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M877 - Fluorite $ 125
Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M877a.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M877b.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M877c.jpg]

Golden yellow cubic Fluorite crystal. Undamaged.


M901 - Aquamarine $ 450
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 4 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm


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Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901a.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901b.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901c.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901d.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901e.jpg]

Terminated single Aquamarine crystal with attached Muscovite and Albite. Glassy luster and gemmy with very slight surface etching. I found one tiny, trivial nick, otherwise complete all around and undamaged.


M902 - Aquamarine on Feldspar $ 225
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902a.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902b.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902c.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902d.jpg]

Cluster of transparent Aquamarine crystals attached to a twinned, etched Feldspar crystal. Small crystals of black Tourmaline are also present. Undamaged.


M836 - Sanidine $ 250
Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm


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Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M836a.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M836b.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M836c.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M836d.jpg]

Felspar is a mineral not ususally known for fine collector gem crystals, but at this locality in Madagascar, amazing water clear crystals are sometimes found. This is a terminated crystal in good condition with just minor chipping, crystallized all around. The crystal has a good yellow coloration and is internally transparent. Weighs 18.7 grams.


M842 - Sanidine $ 350
Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar
miniature - 3.2 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm


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Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M842a.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M842b.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M842c.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M842d.jpg]

Felspar is a mineral not ususally known for fine collector gem crystals, but at this locality in Madagascar, amazing water clear crystals are sometimes found. This is a thick, gemmy crystal in good condition (I found 1 small chip). The crystal is terminated with four smooth, flat prism faces. The crystal has a good yellow coloration and is internally transparent - looks to me like facet quality for the entire crystal. Weighs 35.91 grams.


M910 - Fluorite $ 850
Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
small cabinet - 9 x 8 x 5 cm


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Fluorite from Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M910a.jpg] Fluorite from Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M910b.jpg] Fluorite from Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M910d.jpg]

Purple/blue Fluorite crystals with phantoms. Good color saturation and translucency, undamaged. Ex. A.E. Seaman mineral museum with label.


M913 - Tourmaline $ 2000
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913a.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913b.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913c.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913d.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913e.jpg]

Highly aesthetic cluster of 4 intergrown Tourmaline crystals with alternating colors of green and red. Interestingly, the taller crystals have more typical terminations and the shortest crystals has a more flat termination face. Undamaged.


M916 - Aquamarine $ 450
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 4.7 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916a.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916b.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916c.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916d.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916e.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916f.jpg]

Gemmy Aquamarine crystals intergrown with Quartz and Albite a a few black tourmaline inclusions. This is an undamaged floater fully crystallized all around.


M911 - Faden Quartz with Inclusions $ 250
Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 8 x 4.8 x 1.8 cm


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Faden Quartz with Inclusions from Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M911a.jpg] Faden Quartz with Inclusions from Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M911b.jpg] Faden Quartz with Inclusions from Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M911c.jpg] Faden Quartz with Inclusions from Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M911d.jpg] Faden Quartz with Inclusions from Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M911e.jpg]

Cluster of faden Quartz crystals with linear peach and green colored inclusions. The inclusions give a silky, almost cat's-eye appearance to the Quartz. Undamaged and crystallized all around with a point of contact on the bottom. Really unusual Quartz crystal unlike any I've seen before.


M376 - Dravite $ 950
Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania
cabinet - 11 x 4.7 x 3.2 cm


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Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M376b.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M376c.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M376d.jpg] Dravite from Mwajanga, near Komolo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M376e.jpg]

Blue capped Dravite crystal from an unusual, one time find in 2017. This is the largest I've ever had, and the largest I ever recall seening from this find. The crystal consists of a dark base followed by a translucent to transparent white zone, then a deep blue cap. The termination (blue and white zones) is partially etched but undamaged, though there is some chipping along the dark prism faces. Rare coloration for Dravite.


M710 - Enstatite $ 75
Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.3 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm


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Enstatite from Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M710a.jpg] Enstatite from Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M710b.jpg] Enstatite from Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M710c.jpg]

Complete single gem crystal, facet quality. Good luster and a good, though slightly etched, termination. Crystals from this find are usually only suitable for facet rough as most are unterminated and etched, in fact this crystal was pulled from facet rough. Specimen quality Enstatite crystals are uncommon.


M914 - Topaz $ 650
Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 5 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm


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Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914a.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914b.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914c.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914d.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914e.jpg]

Double-terminated gem Topaz crystal with attached Quartz and Albite. Transparent and undamaged.


M885 - Rhodochrosite $ 300
Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 9 x 7.5 x 7 cm


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Rhodochrosite from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M885a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M885b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M885d.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M885f.jpg]

Rhodochrosite crystals to 1.5cm in a Quartz lined cavity. This is one of those specimens that give you a feeling of what it must have been like to find it in the mine, with both sides of the cavity intact.


M921 - Spessartine, Apatite $ 625
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921a.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921b.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921c.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921d.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921e.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921f.jpg]

Red Spessartine either grown over or replacing a pink Apatite crystal. The garnets come together around the Apatite and retain the general form of the Apatite, with natural gaps between the garnets evidenced by etched faces in the walls of the gaps. These are certainly unusual and uncommon specimens, and I've only had 2 before. A flaoter fully crystallized all around, with attached mica.


M918 - Fluorite $ 150
Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918a.jpg] Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918b.jpg] Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918c.jpg] Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918d.jpg]

Purple cubic Fluorite crystals on matrix. Good phantoms and better than photos.
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