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K894 - Spessartine $ 275
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm


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Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K894a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K894b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K894c.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K894d.jpg]

Complete single Spessartine crystal with great orange color. These are no longer being found or at least very seldomly found anymore. A great example with good color. There is an area of black inclusions, but the large amount of transparent gem zones in the rest of the crystal more than makes of for it. Minor edge wear and a contact where it grew against another crystal, but complete and in overall good condition.


K529 - Spessartine $ 375
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3.1 x 3.1 x 2.5 cm


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Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K529a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K529b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K529c.jpg]

Complete single Spessartine crystal with great orange color. These are no longer being found or at least very seldomly found anymore. A great example with good color. There are areas of black inclusions, but the large amount of transparent gem zones in the rest of the crystal more than makes of for it. Minor edge wear and a contact where it grew against another crystal, but complete and in overall good condition.


K390 - Spessartine $ 150
Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm


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Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K390a.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K390b.jpg] Spessartine from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K390c.jpg]

Complete single Spessartine crystal with great orange color. These are no longer being found or at least very seldomly found anymore. A great example with good color. There is an area of black inclusions, but the large amount of transparent gem zones in the rest of the crystal more than makes of for it. Minor edge wear and a bit of dammage to one face, but complete and in overall good condition.


M791 - Tsavorite $ 125
Merelani Hills, ARusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.5 x 1 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, ARusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M791a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, ARusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M791b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, ARusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M791c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, ARusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M791d.jpg]

Single Tsavorite crystal with good glassy luster a bright green coloration.


D574 - Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite $ 475
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D574a.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D574b.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D574c.jpg] Tsavorite, Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D574d.jpg]

Crystals of Tsavorite and Diopside on Graphite. The crystals formed in a vug on massive Graphite with crystals of Graphite present lining the vug. The main Tsavorite is about 7mm and highly gemmy. Tsavorite is a chrome and vanadium rich variety of Grossular from East Africa and is one of the most valuable types of garnet found anywhere. This specimen was found at the Merelani Tanzanite mines and a fine example of some of minerals found at this locality.


CT419 - Spessartine $ 500
Marienfluss, Kunene Region, Namibia
thumbnail - 1.2 x 1 x 1 cm


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Spessartine from Marienfluss, Kunene Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT419a.jpg] Spessartine from Marienfluss, Kunene Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT419c.jpg] Spessartine from Marienfluss, Kunene Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT419d.jpg]

Single Spessartine from 1990s finds at Marienfluss, located near the border with Angola. The color is an amazing vidid citrus orange. These form tightly in a Biotite schist, and this one has a few indentations on the backside, but overall it's in great comdion and complete all around. These were never abundant and now even harder to find.


D555 - Tsavorite $ 120
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1 x 0.7 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D555a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D555b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D555c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D555d.jpg]

Gemmy single Tsavorite (Grossular) crystal with Graphite. Excellent color and undamaged.


D580 - Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3.3 x 2.4 cm


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Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580a.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580b.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580d.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580e.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580f.jpg]

Classic Merelani combination of elongated Tsavorite (Grossular) crystals, white Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite and well formed Graphite crystals. Excellent display and study piece for the locality.


LL110 - Spessartine on Schorl $ 750
Little 3 Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA
miniature - 4 x 3 x 2 cm


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Spessartine on Schorl from Little 3 Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL110a.jpg] Spessartine on Schorl from Little 3 Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL110c.jpg] Spessartine on Schorl from Little 3 Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL110d.jpg]

Citrus orange 9mm Spessartine with Albite attached to a segment of black Tourmaline. A hard to find California classic.


LL252 - Almandine $ 75
Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252a.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252b.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252c.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252d.jpg]

A 1.5cm red Almandine crystal in Rhyolite.


LL541 - Almandine $ 600
Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 2.2 cm


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Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL541a.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL541b.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL541c.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL541d.jpg]

Large 1.8cm Almandine crystal on pink Rhyolite. An especially good example for this occurrence, probably the best I've seen. Undamaged.


LL451 - Almandine $ 240
Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL451a.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL451b.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL451d.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL451e.jpg]

Large 1.8cm Almandine crystal on pink Rhyolite. An especially good example for this occurrence. Undamaged though backside is rough from contact with the matrix.


LL468 - Grossular $ 80
Vilyui River Basin, Mirninsky District, Yakutia, Russia
miniature - 3.4 x 3 x 1.8 cm


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Grossular from Vilyui River Basin, Mirninsky District, Yakutia, Russia [db_pics/pics/LL468a.jpg] Grossular from Vilyui River Basin, Mirninsky District, Yakutia, Russia [db_pics/pics/LL468b.jpg] Grossular from Vilyui River Basin, Mirninsky District, Yakutia, Russia [db_pics/pics/LL468c.jpg] Grossular from Vilyui River Basin, Mirninsky District, Yakutia, Russia [db_pics/pics/LL468d.jpg]

Glassy and lustrous cluster of Grossular crystals. The top crystals have an odd, intergrown form. It's mostly a translucent gold color with some areas that are whitish/green and opaque. From the type locality for the species.


LL1100 - Morganite, Schorl, Spessartine $ 750
Little 3 Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm


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Morganite, Schorl, Spessartine from Little 3 Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL1100a.jpg] Morganite, Schorl, Spessartine from Little 3 Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL1100b.jpg] Morganite, Schorl, Spessartine from Little 3 Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL1100c.jpg]

A mound of white Albite crystals hosting a 3cm elongated Morganite crystal, a thick 3.5cm Schorl, and an 8mm Spessartine. The Spessartine grew between two crystals and has a couple flat sides, but it is gemmy with that famous citrus orange color. The Morganite has been reattached to the matrix. A classic combination specimen for this mine. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL841 - Grossular $ 500
Sierra de Cruces, Sierra Mojada Municipality, Coahuila, Mexico
small cabinet - 6.2 x 6 x 4.5 cm


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Grossular from Sierra de Cruces, Sierra Mojada Municipality, Coahuila, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL841a.jpg] Grossular from Sierra de Cruces, Sierra Mojada Municipality, Coahuila, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL841b.jpg] Grossular from Sierra de Cruces, Sierra Mojada Municipality, Coahuila, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL841c.jpg] Grossular from Sierra de Cruces, Sierra Mojada Municipality, Coahuila, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL841d.jpg]

Large single Grossular crystal with textbook form and good size for the locality (once known as 'Lake Jaco'). It's complete all around (with a contact indentation on the bottom where it was attached to another crystal) with good luster and is translucent with small gemmy areas. These classic large Grossulars were found in the 1960s.

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