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J249 - Spinel $ 125
Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.1 x 2.0 x 1.8 cm


Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J249a.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J249b.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J249c.jpg]

Complete octahedral red Spinel crystal with good color. Chipping on two corners. Rich gemmy areas within, especially the tip.


J625 - Diaspore $ 280
Aydun, Mugula, Turkey
small cabinet - 7.4 x 6.6 x 2.4 cm


Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/J625a.jpg] Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/J625b.jpg] Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/J625c.jpg]

Large single Diaspore crystal with typical ragged/contacted ends. Good gem sections in areas. This crystal displays multiple signs of fracturing and rehealing (noted by lighter colored lateral lines) resulting in a naturally 'bent' crystal, the same phenomenon that is sometimes seen in tourmaline crystals.


J626 - Diaspore $ 250
Aydun, Mugula, Turkey
small cabinet - 7.1 x 6.8 x 4.0 cm


Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/J626a.jpg] Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/J626b.jpg] Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/J626c.jpg]

Large partial V-twin crystal of Diaspore. It is unterminated or etched terminated, as most of these are, and is translucent with transparent zones. This is rare material from old stocks in Turkey. No more is being found as the deposit has been exhausted. Large Diaspore crystals such as this are uncommon.


J528 - Brucite (R) $ 600
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
cabinet - 13.8 x 7.8 x 4.0 cm


Brucite (R) from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J528a.jpg] Brucite (R) from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J528b.jpg] Brucite (R) from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J528c.jpg] Brucite (R) from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J528d.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of yellow Brucite on matrix with a crystal group 10cm wide. There is a thin layer of Brucite over the matrix upon which the larger crystal group grew and unfortunately it broke off this thin layer during shipment from Pakistan and has been professionally reattached. Regardless, it is an exceptionally showy example from the find that has produced best of species. This is an uncommon example well crystallized all around, characteristic of open pocket growth and not growth in tight, contacted seams as are most. Translucent, thick and sturdy.


J622 - Brucite $ 240
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.0 x 5.0 x 2.7 cm


Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J622a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J622b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J622c.jpg]

Large, solid 'pinwheel' radial mass of yellow Brucite on matrix. This is an uncommon example well crystallized all around, characteristic of open pocket growth and not growth in tight, contacted seams as are most. Translucent and thick with no damage.


J620 - Brucite $ 550
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.2 x 6.5 x 3.9 cm


Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J620a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J620b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J620c.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of yellow Brucite on matrix. Superb, complete 'pinwheel' on matrix that displays wonderfully. This is an uncommon example well crystallized all around, characteristic of open pocket growth and not growth in tight, contacted seams as are most. Translucent, thick and sturdy. Undamaged.


J623 - Brucite $ 300
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
miniature - 4.0 x 3.9 x 1.8 cm


Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623c.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623d.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of yellow Brucite on a small speck of matrix. The specimen is solid Brucite well crystallized all around and undamaged. It's a 360 degree 'pinwheel' formation on a small amount of matrix. This example is nearly a floater because the matrix is partially covered by a thin layer of lighter colored Brucite. It is translucent, thick and sturdy, and undamaged.


J762 - Dioptase $ 1250
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm


Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762g.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762h.jpg]

Slightly cup-shaped formation of solid Diptase. One side shows nothing but bright, lustrous Dioptase crystals with occasional tiny yellow Wulfenites. The other side shows cup-shaped formations of Dioptase, Dioptase crytals, and about 30% coverage of a lighter green mineral with a form of small apple-green translucent globules. This one has both a flashy, showy display side and another side that's interesting under the loupe.


J763 - Dioptase $ 950
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
cabinet - 11 x 5 x 3.5 cm


Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763g.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763i.jpg]

Bright and lustrous Dioptase crystals on a tan rock matrix. This specimen has interesting crystallization with both cup-shaped formations of solid Diptase and crystals with somewhat wheat-sheaf formations. There are also occasional tiny yellow Wulfenites present.


J765 - Dioptase $ 1250
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7 x 3 cm


Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765g.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765h.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765i.jpg]

Cup-shaped formation of solid Diptase. One side shows nothing but bright, lustrous Dioptase crystals. The other side shows a mixture of Dioptase crytals and a lighter green mineral with a form of small apple-green translucent globules. This one has both a flashy, showy display side and another side that's interesting under the loupe.


J766 - Dioptase $ 450
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 2.3 cm


Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766g.jpg]

Dense coverage of Dioptase crystals over a rock matrix. There is an unusual dome-shaped structure in one area, 2.2cm wide, of solid Dioptase crystals There are 3 generations of Dioptase crystals comprising the dome-shaped structure.


J768 - Dioptase with Wulfenite $ 600
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 4 cm


Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768a.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768b.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768c.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768e.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768f.jpg]

Bright and lustrous Dioptase crystals on a tan rock matrix. This specimen has interesting crystallization with somewhat wheat-sheaf formations of Dioptase intermixed with small yellow Wulfenite crystals. Saw cut on base.


J769 - Dioptase $ 280
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8.5 x 6.5 x 2 cm


Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769g.jpg]

Bright and lustrous Dioptase crystals on a tan rock matrix. This specimen has interesting crystallization with somewhat wheat-sheaf formations of Dioptase.


J894 - Quartz with inclusions $ 250
Madan, Bulgaria
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894a.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894b.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894c.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894d.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894e.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894f.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894g.jpg]

This is an interesting Quartz specimen I found in a parcel of Galena, Pyrite, Sphalerite and other Bulgarian minerals. It's a complete and undamaged cluster of parallel grown, double-terminated Quartz crystals with a variety of different included and attached minerals including Galena, Chalcopyrite, and Realgar. Pristine and perfect, a gem of a specimen.


J781 - Stilbite on Kunzite $ 150
Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 4 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781a.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781b.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781c.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781d.jpg]

Gemmy, well terminated Kunzite crystal with attached Stilbite crystals on one side. Stilbite, a zeolite mineral, is not commonly found in granitic pegmatites. With this specimen you have both a rarity and and beautiful display piece.



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85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
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