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AZK01 Vanadinite
ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Prov., Morocco
11.0x 5.0x 5.6 cm
$1450

A cabinet specimen of bright red vanadinite from the latest season of mining in the Mibladen area.  This piece is entirely damage free, and hosts numerous sharp blood red crystals, with none of the brown alteration that is so often seen on inferior pieces.  

This mine has produced countless specimens over the years, the vast majority are commercial grade, but every couple years a particularly good pocket is unearthed-- this is one of those better discoveries.











AZK02 Vanadinite
ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Prov., Morocco
7.8x 4.7x 4.7 cm
$800

A cabinet specimen of bright red vanadinite from the latest season of mining in the Mibladen area.  This piece is entirely damage free, and hosts numerous sharp blood red crystals, with none of the brown alteration that is so often seen on inferior pieces.  

This mine has produced countless specimens over the years, the vast majority are commercial grade, but every couple years a particularly good pocket is unearthed-- this is one of those better discoveries.











AZK03 Vanadinite
ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Prov., Morocco
9.5x 4.7x 5.5 cm
$880

A cabinet specimen of bright red vanadinite from the latest season of mining in the Mibladen area.  This piece hosts numerous sharp blood red crystals, with none of the brown alteration that is so often seen on inferior pieces.  There is a bit of damage on the bottom (or left) depending on whether it is oriented vertically or horizontally.

This mine has produced countless specimens over the years, the vast majority are commercial grade, but every couple years a particularly good pocket is unearthed-- this is one of those better discoveries.











AZK04 Vanadinite
ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Prov., Morocco
9.0x 6.1x 4.1 cm
$850

A cabinet specimen of bright red vanadinite from the latest season of mining in the Mibladen area.  This piece is entirely damage free, and hosts numerous sharp blood red crystals, with none of the brown alteration that is so often seen on inferior pieces.  

This mine has produced countless specimens over the years, the vast majority are commercial grade, but every couple years a particularly good pocket is unearthed-- this is one of those better discoveries.











AZK05 Vanadinite
ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Prov., Morocco
7.8x 4.7x 5.0 cm
$670

A specimen of bright red vanadinite from the latest season of mining in the Mibladen area.  This piece is entirely damage free, and hosts numerous sharp blood red crystals, with none of the brown alteration that is so often seen on inferior pieces.  

This mine has produced countless specimens over the years, the vast majority are commercial grade, but every couple years a particularly good pocket is unearthed-- this is one of those better discoveries.









AZK06 Vanadinite
ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Prov., Morocco
5.8x 4.2x 4.2 cm
$0

A specimen of bright red vanadinite from the latest season of mining in the Mibladen area.  This piece is entirely damage free, and hosts numerous sharp blood red crystals, with none of the brown alteration that is so often seen on inferior pieces.  

This mine has produced countless specimens over the years, the vast majority are commercial grade, but every couple years a particularly good pocket is unearthed-- this is one of those better discoveries.









AZK07 Vanadinite
ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Prov., Morocco
7.1x 4.1x 5.3 cm
$600

A specimen of bright red vanadinite from the latest season of mining in the Mibladen area.  This piece is entirely damage free, and hosts numerous sharp blood red crystals, with none of the brown alteration that is so often seen on inferior pieces.  

This mine has produced countless specimens over the years, the vast majority are commercial grade, but every couple years a particularly good pocket is unearthed-- this is one of those better discoveries.













AZK08 Hematite on Quartz
Jinlong hill, Lungchuan Co., Heyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
17.2x 10.4x 8.8 cm
$1450

A cabinet sized specimen of transparent quartz, hosting several hematite "iron roses."  For the size, the specimen is in excellent condition-- I cannot see any broken quartz crystals.

There is a crack through the specimen that has been stabilized, this is only visible from the bottom of the piece. 











AZK09 Hematite on Quartz with Andradite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
10.1x 5.6x 5.6 cm
$385

A cluster of quartz crystals, hosting a group of hematite "iron roses" and a cluster of light green andradite garnets. Were it not for the andradite, this piece could be easily mistaken for one from Jinlong Hill, the main Chinese locality for iron rose/ quartz combinations.







AZK10 Fluorite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
12.3x 7.7x 6.0 cm
$585

A cabinet specimen hosting numerous colorless cubo octahedral fluorite crystals, on matrix.  I obtained a small group of specimens from this pocket last year, the others were sold in Tucson but this one stayed back awaiting trimming.

On the most interesting things about the specimens fromt his pocket are the presence of visible bubbles and liquid inclusions inside the flourite crystals-- this one has several bubbles in the main crystal, and one that actually shows some movement when the specimen is turned.  This is observed quite a bit in quartz, but less so in fluorite.











AZK11 Fluorite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
4.6x 3.2x 2.8 cm
$145

A colorless and fairly transparent cubooctahedral fluorite crystal on matrix, from finds made in late-2012.









AZK12 Beryl var. Aquamarine
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan
5.7x 3.5x 2.1 cm
$335

A terminated and nicely colored blue aquamarine crystal aesthetically positioned on a matrix of white albite, from recent workings in northern Pakistan.









AZK13 Beryl var. Aquamarine
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan
4.7x 3.0x 3.8 cm
$160

A terminated aquamarine crystal on an albite matrix.







AZK14 Beryl var. Aquamarine
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan
4.2x 4.0x 2.4 cm
$185

A terminated aquamarine crystal on a contrasting matrix of white albite.









AZK15 Beryl var. Aquamarine
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan
3.1x 2.2x 2.2 cm
$140

A terminated aquamarine crystal on matrix, with an interesting dome-shaped termination and etched lateral faces.  This comes from a pocket unearthed in 2006.







AZK16 Beryl var. Aquamarine
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan
4.8x 3.0x 1.6 cm
$295

A very gemmy aquamarine crystal with an interesting dome termination, sharing a bit of matrix with a weathered schorl crystal, that aids the overall visual balance of the piece.  The color of the aquamarine is very faint.







AZK17 Rhodochrosite
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
4.9x 3.2x 3.4 cm
$0

A specimen of bright reddish-pink rhodochrosite crystals, on a dark manganese rich matrix.  This is an excellent miniature, from a find made several years ago.











AZK18 Fluorite
Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou, Hunan Prov., China
5.8x 5.3x 3.8 cm
$170

A group of purple fluorite crystals on matrix, showing clear phantoms.  The top right corner has a tony cleave, but is exactly as shown in the pictures.







AZK19 Fluorite
Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou, Hunan Prov., China
8.8x 4.4x 1.8 cm
$165

A group of purple fluorite cubes on matrix, the largest crystal has a small cleave on the top corner, but is exactly as shown in the pictures.









AZK22 Stilbite with Epidote
Diamonkara, Bendougou Diako, Bafoulabe Circle, Kayes Region, Mali
8.5x 4.2x 4.3 cm
$220

A cluster of dark green epidote crystals, hosting a nicely contrasting aggregate of yellow stilbite crystals.  This is from the same locality that has been producing the epidote-prehnite combinations for the last few years.  These stilbites are a novelty that have started to appear over the last few months.  

One of the major problems with the epidote-prehnite specimens tends to be damage.  Unfortunately, stilbite is softer than either of those minerals, and they receive pretty much the same treatment, meaning that they rarely escape undamaged.  I looked through a large lot of this material, and selected a few clean samples to offer on the website-- after all, stilbite may be viewed as a common mineral thanks to the massive production from India and (to a lesser extent) New Jersey, but how often do you see a zeolite of any kind from anywhere on the African continent?









AZK23 Stilbite
Diamonkara, Bendougou Diako, Bafoulabe Circle, Kayes Region, Mali
4.4x 3.8x 4.0 cm
$120

A cluster of dark green epidote crystals, hosting a nicely contrasting aggregate of yellow stilbite crystals.  This is from the same locality that has been producing the epidote-prehnite combinations for the last few years.  These stilbites are a novelty that have started to appear over the last few months.  

One of the major problems with the epidote-prehnite specimens tends to be damage.  Unfortunately, stilbite is softer than either of those minerals, and they receive pretty much the same treatment, meaning that they rarely escape undamaged.  I looked through a large lot of this material, and selected a few clean samples to offer on the website-- after all, stilbite may be viewed as a common mineral thanks to the massive production from India and (to a lesser extent) New Jersey, but how often do you see a zeolite of any kind from anywhere on the African continent?







AZK24 Stilbite with Epidote
Diamonkara, Bendougou Diako, Bafoulabe Circle, Kayes Region, Mali
4.0x3.4x3.4 cm
$100

A cluster of dark green epidote crystals, hosting a nicely contrasting aggregate of yellow stilbite crystals.  This is from the same locality that has been producing the epidote-prehnite combinations for the last few years.  These stilbites are a novelty that have started to appear over the last few months.  

One of the major problems with the epidote-prehnite specimens tends to be damage.  Unfortunately, stilbite is softer than either of those minerals, and they receive pretty much the same treatment, meaning that they rarely escape undamaged.  I looked through a large lot of this material, and selected a few clean samples to offer on the website-- after all, stilbite may be viewed as a common mineral thanks to the massive production from India and (to a lesser extent) New Jersey, but how often do you see a zeolite of any kind from anywhere on the African continent?







AZK25 Stilbite with Epidote
Diamonkara, Bendougou Diako, Bafoulabe Circle, Kayes Region, Mali
4.0x 3.1x 2.8 cm
$85

A cluster of dark green epidote crystals, hosting a nicely contrasting aggregate of yellow stilbite crystals.  This is from the same locality that has been producing the epidote-prehnite combinations for the last few years.  These stilbites are a novelty that have started to appear over the last few months.  

One of the major problems with the epidote-prehnite specimens tends to be damage.  Unfortunately, stilbite is softer than either of those minerals, and they receive pretty much the same treatment, meaning that they rarely escape undamaged.  I looked through a large lot of this material, and selected a few clean samples to offer on the website-- after all, stilbite may be viewed as a common mineral thanks to the massive production from India and (to a lesser extent) New Jersey, but how often do you see a zeolite of any kind from anywhere on the African continent?







AZK26 Stilbite
Diamonkara, Bendougou Diako, Bafoulabe Circle, Kayes Region, Mali
4.5x 3.8x 2.2 cm
$135

A bow-shaped cluster of stilbite on matrix.  This is from the same locality that has been producing the epidote-prehnite combinations for the last few years.  These stilbites are a novelty that have started to appear over the last few months.  

This could probably be trimmed into a top thumbnail example of an African zeolite, but I'm leaving it as is.

One of the major problems with the epidote-prehnite specimens tends to be damage.  Unfortunately, stilbite is softer than either of those minerals, and they receive pretty much the same treatment, meaning that they rarely escape undamaged.  I looked through a large lot of this material, and selected a few clean samples to offer on the website-- after all, stilbite may be viewed as a common mineral thanks to the massive production from India and (to a lesser extent) New Jersey, but how often do you see a zeolite of any kind from anywhere on the African continent?







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