Every year we are asked the same question: what did you see that is new? It's an important question, and we search the town to find the newest mineral specimens. Here are the new discoveries:
NEW! Chrome Fluorite from Colombia
3.2" CHROME FLUORITE Crystal with Emerald Green Phantoms Inside Colombia $160 for sale
Here is a fine specimen of colorless fluorite from Colombia's Pena Blanca emerald mine, which made its first appearance at the 2017 Tucson Show. Inside the colorless cubic crystals are bright emerald green phantoms, which led to the material being called chrome fluorite – no doubt because chrome is the chromophore that causes the green color in emeralds. This mine, which is on the northern edge of the Boyaca emerald bearing belt, is unique for its absence of pyrite and other sulphides and the presence of fluorite. The green phantoms fluoresce a turquoise blue color under long wave ultraviolet light, while the clear fluorite fluoresces pink-purple.
Here is another one:
3.4" Emerald Green PHANTOMS in Clear CHROME FLUORITE Crystals Colombia $140 for sale
Colorless, cubic fluorite crystals with green phantoms from Colombia's Penas Blanca Mine made their debut at the 2017 Tucson Show. This is a very good example of this new fluorite, a section of large single crystal that is 2.7" on its longest edge, with sharp cubic green phantoms inside of a clear, gemmy fluorite. The surfaces of the clear fluorite are smooth, with cityscape-like square growth hillocks. Fluoresces under LW UV light.
Here is another one:
2.2" Clear with Phantom Emerald Green CHROME FLUORITE Crystals Colombia $125 for sale
This fluorite crystal comes from the Pena Blanca emerald mine in Colombia. It is part of a 2016 find that first showed up at the Tucson Show in 2017. The fluorite is formed as a cubic crystal, and it is colorless, with rich green cubic phantoms inside that are the color of emeralds. This fluorite is being called chrome fluorite, after chromite, the coloring element which gives emeralds their green color. Some of the green fluorite has been cut into gemstones. This is a very characteristic example of this new material, with no distracting damage. Under longwave ultraviolet light the fluorite fluoresces.
NEW! Grape Chalcedony from Indonesia
5.6" VeryVividViolet GRAPE CHALCEDONY Sparkling Crystal Balls Indonesia for sale
Though it is being called grape agate, this material is in fact chalcedony. It comes from diggings above a river in Indonesia. It is a combination of fine brilliant purple radial aggregate balls that resemble a bunch of grapes with wonderful three-dimensional cavernous form and notably sparkling luster. Up close each individual ball has tiny crystallized areas. The spheres are up to 6 mm in diameter, which is good sized for this material. A small portion of the piece has celadonite inclusions which give it a lovely green color.
6.3" Purple GRAPE AGATE Chalcedony Balls Crystals NEW FIND! Indonesia $300 for sale
Here is a superb example of the exciting new material from 2016 mining near Manakarra Beach, on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. The material is actually chalcedony, but is being marketed as grape agate, which is a good description. The colors of this material range from green to blue to purple, but the best pieces are like this one – a rich amethyst purple. The grape-like formation is made up of small balls, here from 3 to 5 mm in diameter. This piece has a bright sparkle to it. The story on this material is that it was discovered years ago, but the Indonesian government would not let it be collected and exported until late 2015. This piece is almost entirely damage free, and is the best of the pieces I purchased at the East Coast show in 2016.
Here is another one, in green:
3.9" Colorful Blue-Green GRAPE CHALCEDONY Botryoidal Spheres Indonesia $90 for sale
Most of the grape chalcedony from Indonesia is purple or lavender, but this specimen is notable for the rare bright blue-green color on one side, caused by inclusions of celadonite. This botryoidal chalcedony has excellent spherical form and a microcrystalline surface that gives it a slightly sparkly appearance. The condition is perfect on this very attractive specimen which displays well front and back. This is a high quality example from the new find in 2016.
NEW! 4.9" Tangerose Quartz Crystals from Para, Brazil
4.9" Red-Orange TANGEROSE QUARTZ Group Terminated Crystals Para Brazil $275 for sale
NEW! 4.5" Azurite from Laos
4.5" Brilliant Sparkly Blue AZURITE CRYSTALS Lining Vug with Malachite Laos $185 for sale
NEW! Polished Carnelian Flame from Madagascar
5.1" Orange-Red-Tan CARNELIAN FLAME Carved and Polished Madagascar $125 for sale
This free form flame carnelian carving takes the shape of a twirling, fiery flame. It has been sculpted into this highly recognizable formation, then polished to a high luster to show off its swirls of red, orange, tan and white colors. Carnelian is orange chalcedony, a crypto crystalline form of quartz that has a rich history of use in many cultures. This piece has a flat bottom that makes it a gorgeous display piece.
NEW! Sandstone Arch from Arizona
9" Carved SANDSTONE Sculpture Red-Orange-Brown Stripes 4 Corners Arizona $100 for sale
This is a beautifully carved decorator specimen of striped sandstone from the Navajo formation near Four Corners in northeastern Arizona. It has bright stripes of red, orange and brown sandstone that created highly aesthetic patterns in the three-dimensional sculpture. Stands on its own, with thin cork cushions on the bottom surface so it won't damage your display surface.
OTHER FAVORITE FINDS
6.6" Cubic Pyrite Group from Spain
14 Sharp PYRITE CUBES Sharp Flashy Crystals to 2.9" in 6.6" Group Spain $700 for sale
3.7" Emeralds on Matrix from Colombia
3.7" Mint Green Terminated Gemmy EMERALD CRYSTALS on Calcite Colombia $750 for sale
3.4" Red Ball Fluorite from India
3.4" Bright Hemispheres of RED BALL FLUORITE Crystals on Quartz India $400 for sale
6.9" Prehnite on Epidote from Mali
6.9" Shamrock Green PREHNITE BALLS with Lustrous EPIDOTE Crystals Mali $500 for sale
8.4" Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan
8.4" 6.3LB LAPIS LAZULI Intense Royal Blue Polished Freeform Afghanistan $495 for sale
This polished display specimen from the world famous Ladjuar Medam deposit in Sar-e-Sang is a startling azure royal blue color - as good as you see in any Afghani lapis lazuli. It is a large piece, with tiny sparkling flecks of pyrite and white calcie freckles here and there for contrast. Comes with a free large metal display stand.
3.5" Lazulite from the Yukon
4.4" Flashy Blue LAZULITE Crystals w/Siderite+Quartz Rapid Creek Yukon $750 for sale
Lazulite is the premiere mineral from the now-closed Rapid Creek phosphate deposits. This is a superb quality specimen of this rare phosphate, out of the collection of Don Olson, with numbers on the bottom from 2 previous owners. The crystals have superb, sparkly luster and are colored a dark, inky, indigo blue color. They are sharply formed, monoclinic crystals that look like tabular prisms. Here they are accompanied by gemmy siderite and sparkly quartz crystals. No damage.
7.4" Historic Copper from Arizona
7.4" Historic CRYSTALLIZED COPPER New Cornelia Mine Arizona exJ.Thomas $350 for sale
8.9" Chocolate Calcite with Dogtooth Crystals from Mexico
6.2" Navy Blue FLUORITE Curved Crystals on White Quartz Huanggang Mine for sale
2.2" Ajoite Pseudo Malachite/Azurite from D.R.Congo - NEW!
6.4" Turquoise Blue ARAGONITE Fine Coral-Like Flos Ferri Crystals China $325 for sale
5.5" Alum Crystal from Poland
5.5" Grape Purple ALUM CRYSTAL on Matrix Pristine Octahedron Lab Grown $400 for sale
3.9" Glassy Blue-Green Datolite from Dal'negorsk
3.9" Brilliant Glassy Blue Green DATOLITE Gemmy Crystals Dal'negorsk $275 for sale
5.1" Spray of Stibnite Crystals from China
5.1" Complex Interlocking STIBNITE Crystals Flashy Metallic Silver China $450 for sale
6.6" Radiating Red Quartz from Dal'negorsk
6.6" Radiating Sprays of RED QUARTZ Crystals Dal'negorsk Russia 2007 $350 for sale
9.4" Chalcedony Fossil Coral from Georgia
9.4" Iridescent Brown CHALCEDONY PSEUDOMORPH after Fossil Coral Georgia $230 for sale
4.1" Pre-1891 CALCITE from Fontainebleu France
4.1" SAND INCLUDED CALCITE Crystals Fontainebleau France Old Labels $650 for sale
8.8" Double-Terminated "Generator" Quartx from Brazil
8.8" Double-Terminated Clear Terminated GENERATOR QUARTZ CRYSTAL Brazil $300 for sale
1.8" Amazonite & Smoky Quartz Combo from Smoky Hawk Claim
1.8" SMOKY QUARTZ Crystal +Turquoise AMAZONITE Smoky Hawk Claim Colorado $225 for sale
Here is a lovely cluster of well-crystallized smoky quartz crystals with bright robin's egg blue amazonite crystals attached at the base. The smoky quartz crystals are terminated, and the amazonite is bright, shiny and highly lustrous, and colored a lovely blue. This specimen comes from the highly acclaimed Smoky Hawk claim as featured on The Prospectors on the Weather Channel.
7" Pink Iceland Spar from Mexico
7" Pale LavenderPink ICELAND SPAR Crystal Rhomb See-Thru Gem Clear Mexico $300 for sale
Here is a richly colorful specimen that features brilliant rainbow chalcopyrite crystals on a gray calcite matrix. The chalcopyrite glints and glitters with a mix of iridescent colors, including blue, purple, magenta and gold. The sparkling crystals are very vividly colored and make a very attractive display specimen. No damage.
4.8" Blue Magenta Purple Gold Iridescent CHALCOPYRITE Crystals Missouri $90 for sale
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of the new specimens from Tucson 2017
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