Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [SAPPHIRE2]
Corundum Var. Sapphire
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz from Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [TOURM7]
Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz
Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
Quartz var. Faden from Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan [QUARTZ16]
Quartz var. Faden
Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan
Opal var. Hyalite from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [OPAL14]
Opal var. Hyalite
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [AQUA8]
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE4]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania

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Danburite: Rough and Cut from Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/danburite2a.jpg] Danburite: Rough and Cut from Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/danburite2b.jpg] Danburite: Rough and Cut from Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/danburite2c.jpg]



DANBURITE2 - Danburite: Rough and Cut
$ 95.00 SOLD NET
Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
thumbnail - 3.4 x 2.1 x 1.5 cm

The Danburite crystal weighs 63.20 cts (12+ grams), the cut Octagonal stone weighs 5.79 carats. Danburite crystals are notoriously damaged, and finding a sizeable one with no dings and some clarity is remarkably difficult. Danburite has a hardness of 7 - 7.5, and has a higher refractory index than a diamond, so as a cut stone it is quite sparkly. It is a Calcium Borosilicate, and it is taken out of a zinc mine by enterprising Mexican miners. Lately production has been very poor, with primarily "lechosa," or "milky" crystals being found. The crystal is very transparent, and a 10 + carat stone could be cut from it. There is an extremely small chip on the back side of the termination, but is very hard to see. 




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Beryl var. Aquamarine from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua4a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua4b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/aqua4c.jpg]



AQUA4 - Beryl var. Aquamarine
$ 85.00 SOLD
Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4.5 x .8 x .6 cm

This is a cute crystal. It is in excellent condition, and is quite transparent. The color is indicative of Brazilian Aqua. (if you looked at thousands from Pakistan, Namibia, and Brazil you could easily tell the difference over time). For its size it has everything going for it. It weighs 17.65 carats/ 3.53 grams.




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Adamite var. Cuproadamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/cupro3a.jpg] Adamite var. Cuproadamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/cupro3b.jpg] Adamite var. Cuproadamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/cupro3c.jpg]



CUPRO3 - Adamite var. Cuproadamite
$ 175.00 SOLD
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
small cabinet - 9.2 x 3.5 2.5 cm

This long "fingerling," of Adamite was found during the 2008 mining season. The rare production occurred, following the drought in Mexico (fall of '08) that lowered the water level in the Ojuela Mine below the Adamite level for the first time in about 20 years. Cuproadamite, or copper-rich Adamite is far more rare than the more common yellow Adamite. This piece shows how the Adamite crystallized as part of a 'seam.' The crystals are a rich green and sparkly all the way around (including the back where it is black). It's an eye-catching specimen. 




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Danburite: Rough and Cut from Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/danburite1a.jpg] Danburite: Rough and Cut from Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/danburite1b.jpg]



DANBURITE1 - Danburite: Rough and Cut
$ 95.00 NET
Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
miniature - 3.2 x 2.6 x 1.7 cm

The Danburite crystal weighs 83 carats (16+grams) and the cut Danburite oval weighs 7.20 carats. Danburite crystals are notoriously damaged, and finding a sizeable one with no dings and some clarity is remarkably difficult. Danburite has a hardness of 7 - 7.5, and has a higher refractory index than a diamond, so as a cut stone it is quite sparkly. It is a Calcium Borosilicate, and it is taken out of a zinc mine by enterprising Mexican miners. Lately production has been very poor, with primarily "lechosa," or "milky" crystals being found. The entire chizel shaped termination is pristine. There is some side damage on the piece, but the clarity and intact termination makes up for that. I got the cut stone out of an old collection, it was facetted around 20 years ago. the price was right, so I'm passing it along. The two pics show the front and back of the crystal. 




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Mimetite from Hat Yai, Songkla, Thailand [db_pics/pics/mimetite2a.jpg] Mimetite from Hat Yai, Songkla, Thailand [db_pics/pics/mimetite2b.jpg] Mimetite from Hat Yai, Songkla, Thailand [db_pics/pics/mimetite2c.jpg]



MIMETITE2 - Mimetite
$ 36.00 SOLD
Hat Yai, Songkla, Thailand
thumbnail - 3.3 x 2.8 x 1.6

This is a very sparkly, gemmy example of Mimetite from an unusual location. Comes mounted on an acryllic 3/4 inch square.




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Tourmaline var. Elbaite on Clevelandite from Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm10a.jpg] Tourmaline var. Elbaite on Clevelandite from Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm10b.jpg] Tourmaline var. Elbaite on Clevelandite from Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm10c.jpg] Tourmaline var. Elbaite on Clevelandite from Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm10d.jpg]



TOURM10 - Tourmaline var. Elbaite on Clevelandite
$ 225.00 SOLD
Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 5 x 4.8 x 3 cm

This piece shows the classic composition of Tourmaline, with Lepidolite (purplish rosettes on the Tourmaline), and white Clevelandite. This trifecta of minerals is indicative of fine specimens mined at the Pederneira. The tourmaline is a rich Green color overall with sections showing a pink core. It has a bright surface, and is without dings. It has only a few spots of natural contact, where the tourmalines grew against something in the pocket that is now gone. 




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Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar2a.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar2b.jpg] Larimar aka Blue Pectolite from Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic [db_pics/pics/larimar2c.jpg]



LARIMAR2 - Larimar aka Blue Pectolite
$ 120.00 SOLD
Filipinas Larimar Mine, Los Checheses, Sierra de Barouco, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic
small cabinet - 8 x 3.8 x .8 cm

Larimar aka Blue Pectolite, is similar to petrified wood. It is only found in the Dominican Republic, and shares its distinctive color with the Caribean ocean. This piece is cutting rough quality, and a slab of this quality is not easily found on the market as many cabs could be cut from it, and made into jewelry. it weighs 43.4 grams. I like it as a specimen, it is not polished, it doesn't seem to need it since the color of this quality is so distinctive and attractive.




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Topaz with Hyaline Opal on Matrix from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/topaz2a.jpg] Topaz with Hyaline Opal on Matrix from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/topaz2b.jpg] Topaz with Hyaline Opal on Matrix from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/topaz2c.jpg] Topaz with Hyaline Opal on Matrix from San Luis Potosi, Mexico [db_pics/pics/topaz2d.jpg]



TOPAZ2 - Topaz with Hyaline Opal on Matrix
$ 95.00 SOLD
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
miniature - 3.4 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm

This is a cute miniature, showing Topaz on both sides of the matrix, with the Hyaline opal present on the primary crystal. I found this in our "unprepped," area of stock we purchased from Hawthorneden. This piece was part of a lot purchased in the 70's. This material has not been prevalent on the market for quite a long time. On the back side of the primary crystal, there is a very tiny ding that is invisible when displaying it normally.




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Malachite Pseudomorph after Azurite with Wulfenite from Whim Creek Copper Mine (Whim Creek Copper prospect; Whim Well Mine), Whim Creek, Roebourne Shire, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia [db_pics/pics/malachite2a.jpg] Malachite Pseudomorph after Azurite with Wulfenite from Whim Creek Copper Mine (Whim Creek Copper prospect; Whim Well Mine), Whim Creek, Roebourne Shire, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia [db_pics/pics/malachite2b.jpg] Malachite Pseudomorph after Azurite with Wulfenite from Whim Creek Copper Mine (Whim Creek Copper prospect; Whim Well Mine), Whim Creek, Roebourne Shire, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia [db_pics/pics/malachite2c.jpg]



MALACHITE2 - Malachite Pseudomorph after Azurite with Wulfenite
$ 165.00 SOLD
Whim Creek Copper Mine (Whim Creek Copper prospect; Whim Well Mine), Whim Creek, Roebourne Shire, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia
small cabinet - 6.0 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm

The market is familiar with Malachite pseudos from Tsumeb, Bizbee, and most recently from Millpillas, Mexico. This is the first I've ever seen from this location in Western Australia. It is uncommon to find on the market today. What I really like about it, are the little gemmy Wulfenite crystals "sprinkled," over the piece for good measure. It has a good lustre, and the original form of the Azurites are obvious. It is without any damage. 




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Fluorite from Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Ohio [db_pics/pics/fluorite4a.jpg] Fluorite from Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Ohio [db_pics/pics/fluorite4b.jpg]



FLUORITE4 - Fluorite
$ 175.00 SOLD
Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Ohio
small cabinet - 7.0 x 4.8 x 2.5 cm

This flashy piece showcases two different growths of Fluorite on matrix. The first is a golden brown layer of uniformly sized Fluorites. Then a secondary growth of bright purple-zoned Fluorite grew over the first. This unusual combination is noteworthy for the Auglaize quarry and hard to come by. Most of the Ohio Fluorites one sees are dark, or brown. Having bright purple in combination with the brown is a treat. It is in fine condition, without any visible damage.

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