Selected Specimens

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J611 - Pyrargyrite with Pyrite $ 200
Uchuchacua Mine, Peru
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5.2 x 5.0 cm


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Pyrargyrite with Pyrite from Uchuchacua Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/J611a.jpg] Pyrargyrite with Pyrite from Uchuchacua Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/J611b.jpg] Pyrargyrite with Pyrite from Uchuchacua Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/J611c.jpg]

Rich Pyrargyrite specimen with numerous clusters of well-defined crystals scattered throughout the sulfide matrix. Other species in association include Pyrite, Quartz, and Calcite.


J589 - Vesuvianite $ 225
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
miniature - 4.0 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm


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Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589b.jpg] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589c.jpg] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589d.jpg] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589e.jpg]

A good sized matrix Vesuvianite specimen, one of the best color combination examples for this type. The matrix is purple mangan Vesuvianite covered by an outer layer of yellow/green Vesuvianite crystals. Largest single crystal in the group is just over 2cm in length. The mine is now closed.


J484 - Prehnite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.7 x 3.1 x 2.6 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J484a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J484b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J484e.jpg]

Well crystallized Prehnite from recent finds at the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Highly translucent with a greenish yellow color with large, chunky crystals. These recent Prehnites are the best ever found at the locality.


J481 - Prehnite $ 500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.4 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J481a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J481b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/j481d.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/j481e.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/j481f.jpg]

Gemmy bright yellow-green Prehnite in a spherical grouping with sharp ridges of crystals. A small amount of silver-gray Graphite can be seen on one side. There is also an inclusion of blue, incomplete Tanzanite crystals. The quality of the Prehnite is superb with big crystals extending out of the main group with good luster and very translucent. Only minor contact and cleaving in a few areas.


J485 - Prehnite $ 380
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.3 x 5.0 x 2.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J485a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J485b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J485d.jpg]

Well crystallized Prehnite from recent finds at the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Highly translucent with a greenish yellow color with a crystal habit of parallel bladed/tabular crystals which are a new style (at least to me) not seen until this year. These recent Prehnites are the best ever found at the locality.


J513 - Prehnite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.3 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J513a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J513b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J513d.jpg]

Well crystallized Prehnite from recent finds at the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Highly translucent with a greenish yellow color. This one is an exceptional small miniature with very stout, thick crystls forming a 3cm wide radial grouping. No damage to the crystals. These recent Prehnites are the best ever found at the locality.


J536 - Prehnite $ 200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.6 x 4.7 x 2.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J536a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J536b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J536c.jpg]

Gemmy bright yellow-green Prehnite cluster with sharp ridges of crystals. A small amount of silver-gray Graphite can be seen on the bottom. The quality of the Prehnite is superb with big crystals forming an excellent quality specimen with good luster and very translucent.


J547 - Rhodonite with Bustamite and Galena $ 275
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
cabinet - 10.0 x 6.1 x 3.5 cm


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Rhodonite with Bustamite and Galena from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/J547a.jpg] Rhodonite with Bustamite and Galena from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/J547b.jpg] Rhodonite with Bustamite and Galena from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/J547c.jpg]

Translucent red color Rhodonite crystals are seen in close association with metallic gray Galena. The matrix consists of mostly compact, massive, pinkish color Bustamite, a calcium manganese silicate. The largest Rhodonite crystal is about 1cm wide and gemmy.


J600 - Magnetite $ 90
Cerro Huanaquino, Totora, Dept. Potosi, Bolivia
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5.2 x 3.8 cm


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Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Totora, Dept. Potosi, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J600a.jpg] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Totora, Dept. Potosi, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J600b.jpg] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Totora, Dept. Potosi, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J600c.jpg]

Razor sharp and lustrous octahedrons of Magnetite. The Magnetite forms a continuous layer of textbook octahedral crystals on top of a hard, brecciated matrix. An excellent example of the species with the argest crystal measuring about 8mm wide.


J248 - Spinel $ 125
Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm


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Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J248a.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J248b.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J248c.jpg]

Complete octahedral red Spinel crystal with good color. Some edge chipping but good overalll conditon and form. Rich gemmy areas within.


J245 - Spinel $ 125
Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.7 x 1.1 cm


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Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J245a.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J245b.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J245c.jpg]

Complete octahedral red Spinel crystal with good color. Damage at two tips, but overall very good with good luster and translucency. Gemmy areas within.


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


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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.


J591 - Manganite $ 160
Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
small cabinet - 8.0 x 5.0 x 2.8 cm


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Manganite from Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/J591a.jpg] Manganite from Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/J591b.jpg] Manganite from Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/J591c.jpg]

Sharp and lustrous Manganite crystals on almost 100% Manganite matrix. This is an example of the best Manganite from this locality. The crystals are very lustrous with some reaching about 7mm wide and without damage.


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


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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


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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.
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