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This page gathers together the specimens that, because of their quality, rarity or interesting locality,
we wish to maintain on our web site as reference specimens although they have been sold.

Pakistan - Afghanistan


Epidote
Epidote. Front
Front
Epidote. Rear
Rear

EB7S9: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2011. A floater crystal of green pistachio color, with very simple forms but with a very uncommon habit, the predominance of a very well developed frontal pinacoid that results in the crystal being really smooth.
Raywoo Mine, Quetta, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2011)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 6.4 × 2.7 cm = 2.5” × 2.5” × 1.1”

Epidote

EC47S9: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2011. A floater crystal of green pistachio color, with very simple forms but with a very uncommon habit, the predominance of a very well developed frontal pinacoid that results in the crystal being really smooth.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 29 in number 2011/2
Raywoo Mine, Quetta, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2011)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 6.9 × 4.6 cm = 2.8” × 2.7” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.3”

Epidote. Front
Front
Epidote. Rear
Rear
Anatase with Albite
Anatase with Albite.
Anatase with Albite.

EM17K1: Very acute dipyramidal crystals, two of them dominant, with excellent luster and a considerable transparency. They are brown, an unusual color for the species, and are on a matrix of small crystals of Albite.
Pashine, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2006)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3 × 2.3 cm = 2.3” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Anatase with Albite and Quartz

EP68K1: Parallel growth of four dipyramidal crystals with flat pinacoidal terminations. The crystal is black with bluish reflections. It is on a matrix of Quartz and Albite.

Pashine, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2006)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 2.2” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Anatase with Albite and Quartz.
Anatase with Albite and Quartz.
Bastnδsite-(Ce) on Calcite
Bastnδsite-(Ce) on Calcite. Front
Front
Bastnδsite-(Ce) on Calcite. Top
Top

EF27G1: An excellent miniature of this rare species. Crystal is tabular, of very intense color, good clarity and is very aerial on its matrix.
Zagi Mountain, Kafoor Dheri  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.3 × 1.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Doubly terminated Bastnδsite-(Ce)

TL39H3: A jewel for an expert. Floater prismatic, doubly terminated crystal with very well defined flat faces of the pinacoid and the triangular faces of the dypyramid. Crystal is very transparent as the picture shows and has a magnificent tanned honey color.
Zagi Mountain, Kafoor Dheri  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 2 × 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Doubly terminated Bastnδsite-(Ce). Front
Front
Doubly terminated Bastnδsite-(Ce). Top
Top
Smoky Quartz with Astrophyllite, Aegirine and Bastnδsite-(Ce)
Smoky Quartz with Astrophyllite, Aegirine and Bastnδsite-(Ce). Smoky Quartz with Astrophyllite, Aegirine and Bastnδsite-(Ce).
Smoky Quartz with Astrophyllite, Aegirine and Bastnδsite-(Ce). Smoky Quartz with Astrophyllite, Aegirine and Bastnδsite-(Ce).

TN54Q7: A complete crystal of Quartz with multiple lower terminations and inclusions of acicular crystals of Astrophyllite plus fine isolated and grouped crystals of Aegirine. A sharp translucent tabular crystal of Bastnδsite-(Ce) is esthetically positioned on the Quartz.
Zagi Mountain, Kafoor Dheri  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 12.3 × 10.8 × 7.8 cm = 4.8” × 4.3” × 3.1”

Main crystal size: 9.2 × 8 cm = 3.6” × 3.1”

Doubly terminated Diopside

EB96G3: A prismatic crystal, doubly terminated, transparent and of a good color. It crosses through a thin matrix of Quartz. Certainly original.
Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan  Pakistan (04/2005)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.1 × 4.6 cm = 1.9” × 0.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.8” × 0.3”

Doubly terminated Diopside. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Diopside. Side
Side
Diopside with Calcite
Diopside with Calcite.
Diopside with Calcite. Diopside with Calcite.

TL96X7: Parallel growths, with a very pronounced curvature, of crystals showing very well defined faces and edges and perfect terminations. The crystals are translucent, very bright and have a very deep green color. They are on matrix, with transparent Calcite and white small Albite . It is really a nice and special miniature.
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu  Pakistan

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.7 × 3.2 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Epidote with Diopside and Albite

TT76H3: An elegant growth of prismatic, transparent crystals of Epidote on a dense group of Diopside crystals enhanced by white Albite crystallizations.
This specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 522 in the volume 37, number 6
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.7” × 1.7” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Epidote with Diopside and Albite.
Epidote with Diopside and Albite.
Diopside with Quartz
Diopside with Quartz. Front
Front
Diopside with Quartz. Side
Side

EY47W7: Aggregate on matrix of crystals with very well defined faces and edges and perfect terminations. They are translucent, very bright and have a deep and uniform green color.
Apo Ali Gun, Braldu Valley, Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan  Pakistan (2010)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 5.3 × 3.7 cm = 3.1” × 2.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Schorl

TF63J3: Curious prismatic crystal, naturally broken and rehealed in several places, with numerous curvatures and crystalline fibrous shaped sutures. The quarry from which the sample came is not well known and, probably it has been recently opened.
Chhappu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2006)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 1.2 × 1.5 cm = 3.0” × 0.5” × 0.6”

Schorl. Front
Front
Schorl. Side
Side
Quartz
Quartz.

TP26F0: Exsolution? Interrupted growth? There is some doubt about how this beautiful, floater Quartz formed. It has irregular crystalline forms with some flat faces, especially the rhombohedra near the tips. Very unusual.
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan  Pakistan (06/2003)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 2.8 × 3 cm = 2.8” × 1.1” × 1.2”

Ilmenite

TL26: Luster and attractive form, this Ilmenite looks much more esthetic than other specimens of this species. Plus the minor white Albite makes a nice contrast.
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan  Pakistan

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 2 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Ilmenite.
Herderite with Albite
Herderite with Albite. Front
Front
Herderite with Albite. Side
Side

MF27K6: One of the novelties of Munich this year. Crystals are dipyramidal, have very well defined faces and edges, a considerable size, an attractive yellowish color, an excellent luster and are partially covered by a matrix of small Albite crystals.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2007 Munich Show in the magazine ‘Le Rθgne Minιral’ number 78, page 37.
Sassi, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Baltistan  Pakistan (08/2007)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.1 × 3.7 cm = 2.5” × 1.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 2.4 cm = 1.4” × 0.9”

Intense fluorescence long & short UV

Titanite

EM13N8: Several crystals, one of them clearly dominant, and showing the typical Titanite twinning. They are on matrix, and have excellent luster and a nice green color.
Yuno, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (±2007)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.2 × 2.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Titanite.
Titanite on Calcite
Titanite on Calcite.
Titanite on Calcite.

VM47G0: Group of flat crystals, with an excellent rich green color and intense brilliance on a matrix of Calcite crystals.
Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Baltistan  Pakistan

Specimen size: 7 × 4.4 × 4.3 cm = 2.8” × 1.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.7”

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Chromium-rich Diopside

TB91: A doubly terminated (although the terminations are not that sharp) powerful Diopside chromium rich. Great color and luster, a floater and complete on all sides.
Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (02/2001)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 2 cm = 2.7” × 0.8”

Chromium-rich Diopside. Front
Front
Chromium-rich Diopside. Top
Top
Zircon with Calcite and Mica
Zircon with Calcite and Mica.

MF36K4: A novelty from Munich 2007. Excellent miniature with two dipyramidal crystals of very well defined faces and edges and great color, transparency and luster. On Calcite matrix with small crystals of Mica.
Astor valley, Astor District, Gilgit-Baltistan  Pakistan (2007)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.9 × 1.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.7” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Ferro-actinolite

TM46G0: Two prismatic crystals with a very good definition of forms, in which the terminal faces have a good development, a very unusual feature. At the same time the crystals are aerial, standing out on the matrix.
Astor valley, Astor District, Gilgit-Baltistan  Pakistan (2000)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.3 × 4.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.3” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 2 cm = 1.5” × 0.8”

Ferro-actinolite.
Doubly terminated faden Quartz with Chlorite inclusions
Doubly terminated faden Quartz with Chlorite inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated faden Quartz with Chlorite inclusions. Rear
Rear

EL96X0: Very sharp flattened parallel growth of quartz crystals that are transparent, very bright and with a neatly visible "faden" growth that crosses it tip to tip. With minor green inclusions, probably of Chlorite.
Dara Ismael Khan, South Waziristan  Pakistan

Specimen size: 11.6 × 3.4 × 2.4 cm = 4.6” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard. Number 12935-2
Forsterite (Peridot)

TH16H3: The crystal has a good degree of transparency and an excellent color. Faces and edges are more sharp than usual for the samples from the locality. Its position on a little matrix enhances the esthetic effect.
Suppat, Manshera, Kohistan  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.7 × 2.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.6 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Forsterite (Peridot).
Hambergite with Albite
Hambergite with Albite. Hambergite with Albite.
Hambergite with Albite.

TM89AD5: Single and very aerial crystal of this very uncommon borate. It has very well defined faces and edges and is colorless, translucent and bright and it is on matrix. A Hambergite of exceptional quality.
Chamachu, Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (12/2015)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.2 × 2 cm = 2.7” × 2.0” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.2”

Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz

TT96H9: Octahedral crystal of very well defined faces and edges of deep green color. We specially note the esthetic position of the crystal on the Quartz matrix.
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4 × 3.8 cm = 2.1” × 1.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.4 cm = 1.3” × 1.3”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Muscovite
Fluorite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Muscovite. Side
Side

MD99K6: One of the novelties of Munich this year. A group of octahedral crystal of sharp faces and edges, of deep pink color and on a Muscovite matrix.
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (09-10/2007)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.3 × 3.3 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Zoned fluorescence short UV

Fluorite with Muscovite

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MB29N6: Cuboctahedral crystal with polycrystalline growths on its faces. It has an abundant variety of internal colors and a residual matrix of Muscovite.
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2008)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 6.5 × 6 cm = 2.6” × 2.6” × 2.4”

Fluorite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Muscovite. Side
Side
Beryllonite
Beryllonite. Front
Front
Beryllonite. Side
Side

EP69M8: Parallel aggregate of doubly terminated crystals, translucent and white. Excellent sample of this rare species.
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2008)

Specimen size: 7 × 4 × 2.6 cm = 2.8” × 1.6” × 1.0”

Fluorescent short UV

Grossular with Calcite

NB11F7: The crystals of Grossular have not developed completely, but their brilliance and definition are very attractive and the contrast with the white Calcite gives the whole thing a neat esthetic look.
Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan  Pakistan (1997)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.9 × 3.7 cm = 2.1” × 1.9” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”

Grossular with Calcite.
Brucite
Brucite.

NM47AE9: Botryoidal aggregates, on matrix, with some quite well defined (more than usual for the species) crystal faces and edges. Besides the good luster we note the special quality and intensity of the color, a uniform lemon yellow. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2016)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.2 × 1.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 0.6”

Brucite

MJ77AC6: A novelty at Munich 2015. Botryoidal aggregates, on matrix, of Brucite whose crystals are very well defined for the species. They are bright and have a color between yellow and white depending on the zones. With the Brucite, there are small white crystals that are either Hydromagnesite or Dypingite. When we have the definitive analyses we’ll notify the buyer.
This specimen was published in the magazine "Lapis" number 10/2016, page 9
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (08/2015)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 6.5 × 3.9 cm = 3.2” × 2.6” × 1.5”

Brucite. Brucite.
Brucite
Brucite. Brucite.

MC68AC6: A novelty at Munich 2015. Botryoidal aggregates, on matrix, of Brucite whose crystals are very well defined for the species. They are bright and have a color between yellow and white depending on the zones. With the Brucite, there are small white crystals that are either Hydromagnesite or Dypingite. When we have the definitive analyses we’ll notify the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a 2015 Munich new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 105 in the volume 47, number 1
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (08/2015)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 7 × 2.9 cm = 3.8” × 2.8” × 1.1”

Beryl (variety morganite) with Quartz

MM37M0: Really nice Morganite crystal with a considerable size. Some of side faces are partially peppered and covered by small Quartz crystals. Exceptional color especially notable when you contrast the specimen with a white background. A museum specimen.
Mawi pegmatite, Laghman, Nuristan  Afghanistan (±1990)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 8 × 4 cm = 4.1” × 3.1” × 1.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Beryl (variety morganite) with Quartz. Front
Front
Beryl (variety morganite) with Quartz. Top
Top
Pollucite with Albite
Pollucite with Albite. Pollucite with Albite.

EZ92Y6: Single crystal with very well defined faces and edges of the trapezohedron and the dodecahedron. It is unusually transparent and on a matrix of crystallized Albite. A magnificent sample of a species difficult to obtain in crystals of such high quality.
Konar Province (Kunar)  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.5 × 2.3 cm = 2.3” × 1.8” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 3.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Albite minor fluorescence short UV
Pollucite with Albite and Elbaite

EP73T8: An individual crystal of Pollucite of exceptional size, dodecahedral, with very well defined faces and edges, on an Albite matrix with small yellowish green crystals of Elbaite. A sample worthy of any great collection.
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 11.3 × 9 × 9.5 cm = 4.4” × 3.5” × 3.7”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Pollucite with Albite and Elbaite. Front
Front
Pollucite with Albite and Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Afghanite
Afghanite.

TM68D8: We waited a while before offering Afghanites on our web site. Ones we have seen before were either two expensive, not very esthetic, or a pale color. Finally we were able to locate the examples we were looking for: very esthetic, aerial crystals, intensely colored, perfect, and not too highly priced. A definitive sample, with a large main crystal standing well out from the matrix and accompanied by another small crystal. It all stands out well from the white Calcite matrix.
Sar-e Sang, Koksha, Khash  Afghanistan (2001)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.3 × 2.5 cm = 1.6” × 0.9” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.4”

Spodumene (Kunzite) doubly terminated

ME37E9: A prismatic crystal that is a neat pink color, doubly-terminated, a floater, with a complex upper termination that has a rough look due to the recrystallization, and the bottom end has inclined faces. It is very clearly a twin on a plane that is parallel to the front face. There is also some associated Schorl. Really cute.
Konar Province (Kunar)  Afghanistan (2003)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.6 × 2.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Fluorescent long UV

Spodumene (Kunzite) doubly terminated. Front
Front
Spodumene (Kunzite) doubly terminated. Top
Top
Spodumene (Kunzite) doubly terminated. Bottom
Bottom
Spodumene with Fluorapatite
Spodumene with Fluorapatite. Front
Front
Spodumene with Fluorapatite. Side
Side
Spodumene with Fluorapatite.

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TR90E4: Two parallel crystal of Spodumene, which are floaters, doubly terminated, have good transparency, are of an unusual greenish yellow color, and have a particular feature: they are associated with and partially covered by small crystals of Fluorapatite, which has good color itself. The upper tips of the Spodumenes are very well defined.
Konar Province (Kunar)  Afghanistan (2003)

Specimen size: 12.2 × 3.2 × 2.9 cm = 4.8” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Fluorapatite fluorescent long UV
Spodumene fluorescent short UV
Spodumene (variety kunzite) with Albite and Elbaite

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MB92W5: Isolated crystal of Spodumene (Kunzite variety), on Albite matrix. The faces and edges of the prism are very well defined and the termination of the crystal is typically polycrystalline and rough. The Kunzite is very bright and shows an especially dense and uniform color. We note that samples of Spodumene on matrix are quite unusual.
Konar Province (Kunar)  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 12.9 × 9.3 × 7.5 cm = 5.1” × 3.7” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 8 × 6 cm = 3.1” × 2.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Spodumene (variety kunzite) with Albite and Elbaite. Front
Front
Spodumene (variety kunzite) with Albite and Elbaite. Side
Side
Spodumene (variety kunzite) with Albite and Elbaite. Top
Top
Spodumene (variety kunzite)
Spodumene (variety kunzite). Front
Front
Spodumene (variety kunzite). Rear
Rear

LB10F6: The crystal has excellent color, is quite transparent and has very well- defined faces. A small area in the center where there was a contact does not detract from the attractiveness of this quite large specimen.
From the David Lucas collection (no. 218) and it comes with his label.
Nooristan  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 10.2 × 3.8 × 1.5 cm = 4.0” × 1.5” × 0.6”

Intense fluorescence long & short UV

Spodumene with Quartz and Albite

MD16L7: Doubly terminated Spodumene crystal with very sharp faces that is not so common for the species. Transparency and color are excellent. The matrix with Quartz and Albite makes an attractive display specimen.
Mawi pegmatite, Laghman, Nuristan  Afghanistan (±1990)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 4 × 3.5 cm = 4.2” × 1.6” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 10.7 × 4 cm = 4.2” × 1.6”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Spodumene with Quartz and Albite. Front
Front
Spodumene with Quartz and Albite. Rear
Rear
Spodumene with Quartz and Albite. Side
Side
Corundum (variety ruby)
Corundum (variety ruby). Front
Front
Corundum (variety ruby). Side
Side
Corundum (variety ruby). Side
Side

TP56Z7: Aggregate of crystals with very well defined faces and edges and their pinacoidal termination is very well developed. They are between translucent and transparent, and have a very vivid, intense and uniform color.
Jagdalek Mine, Surobi, Kabul  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 1.5 × 0.8 × 1.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.3” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Corundum with Calcite

EH49W7: Sharp thick tabular spinel-twinned crystal. It is uniformly translucent, with an intense and uniform red color and it is on a Calcite matrix.
Jagdalek Mine, Surobi, Kabul  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.4 × 2 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Corundum with Calcite. Front
Front
Corundum with Calcite. Top
Top
Schorl with Mica
Schorl with Mica.
Schorl with Mica.

ED68F4: Attractive group of numerous, very brilliant crystals that have sharply defined faces on their terminations. These are supported by a matrix of Muscovite and Limonite concretions. It is a floater specimen.
Konar Province (Kunar)  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.7 × 5.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.2” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Winchite

EQ87R3: Translucent bright individual crystal of very sharp crystalline forms and a very considerable size. This species, in the subclass of the inosilicates, is rare, especially in crystals of this size and quality.
Kokscha, Kokscha Valley, Badakhshan  Afghanistan (±2004)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3.1 × 1.8 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Winchite. Front
Front
Winchite. Side
Side
Sodalite (variety hackmanite) with Winchite
Sodalite (variety hackmanite) with Winchite. Front
Front
Sodalite (variety hackmanite) with Winchite. Top
Top

TH97E1: This is an excellent Hackmanite (a variety of Sodalite) with large crystal size, well defined, and magnificent color. It is also well positioned on the Matrix of Winchite, which gives great contrast. As is usual the fluorescence is great. It is a floater.
Kokscha Valley, Badakhshan  Afghanistan (2001)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.9 × 3.8 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Marialite-Meionite (Scapolite Group)

DR59I1: The gemmy quality of this miniature is surprising, both for its transparency and its esthetic color. We also note the definition of faces and edges of the prismatic crystal.
Badakhshan  Afghanistan (2004)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Marialite-Meionite (Scapolite Group).

Brookite

Brookite with Quartz
Brookite with Quartz.

ED98J7: Miniature of excellent quality and very esthetic. It is a parallel growth of three flat prismatic crystals on Quartz matrix. The crystals are very sharp, with a perfect definition of their faces and edges and are bright and translucent.
Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.9 × 1.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.4 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Brookite with Quartz and Albite

MA78E9: A crystal that stands upright on the matrix of Albite and Quartz. It is laminar, has good color and has well-defined edges.
Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2004)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.5 × 5 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Brookite with Quartz and Albite. Brookite with Quartz and Albite.
Brookite on Quartz
Brookite on Quartz. Front
Front
Brookite on Quartz. Rear
Rear
Brookite on Quartz. Top
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EM83G4: A piece for a high quality collection. The parallel growth of flat, very big, Brookite crystals, gives the sensation of a unique crystal, of bigger size. The matrix is a group of Quartz crystals, the dominant one doubly terminated.
Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (05/2005)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3 × 3.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.2” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”


Elbaite (Tourmaline)

Elbaite with Quartz

TH26F2: Over the length of the prism and perpendicular to it you can see a range of different zones of green. The crystal, which is perfectly terminated by three faces of a rhombohedron, is well placed on the Quartz matrix.
Konar Province (Kunar)  Afghanistan (2003)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.2”

Elbaite with Quartz.
Doubly terminated Elbaite with Quartz
Doubly terminated Elbaite with Quartz.

TR56I7: A curious prismatic crystal on matrix. It has a slight bend made when it was growing. The zone of torsion coincides with the change of color from green to red. The crystal is doubly terminated but one of the terminations, pinacoidal, is smooth while the other one is not so clear.
Pech, Nooristan  Afghanistan (2005)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.6 × 1.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 0.6”

Elbaite

MR67M5: A novelty from the Munich Show 2008. Out of the velvety terminations of these remarkable Elbaite crystals rise three transparent light green "walls," very much resembling the Mercedes emblem when you look down the length of the crystal. The trigonal symmetry of Tourmaline is evident in this rare display of crystal capriciousness.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘what’s new at Munich 2008’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 13 of number 1/2009.
Chamachu, Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Baltistan  Pakistan (09/2008)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.9” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. Top
Top
Elbaite with Albite (variety cleavelandite)
Elbaite with Albite (variety cleavelandite). Front
Front
Elbaite with Albite (variety cleavelandite). Top
Top

MZ47AA8: Very well defined crystals, translucent, bright, with transparent terminations, with a very well defined color zoning and on a matrix of white laminar Albite (cleavelandite variety) crystals.
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Baltistan  Pakistan (05/2014)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.6 × 4.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.5” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Elbaite with Lepidolite

TC16H8: The prismatic crystals, very transparent and of an attractive green color, have their terminations hidden by the crystals of the matrix of Lepidolite, which is very well defined and of a nice color, between pink and mauve.
Nooristan  Afghanistan (2005)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.8 × 2.9 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.2”

Elbaite with Lepidolite.
Elbaite with Lepidolite (Series)
Elbaite with Lepidolite (Series). Front
Front
Elbaite with Lepidolite (Series). Rear
Rear

ET96AD8: Radial aggregates of translucent Elbaite crystals. They have a silky luster and pale green color and are on matrix, with white laminar crystals of an indeterminate mica of the Lepidolite series.
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Elbaite (Tourmaline) with Albite

T89NY: Bi-colored Elbaite with Albite. A lovely apple green color in this red-green bi-colored Elbaite. With a small Albite rosette on the top, making it an even more beautiful specimen.
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province  Afghanistan (09/00)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.2 cm = 2.4” × 1.3”

Elbaite (Tourmaline) with Albite.
Elbaite (Tourmaline)
Elbaite (Tourmaline).

TH2635: Good size, the tip of the crystal is very gemmy and the best delicate green tone. Recrystallized on the base. A superb specimen!
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province  Afghanistan (2002)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 1.5 × 0.9 cm = 3.3” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Elbaite (variety rubellite)

TD16F3: A large prismatic crystal, very gemmy, and with a good mix of especially attractive red tones that show very noticeable zoning. The very sharp rhombohedral faces of the tip show intense brilliance and are especially gemmy. The base is recrystallized. Really esthetic.
Pech, Nooristan  Afghanistan (2004)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 3.3” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Elbaite (variety rubellite). Front
Front
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Top
Top
Doubly terminated Elbaite
Doubly terminated Elbaite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Elbaite. Side
Side
Doubly terminated Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Elbaite. Top
Top

MF46AA8: Floater crystal with a considerable length, doubly terminated, with parallel growths in one termination, transparent and showing very well defined color zoning with dominant green, pink and yellowish areas. Near one of the ends there is a small Quartz crystal.
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province  Afghanistan (05/2014)

Specimen size: 15 × 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 5.9” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Doubly terminated Elbaite (variety indicolite)

EC99G5: Prismatic crystal is terminated with the three faces, very sharp, of the rhombohedron. Blue color and excellent transparency, which is adequately shown by the picture.
Pech, Nooristan  Afghanistan (2004)

Specimen size: 6 × 1 × 0.9 cm = 2.4” × 0.4” × 0.4”

Doubly terminated Elbaite (variety indicolite). Front
Front
Doubly terminated Elbaite (variety indicolite). Rear
Rear

Beryl (Aquamarine)

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Top
Top

TB96J8: Prismatic crystal of excellent color and very transparent which is terminated with the faces of the pyramid and the pinacoid. On an Albite matrix.
Yuno, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2006)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.5 × 2.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.0” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.8” × 0.4”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with feldspar and Schorl

ER47K1: Crystal formed by the hexagonal prism and the terminal faces of two pyramids and a very small pinacoidal face. Transparency and luster are magnificent and the sample is very esthetic due to its included small crystals of Schorl and to the Albite matrix.
Yuno, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (03/2007)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.6 × 3.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 1.1 cm = 1.6” × 0.4”

Feldspar low fluorescence long & short UV
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with feldspar and Schorl. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with feldspar and Schorl. Top
Top
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Rear
Rear

MR96N4: Floater group of doubly terminated crystals of good color, transparency and luster, with growth deformations marked by fibrous zones.
Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan  Pakistan (2008)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.8 × 1.2 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 0.5”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Feldspar, Mica and Schorl

MK99AE7: Very aerial Beryl (aquamarine variety) with very well defined faces and edges and excellent terminal pinacoid and pyramid faces. It is very clear, bright, has a uniform greenish-blue color and on an Albite matrix with Schorl and Muscovite crystals.
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.4 × 4.8 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 1.5 cm = 1.5” × 0.6”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Feldspar, Mica and Schorl. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Feldspar, Mica and Schorl. Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Feldspar, Mica and Schorl. Top
Top
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Muscovite
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Muscovite. Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Muscovite. Top
Top

MV90L1: Doubly terminated crystal incredibly transparent and clear, without noticeable inclusions. No internal fractures that could cast a shadow over transparency. Upper pinacoidal termination is totally clear and transparent. The bottom termination forms a well defined face, but translucent. On an Albite matrix with laminar Muscovite crystals. Very elegant.
Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan  Pakistan (2007)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 2.6” × 0.5” × 0.3”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl and Albite

MG92S3: Doubly terminated crystal of Beryl (Aquamarine) with parallel growths and completely transparent areas. It has excellent luster and color, clear and uniform between sky blue and green, on matrix of Albite with associated crystals of Schorl.
Yuno, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2004)

Specimen size: 10.1 × 2.7 × 2.4 cm = 4.0” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 10.1 × 1.5 cm = 4.0” × 0.6”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl and Albite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl and Albite. Top
Top
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl and Albite. Bottom
Bottom

Clinozoisite

The difference between Epidote and Clinozoisite is their chemical composition (more Aluminum in Clinozoisite, more Iron in Epidote) and no other difference (i.e. color, shape or even x-ray tests) will allow you to identify them. Only a detailed quantitative chemical analysis will allow you to separate them. Plus, it is necessary to analyze specimens from each pocket found to see if it contained Clinozoisite or Epidote.

Based on our analyses these are Clinozoisites and they are excellent, very gemmy, with a nice color, and sharp edges.

Clinozoisite with Calcite
Clinozoisite with Calcite. Front
Front
Clinozoisite with Calcite. Rear
Rear

MB67L1: Parallel growth of two crystals with multiple and transparent terminations, with a very deep green color. On the Clinozoisite crystals we can see small white Calcite crystals. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu  Pakistan (2007)

Specimen size: 11 × 1.8 × 0.8 cm = 4.3” × 0.7” × 0.3”

With a copy of its analysis.

Clinozoisite

TJ58D1: Bottom recrystallized.
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu  Pakistan (09/2002)

Specimen size: 7 × 2.3 × 1.2 cm = 2.8” × 0.9” × 0.5”

Clinozoisite.
Clinozoisite with Calcite and Byssolite
Clinozoisite with Calcite and Byssolite. Front
Front
Clinozoisite with Calcite and Byssolite. Top
Top

EA97G1: An exceptional prismatic crystal on matrix of this species, with Calcite and Byssolite, which one of the ends of the crystal changes to. The compositional difference between Epidote and Clinozoisite is very little. Only by an individual quantitative analysis of percent of Aluminium and Iron can determine the real specie. We will deliver to the buyer a copy of the analysis.
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Baltistan  Pakistan (2004)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.5 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 5 × 2.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.0”


IRAN


Twinned Cerussite

TB27AD4: Multiple twins of very sharp laminar crystals, transparent and very bright. More beautiful and perfect than usual for samples from this locality.
Nakhlak Mine, 180 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Fluorescent short UV

Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Twinned Cerussite
Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear

TC47AD4: Multiple twins of very sharp laminar crystals, transparent and very bright. More beautiful and perfect than usual for samples from this locality.
Nakhlak Mine, 180 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.7 × 2.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Fluorescent short UV

Twinned Cerussite

TF88AD4: Multiple twins of very sharp laminar crystals, transparent and very bright. More beautiful and perfect than usual for samples from this locality.
Nakhlak Mine, 180 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.4 × 3.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.3”

Fluorescent short UV

Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Front
Front
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Top
Top

EE68AC2: Different and aesthetic. Aggregates of cyclic twins with Cerussite crystals that are laminar and tabular, and are finely bordered by very thin and acute Mimetite microcrystals with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed in depth and have proven to be the rare chromium-rich variety. We'll send copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Nakhlak Mine, 200 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (01/2015)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Fluorescent short UV

Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite

EB99AC2: Different and aesthetic. Aggregates of cyclic twins with Cerussite crystals that are laminar and tabular, and are finely bordered by very thin and acute Mimetite microcrystals with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed in depth and have proven to be the rare chromium-rich variety. We'll send copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Nakhlak Mine, 200 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (01/2015)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.8 × 2.9 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Fluorescent short UV

Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Front
Front
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Top
Top
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Front
Front
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Detail
Detail
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Photo micro: Cesar Menor-Salvan
Photo micro: Cesar Menor-Salvan

EF50AC8: Different and aesthetic. Aggregates of cyclic twins with Cerussite crystals that are laminar and tabular, and are finely bordered by very thin and acute Mimetite microcrystals with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed in depth and have proven to be the rare chromium-rich variety. We'll send copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This sample has been photographed and published as a novelty in Ste. Marie 2015 in the magazine Le Rθgne Minιral number 126, page 47
Nakhlak Mine, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (01/2015)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 5 × 2.8 cm = 2.0” × 2.0” × 1.1”

Fluorescent short UV

Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite

EJ89AC2: Different and aesthetic. Aggregates of cyclic twins with Cerussite crystals that are laminar and tabular, and are finely bordered by very thin and acute Mimetite microcrystals with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed in depth and have proven to be the rare chromium-rich variety. We'll send copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Nakhlak Mine, 200 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (01/2015)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.8 × 3.2 cm = 2.6” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Fluorescent short UV

Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Front
Front
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite. Top
Top
Chromium-rich Mimetite on Cerussite.
Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite
Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite. Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite.

MG57AC6: A novelty at Munich 2015. Arborescent growths of Willemite crystal pseudomorphous after Descloizite that, as a novelty, have partial coatings of small barrel-shaped Mimetite crystals with an intense reddish yellow color.
Chah Milleh Mine, Chah Milleh, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (08/2015)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.9 × 2.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

Mimetite fluorescent short UV
Wulfenite

ME62AD3: Very aerial aggregate, with a small matrix, of very sharp platy crystals, one of them clearly dominant. They are translucent, very bright and have an extraordinarily vivid and intense red color.
Chah Kharboze Mine, Chah Kharboze, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (08/2015)

Specimen size: 1.2 × 1.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.4” × 0.1”

Wulfenite.
Wulfenite
Wulfenite.

MW13AD3: Aggregate of very sharp platy crystals, translucent, very bright and have an extraordinarily vivid and intense red color.
Chah Kharboze Mine, Chah Kharboze, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (08/2015)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 0.9 × 0.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.4” × 0.2”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Wulfenite

MF62AD3: Very aerial aggregate, on matrix, of very sharp platy crystals, translucent, very bright and have an extraordinarily vivid and intense red color.
Chah Kharboze Mine, Chah Kharboze, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (08/2015)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.6” × 0.4” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Wulfenite.
Wulfenite
Wulfenite. Front
Front
Wulfenite. Rear
Rear

MX62AC6: A novelty at Munich 2015. Aggregate of very sharp and aerial tabular crystals. They are translucent, very bright and have an extraordinarily vivid and intense red color.
Chah Kharboze Mine, Chah Kharboze, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (08/2015)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.3 × 0.9 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1.1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Wulfenite

MT62AD3: Very aerial aggregate, with a small matrix, of very sharp platy crystals, one of them clearly dominant. They are translucent, very bright and have an extraordinarily vivid and intense red color.
Chah Kharboze Mine, Chah Kharboze, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (08/2015)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.4 × 0.6 cm = 0.6” × 0.6” × 0.2”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Wulfenite.
Andradite (variety demantoid)
Andradite (variety demantoid). Andradite (variety demantoid).
Andradite (variety demantoid).

EF98AC6: Andradite (demantoid variety) crystals on matrix, two of them clearly dominant, with the forms of the trapezohedron, dodecahedron and cube. They are bright and have a very intense and deep green color.
Belqeys Mountain, Takab, West Azerbaijan Province  Iran (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.5 × 2.4 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside

TT27AD9: Andradite (demantoid variety) crystals that are distinctly isolated, one of them clearly dominant. They display very well defined trapezohedral and dodecahedral forms and they are bright and have a very intense and deep green color.
Belqeys Mountain, Takab, West Azerbaijan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.6 × 2.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside. Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside.
Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside
Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside. Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside.
Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside.

TR87AD5: Andradite (demantoid variety) crystals, showing the trapezohedron and dodecahedron. They are bright, have a very intense and deep green color and are on matrix.
Belqeys Mountain, Takab, West Azerbaijan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.8 × 3.6 cm = 2.1” × 1.1” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside

TX92AD5: Andradite (demantoid variety) crystals, one of them clearly dominant and with a considerable sizefor this locality, showing the trapezohedron and dodecahedron. They are bright, have a very intense and deep green color and are on matrix.
Belqeys Mountain, Takab, West Azerbaijan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 4.7 × 4.2 cm = 2.8” × 1.9” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside. Andradite (variety demantoid) with Diopside.
Analcime
Analcime. Analcime.

EC16AF5: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. A group, on a rocky matrix, of bright trapezohedral crystals that have very well defined faces and edges and a very intense and uniform red color.
Moalleman area, Qohab-e Rastaq, Amirabad District, Damghan, Semnan Province  Iran (2017)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5.1 × 2.2 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Analcime

EA66AF5: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. A single trapezohedral crystal on a rocky matrix that is translucent, very bright and has very well defined faces and edges. The color, orange-red, is selectively distributed over some of it’s faces.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2017 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Rθgne Minιral’ number 136, page 46
Moalleman area, Qohab-e Rastaq, Amirabad District, Damghan, Semnan Province  Iran (2017)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.2 × 4.3 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Analcime. Analcime.

AUSTRALIA - FIJI


Australia

Copper
Copper.

JA12J0: Arborescent growth of small crystals, bright and quite defined. It is from a not well known locality and it is quite esthetic.
The specimen is from the Jan Buma collection (num. 980204) and we’ll send the card of the collection with it.
Boddington, Mt Saddleback, Western Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.3 × 2.7 cm = 2.2” × 2.1” × 1.1”

Former Jan Buma collection. Number 980204
Scholzite
Scholzite

NA97AA6: Sprays of lustrous, translucent white, acicular Scholzite crystals on limonite matrix. An excellent specimen of this rare zinc phosphate from the locality that has furnished the best specimens of the species, currently very difficult to obtain. As the pedigree enhances the specimen’s value, we will send the original A. L. McGuinness label to the buyer.
Reaphook Hill, Martins Well, Finders Rangers, South Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4.9 × 4.8 cm = 3.1” × 1.9” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.0”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Scholzite. Front
Front
Scholzite. Side
Side
Scholzite.
Azurite
Azurite.
Azurite.
Azurite

LE90H5: The sample is from a locality not well known by collectors. It is of great quality. Crystals are flattened prisms of very sharp faces and edges especially enhancing its blue color, an extraordinary luster and a delicate transparency.
It is from the David Lucas collection and we’ll furnish the corresponding label to the buyer.
Mineral Hill Mine, Condobolin, New South Wales  Australia

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6 × 5.2 cm = 3.0” × 2.4” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

Malachite after Azurite

TA14N6: Crowded growth of Malachite crystals pseudomorphous after Azurite with minor Limonite fragments. The piece is from an Australian locality that is very rarely represented in worldwide collections.
Sir Dominic Mine, Yudnamutana  Australia (±1980)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.1 × 2.9 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Rear
Rear
Rhodonite with Galena
Rhodonite with Galena.

M98R: Just look at the color! It looks like someone has lit a fire inside this infrequent mineral. It is also of interest as it comes from a very famous mine: Broken Hill, which is the best locality known for this mineral species.

Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales  Australia

Specimen size: 6 × 3.7 × 3 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”

Smithsonite

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EA26Y2: Two generations of Smithsonite on a Galena matrix. They have two very different characteristics, one of them forms globular aggregates of bright and slightly yellow microcrystals. The second generation consists of very sharp, acute, scalenohedral crystals that are transparent, white and with very well defined faces and edges. An excellent Australian classic.
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales  Australia

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.4 × 3.5 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Smithsonite. Smithsonite.
Mimetite
Mimetite.

N95C: With a nice old time label from the collection of the German Geologist Thomas Krassman and with its nice yellow color - this all means that the nice form of the mineral really makes it stand out.
Mount Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Victoria-Daley Shire, Northern Territory  Australia

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 1.2”

Pyromorphite with Malachite
Pyromorphite with Malachite

TR89V2: Aggregates of microcrystals of Pyromorphite, with grass green color and very bright, that partially drape the matrix of very dark green botryoidal Malachite. From the personal selection of the collectors of this material, whose samples have been individually numbered. The locality is still a classic for Australian Pyromorphite.
"The Golden Pocket", Brown's Open Pit, Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Northern Territory  Australia (11/2010)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 5 × 3.2 cm = 4.1” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Pyromorphite with Malachite. Pyromorphite with Malachite.
Pyromorphite with Malachite
Pyromorphite with Malachite. Pyromorphite with Malachite.
Pyromorphite with Malachite

TY70V2: Aggregates of small prismatic crystals of Pyromorphite, a lot of them doubly terminated, with grass green color and very bright. They are spread on a matrix of very dark green botryoidal Malachite. From the personal selection of the collectors of this material, whose samples have been individually numbered. The locality is still a classic for Australian Pyromorphite.
"The Pizza Pocket", Brown's Open Pit, Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Northern Territory  Australia (10/2010)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 5.5 × 3.3 cm = 4.1” × 2.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Native Bismuth

TA16D5: Typical pack of crystalline Bismuth, very rich and with great luster, in fact much better than usual making the specimen very esthetic.
Biggenden, Queensland  Australia

Specimen size: 2.9 × 1.8 × 2.8 cm = 1.1” × 0.7” × 1.1”

Native Bismuth. Native Bismuth.
Molybdenite with Quartz and Mica
Molybdenite with Quartz and Mica. Molybdenite with Quartz and Mica.

CT97E4: A complete spray of Molybdenite that is in matrix! It come from the locality that has the reputation of producing the best, large, well formed ones found in the world. So this, very technical specimen, is a special beauty.
Wolfram camp, Dimbulah, Queensland  Australia

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6 × 4.3 cm = 2.8” × 2.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 4 cm = 2.5” × 1.6”

Smoky Quartz doubly terminated

MT46S3: Doubly terminated crystals on matrix, extraordinarily bright, transparent and with inclusions and color zoning, especially deep and intense.
Mooralla, Cavendish, Victoria  Australia

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.7 × 2.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 1.1”

Smoky Quartz doubly terminated. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz doubly terminated. Rear
Rear
Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.

TG96Z2: Very flattened complete nodule whose contour remembers a medallion, a shape typical of the locality, with rosette growths, intense color and on matrix
Malbunka copper Mine, Western Aranda, Ltalaltuma,   Australia (2013)

Specimen size: 9 × 9 × 3.2 cm = 3.5” × 3.5” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 6 cm = 2.4” × 2.4”

Azurite

TR37W1: Very flattened complete nodule whose contour remembers a medallion. It has a vivid blue color and is on matrix. The sample is more solid than usual in this kind of sample due to the richness of the Azurite.
Malbunka copper Mine, Western Aranda, Ltalaltuma,   Australia (2011)

Specimen size: 9.9 × 9.5 × 2.3 cm = 3.9” × 3.7” × 0.9”

Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear
Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Front
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Gold on Quartz. Rear
Rear

TL69L1: Arborescent and laminar Gold growth, microcrystalline. On a Quartz matrix that gives the specimen an excellent contrast, really esthetic. Yellow gold color is very intense. Good quality sample for the locality.
Edwards Pit, "Golden Mile", Kalgoorlie-Boulder  Australia (07/2007)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Gold on Quartz

TB90L1: Arborescent and laminar Gold growth, crystalline, very aerial. On a Quartz matrix that gives the specimen an excellent contrast, really esthetic. Yellow gold color is very intense. Good quality sample for the locality.
Edwards Pit, Golden Miles Mines, Kalgoorlie-Boulder  Australia (07/2007)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Gold on Quartz. Front
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Gold on Quartz. Rear
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Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Front
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Gold on Quartz. Top
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MJ98S1: Arborescent laminar growth in which some of its crystals have very well defined faces and edges because they are preserved between the main Gold growth and the Quartz matrix.
Ballarat, Victoria  Australia (±1985)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 1.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.3” × 0.6” × 0.8”

Gold with Quartz

MH11S1: Arborescent growth with a very elongated crystal that has quite good terminal faces and is on a small matrix of Quartz.
Ballarat, Victoria  Australia (±1985)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.8 × 1.1 cm = 1.4” × 0.7” × 0.4”

Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Side
Side
Gold
Gold.
Gold.

HB49K8: Groups of laminated Gold crystals on matrix with small crystals and growths of gold telluride. Although these have not been analysed, due the origin and the similarities with other specimens from this locality, we believe that these are Coloradoite.
Golden Miles Mines, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.2” × 1.0”

Krennerite

MF14K9: Exfoliation growths of this very rare gold telluride, that rarely crystallizes. Moreover, growth is dominated by its brilliance on the dark matrix. We’ll give copy of the results of the analysis to the buyer.
Golden Mile Mines, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3 × 1.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.2” × 0.6”

With a copy of its analysis.

Krennerite. Krennerite.
Crocoite
Crocoite.
Crocoite.

FK27N4: Group of thin crystals of excellent color and luster, some of them with good terminations and on Limonite matrix. Some pictures of the sample are on different pages of the sheet 378 (March 2009) of the French magazine "Mineraux et Fossiles", in an article about Crocoite.
Adelaida Mine, Dundas, Tasmania  Australia (±1974)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5.5 × 4.2 cm = 3.4” × 2.2” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.1”

Oliete's collection number 208, bought in 1974

Fiji

Tellurium with Quartz

TM8H9: The crystals on a Quartz matrix are very defined, which is really rare for this native element. Even with its small size the sample is notable because it is a very, very rare species and its excellent crystallization. Chemical analysis revealed that the mineral is pure native Tellurium.
We’ll give the results of the analysis to the buyer.
Emperor Mine, Vatukoula, Tavua, Viti Levu  Fiji (2005)

Specimen size: 1.2 × 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.3” × 0.1”

Tellurium with Quartz.
Tellurium with Quartz
Tellurium with Quartz. Tellurium with Quartz.

TT36H4: A single word defines this specimen: fantastic. It has an extraordinary crystallization, probably the best known for the species. The crystals are well developed, sharp and bright, and exceptional size. Chemical analysis revealed that the mineral is pure native Tellurium. We’ll give the results of the analysis to the buyer. We must also note the locality, unknown until now by most mineralogists.
This specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 301 in the volume 39, number 4.
Emperor Mine, Vatukoula, Tavua, Viti Levu  Fiji (2005)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 8 × 3.2 cm = 2.9” × 3.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”


India


Doubly terminated Fluorapophyllite-(K)

MB62H1: It’s an attractive and unusual looking group of mostly doubly terminated crystals formed by a prism and a dipyramid. The main one in the center of the specimen is striking for its size and its centered position, very esthetic, on the piece. All are very bright.
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra  India (03/2005)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.6 × 2.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 1.2 cm = 1.7” × 0.5”

Doubly terminated Fluorapophyllite-(K).
Doubly terminated Fluorapophyllite-(K)
Doubly terminated Fluorapophyllite-(K).

MB16D4: Huge, perfect, doubly terminated Fluorapophyllite-(K) adorned by Stilbite crystals. Pretty!
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 3.7 × 3.6 cm = 2.6” × 1.5” × 1.4”

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite

TA16F6: The quality of this one cannot be denied, but one must note the aerial position of the group of sharp Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals and the green zoning of their interiors. They are on a matrix that is coated by Stilbite crystals.
Momim Akhada, Rahuri, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra  India (04/2004)

Specimen size: 10 × 6.7 × 5 cm = 3.9” × 2.6” × 2.0”

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite. Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite.
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite.

TH63J0: Esthetic radial group of prismatic crystals, clear on their external part and with visible green phantom growths in them. The group is centered on a matrix of white, slightly yellowish, crystals of Stilbite.
Momim Akhada, Rahuri, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 10.5 × 4.8 cm = 4.1” × 4.1” × 1.9”

Stilbite-Ca with Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Heulandite-Ca
Stilbite-Ca with Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Heulandite-Ca

MA67Z3: Bow tie-like aggregate of white Stilbite-(Ca) crystals. They are complete, very bright and are on a basalt matrix, with small Heulandite-Ca crystals and green Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals. Even being a very common species, the quality of the sample is very notable. The piece is from the Joan Abella collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Pashan Hills, Pune District, Maharashtra  India (±1985)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 7 × 5.4 cm = 3.7” × 2.8” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 6.6 × 4.2 cm = 2.6” × 1.7”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Joan Abella
Stilbite-Ca with Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Heulandite-Ca.
Doubly terminated Stilbite-Ca
Doubly terminated Stilbite-Ca. Doubly terminated Stilbite-Ca.

MQ90E6: A Museum quality Stilbite. It has large crystals, many of which are doubly terminated, and have good color and brilliance. A floater specimen that is, in my opinion, superb.
Mahodari, Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 17.5 × 9.5 × 4.5 cm = 6.9” × 3.7” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.0”

Stilbite-Ca with Heulandite-Ca

LF76F2: The groups in the form of very aerial white bands stand out on the slightly orange crystals of Heulandite-Ca. From the David Lucas collection, number 832, and we will give the buyer his label.
Vaijapur, Aurangabad, Maharashtra  India

Specimen size: 16 × 15 × 5 cm = 6.3” × 5.9” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5”

Stilbite-Ca with Heulandite-Ca.
Stilbite-Ca with Heulandite-Ca.
Heulandite with Scolecite
Heulandite with Scolecite. Heulandite with Scolecite.

MB46S9: Groups of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, of an unusually intense pink color, with globular growths of white acicular crystals of Scolecite and on a basaltic matrix.
Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India (±2002)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 7.5 × 3.4 cm = 3.3” × 3.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Heulandite

ML14D4: Doubly terminated crystal aerial on its white matrix and the characteristic transparency, intense color, and great luster typical of this find.
Vaijapur, Aurangabad, Maharashtra  India (07/03)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.2” × 1.0”

Heulandite.
Heulandite
Heulandite.

MD60D4: Huge fan at the top of the specimen on other doubly terminated crystals with minor white matrix and the characteristic transparency, intense color, and great luster typical of this find.
Vaijapur, Aurangabad, Maharashtra  India (07/03)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 5 × 2.2 cm = 2.1” × 2.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Mesolite with Heulandite-Ca and Laumontite

MC14P8: A novelty from Munich 2009. Yellowish globular growths of acicular crystals of Mesolite on a Heulandite-Ca matrix and with (analyzed) Laumontite.
Kannad, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra  India (08/2009)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.7 × 4.1 cm = 2.8” × 2.2” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.2 cm = 1.6” × 1.3”

Mesolite with Heulandite-Ca and Laumontite.
Mesolite with Heulandite-Ca and Laumontite
Mesolite with Heulandite-Ca and Laumontite.

MJ26P5: A novelty of Munich 2009. Yellowish globular growths of acicular crystals of Mesolite on a matrix of Heulandite-Ca and with Laumontite (analyzed).
Kannad, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra  India (08/2009)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.4 × 3.2 cm = 2.6” × 2.1” × 1.3”

Mesolite with Stilbite-Ca

ED36P5: Globular aggregate of white acicular crystals of Mesolite with growths of Stilbite-Ca crystals and on a matrix of basalt.
Kannad, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra  India (08/2009)

Specimen size: 13 × 10.5 × 7 cm = 5.1” × 4.1” × 2.8”

Mesolite with Stilbite-Ca. Mesolite with Stilbite-Ca.
Mesolite with Stilbite
Mesolite with Stilbite. Mesolite with Stilbite.

EB26P4: Radial sprays of white acicular crystals on Stilbite matrix. The sample is from a locality not well known until recently. The specimen has been carefully analyzed in order to confirm the species. With the sample we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Kannad, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra  India (08/2009)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 10.3 × 7.5 cm = 4.6” × 4.1” × 3.0”

Mordenite on Stilbite

MJ36E6: A larger, redder than usual crystal of Stilbite that has a crown of very white crystals of Mordenite on top of it. While Mordenite is normally not that appealing, in this sample it is of good quality and, being so aerial, makes for a neat specimen.
Shakur Quarry, Nasik, Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 4 × 3.6 cm = 3.0” × 1.6” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.1”

Mordenite on Stilbite. Front
Front
Mordenite on Stilbite. Top
Top
Thomsonite
Thomsonite.

TK63G9: The piece shows spheroidal growths formed by radial crystals of Thomsonite that can be seen on its edges. We must especially emphasize the reddish color, very uncommon, due to the presence of iron oxides.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 25 in number 2006/2.
Shendurni, Jalgaon, Maharashtra  India (09/2005)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6 × 2 cm = 2.8” × 2.4” × 0.8”

Thomsonite with Scolecite

TQ26L1: Well defined Thompsonite spheroidal growths, pinkish color, with crown growths of small acicular and bright Scolecite crystals. Very pleasant and esthetic specimen on matrix.
Shendurni, Jalgaon, Maharashtra  India (10/2006)

Specimen size: 9.1 × 7.4 × 2 cm = 3.6” × 2.9” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.1” × 1.1”

Thomsonite with Scolecite. Thomsonite with Scolecite.
Calcite with Stilbite and Quartz
Calcite with Stilbite and Quartz.

TA36F6: The main, rhombohedral, very luminous, crystal has a notable penetration twin. It has strategically positioned itself next to pink Stilbite and on a matrix on Quartz Chalcedony.
Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India

Specimen size: 6.6 × 6 × 6 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.3” × 1.3”

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite

MA86P6: A novelty in Munich 2009. Clear green crystals, very transparent and bright, with the prism more elongated than usual and with groups of white crystals of Stilbite and on matrix. From a locality near Pune District not well known until recently.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 43 in number 2010/1
Hadapsar, Pune District, Maharashtra  India (2008)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 7.7 × 4 cm = 3.3” × 3.0” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.4 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite. Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite.
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Celadonite inclusions
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Celadonite inclusions.

TT63H6: Fluorapophyllite-(K) forms attractive spheroidal groups of uniform deep green color due to the high quantity of Celadonite inclusions that it contains. The sample is very esthetic thanks to its contrast with the clearer matrix of small Calcite crystals.
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra  India (2005)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 6.6 × 3.2 cm = 3.3” × 2.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 4.1 cm = 1.7” × 1.6”

Celadonite included in Heulandite-Ca

TY37D8: Celadonite is a massive unattractive mineral. The only time one can get good specimens of this species is when it is included in Indian Zeolites, giving them a characteristic green color. In this case it is included in Heulandite-Ca that has more brilliance than is normal, is a floater, has two doubly terminated crystals, and is associated with small balls of white Okenite. Rare and beautiful.
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra  India (12/02)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 4.5 × 4.5 cm = 3.3” × 1.8” × 1.8”

Celadonite included in Heulandite-Ca.
Cavansite with Calcite and Stilbite
Cavansite with Calcite and Stilbite. Cavansite with Calcite and Stilbite.

ED17G3: The specimen is really aesthetic. Cavansite crystallizes as numerous spherical groups, and as some single sprays of crystals, of a very vivid and deep color. We must mention the presence of a crystal of Calcite, very aerial, on the Cavansite.
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (2005)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.8 × 5 cm = 2.4” × 2.3” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”

Calcite extremely fluorescent long & short UV
Cavansite with Stilbite

MQ12S7: Groups of very bright blue acicular crystals on doubly terminated crystals of white Stilbite on basaltic matrix.
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India

Specimen size: 7 × 5.9 × 6.2 cm = 2.8” × 2.3” × 2.4”

Cavansite with Stilbite. Cavansite with Stilbite.
Cavansite with Calcite
Cavansite with Calcite. Front
Front
Cavansite with Calcite. Rear
Rear

MY27V0: Floater spheroidal aggregate of Cavansite crystals with a very intense color and luster, with four very acute rhombohedral crystals of Calcite that are transparent, with vivid yellow color. One of the few samples found with this association.
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (2008)

Specimen size: 2 × 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Cavansite with Calcite

MX76V0: Group of very sharp crystals of Cavansite with a very intense color and luster and some of them doubly terminated, with four rhombohedral crystals of Calcite, transparent and with a clear yellow color. One of the few samples found with this association.
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (2008)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.1 × 1.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Cavansite with Calcite.
Pentagonite with Stilbite
Pentagonite with Stilbite. Pentagonite with Stilbite.

MN86P8: Centered growths of very thin and elongated, almost acicular, crystals with very well defined faces and edges, excellent color and luster. On a basaltic matrix with white crystals of Stilbite. The sample has been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
A photograph of this specimen is on the front cover of book "Earth Science" (4th edition) published by BJU.
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (09/2009)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.9 × 3.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 1.5”

Pentagonite with Stilbite

MK67P9: Growths of very thin, almost acicular, crystals of Pentagonite. The group, of excellent deep color, is implanted on a matrix very rich in Stilbite.
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (09/2009)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5 × 4.4 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.1”

Pentagonite with Stilbite. Pentagonite with Stilbite.
Pentagonite with Stilbite
Pentagonite with Stilbite. Pentagonite with Stilbite.

MM6P8: Very acute and aerial growth of elongated and flattened crystals with very well defined faces and edges, excellent color and luster. On a basaltic matrix with white crystals of Stilbite. The sample has been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (09/2009)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.7 × 3.3 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Pentagonite with Stilbite

MP96P8: Centered growths of very thin and elongated, almost acicular, crystals with very well defined faces and edges, excellent color and luster. On a basaltic matrix with white crystals of Stilbite. The sample has been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (09/2009)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Pentagonite with Stilbite. Pentagonite with Stilbite.
Quartz (variety amethyst)
Quartz (variety amethyst).

TV62H8: A nice miniature, very esthetic, forms a crown of crystals of excellent transparency, luster and color typical of the samples of this locality. The crown of violet crystals strongly contrasts with a central nucleus of clearer crystals practically uncolored.
Kakamunurle Quarry, Tamil Nadu  India (2005)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.3” × 1.0” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Fluorite

TV12M5: This group of cubic crystals of Fluorite is especially notable for the locality. Crystals are sharp, with very well defined faces and edges and clearly show very marked planes of exfoliation.
Kadipani Mine, Gujarat  India

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.3 × 4 cm = 3.3” × 2.5” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.9” × 1.1”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite.
Marialite-Meionite (Scapolite Group)
Marialite-Meionite (Scapolite Group).

MC6R5: A novelty in Munich 2010. A doubly terminated single crystal with very uniform transparency and color, pale yellow, showing fine vertical striations and an excellent termination with slightly curved faces and edges.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2010 Munich Show in the magazine ‘Le Rθgne Minιral’ number 96, page 39 and the magazine ‘Rivista Mineralogica Italiana’ on page 51 in number 2011/1
Karur District, Tamil Nadu  India (2010)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 1.9” × 0.3” × 0.3”

Fluorescent short UV

Doubly terminated Elbaite

TG36H3: Probably one of the best samples found at this new locality in India. A floater parallel growth of prismatic doubly terminated crystals, transparent and of an excellent color and luster. One of the terminations has the same color as the prism but the other is deep blue, easily visible under an intense light. An especially good sample from a new locality unknown up to now.
Ladhak, Himalaya, Kashmir  India (09/2005)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 3.3 × 2 cm = 3.4” × 1.3” × 0.8”

Doubly terminated Elbaite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Elbaite. Top
Top

Globular Fluorite

In Mahodari, Nasik, India, people have obtained funny spherical Fluorite on Quartz matrix. We have been keeping an eye on them and once again we got a selected number of them. They are as nice and as unusual as the photos suggest.

Fluorite on Quartz
Fluorite on Quartz.
Fluorite on Quartz.

TV68E0: A large specimen with a very large spherical Fluorite (in fact one of the largest we have seen.) It also has a pleasant cream color along with good development of the sphere, which stand proud of the matrix. There is also a bit of brown Calcite at the base of the specimen.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 299 in the volume 83, number 4.
Mahodari, Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 11 × 8.5 × 4 cm = 4.3” × 3.3” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 3 × 3 cm = 1.2” × 1.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorite with Opal

TB36D8: Balls of red Fluorite partially covered by Opal, which also covers much of the Quartz matrix and in some areas forms bumps. Very unusual.
Mahodari, Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 5.2 × 1.5 cm = 3.9” × 2.0” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2 × 2 cm = 0.8” × 0.8”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite with Opal.
Fluorite with Opal.

JAPAN


Henmilite with Calcite
Henmilite with Calcite. Henmilite with Calcite.

EF21C9: The most esthetic one, with the sharp Henmilite crystal standing up in one small pocket created on the mamiliary Calcite.
Fuka Mine, Fuka, Bicchu-cho (Bitchu-cho), Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Chugoku Region, Honshu Island  Japan (2003)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.7” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.45 cm = 0.2”

Henmilite with Calcite
Henmilite with Calcite

TZ97L5: Nice specimen from the type locality of this rare calcium copper borate. Henmilite shows well defined faces and edges with a deep blue color that contrasts with the white Calcite matrix. Actually the access to the Fuka mine is strictly prohibited and controlled.
The specimen is accompanied by the label from the collection of the first specimen’s discoverer, with the handwritten notation of the date on which this specimen was extracted (February 2004). We will send the label to the buyer with this fine Henmilite.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 57 in the volume 91, number 1, Jan/Feb 2016
Fuka Mine, Fuka, Bicchu-cho (Bitchu-cho), Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, Chugoku Region, Honshu Island  Japan (14/02/2004)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 3.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Henmilite with Calcite. Front
Front
Henmilite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Henmilite with Calcite.

THAILAND


Mimetite
Mimetite.
Mimetite.

TA69K4: Very esthetic specimen of the scarce Mimetite from Thailand. The crystals are very well defined and formed of the prism and pinacoid. Transparency, color and luster are very, very intense and contrast with the dark matrix.
Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province  Thailand

Specimen size: 13.2 × 11.7 × 2.7 cm = 5.2” × 4.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.2” × 0.0”

Mimetite on Quartz

MG46AA9: Aggregates and single Mimetite crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and on a Quartz matrix. From a locality that has not produced good samples for years.
Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province  Thailand

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard

Mimetite on Quartz. Front
Front
Mimetite on Quartz. Side
Side

SOUTH KOREA


Scheelite with Quartz, Ferberite, Pyrite and Muscovite
Scheelite with Quartz, Ferberite, Pyrite and Muscovite. Scheelite with Quartz, Ferberite, Pyrite and Muscovite.

VC99Y5: Parallel growth of two very sharp dipyramidal Scheelite crystals, more translucent and with a clearer color than usual on the samples from Korea, and with the habitual paragenesis of the mine: Quartz, Ferberite, Pyrite, Muscovite.
Tae Hwa Mine, Neungam-ri, Angseong-myeon, Chungju, Chungcheongbukdo  South Korea

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.6 × 4.1 cm = 2.3” × 1.8” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.5 cm = 1.2” × 1.0”

Former collection of A. Mayor

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Others


Burma

Fluorite

DQ10Q8: A curious “gavel” floater growth that is rarely complete, as in this case. It is translucent and has a neat zoning of the color, violet on the terminations and yellowish in the central zone.
Momeik, Mogok, Mandalay  Burma

Specimen size: 2.4 × 0.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.3” × 0.3”

Fluorite.
Elbaite with Quartz and Schorl
Elbaite with Quartz and Schorl.

TT61H2: The Elbaite forms nice honey colored crystals, which have nearly coloredless terminations, simply slightly pink, and protected by Quartz crystals. The locality is very unusual.
On-dan, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin, Mandalay  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.6 × 4.5 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz, Albite and Feldspar

ML76P5: A crystal with very well defined faces and edges and an excellent flattened rhombohedron termination. It has color zoning, dark greenish on the base and neatly pink in most of the rest of the crystal. On matrix, with Quartz crystals, Albite and an indeterminate feldspar, probably Orthoclase. We note the locality, where Rubellite of this quality is not common.
Mogok, Sagaing, Mandalay  Burma (2009)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.3 × 4.4 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz, Albite and Feldspar. Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz, Albite and Feldspar.
Elbaite (Rubellite)
Elbaite (Rubellite). Front
Front
Elbaite (Rubellite). Top
Top

TH27J8: A new find in Myanmar. A prismatic crystal, very well defined and of excellent color, very uniform and with slight zonations on the termination where appear, very nicely, the forms of the pinacoid and the rhombohedron. Its base is recrystallized.
Mogok, Mandalay  Burma (2007)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 1.4” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Fluorescent short UV

Twinned Phenakite with Albite and Schorl

TG80AB3: Two twinned, very sharp, colorless and completely clear Phenakite crystals, with perfect terminations, on an Albite matrix and with a small Schorl crystal. Very esthetic.
Male, Letpanhla, Singu Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2007)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.6 × 3.7 cm = 1.9” × 1.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Fluorescence in the matrix (short and long UV)

Twinned Phenakite with Albite and Schorl. Twinned Phenakite with Albite and Schorl.
Twinned Phenakite with Albite, Schorl and Quartz (variety smoky)
Twinned Phenakite with Albite, Schorl and Quartz (variety smoky). Twinned Phenakite with Albite, Schorl and Quartz (variety smoky).
Twinned Phenakite with Albite, Schorl and Quartz (variety smoky).

TW87AB3: Twinned, very sharp, colorless and completely clear Phenakite crystals, with perfect terminations and on a smoky Quartz matrix coated by slightly blue Albite crystals and small Schorl crystals.
Male, Letpanhla, Singu Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2007)

Specimen size: 8 × 6.6 × 2.7 cm = 3.1” × 2.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Albite minor fluorescence short UV
Petalite

EZ86N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. A floater crystal with extraordinarily well defined (for the species) faces and edges. It is very transparent and of excellent luster and color. Really unusual and exceptional.
Khet-chal, Molo, Momeik  Burma (05/2009)

Specimen size: 3 × 3.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.2” × 1.3” × 0.6”

Petalite. Front
Front
Petalite. Side
Side
Petalite. Side
Side
Petalite
Petalite. Front
Front
Petalite. Side
Side
Petalite. Side
Side

EM96N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. A floater crystal with extraordinarily well defined (for the species) faces and edges. It is very transparent and of excellent luster and color. Really unusual and exceptional.
Khet-chal, Molo, Momeik  Burma (05/2009)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.9 × 1.4 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 0.6”

Painite with Corundum (variety ruby)

TL17G9: Painite is surely the most important mineralogical discovery of 2006. It is a very, very rare species and, in the past, only few pieces had been found. Recent finds in Myanmar gave some few more pieces.
In the case of this sample, we must add to its rarity the extremely unusual fact that Painite is on matrix and, more, it’s with small Corundum (variety ruby) crystals. Furthermore, as detailed picture shows, its upper part is well finished. Then, considering its size, that it’s on matrix, that the piece is undamaged, its termination and the accompanying Corundum we can say it’s really an exceptional piece.
Kyauk-Pyat-Thet, Mogok  Burma (05/2005)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 2.4 × 2 cm = 2.2” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 1.6 cm = 1.7” × 0.6”

Corundum intense fluorescence long & short UV
Painite with Corundum (variety ruby). Front
Front
Painite with Corundum (variety ruby). Top
Top
Painite with Corundum (variety ruby).
Painite with Corundum (variety ruby)
Painite with Corundum (variety ruby).
Painite with Corundum (variety ruby). Painite with Corundum (variety ruby).

EQ64P3: Parallel growths of crystals that are very big and well defined for the species. They have very good color and luster, and they are with Corundum (variety ruby) on matrix. Only a few specimens of this very rare species appeared and there were no further finds so we consider it exceptional.
Hinthar Hill, Wetloo, Mogok, Mandalay  Burma (2007)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.7” × 1.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

Corundum (Rubi) fluorescent long & short UV
Johachidolite with Quartz

EC47N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. Excellent sample of Johachidolite, among the best for this very rare borate. The crystals, with well defined faces and edges and orange color, are on a matrix of Quartz.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2008)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.5 × 4.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.0” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.8 cm = 0.7” × 0.3”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Johachidolite with Quartz.
Johachidolite with Quartz. Johachidolite with Quartz.
Johachidolite with Quartz, Sodalite (Hackmanite) and Muscovite
Johachidolite with Quartz, Sodalite (Hackmanite) and Muscovite. Johachidolite with Quartz, Sodalite (Hackmanite) and Muscovite.

ER7N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. Excellent sample of Johachidolite, among the best for this very rare borate. The crystals, with well defined faces and edges and orange color, are on a matrix rich in Sodalite (Hackmanite) and Muscovite.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2008)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.2 × 4.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Fluorescent long & short UV


Spinel

Twinned Spinel

MD96D8: The Myanmar Spinels are well known for their quality, color and transparency. We buy quite a few and from time to time we come across the rare cases where the Spinel is a twin. This is the case here, but this time the twin is more complex (crystallographically speaking) than the other ones we see. Unusual.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.3 × 2.9 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.7 cm = 0.2” × 0.3”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Twinned Spinel. Twinned Spinel.
Spinel on Calcite
Spinel on Calcite. Spinel on Calcite.

TP89E9: The Spinel crystal has a very flat look as one of the faces of the octahedron has grown far more than the others. This form, as well as the contrast of the red crystal with the white matrix, is probably the most notable thing about it. To this one can add the small flat Clinohumite on one of the upper faces of the Spinel crystal. In UV light the Spinel stands out even more as it is intensely fluorescent yellow.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (1999)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.7 × 3.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Spinel with Calcite

MM52D7: A good size crystal of Spinel, really red, absolutely perfect, and set well apart from the matrix of white Calcite. Everything is good = a great specimen.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.8 × 2.9 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Spinel with Calcite. Spinel with Calcite.
Spinel on Calcite
Spinel on Calcite. Spinel on Calcite.

MM17F2: Three octahedral crystals, which are a perfect red and which stand out from the white Calcite matrix.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 1.8” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Spinel with Calcite

EC70Y5: Very sharp octahedral crystal, on white Calcite matrix, with a flattened growth that produced a large octahedral face, far more developed than the other faces. In addition to its notable luster and degree of transparency, we especially note the color, very vivid and deep.
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.5 × 4.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Spinel with Calcite. Spinel with Calcite.
Spinel with Calcite
Spinel with Calcite.

MH96E8: An octahedral crystal, of good size, that is notable for its unusual color. At the same time the amount of the crystal that stands out from the marble matrix is significant and the crystal form is sharp with perfect faces and tips. Its brilliance adds that final touch. The small internal fracture near the tip, which you can only see given its transparency, does not detract from its high quality.
Oakssaung hill, Mogok, Mandalay  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 3.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Spinel

TG89Z7: Parallel growths of octahedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges, between transparent and translucent, very bright and with a luminous sky blue color. This shade is one of the less common for the species.
Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin, Mandalay  Burma (2014)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.4 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Spinel. Front
Front
Spinel. Side
Side
Spinel. Side
Side
Spinel. Rear
Rear
Norbergite and Spinel on Calcite
Norbergite and Spinel on Calcite.
Norbergite and Spinel on Calcite. Norbergite and Spinel on Calcite.

MD37F5: Two different minerals in the same specimen: orange Norbergite stands on white Calcite and at the other end there is a red (in fact slightly purple) octahedral Spinel. Good color contrast in this neat specimen.
Oakssaung Hill, Mogok, Mandalay  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 8.4 × 4.3 cm = 3.7” × 3.3” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV


Elbaite spheres on matrix

From Burma come these new, very interesting Elbaites (Rubellites) that are different from those in previous finds. The Elbaites are in the form of spheres or arborescent sprays on white Calcite or Quartz matrix, so the contrast between the white and red makes them very attractive. From this important find we have selected the specimens that have, in our opinion, the best esthetics, brilliance and definition of form. In all cases the Elbaite is aerial on the matrix. As many of the specimens from this find had some form of coating of some sort of Kaolin, we avoided them and went for the ones that have a ‘fresh’ look.
For you information, as no one could tell us if any analysis had been done of this find, we decided to have the analyzed. They are Elbaite, and while they do contain some Calcium in their composition it is not enough for them to be Liddicoatite. So they are definitely Elbaite.

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz

TM28E2: This floater has good color and brilliance, and is also very esthetic.
Palelni Mine, Khetchel Village, Molo Quarter, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State  Burma (2003-2004)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz.
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz.

TD86E2: A stronger raspberry color than the others and the matrix is Quartz, not Calcite.
Palelni Mine, Khetchel Village, Molo Quarter, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State  Burma (2003-2004)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.1 × 2 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Calcite and Quartz

TL50E2: In my opinion this is the best small sample from the find. The sphere is large and has lots of color and brilliance. It is also well placed on the matrix of Calcite with some Quartz at the base. To add to that there is a small black Schorl crystal.
A great one: this specimen was photographed for the ‘what’s new at St Marie 2004’ section of the magazine ‘Minιraux et Fossiles’ and appears on page 35 of number 331. We will send the purchaser a copy of the magazine.
Palelni Mine, Khetchel Village, Molo Quarter, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State  Burma (2003-2004)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.7 × 3 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Calcite and Quartz.

Nepal

Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions. Rear
Rear

TM47N6: Parallel growth of doubly terminated crystals very different than usual for the locality, resembling Alpine pieces. Thick and neatly transparent, they have a very intense luster and have unidentified inclusions.
Ganesh Himal, Dhading District, Bagmati Zone  Nepal (2008)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 6.5 × 4.7 cm = 4.1” × 2.6” × 1.9”

Quartz with Chlorite inclusions

TL13AB3: Very Sharp crystal on matrix, very rich in Chlorite inclusions and with a completely transparent and colorless termination.
Ganesh Himal, Dhading District, Bagmati Zone  Nepal (2014)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.3 × 1.7 cm = 3.0” × 2.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 1.2 cm = 2.2” × 0.5”

Quartz with Chlorite inclusions. Front
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Quartz with Chlorite inclusions. Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Quartz with Chlorite inclusions
Doubly terminated Quartz with Chlorite inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with Chlorite inclusions. Rear
Rear

TK36AB3: Floater aggregate of Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and all them doubly terminated, very rich in Chlorite inclusions and with completely transparent and colorless terminations.
Ganesh Himal, Dhading District, Bagmati Zone  Nepal (2013)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 2.9 × 3.3 cm = 3.3” × 1.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 8 × 2.1 cm = 3.1” × 0.8”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Quartz, Albite, Schorl, Garnet and Muscovite

TF51N9: Single Aquamarine crystal with very well defined faces and edges and with a very perfect pinacoidal termination. The transparency, the luster and the color on all its surfaces are excellent. It is on Quartz matrix with Muscovite, Schorl and an undetermined Garnet. So it has both quality and an unusual locality, making it very appealing.
Kanchanjung Region  Nepal (12/2008)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 5.1 × 2.2 cm = 2.1” × 2.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 0.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.3”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Quartz, Albite, Schorl, Garnet and Muscovite. Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Quartz, Albite, Schorl, Garnet and Muscovite.

Sri Lanka

Pargasite
Pargasite.
Pargasite

MB26I2: Prismatic flattened crystals of very well defined faces and edges, black, on a matrix of the same mineral which contrasts with the white Calcite partially covering the specimen.
The specimen is from John. S. White collection and we’ll send the label with the sample.
Kollona, Embilipitiya, Uva  Sri Lanka

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.7 × 2.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”


Vietnam - Luc Yen Liddicoatite

Extraordinary Liddicoatites!
From a single and unique pocket found in 2005 in Minh Tien pegmatite, near Luc Yen, Vietnam. Their color, shape, size and, in general, their quality, put them among the best know, and very much better than others found on the past in the same zone, which had paler color.
They were offered to the public at Ste. Marie 2006 and we don’t miss the opportunity to purchase these samples, that we analyzed to be sure they have Liddicoatite. Now we are proud to present them on our Web.

Tourmaline (Group)

EE46H6: Divergent group of prismatic crystals terminated by three faces of a flat rhombohedron. Color and luster are exceptional.
We’ll give a copy of analysis to the buyer.
Minh Tien pegmatite, Luc Yen district, Yenbai province  Vietnam (2005)

Specimen size: 5 × 2.6 × 2.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.0” × 1.0”

Tourmaline (Group). Front
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Tourmaline (Group). Top
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Tourmaline (Group)
Tourmaline (Group). Front
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Tourmaline (Group). Top
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EF90H6: The specimen is extraordinary, both for its characteristics and for its size. The crystals form a slightly divergent group, are prismatic and are terminated by the three faces of a flat rhombohedron. Color and luster are exceptional and so is the transparency.
We’ll give a copy of analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 482 in the volume 37, number 5
Minh Tien pegmatite, Luc Yen district, Yenbai province  Vietnam (2005)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.8 × 6.8 cm = 2.8” × 2.7” × 2.7”


Indonesia

Quartz (variety chalcedony)

EA13AE2: Floater aggregate with very aerial spheroidal forms that are translucent with a very deep uniform lilac color. We note, aside from the color, the elegance of the sample, uncommon for chalcedony.
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi  Indonesia (2016)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.7” × 1.0” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Quartz (variety chalcedony). Front
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Quartz (variety chalcedony). Rear
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Quartz (variety chalcedony)
Quartz (variety chalcedony). Front
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Quartz (variety chalcedony). Rear
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EC6AE2: Floater aggregate with very aerial spheroidal forms that are translucent with a very deep uniform lilac color. We note, aside from the color, the elegance of the sample, uncommon for chalcedony.
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi  Indonesia (2016)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.9 × 1.9 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”



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