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Fluorapatite -large etched crystal in Calcite
stock #16.1-1254
Slyudyanka, Lake Baikal area
Eastern Siberia, Russia
9.8 x 9.3 x 7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1100
Spring update

Complete and with great color, the larger Apatite is 8.5 CM tall, with wonderful etching. This is the best specimen I have seen of this sort, for size, color and esthetics, it is really striking. These Apatites have transparent areas and deep blue green hue. The "melted" look is typical from this region and often seem in Apatites in Metamorphic host rocks (Marble Skarns especially). As a display piece the luster, contrast with the matrix and unusual architecture gives this specimen a very fine appearance. Both of the prominent crystals are doubly terminated as well. Our notes mention a repair reattaching the large crystal, there is no damage at all and the repair seems well done.
Rubellite (Elbaite) intense red tourmaline
stock #14.1-043
Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast, Transbaikal
Eastern Siberia, Russia
4.9 x 3.7 x 3 CM (miniature)
price: $390
Spring 2014

The Transbaikalia region has sporadically been the source of some fine tourmalines. When available in good quality these represent a great value as they are distinctive and relatively low priced compared to most other locales. This is a particularly nice example in excellent condition with super color very similar to the classic Jonas Mine (which command a LOT more money!). Composed of two perfectly terminated crystals joining at an angle, this displays well with a lot of impact for its size.
2 specimens found
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