At last, something really new, pretty and quite different from the Deccan Plateau of India! A very few of these were presented in the Fall Denver show, but the dealers who had them did not agree on the exact location and the prices were often very high. It was a short lived sensation as all were sold quickly. This example is above average quality, with crystals to 2.8 CM, bi-colored both a deep apple green and a brown to purple-red. Nice contrast with the matrix and in perfect condition too. The location listed by one dealer is Shiurampur and for now I will use that information pending a verification. A nice addition for any Zeolite or Indian mineral collection!
At last, something really new, pretty and quite different from the Deccan Plateau of India! A very few of these were presented in the Fall Denver show, but the dealers who had them did not agree on the exact location and the prices were often very high. It was a short lived sensation as all were sold quickly. This is a better than average example in perfect condition at a more reasonable price. For now the best location we have is Shirurampor, that will be verified soon I expect. An esthetic, dark piece with deep color and nice luster. The crystals are a dark apple green with red-purple zones that adds a lot of nice contrast. We do not usually list many Indian Zeolites unless it is something especially great, and this stuff counts!
Super esthetic and fine display piece in great condition! A long (7.6 CM) gem clear shaft of tourmaline is composed of two parallel crystals well perched on the matrix. The matrix itself is a mix of tiny elbaites, lepidolite, quartz and albite crystals partially coated with a hard mica rich clay coating. This forms an excellent contrast to the colorful gem tourmaline. Amazingly there are no repairs on this delicate specimen, a very rare complete matrix example found a few years ago. The luster is top quality, brilliant, glass like and the color zoning is distinctive. Impressive and of a quality that is sure to appreciate.
Elbaite (very unusual form)
stock # A7-253-263
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
5.8 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A remarkably formed Elbaite "lollypop tourmaline" from early mining at the Himalaya (San Diego CA). Ex Larry White collection, this is said to be an illustrated/ published specimen in both a pen and ink drawing illustration and a black and white photo, but I do not know where this was published. If anyone knows I would love to find out. The piece is formed of 2 complete crystals that grew flat on a matrix (they are undamaged but the entire backside is a natural contact) to form an esthetic sculpture. The top crystal termination faces forward perched in notch atop a pink and green stalk. Resembling a stop sign or a lollypop this is clearly a very different arrangement! Good color with gemmy areas, nice luster and with a form that will stand out even in a crowded collection of tourmaline.
Very fine, glass clear, sharp, undamaged Thaumasite with a light yellow green color and no visible point of contact. This is the much rarer calcium silicate related to ettringite that was only been found once in such perfect, large crystals. Far better than average sharpness and clarity for this find.
Anemzi Village, Midelt Province
6.5 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
From a new small find about 60KM from Imilchil this was my selection as the very best specimen. Fine, sharp "asperagus" Apatites scattered on contrasting pink feldspar crystals. Well prepped and trimmed esthetically, the large Apatite is 2.3CM standing and super gemmy. Nearly all Moroccan Apatites have easily noticable damage, cloudy areas or other "issues" This is not at all like that, and is unusual for the attractive matrix which very few examples have. We have a few other examples from this find in the 200-300$ range that are good, but this specimen is exceptional!
Spessartine on Quartz
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
2.8 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
An especially bright, lustrous garnet sits on a small hill of quartz, tourmaline and feldspar. Bright red color with complex faces, this is an attractive and affordable gem crystal. The main garnet has some adhering quartz contacts but is otherwise in fine condition
From an amazing small find in late 2012, this apatite has the intense purple color usually only seen in the finest Pulsifer crystals. Aside from the intense color that can not be well captured in photos, the faces are glass like with gemmy areas. In fine condition especially for such a large prism. The intense color is confined to an outer zone, so looking down the termination it is possible to see inside to the crystals grey-green interior. Far far better in person!