Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2008

Tucson Gallery 5

Pink Tourmaline on matrix # TUC0818

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Simply, superbly, awesome! Not just by design and in color, but the quality is tops! The perfectly formed and terminated glassy Tourmaline (Rubellite) crystal has the most spectacular pink color to it. An exceptional sparkling gem indeed, accented on a matrix of Feldspar and Cleavelandite (var. Albite). I consider this colorful cabinet sized jewel my best find at the Tucson Show 2008. I just cannot keep my eyes of this one. One can only wonder how many more beauties like this "might" come out of Afghanistan anytime in the near future? This one-of-a-kind beauty displays marvelously, and it is guaranteed to keep you spellbound!

Dimensions in cm: 14.5 x 7.0 x 4.0
Tourmaline crystal in cm: 2.0 h x 1.0 w

Paprok, Nuristan Province
(Nurestan; Nooristan), Afghanistan

Specimen # TUC0818
$ 3,910

White Calcite Crystal on Chalcedony #TUC0819

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This striking cabinet specimen is from a relatively new find (2007), and I have never seen anything quite like it before! At the Denver Show 2007, I was fortunate to come across one in the last minutes of the show. It caught my eye immediately, and I really love the very "pure look" given by the large, translucent, white calcite crystal laying on snow white Chalcedony matrix.

Needless to say that sold soon after listing it here on my site. I made it a point to go back to that India dealer to purchase more at the Tucson 2008 Show. I was really let down when he said he had not come across any since! It only goes to show you how quickly some of these beauties are gone soon after their discovery.

I did not give up my search, and finally towards the end of the Tucson Show 2008, I was so ecstatic about finding just this one beauty offered for sale here. This striking cabinet piece as you can see displays beautifully, and is a very fine specimen!

Dimensions in cm: 12.0 x 9.0 x 5.5
Largest crystal in cm: 6.0

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Specimen # TUC0819

Fluorite Crystals on Sphalerite #TUC0820

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I just had to show you a close up detail of the Sphalerite crystals, as they have amazing color and luster!

This stellar cabinet specimen of Fluorite and Sphalerite, was collected in the mid 80's. The former, meticulous, owner/collector really knew how to pick them! This flawless beauty features five, gemmy, deep electric blue-purple, Fluorite crystals of varying sizes. They are perfectly balanced on crystallized, reddish/brown Sphalerite matrix. Even some of the shiny Sphalerite matrix features some lustrous, translucent, and "glowing" red crystals. Great terminations and well trimmed! Overall, truly a beautiful and very aesthetic specimen, from one of the very classic U.S. locales featured at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2008.

Dimensions in cm: 9.0 x 8.0 x 5.0
Largest crystal in cm: 2.0 across
Elmwood Mine, Smith County
Near Carthage
, Tennessee

Specimen # TUC0820

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PLEASE NOTE: All of the photographs are not to scale. Some are enlarged to give you an accurate and an in depth view of all the details for you to see. Please always refer to specimen size in all my listings for the actual size, as this is what the final price is based on. Although picture colors can vary slightly from browsers to computers, I go to great lengths in photographing all mineral specimens with complete color accuracy, without any retouching whatsoever! My photo studio lighting consists of 4800K fluorescent lighting, which simulates the wavelengths of daylight. In some cases for a different effect I have utilized regular incandescent lighting to provide a different effect. If a specimen has knowingly been repaired, I will always disclose this information to you.