Merelani Diopside

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D154 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 1250
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
cabinet - 12.5 x 6 x 3.5 cm


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Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d154a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d154b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d154c.jpg]

Rare large matrix sized specimen of glassy and transparent Tsavorite crystals (green Grossular), Diopside crystals, and small white crystals of Chabazite (?) on a Graphite crystal covered matrix. This is an uncommon and classic example of many minerals from the Merelani mineral suite, all in one large, colorful specimen.


K240 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 280
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm


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Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K240a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K240b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K240c.jpg]

Transparent Tsavorite crystals with Diopside on a matrix of solid Graphite. The Tsavorites are gemmy with great color, largest crystal is 5mm.


K241 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 250
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 9 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm


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Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K241a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K241b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K241c.jpg]

Druse of transparent Tsavorite crystals over much of a matrix of solid Graphite. Isolated crystals of Diopside in association.


K242 - Tsavorite, Pyrite, Quartz, Diopside on Graphite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm


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Tsavorite, Pyrite, Quartz, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K242a.jpg] Tsavorite, Pyrite, Quartz, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K242b.jpg] Tsavorite, Pyrite, Quartz, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K242c.jpg]

Wonderful and uncommon Merelani combo specimen with a 1.1cm double-terminated Quartz crystal, a 1cm Pyrite crystal, and small Tsavorite and Diopside crystals on a matrix of solid Graphite. Quartz crystals on Graphite are uncommon.


K717 - Tsavorite on Diopside $ 75
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.2 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm


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Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K717a.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K717b.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K717c.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K717d.jpg]

Elongated groups of Tsavorite crystals intergrown with a glassy, terminated Diopside crystal. There are also small Pyrite crystals associated.


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.


M538 - Tsavorite, Diopside, on Graphite $ 750
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
cabinet - 11 x 8 x 5 cm


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Tsavorite, Diopside, on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M538a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside, on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M538b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside, on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M538c.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside, on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M538d.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside, on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M538e.jpg]

Large display matrix Tsavorite specimen, which are hard to come by. This specimen has better than average, large Graphite crystals, white Diopside crystals, and Tsavorites crystals to 9mm. The Tsavorite have great green color (not pale!), and are gemmy.


M625 - Tanzanite with Diopside $ 500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Tanzanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M625a.jpg] Tanzanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M625b.jpg] Tanzanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M625c.jpg] Tanzanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M625d.jpg]

Uncommon and interesting Merelani specimen consisting of a 2.5cm terminated Tanzanite side-by-side with a 3cm Diopside, however the terminations are pointing in opposite directions. Never seen one like this before.


M626 - Tanzanite with Diopside $ 1500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 2.7 x 2.1 cm


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Tanzanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M626a.jpg] Tanzanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M626b.jpg] Tanzanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M626c.jpg] Tanzanite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M626e.jpg]

Uncommon, aesthetic Merelani specimen consisting of two terminated Tanzanite crystals associated with Diopside. Stands upright on it's own and is complete all around. There is a small chip on the backside of the larger 3cm crystal, otherwise perfect and undamaged all around. Unheated and natural. Really stands out from the more commonly seen single crystals.


M703 - Tsavorite with Diopside $ 325
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 2 x 1.4 cm


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Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M703a.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M703b.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M703c.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M703d.jpg]

Large single Tsavorite crystal with good color. The main crystal is 2.5cm wide and displays great from the front with small Diopside crystals below. The backside (3rd photo) shows a dimpled surface from growth against Graphite crystals.


M704 - Tsavorite on Diopside $ 150
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm


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Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M704a.jpg] Tsavorite on Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M704b.jpg]

Glassy 1.4cm single Tsavorite crystal with good color atop a white Diopside crystal. The Tsavorite has great color, luster and transparency. Dispalys great from teh front, contacted on the backside.


D574 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 475
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D574a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D574b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D574c.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D574d.jpg]

Crystals of Tsavorite and Diopside on Graphite. The crystals formed in a vug on massive Graphite with crystals of Graphite present lining the vug. The main Tsavorite is about 7mm and highly gemmy. Tsavorite is a chrome and vanadium rich variety of Grossular from East Africa and is one of the most valuable types of garnet found anywhere. This specimen was found at the Merelani Tanzanite mines and a fine example of some of minerals found at this locality.


D580 - Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3.3 x 2.4 cm


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Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580a.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580b.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580d.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580e.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580f.jpg]

Classic Merelani combination of elongated Tsavorite (Grossular) crystals, white Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite and well formed Graphite crystals. Excellent display and study piece for the locality.


ST401 - Diopside $ 500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.9 x 4 x 2 cm


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Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ST401a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ST401b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ST401c.jpg]

Cluster of large, gemmy Diopsde crystals from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. The main crystal is 4.4cm and double-terminated.
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