Zircon

Kipawa Alkaline Complex, Les Lacs-du-Témiscamingue, Témiscamingue RCM, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec, Canada

 3.5 X 2.1 X 2.1cm

Reddish to pinkish brown crystal of Zircon from this well-known locality. This is a complete floater, with better luster than I have seen on most of these. The associated black mineral (mostly concentrated on the "back" as shown in the lower-left photograph) has not been analyzed, and is most likely an Amphibole.

                                 #DW-006          $125

10 Specimens added October 4, 2016

Boulangerite with Quartz

        Germany (more detail when I find the card!)               5.4 X 3.8 X 2.8cm

Richly covered by silvery, aerial needles of Boulangerite to 1.5cm, white quartz and a creamy carbonate (?) mineral provide great contrast.

                                          #DW-005          $75

Beryl var. Morganite with Tourmaline var. Elbaite and Muscovite

Conselheiro Pena Pegmatite District, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

1.8 X 1.7 X 1.2cm

A complete, saturated pink Morganite crystal with glassy luster and some gemmy areas, and bits of attached Muscovite and medium green Elbaite. The back of the Morganite (photo on upper right) has minor internal fracturing that gives it a lighter-colored appearance, and the bits of attached Elbaite and Muscovite indicate the Morganite was originally grew in a "nest" of Tourmaline and Mica. There is no damage to the Morganite, but areas of contacting where it was intergrown with Elbaite and/or Muscovite are obvious in the photos.

                                                                                                                                #DW-010          SOLD

Tourmaline var. Elbaite with Albite

Laghman Province, Afghanistan  1.8 X 1.9 X 1.3cm

Incomplete lavender to pale blue crystal fragment with minor Albite.

                                          #DW-007          $85

Garnet var. Andradite with Epidote

Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Range, Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

 4.7 X 4.0 X 2.5cm

Lustrous nearly black Andradite crystals to 0.9cm are scattered amongst a matrix of glassy green Epidote crystals. The Andradites are locally reddish-, brownish-, or greenish-black in color, and Epidotes are gemmy. No damage except along the trim edge; back is sculpted with a saw.

                                             #DW-003          $95

Apatite with Muscovite on Albite

Dapos, Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

 7.0 X 4.8 X 3.6cm

I have only seen a few pieces of this style in the past, but this is the best one for composition and aesthetics, and the Apatite is much more deeply colored than usual. The Apatite actually comprises several lustrous, undamaged crystals that have grown into one another. They have better color than captured in the photographs, and the snow-white Albite provides excellent contrast. No damage.

                                                                         #DW-002          $375

Tourmaline var. Elbaite with Albite

Stak Nala, Harkmosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

 2.2 X 2.0 X 1.5cm

Classic presentation from Stak Nala featuring a single polychromatic Elbaite with a jacket of white Albite. The Elbaite is perfectly terminated and features a pink cap followed by a generally colorless band before a very thin blue zone that transitions into the typical light to dark green down the barrel. The entire crystal is translucent with strong backlighting.

                                                          #DW-008          $65

Sérandite with Aegerine

Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Valléy-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada

 3.0 X 2.6 X 2.4cm

Well crystallized example of this signature species from Mont St-Hilaire, featuring lustrous, reddish pink crystals of Sérandite with contrasting black Aegerine. The main Aegerine is incomplete, and there are normal contacts on the edges, but the main Sérandite crystal is in undamaged condition, doubly terminated, and 1.6cm on its longest face.

                          #DW-001          $125

Garnet with Muscovite

Laghman Province, Afghanistan

6.0 X 4.8 X 2.3cm

Pinkish orange (or orangish pink, depending on lighting) Garnets to 1.2cm dance across the face of a silvery Muscovite matrix. The Garnet color tends to be more pink than the photos show, and they have decent to strong luster. The soft Muscovite made it easy to abrade using a water gun, really allowing the Garnets to stand out.

                                                        #DW-004          $145

Denver Worldwide Gallery

Beryl var. Aquamarine with Muscovite

Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

 5.8 X 3.6 X 3.3cm

​A 4.0cm-long, pale blue Aquamarine forms a glassy and gemmy focus for this piece, and is accented by smaller Aquamarine crystals. including a cluster of small crystals with preferred orientations (at the bottom in the photo on the left). Silvery Muscovite blades frame the Aquamarines. There is no damage to note; the main crystal is terminated, but inter grown with Muscovite, especially toward the back (shown in the photo on the upper right), and the color is better than the photographs indicate.

                                                                            #DW-009          $250

SOLD