Selected Specimens

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M888 - Ilvaite $ 180
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888c.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small area of Quartz in one termination face that has caused an indentation in the face. I'm not sure if it natural growth or damage as the Quartz itself is fully crystallized. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M906 - Chrysoberyl $ 225
Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906a.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906b.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906c.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906d.jpg]

Small sixling twin of Chrysoberyl. Although the top two are larger, all six 'legs' are present. Transluscent and undamaged.


M876 - Fluorite $ 125
Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 3.3 cm


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Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876a.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876b.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876c.jpg]

Intensely colored yellow cubic Fluorite crystal. Highly transparent.


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] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901.mp4]

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.


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.


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.


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] Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918.mp4]

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


M915 - Epidote on Sphene $ 600
Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915a.jpg] Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915c.jpg] Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915d.jpg] Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915e.jpg] Epidote on Sphene from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M915.mp4]

This is one heck of a nice thumbnail featuring a spray formation of green Epiodte attached tothe tip of a transparent Sphene crystal. Excellent aethetics and the spray is undamaged, specimen only has a bit of chipping along the base of the Sphene on one side. Really nice one!


M924 - Tourmaline $ 225
Aricanga Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 5.3 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm


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Tourmaline from Aricanga Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M924a.jpg] Tourmaline from Aricanga Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M924b.jpg] Tourmaline from Aricanga Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M924c.jpg] Tourmaline from Aricanga Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M924d.jpg]

Gemmy lavender colored Tourmaline with green zones and a green termination. Glassy and undamaged with natural etching. Weighs 5.47 grams.


D352 - Zircon $ 150
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.2 x 1 cm


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Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D352a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D352b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D352c.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D352d.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 on the termination with surface growth patterns on the prism faces, which is common with these crystals.


D353 - Zircon $ 150
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm


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Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D353a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D353b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D353c.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D353d.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D353e.jpg]

Single gemmy Zircon crystal with a nice wine red to red brown coloration. Complete all around and undamaged. Smooth, flat crystal faces on the termination with undulating surface growth patterns on the prism faces, which is common with these crystals. Good transparency!

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13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143

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