marble quarry, Sivec Mountain, Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
miniature - 4.4 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm


Ruby from Sivec Marble quarry,  Sivec Mountain,  Prilep,  Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/t945a.jpg] Ruby from Sivec Marble quarry,  Sivec Mountain,  Prilep,  Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/t945b.jpg] Ruby from Sivec Marble quarry,  Sivec Mountain,  Prilep,  Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/t945c.jpg]

Large single Ruby crystal weighing 309 carats. A well formed translucent crystal out of an old collection. Excellent size and quality for this obscure location.



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