Selected Specimens

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D150 - Gold $ 1500
Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.8 cm


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Gold from Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/d150a.jpg] Gold from Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/d150b.jpg] Gold from Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/d150c.jpg]

Exceptionally bright and colorful Gold specimen from the Eagle's Nest Mine, well known as the source for some of the world's finest quality Gold specimens. This specimen is good from both sides and features a variety of crystal forms. Weighs 7.29 grams.


D152 - Prehnite $ 1800
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
cabinet - 12.5 x 7.5 x 6 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152d.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152e.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152f.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152g.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d152h.jpg]

Large, catepillar-like formation of Prehnite crystals. A very interesting specimen for it's unique form, distinct crystals, and coloration (way better than photos - the camera didn't pick up the blue green color well). New finds at Merelani have produced Prehnites with a color I've not seen before, sort of a mixture of both green and blue. This specimen features both typical lemon yellow and the new blue/green colored crystals. While most Prehnites from other parts of the world occur as botryoidal masses or spheres, Merelani produces well formed, distinct crystals, and this specimen is loaded wtih them. It has double-terminated clusters to 5cm and individual crystals to 3cm. There is one small smooth area where it contacted a Calcite crystal, otherwise it's a floater covered by crystals on all sides, with little if any damage. One of the best, if not the best, Merelani Prehnite I've had. Minor Pyrite and Graphite in association.


D153 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 650
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d153a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d153b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d153c.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/d153d.jpg]

Glassy and transparent Tsavorite crystals (green Grossular) on a Graphite matrix. Good crystals are present on the front, top, and back sides of the specimen. Individual crystals reach 7mm.


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.


D156 - Heliodor $ 1500
Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine
small cabinet - 5.7 x 2 x 1.8 cm


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Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/d156a.jpg] Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/d156b.jpg] Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/d156c.jpg]

Exquisite gem Heliodor crystal with typical etching for the locality, though it retains alot of it's original hexagonal form. Good luster and all gem internally. Complete and undamaged with a naturally etched hollow area at the rear termination area. Weighs 30.73 grams.


D161 - Azurite $ 800
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 5 x 3.3 x 2 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d161a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d161b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d161c.jpg]

Undamaged floater crystal group with no points of contact - nothing but great crystals. The crystals have good luster and fantastic electric blue color. This specimen is from what was called the Watercourse Pocket. The main, central crystal has a little area of Malachite poking out one end. There has been plenty of Milpillas Azurite found, but I consider these watercours pocket floater specimens to be among the best for the mine.


D162 - Azurite $ 600
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d162a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d162b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d162c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d162d.jpg]

Floater crystal group of Azurite with no points of contact - nothing but great crystals. The crystals have good luster and fantastic electric blue color. This specimen is from what was called the Watercourse Pocket. There are some fibers of Malachite attached and a couple crystls show areas of alteration to Malachite. There si one tiny crystal that is damaged, likely due to the internal alteration to Malachite, otherwise the specimen is undamaged. There has been plenty of Milpillas Azurite found, but I consider these watercours pocket floater specimens to be among the best for the mine.


D163 - Azurite $ 800
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 4 x 3.3 x 2 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d163a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d163b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/d163c.jpg]

Undamaged floater crystal group with no points of contact - nothing but great crystals all around. The crystals have good luster and fantastic electric blue color. This specimen is from what was called the Watercourse Pocket. There has been plenty of Milpillas Azurite found, but I consider these watercours pocket floater specimens to be among the best for the mine.


D164 - Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite $ 2500
Tongbei, Fujian Province, China
cabinet - 14 x 9 x 7 cm


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Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164a.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164b.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164c.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164d.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164e.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164f.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164g.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz, Fluorite, Muscovite from Tongbei, Fujian Province, China [db_pics/pics/d164h.jpg]

Smokey Quartz, Muscovite, Spessartine crystals and even one transparent octahedron of Fluorite atop blocky white Microcline Feldspar crystals. Well balanced specimen with transparent Smokey Quartz crystals rising up in the rear central portion and a backdrop to Spessartine crystals atop a book of Muscovite. This was the best specimen of a lot I reviewed with Debbie Meng during the first years when these were being found, perhaps 20 years ago. There are a few partial Spessartines, which look more like natural corrosion than damage. otherwise all the crystals are perfect and undamaged.


D169 - Copper after Azurite $ 200
Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/d169a.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/d169b.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/d169c.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/d169d.jpg]

A floater cluster of Azurite that has been completely replaced by Copper. Complete on both sides with well defined, sharp edges. A remarkable and fantastic specimen.


D172 - Montebrasite $ 280
Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.9 x 0.9 cm


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Montebrasite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/d172a.jpg] Montebrasite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/d172b.jpg] Montebrasite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/d172c.jpg] Montebrasite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/d172d.jpg]

Splendid gem crystal of Montebrasite. Older specimen with good lustrous crystal faces all around, medium yellow color, and good transparency. Both sides shown. Undamaged.


D173 - Petalite $ 160
Momeik, Myanmar (Burma)
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm


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Petalite from Momeik, Myanmar (Burma) [db_pics/pics/d173a.jpg] Petalite from Momeik, Myanmar (Burma) [db_pics/pics/d173b.jpg] Petalite from Momeik, Myanmar (Burma) [db_pics/pics/d173c.jpg] Petalite from Momeik, Myanmar (Burma) [db_pics/pics/d173d.jpg]

Rare crystal of transparent, smokey colored Petalite. Terminated crystal with good front and side faces and contacting on the lower back face.


D174 - Malachite over Cuprite $ 350
Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.1 x 2 x 1.8 cm


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Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d174a.jpg] Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d174b.jpg] Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d174c.jpg]

Well formed crystal of Cuprite covered with a thin coating of Malachite on a small amount of Calcite matrix. The Cuprite in these specimens are often transparent and faceted into gemstones. These are classics and now hard to find. The main crystal shows good well defined edges and is 2cm wide. There is a partial crystal on the back, which I actually like because it offers a window into the bright red Cuprite interior but does not detract when viewed from the front.


D175 - Malachite over Cuprite $ 260
Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm


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Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d175a.jpg] Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d175b.jpg] Malachite over Cuprite from Ongonja, Seeis, Namibia [db_pics/pics/d175c.jpg]

Well formed crystal of Cuprite with a thin coating of Malachite. The Cuprite in these specimens are often transparent and faceted into gemstones. These are classics and now hard to find. The crystal shows good well defined edges and is almost completely covered by Malachite. there is a small chip on the back that gives a window into the bright red Cuprite interior but does not detract when viewed from the front.


D356 - Zircon $ 120
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 0.5 x 0.4 cm


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Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D356a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D356b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D356c.jpg]

Single gemmy Zircon crystal with a nice wine red to red brown coloration. Complete all around and undamaged except for some slight edge chipping. Smooth, flat crystal faces. Zircon crystals from this locality often have long thin surface grooves caused by another unidentified crystal. This crystal has such surface grooves, and it also has a crystal of the other mineral fully included inside it. A whitish colored crystal a full 1cm long can be seen running lengthwise in one side of the Zircon crystal.

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