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

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