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57 specimens found
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Cobaltoan Calcite (scalenohedral and hollow crystals)
stock #12.1-254
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss Massa Draa Region, Morocco
6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $850
Spring 2014

A really esthetic example from the great find of 2012 which was the best in nearly 20 years. This find had many average pieces but very few that were fine. These are now unavailable in this quality and condition. Great color and fine form, these scalenohedral crystals are in some cases hoppered or hollowed cavernous spikes in a radiating cluster. Some damage is noted mostly on the outer edges, but the central main display area is pristine.
Chrome Cerussite (with micro linarite and caledonite)
stock #A- 19-092
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi, China
5.4 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
Spring 2014

A nice small cabinet piece with well defined yellow ("chrome") Cerussites from finds before 2002 at Daoping. A nice addition is micro areas of Caledonite and Linarite. With magnification some linarite is seen included in the Cerussite. This mine is world famous for its Pyromorphites and a few other Lead secondary minerals, but it is much less known for its copper secondaries. This fine example combines both elements.
Elbaite (very unusual form)
stock # A7-253-263
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
California, United States
5.8 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1750
Spring 2014

A remarkably formed Elbaite "lollypop tourmaline" from early mining at the Himalaya (San Diego CA). Ex Larry White collection, this is said to be an illustrated/ published specimen in both a pen and ink drawing illustration and a black and white photo, but I do not know where this was published. If anyone knows I would love to find out. The piece is formed of 2 complete crystals that grew flat on a matrix (they are undamaged but the entire backside is a natural contact) to form an esthetic sculpture. The top crystal termination faces forward perched in notch atop a pink and green stalk. Resembling a stop sign or a lollypop this is clearly a very different arrangement! Good color with gemmy areas, nice luster and with a form that will stand out even in a crowded collection of tourmaline.
Elbaite (4-color polychrome gem crystals)
stock #13.1-216
Paprock, Konar
Nuristan, Afganistan
9.6 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $5600
Spring 2014

Super esthetic and fine display piece in great condition! A long (7.6 CM) gem clear shaft of tourmaline is composed of two parallel crystals well perched on the matrix. The matrix itself is a mix of tiny elbaites, lepidolite, quartz and albite crystals partially coated with a hard mica rich clay coating. This forms an excellent contrast to the colorful gem tourmaline. Amazingly there are no repairs on this delicate specimen, a very rare complete matrix example found a few years ago. The luster is top quality, brilliant, glass like and the color zoning is distinctive. Impressive and of a quality that is sure to appreciate.
Thaumasite (fine large gem crystals)
stock #A14-370
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
Northern Cape Province, South Africa
1.7 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $300
Spring 2014

Very fine, glass clear, sharp, undamaged Thaumasite with a light yellow green color and no visible point of contact. This is the much rarer calcium silicate related to ettringite that was only been found once in such perfect, large crystals. Far better than average sharpness and clarity for this find.
Apatite CaF
stock #13.1-162
Anemzi Village, Meknes-Tafilalet
High Atlas, Morocco
6.5 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $925
Spring 2014

From a new small find about 60KM from Imilchil this was my selection as the very best specimen. Fine, sharp "asperagus" Apatites scattered on contrasting pink feldspar crystals. Well prepped and trimmed esthetically, the large Apatite is 2.3CM standing and super gemmy. Nearly all Moroccan Apatites have easily noticable damage, cloudy areas or other "issues" This is not at all like that, and is unusual for the attractive matrix which very few examples have. We have a few other examples from this find in the 200-300$ range that are good, but this specimen is exceptional!
Spessartine on Quartz
stock #A7-055-623
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
2.8 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $125
Spring 2014

An especially bright, lustrous garnet sits on a small hill of quartz, tourmaline and feldspar. Bright red color with complex faces, this is an attractive and affordable gem crystal. The main garnet has some adhering quartz contacts but is otherwise in fine condition
Powellite (elongated crystal) with Quartz and Apophyllite
stock #13.1-137
Pandulena, Nashik District
Maharashtra, India
4 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
price: $360
Spring 2014

Sharp and very esthetic Powellite. The most sought after species from the Deccan Traps, the best Powellites all come from this general area in India, but good ones are still uncommon and often quite expensive. This is a super piece for the size and price. Neatly perched on a twisted arm of drusy quartz that also hosts a few bi-colored Apophyllites. The Powellite crystal is undamged with glassy luster and is very well formed. Distinct elongation on the C axis, the Powellite is 2 CM long.
57 specimens found
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