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K772 - Tanzanite $ 300 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 0.8 x 0.4 cm


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Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K772aa.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K772ba.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K772c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K772ca.jpg]

Single 'Cobalt Blue' Tanzanite crystal from a small recent find. Of all my many years of selling Tanzanite I have never seen this color, a deep almost silky blue that reminds me of Kashmir Sapphire, hard to capture on camera. Only about 50 crystals were found and none very large. Clean and undamaged.


K770 - Sphalerite (twinned) $ 425
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1 x 0.8 cm


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Sphalerite (twinned) from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K770aa.jpg] Sphalerite (twinned) from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K770ba.jpg] Sphalerite (twinned) from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K770ca.jpg] Sphalerite (twinned) from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K770d.jpg] Sphalerite (twinned) from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K770da.jpg]

Complete twinned single Sphalerite of high quality. Undamaged with just a bit of roughness at the base where it was attached to Graphite. Clean and undamaged. Translucent red when backlit. Uncommonly good Merelani Sphalerite.


K794 - Alabandite $ 750 SOLD
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm


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Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K794aa.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K794ba.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K794ca.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K794d.jpg]

Large, undamaged octahedral Alabandite crystal with a minor amount of attached Pyrite. Compound crystal with clean, smooth faces and some stepped and cavernous growth structures on the sides. This is a big crystal that not only has size but also fine quality. These are considered by many as the best of species and are certainly the largest ever found. A crystal like this would have sold in several thousands of dollars when they were first found. Prices have come down since the initial find, but this is still a great price for a crystal like this.


K795 - Alabandite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 7.9 x 5 x 4.1 cm


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Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K795a.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K795ba.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K795ca.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K795da.jpg]

Large cluster of octahedral Alabandite crystals with a minor amount of attached Pyrite. Large and undamaged with interesting growth patterns. These are considered by many as the best of species and are certainly the largest ever found.


K792 - Alabandite $ 400
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6.9 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


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Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K792a.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K792b.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K792c.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K792da.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K792ea.jpg]

Large single octahedral Alabandite crystal with a minor amount of attached Diopside and Graphite on the backside. Large flat crystal faces make this an unusually clean looking crystal. These are considered by many as the best of species and are certainly the largest ever found.


K791 - Alabandite with Tanzanite $ 290
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K791a.jpg] Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K791b.jpg] Alabandite with Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K791c.jpg]

Large single octahedral Alabandite crystal with a 2cm Tanzanite crystal attached on the base. Good quality undamaged crystal with a nice, flat cube modification on the tip. These are considered by many as the best of species and are certainly the largest ever found.


K783 - Alabandite $ 220
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3.9 x 3.5 cm


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Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K783aa.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K783ba.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K783ca.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K783da.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K783ea.jpg]

Large single octahedral Alabandite crystal with attached Calcite, Diopside, and Graphite. Good quality undamaged crystal with a nice, flat cube modification on the tip. These are considered by many as the best of species and are certainly the largest ever found.


K787 - Alabandite $ 180
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K787aa.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K787ba.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K787ca.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K787da.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K787ea.jpg]

Large single octahedral Alabandite crystal. Good quality undamaged crystal with a smooth crystal faces with about as good as luster as you get with these. These are considered by many as the best of species and are certainly the largest ever found.


K786 - Alabandite $ 220
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


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Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K786aa.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K786ba.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K786ca.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K786da.jpg]

Large single octahedral Alabandite crystal with attached Calcite. Good quality undamaged crystal with a smooth crystal faces with about as good as luster as you get with these. These are considered by many as the best of species and are certainly the largest ever found.


K773 - Alabandite $ 200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm


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Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K773aa.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K773ba.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K773ca.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K773da.jpg] Alabandite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K773ea.jpg]

Hard to find thumbnail-sized octahedral Alabandite crystal. Good quality, nearly undamaged with only one small nick. Nearly complete with some grooves, attached Calcite on some lower faces, has about as good as luster as you get with these. These are considered by many as the best of species and are certainly the largest ever found.


K771 - Diopside $ 130
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 0.7 x 0.4 cm


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Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K771aa.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K771ca.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K771da.jpg]

Sharp single Diopside crystal with excellent luster, transparency. Better than average color for such a transparent crystal, and undamaged, complete all around.


K788 - Tanzanite $ 400
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.2 x 0.6 cm


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Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K788aa.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K788ba.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K788da.jpg]

Sharp single Tanzanite crystal with excellent luster, good transparency. Purple/blue with a yellow zone at the top. Undamaged and complete all around.


K789 - Tanzanite $ 225
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.7 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm


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Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K789aa.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K789ca.jpg]

Tall, slender single Tanzanite crystal with excellent luster, transparency. Purple/blue with a yellow zone at the top. It's undamaged (there is a small indentation on one side that looks like a spot where another former crystal grew rather than damage), complete all around, and has a small sphere of white Calcite attached near the base.


K769 - Tsavorite $ 375
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.1 x 1 x 0.8 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K769aa.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K769b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K769ba.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K769ca.jpg]

Glassy single Tsavorite with great transparency. This is a rare floater with all crystal faces present. But for the included Graphite, this would be a fully transparent facet-quality gem crystal. The crystal faces are glassy and smooth with just a few surface irregularities caused by the Graphite. Nice crystal!


K768 - Dravite $ 95
Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.4 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm


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Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K768a.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K768b.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K768c.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K768cc.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K768dc.jpg]

Transparent, rootbeer-brown single Dravite crystal. Well terminated, complete all around, and undamaged.

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