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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.


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.


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.


K243 - Tsavorite, Pyrite on Graphite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 9 x 5 x 2.5 cm


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Tsavorite, Pyrite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K243a.jpg] Tsavorite, Pyrite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K243b.jpg] Tsavorite, Pyrite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K243c.jpg] Tsavorite, Pyrite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K243d.jpg]

Bright, complex Pyrite crystals to 2cm with Tsavorite and Diopside crystals on a matrix of solid Graphite. Highly aesthetic, undamaged specimen.


K297 - Spessartine $ 750
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm


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Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K297a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K297b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K297c.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K297d.jpg]

Bright citrus orange Spessartine crystal, complete all around. Equant form with gem zones. There is some natural small surface pits, but no damage. This is a good one, with minimal black inclusions that negatively affect most of these. The intensity of color and gem zones are even more apparent with backlighting. These are no longer being found. Weighs 20.7 grams.


K313 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K313a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K313b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K313c.jpg]

Large, gemmy Tsavorite crystals on a matrix of solid Graphite. The Tsavorite have good color and transparency and reach 1cm in size. There is a bit of chipping which keeps the price much lower than it would otherwise be. Regardless, it displays well with good color and crystal size.


K321 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 275
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3 x 1.5 cm


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Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K321a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K321b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K321c.jpg]

Gemmy Tsavorite crystals on a matrix of solid Graphite. The Tsavorite have good color and transparency and reach 5mm in size. I found 1 small nick on one crystal, otherwise it's undamaged.


K298 - Spessartine $ 650
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm


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Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K298a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K298b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K298c.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K298d.jpg]

Bright citrus orange Spessartine crystal, complete all around. Equant form with gem zones. There is one minor edge chip and some natural small surface pits, but no significant damage. This is a good one, with minimal black inclusions that negatively affect most of these. The intensity of color and gem zones are even more apparent with backlighting. These are no longer being found. Weighs 26.8 grams.


K427 - Rhodolite gemstone $ 350
Tanzania
thumbnail - 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm


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Rhodolite gemstone from Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K427a.jpg] Rhodolite gemstone from Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K427b.jpg] Rhodolite gemstone from Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K427c.jpg] Rhodolite gemstone from Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K427e.jpg]

Well saturated red Rhodolite garnet gemstone weighing 4.14 carats. I bought this from gem dealer Rick Kennedy about 20 years ago for about $250.


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.


K718 - Tsavorite on Graphite $ 275
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1 x 1 cm


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Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K718a.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K718b.jpg] Tsavorite on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K718c.jpg]

High quality, glassy 1cm Tsavorite crystal with good color on a Graphite matrix. Undamaged crystal that is transparent. There are some shallow grooves on the surface caused by former Graphite crystals.


K733 - Tsavorite with Diopside $ 120 DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 60
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm


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Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K733a.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K733b.jpg] Tsavorite with Diopside from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K733c.jpg]

Cluster of translucent to transparent green Tsavorite crystals with Diopside. Slight chipping otherwise well crystallized all around with good luster and associated small Diopside crystals.


K774 - Tsavorite $ 750
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.6 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K774a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K774b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K774ca.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K774da.jpg]

Large single green Grossular var. Tsavorite with bevelled edges and high luster. Contacted at the bottom and all top faces undamaged.
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