The Vug Front Page Update Highlights 10-24-2016

Collector's Edge

Elbaite v. Rubellite; Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dakota Matrix

Boleite; Amelia mine, Boleo, Santa Rosalia, Baja California, Mexico

Golden BARITE; Meikle Mine * Nevada

Mineral Auctions

Rutile twin on Quartz; Kapudzhukh Mt, Zangezur Range, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan


Fluorite; Marienshacht, Wolsendorf, Schwandorf, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany

John Betts - Fine Minerals

Beryl var. Aquamarine; Que Phong, Nghe An Province, Vietnam

MinTreasure - New Auction

Hematite Inclusions In Calcite; Tsumeb Mine, Otavi Highlands, Namibia

The Vug Front Page Update Highlights 10-21-2016


3.5″ Wet-Look Lime Green VESUVIANITE Gemmy Terminated Crystals Quebec; Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada

Treasure Mountain Mining

12.3mm 3.38ct Gem Clear Harlequin Green EMERALD CRYSTAL Muzo M Colombia

Collection Arkane

Gemmy blue Beryl (Aquamarine variety) with Schorl. Namibia. Specimen size: 6.5 x 4.4 x 4 cm.

Exceptional Minerals

reddish-purple Fluorite cubes with Sphalerite;The Denton Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin Co., Illinois

Shelter Rock Minerals

Calcite; Egremont, Cumberland, England


The Vug Front Page Update Highlights 10-19-2016


Chrome”Tourmaline” crystal from Tanzania. Terminated single gem crystal of Chrome Tourmaline which is a chromium and vanadium rich Dravite. Complete all around with deep emerald green coloration in the upper half and a more olive green in the lower half. Fantastic color and the majority of the crystal is facet grade flawless. Undamaged. From a spectacular pocket opened in 2016.

Item no. 3937
Rogerley Mine
Country Durham
United Kingdom

Size: 7 x 4.5 x 4.8 cm
Weight: 134 g
Group of very big (as for Rogerley) gemmy twins with medium luster on small matrix.


LOCATION: Tsumeb, Otjikoto, Namibia
Deep glistening green crystal of dioptase 1.0 cm across set at the top of a 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm matrix. Some damage to the lesser crystals low on the matrix as seen, the main prominent crystal in very good condition from the front, one cleaved face on the side. Shipping weight: 0.03 pounds. Ex Chris & Agatha Galas collection!

KUTNOHORITE with Manganite
Locality: Wessel Mine, No. Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 6 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm
A very attractive and aesthetic pale pink arrangement of Kutnohorite crystals liberally
sprinkled with tiny black Manganite crystals. This is an old specimen that has been in
my collection for at least 20+ years. It is even nicer in hand!



Fluorite on Sphalerite Crystals, Elmwood Mine, Tennessee
This is a cluster of interpenetrating purple fluorite cubes on dark brown sphalerite crystals. The overall dimensions are 4.6 cm wide by 4.1 cm tall by 3.4 cm front to back. The locality is the Elmwood Mine, Smith County, Tennessee. There are nicks to a few crystals at the edges.

SKU ow9065mkst




Code: EB0916QOA4
Terminated OPAL AURA QUARTZ Crystals Opal-Like Rainbow Iridescence
3.1″ x 2.2″ x 1.9″

Here is a lovely specimen of opal aura quartz crystals which are sharply-terminated and have a dazzling opalescent luster. The unique pastel rainbow colors come from a thin layer of silver and gold, which is molecularly bonded to the quartz (it cannot come off by rubbing, washing, scratching, etc.). The crystals are stunningly iridescent, very bright, and water clear.


The Vug Front Page Update Highlights 10-17-2016

Mineral Specimen No. 62028:
Topaz (gem-grade crystal cluster) from Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Detailed information on mineral specimen No. 62028:

Minerals Species: Topaz (gem-grade crystal cluster).
Location of mineral deposit: Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Description: Complex cluster of many interconnected flawless transparent colorless (very pale blue) topaz crystals with complex crystal faces on all surfaces. Though it appears that the topaz crystals are etched, they are actually natural crystals that grew together. The specimen formed in a cavity with many crystals intersecting in all directions. Most crystals are complete except in areas where they intersected adjacent crystals in the cavity. Weight 127.7 grams.
Overall size of mineral specimen: 6.5×5.5×3.5 cm.
Size of individual crystals: 15-35 mm.


Beryl v. Emerald
SKU: emerald1
Region: Colombia
Dimensions: 4.2 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm
This specimen comes mounted on a custom acrylic base with a locality label. It would make an excellent addition to any mineral collection!
The single 4.2 cm crystal has good color and luster, along with the gemmy translucency that collectors want. The emerald crystal is nicely nested on a calcite coated matrix. The calcite crystals are milky white, with good luster too.

Chivor Mine
Boyaca Department

Andradite- Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, United States
5 x 4 x 3 cm – Miniature
Red crude to well-formed (4mm) crystals of Andradite on matrix.

WULFENITE crystals w/ Endlichite * Los Lamentos * Mexico

1.75 x 1.25 x 1.25 inch

Here is an outstanding sample of new Wulfenite crystals from Los Lamentos * Mexico. Large gemmy crystals, the biggest measures 2 cm across!




The Vug Front Page Update Highlights 08-16-2016


Uncut Rough Diamond Crystal No. 70042:
Diamond (2.32 carat cuttable gem-grade pale-yellow octahedral crystal) from Almazy Anabara Mine, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Siberia, Russia.
Detailed information on mineral specimen No. 70042:

Minerals Species: Diamond (2.32 carat cuttable gem-grade pale-yellow octahedral crystal).
Location of mineral deposit: Almazy Anabara Mine, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Siberia, Russia.
Description: Lustrous transparent pale-yellow gem-grade natural diamond crystal with no dark inclusions or flaws. The diamond crystal is octahedral form with curved faces that gives it excellent natural sparkle, suitable for use in jewelry. Minor surface abrasions.
Overall size of mineral specimen: 7.2x6x5.5 mm.



Quartz v. Amethyst
Region: Erongo Region, Namibia
Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 4 cm
This specimen features one single amethyst crystal on matrix. The color is outstanding with a beautiful zoning patter up the crystal. The luster on this specimen is great too. It is really a standout in any display. There are a couple minor chips on the termination which require a loupe to see.

Goboboseb Mountains
Erongo Region

Lac St. Jean, Quebec, Canada
12 x 5 x 3.5 cm – Cabinet
This is a big hunker of a Baryte crystal. It is a single, long tabular crystal with three prism faces beveling the sides and two pinacoidal faces closing the prism in the a and b axial directions. The c-axis is terminated by two pyramidal faces. One end is terminated the other is a broken end. Impressive and good for teaching or excersising your biceps.

Purple FLUORITE crystals w/ Selenite * Muzquiz * Mexico

2.75 x 2.25 x 2 inch

Here is a beautiful cluster of purple Fluorite crystals sprinkled with Selenite from Muzquiz * Mexico.




The Vug Front Page Update Highlights 08-12-2016


Green “Tanzanite” crystal from Pakistan. These have always been intriguing to me as only the second locality I’m aware of that produces gem quality Zoisite, however production was always very sporadic and nothing has been turning up for years. I bought this about 15 years ago and it has been in my collection ever since. The left side of the crystal has some gemmy zones with great green coloration. Complete all around.


Quartz var. amethyst
Item no. 13392
Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez
Veracruz, Mexico

Size: 7.5 x 6.5 x 6.0 cm
Weight: 80 g
Aesthetic, sharp, clear and lustrous amethyst crystals on matrix. Great luster.


LOCATION: Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
A rare glassy partly gemmy translucent single terminated purple elbaite crystal measuring 6.8 x 6.6 x 5.0 cm in size. Complete all around – the color is very unusual for the species and quite attractive. There is a very thin red colored band at the termination. Absolutely damage-free. Unique and beautiful!


Locality: ACF Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Morocco
Size: 5.5 x 5 x 3.5 cm
A top cluster of red Vanadinite crystals with fantastic luster, size and aesthetics. This was mined in 2013 from a
small find of these very large crystals.




Smithsonite Crystals, Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
This is a cluster of green smithsonite crystals on a darker matrix. The overall dimensions are 4.8 wide by 5.3 tall and 3.6 cm front to back. The locality is the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia. A couple crystals near the edges show some damage.

SKU ow8828mkst




Spessartite Garnet crystal from Loliondo, Tanzania
3.2 x 3.1 x 2.8 cm
52.9 grams
Gemmy Spessartite Garnet crystal in an intense orange color with textbook structure and good luster, from the now famous Loliondo occurrence in Tanzania! This is a very hefty crystal at over 50 grams! Fantastic color, complete all around, man this is why I love Garnet so much. It has everything going for it! Some damage mostly near the bottom, but this is of little consequence. A robust Garnet from one of the most exciting finds (2009) of the species this side of the millennium! Don’t miss out on this piece, as with the passing of time, these will grow increasingly scarce on the market, and the value will increase. I have a couple, and I for one plan to get more…
Please note that the picture shows different views of the same specimen. You are bidding on ONE specimen.
Auction ends 8/18/16 at 7:00 PM, PDT

The Vug Front Page Update Highlights 08-03-2015


Native VEIN COPPER Crystals; Caledonia Copper Mine, Near Ontonagon, Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA

Treasure Mountain Mining

Flamingo Pink Pineapple Cactus ALUM; China

Collection Arkane

Likasite; Likasi Mine, Likasi, Shaba, Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality for Likasite)

Exceptional Minerals

Blue Fluorite atop Siderite; Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou City, Yizhang, Hunan Province of China

Shelter Rock Minerals

Boltwoodite; Goanikontes, Swakopmund District, Erongo Region, Namibia

The Vug Front Page Update Highlights 08-02-2015

Collector's Edge

Pyromorphite; Wheatley Mine, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Dakota Matrix

Baryte; Lac St. Jean, Quebec, Canada


Agate pair; Ojo Laguna, Chihuahua, Mexico

Mineral Auctions

Gemmy DT Tourmaline; Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil


ENHYDRO AGATE; Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil

Weinrich Minerals

Prehnite; Goboboseb Mountains, Erongo Region, Namibia

John Betts - Fine Minerals

Fluorite with internal phantom-growth zoning; Dongpo Mine, Yizhang , Hunan, China

MinTreasure - New Auction

Johillerite; Arsenatnaya Fumarole, 2nd Scoria Cone, Tolbachik, Far Eastern Region, Russian Federation