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Updates Page


This page includes all updates of minerals, gems, jewelry and
wholesale material together for your convenience on one page!

The latest update was posted on July 31st, 2013


 

July 31, 2013

 

Fine Mixed World Wide Mineral Specimens !!

                        

A great smaller sized update of fine quality mixed world wide specimens from both classic and contemporary localities. Some of the highlights include a fine Rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine, along with classic from Tsumeb, plus contemporary Chinese pieces. Please click here to view these specimens. Enjoy!


 

June 20, 2013

 

More Gem Crystals from Pakistan and Afghanistan !!

                        

An additional update of specimens to match the previous update (below) of gem crystals and other minerals from the various gem pegmatite and "Alpine"-type deposits in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I don't have to tell you how impressive and popular the minerals are from this part of the world. We have assembled over 30 pieces including some very attractive Tourmalines, Beryls and Spodumenes, along with some more Stak Nala Tourmalines. Lots of affordable and attractive pieces here. Please click here to view these specimens.


 

May 2, 2013

 

Over 50 Gold and Gold-bearing specimens from Colorado !!

                        

Gold is a word that needs no explanation. Crystallized specimens of Gold are some of my favorite minerals in the world. Several generations of my family has mined for Gold all over Colorado! Gold played a key role in the establishment of the state of Colorado dating back to the 1850's. We have assembled over 50 pieces of Gold and Gold-bearing minerals from all over Colorado in this update with some old historic specimens and contemporary pieces alike. Most specimens are very affordable, so be sure to check them out. With the growing popularity of Gold, pieces like this are even more than collector specimens. Please click here to view this update.


 

August 31, 2012

 

A Full Page of Large Cabinet Display Specimens !!

              

We have updated our site with a page of beautiful and very affordably priced large cabinet display minerals from worldwide localities. A great mix of contemporary, classic, obscure and well known material. I even threw in a few pieces from my father's collection! Please click here to view these specimens.


 

August 6, 2012

 

OVER 200 Minerals Posted from Colorado !!

                        

One of our largest updates ever! We've posted literally over 200 of specimens spanning SEVEN PAGES worth of minerals from Colorado representing classic localities, contemporary discoveries, unique material, rare minerals, hard-to-find specimens, and some of the most well known minerals from various environments, spanning ore bodies, pegmatites, sedimentary deposits, etc. The VAST majority of the pieces listed are priced BELOW $1000, making for a lot of affordable, attractive pieces to add to your collection. It's safe to say that nobody has done a Colorado update like this! Please click here to view these specimens.


 

July 28, 2012

 

Sphalerite Gemstones

        

Here is an update of gorgeous Concave cut Sphalerite gemstones. These stones are completely natural, having no treatment whatsoever. There are Sphalerite gems from both Spain and Bulgaria in this update. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

June 20, 2012

 

Wholesale Calcite Specimens from China!!

        

We have updated our site with 10 Calcite mineral specimens from the Wenshan Mine in China. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

June 19, 2012

 

Wholesale Magnetite Specimens from Bolivia!!

        

We have updated our site with 21 Magnetite mineral specimens from Cerro Huanaquino in Bolivia. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

June 16, 2012

 

Ametrine Gemstones

        

Here is an update of beautiful Concave cut Ametrine gemstones that were faceted from old rough. Ametrine is now becoming hard to find due to the fact that the mine is closed. These stones are completely natural, having no treatment whatsoever. The finest Ametrine gems in the world come from Bolivia. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

December 10, 2011

 

Brett's Handemade Custom Design Jewelry

          

This page has 22 custom, handcrafted pieces of jewelry made by Brett Kosnar. 100% of work that goes into these one-of-a-kind jewelry items is done by Brett, from pencil and paper to finished product. Please click here if you wish to view these items.
Gemstones Cut By Us

        

Here is an update of gemstones that we have been creating in our shop. All stones were faceted by Allyce and Brett Kosnar. We have used a variety of different and unique gem minerals from various localities around the world. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

July 30, 2011

 

10 PAGES OF MIXED BOLIVIAN MINERALS !!

                        

Our most specimen-filled update ever! After weeks of photographing, describing and posting, we are finally ready to announce our giant Bolivian update. Over the last few years I've been culling Bolivian minerals from new finds, old collections, and things I've picked up at shows in the hopes of putting together one great big update. I've even thrown in a few treasures from my personal collection, and my father's personal colleciton. We've posted literally HUNDREDS of specimens spanning TEN PAGES worth of minerals from Bolivia representing classic localities, contemporary discoveries, unique material, rare minerals, hard-to-find specimens, and the definitive species that made Bolivia a hot bed for minerals for centuries. The VAST majority of the pieces listed are priced BELOW $1000, making for a lot of affordable, attractive pieces to add to your collection. It's safe to say that there is no better source online for Bolivian minerals than our website, and this update is just the beginning. We still have hundreds more good Bolivian pieces to post, so enjoy looking at some of our favorite minerals in the world, and stay tuned for more! Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.


 

June 28, 2011

 

Gemstones Cut By Us

        

Here is an update of gemstones that we have been creating in our shop. All stones were faceted by Allyce and Brett Kosnar. We have used a variety of different and unique gem minerals from various localities around the world. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
World Wide Mixed Gemstones!

      

We have updated our website with a various selection of fine gemstones from around the world, including some great Tourmalines, Spaphires and other rare gems! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

June 17, 2011

 

World Wide Minerals - Gem Crystals, Classics & Rarities!

            

A great mix of beautiful display specimens from assorted world wide localities. Classics from the U.S. and abroad mixed with colorful gem crystals from around the world, along with a few unusual rarities. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.


 

June 2, 2011

 

Wholesale Mineral Specimens from the Elmwood Mine, Tennessee!!

        

We have updated our site with 48 mineral specimens from the classic Elmwood mine in Tennessee. Please click here to view these pieces.
Wholesale Hemimorphite from China!!

        

We have updated our site with 17 beautiful blue Hemimorphite specimens from China. Please click here to view these pieces.
Wholesale Mineral Specimens from Baveno, Italy!!

        

We have updated our site with 12 mineral specimens from the classic granite quarries at Baveno, Italy. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

April 20, 2011

 

Wholesale Mineral Specimens from the Elmwood Mine, Tennessee!!

        

We have updated our site with 26 mineral specimens from the classic Elmwood mine in Tennessee. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

April 5, 2011

 

PREHNITE finger casts after Anhydrite from the Prospect Park Quarry, New Jersey

            

The Prospect Park Quarry is well known for its zeolites and associated species, including some of the best Prehnites from any locality in New Jersey (and arguably the world). During the latter half of 2010, one of the most significant discoveries in the history of this locality was made. Some of the finest quality cats (epimorphs) of Prehnite repalcing Anhydrite were discovered during this time, and we are proud to provide 2 pages worth of specimens for your consideration. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.
Assorted Ore Minerals from Bulgaria

            

Bulgaria has produced some very well known sulfide and carbonate specimens from its various ore bodies. We have assembled over 20 hand-selected specimens that represent some of the best of what these localities have to offer. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.
ANDRADITE (Demantoid) from the Sferlun Asbestos Quarry, Italy

            

When it comes to Alpine Garnets, the Italian specimens are among the best in the world! Whether it be Grossulars or Andradites, the Italian specimens have set the standard for the Alpine material. The Demantoids from the famous Val Malenco (Malenco Valley) are among the most well-known and highly sought after Garnets in the world. I recently acquired a small parcel of specimens from the famous locality at Sferlun which were collected approximately 30 years ago (late 1970s to early 1980s), and remained in a private collection for decades. I am told that these pieces originally came through the Magistretti collection in Italy. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.


 

March 13, 2011

 

Wholesale Dioptase from the Republic of the Congo!!

        

We have updated our site with 20 wholesale specimens of Dioptase from the Republic of the Congo. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

January 17, 2011

 

Brett's Handemade Custom Design Jewelry

          

This page has 10 custom, handcrafted pieces of jewelry made by Brett Kosnar. 100% of work that goes into these one-of-a-kind jewelry items is done by Brett, from pencil and paper to finished product. Please click here if you wish to view these items.
Gemstones Cut By Us

      

Here is an update of gemstones that we have been creating in our shop. All stones were faceted by Allyce Kosnar. We have used a variety of different and unique gem minerals from various localities around the world. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

December 1, 2010

 

Angela's Jewelry Items - Including Several One-of-a-kind and Handmade Pieces

          

Just in time for the holidays! We are proud to announce that we finally have jewelry available on the website for sale. This update is filled with several unique and attractive pieces of jewelry, includingpieces that were handmade by Angela Kosnar. Please click here if you wish to view these items.


 

December 1, 2010

 

The Sterling Rose Collection

            

Due to the popularity among our customers, we have elected to create a special gallery for our Sterling Rose Collection jewelry. These items include rose-shaped earrings, pendants, and rings which can be customized with your choice of gemstones. We will periodically upate this gallery as we add new Sterling Rose pieces. Please note that these items can be purchased individually, or as sets. If you would like to purchase a set (whether it be two or three piece sets), please contact us for pricing. Please note that prices will vary based upon the individual stones in each piece of jewelry. Please click here to view the Sterling Rose items that we have in stock.


 

November 21, 2010

 

Wholesale Vanadinite from Morocco!!

        

We have updated our site with 18 wholesale Vanadinite specimens from Morocco. Please click here to view these pieces.
Peridot Gemstones from Pakistan

      

Here we have an update of ten beautiful green Peridot gems from Pakistan. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

November 14, 2010

 

Stephanite Specimens from the Porco Mine, Bolivia

              

We have updated our website with a page of newly discovered specimens of the rare and highly sought after silver sulfosalt, Stephanite. These pieces represent the finest crystallized Stephanites that we have seen from Bolivia. There are only a few world localities that produce fine crystallized examples of this well know yet elusive mineral species, and these new specimens from Porco give collectors a great opportunity to add a worth while example of Stephanite to there collection. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.
Fluorite Gemstones from Argentina

      

Here is a update of 10 Fluorite gemstones from Argentina. These gems have very nice color banding and good clarity for the material. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
Hessonite Garnet Gemstones from Brazil

      

Here we have an update of some very nice Hessonite Garnet gems from Brazil. All of these stones are a beautiful orange color and have excellent clarity. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

October 12, 2010

 

Gemstones Cut By Us

      

Here is an update of gemstones that we have been creating in our shop. All stones were faceted by Allyce and Brett Kosnar. We have used a variety of different and unique gem minerals from various localities around the world. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
Wholesale Mixed World Wide Specimens!!

        

We have updated our site with 16 wholesale specimens from various world wide localities. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

September 2, 2010

 

Copper Pseudomorphs from Corocoro, Bolivia

              

We have updated our website with a page of classic Copper pseudomorphs after Aragonite from Corocoro, Bolivia. There are several unique, interesting, and hard to find specimens in this update. These are some of the most well known pseudomorphs in the world, and exclusive to this locality. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.


 

August 4, 2010

 

Gemstones Cut By Us

      

Here is an update of gemstones that we have been creating in our shop. All stones were faceted by Allyce Ruhl and Brett Kosnar. We have used a variety of different and unique gem minerals from various localities around the world. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
Wholesale Mixed World Wide Specimens!!

        

We have updated our site with 30 wholesale specimens from various world wide localities. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

July 25, 2010

 

Wholesale Amethyst from Bolivia!!

        

We have updated our site with 26 wholesale Amethyst specimens from Bolivia. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

June 14, 2010

 

Wholesale Indian Zeolites and Associated Species!!

        

We have updated our site with 44 wholesale Zeolite specimens from India. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

May 27, 2010

 

Wholesale Dioptase from the Republic of the Congo!!

        

We have updated our site with 30 wholesale specimens of Dioptase from the Republic of the Congo. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

May 22, 2010

 

World Wide Gem Cystals

            

We have updated our website with a page of world wide gem crystals priced at $50 an up. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.
Mixed World Wide Specimens

        

We have updated our website with several unique and classic display specimens from various world wide localities. Many of these specimens are full sized cabinet or large cabinet pieces. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.
Wholesale Vauxite from Bolivia!!

      

We have updated our site with 44 wholesale specimens of Vauxite from Bolivia. Please click here to view these pieces.
Wholesale Vivianite from Bolivia!!

      

We have updated our site with 21 wholesale specimens of Vivianite from Bolivia. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

April 28, 2010

 

Zircon Gemstones

      

We have just posted a lot of stunning Zircon gemstones from a few different localities around the world. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these stones.
Wholesale Cassiterite from Bolivia!!

      

We have updated our site with 25 wholesale specimens of Cassiterite from Bolivia. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

April 1, 2010

 

ANDRADITE (Demantoid and Topazolite) Garnets from Madagascar!

            

We have updated our website with over 50 specimens of the new and exciting Andradite (Demantoid and Topazolite) Garnets from Madagascar. These specimens are some of the finest quality, and most attractive display specimens of their respective varieties that we have seen from any world locality! Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.
RED BERYL from Utah!

        

An update of newly mined, attractive specimens of this highly sought after Beryl variety. These are not small specimens, as many of them are small cabinets. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.
World Wide Cat's Eye Cabochons

      

We have just posted a very nice lot of Cat's Eye Cabochons from various localities from around the world. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these stones.
Gemstones Cut By Us

      

Here is an update of gemstones that we have been creating in our shop. All stones were faceted by Allyce Ruhl and Brett Kosnar. We have used a variety of different and unique gem minerals from various localities around the world. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

March 20, 2010

 

Wholesale Stannite and Zinkenite specimens from the San Jose mine, Bolivia!!

      

We have updated our site with 14 unique wholesale specimens of Stannite and Zinkenite from the San Jose mine in Bolivia. These specimens were mined over 30 years ago! Please click here to view these pieces.
Wholesale Franckeite specimens from the San Jose mine, Bolivia!!

      

We have updated our site with a selection of wholesale Franckeite specimens from the San Jose mine in Bolivia. These specimens were mined over 30 years ago! Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

March 12, 2010

 

Rhodochrosite Gemstones from China!

      

We have just acquired a very nice lot of new Rhodochrosite gemstones from Wutong mine, ("Babu"), China. Faceted Rhodochrosite is relatively rare worldwide. Comparable stones from Colorado and South Africa are becoming more difficult to find and the prices are going up. Take a look! Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

March 5, 2010

 

Wholesale Chinese Spessartine !!

      

We have updated our site with 15 specimens of wholesale Spessartine from China. A nice group of attractive display pieces at 50% off. Please click here
Wholesale Chinese Calcite !!

        

We have updated our site with a selection of wholesale Calcite specimens from China. There are 15 good sized display pieces offered at 50% off. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

February 23, 2010

 

Worldwide Mixed Minerals !!

        

We have updated our site with a great mix of classic and contemporary minerals from various world wide localities. These are all recent acquisitions, and all of them are lovely display specimens. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

November 19, 2009

 

Inclusion Gemstones!

        

We have updated our website with a variety of unique and attractive inclusion gemstones (stones included with other minerals) from around the world. These stones have inclusions such as Gilalite, Epidote, Pyrite and Rutile. There are also several fine stones of Dendritic Quartz, hosting inclusions of Iron Oxide and Manganese Oxide that make for some very beautiful patterns. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
World Wide Mixed Gemstones!

      

We have updated our website with a various selection of fine gemstones from around the world. There are a couple of vibrant, hard to find Liddicoatite Tourmalines from Madagascar, rare orange Fluorites from Brazil, and several other colorful stones. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

October 19, 2009

 

Mixed World Wide Minerals!!

        

We have updated our website with a great selection of colorful, contemporary and classic worldwide mineral specimens which we purchased over the last few months. There is certainly a good mix with a variety of sizes and price ranges that would appeal to all collectors. We are working on several more updates of similar material, so stay tuned! Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.
Wholesale Dioptase from the Congo!!

      

We have updated our site with a 20 specimen wholesale lot of Dioptase from The Republic of the Congo. All of these specimens are very lustrous and gemmy. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.
Spinel Crystal Sets from Vietnam

      

We have updated our website with a page of small gem quality Spinel crystals which are mounted into gem boxes. Many of these sets are inexpensively priced at just over $1 per crystal. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

October 11, 2009

 

Bournonite from Bolivia!!

        

We have just updated our website with a page of superb quality Bournonite specimens from the famous Machacamarca mine in Bolivia. The standard of quality of these specimens is not only superb from the Machacamarca mine, but virtually any mine in South America. I honestly feel that the FINEST specimens from this mine hold their own against the historic specimens from Cornwall, England, or even the contemporary specimens from the Yaogangixan mine in China. Please click here if you wish to view these specimens.


 

September 29, 2009

 

HaŁyne Gems and Crystals!

      

We have updated our website with a page of HaŁyne gemstones and crystals from Germany. These stones are completely natural, having no treatment whatsoever. HaŁyne is one of the most sought after rare gems in the world. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
Opal Gems!

      

We have updated our website with a variety of Opals from around the world, including some rarely seen stones from Slovakia ! Each stone is unique and beautiful. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
Wholesale Pyrites From Peru!!

      

We have updated our site with a wholesale lot of Peruvian Pyrites. These specimens are all small cabinet to large cabinet size with very high luster. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

June 13, 2009

 

Sunstone Gems!

      

We have updated our website with a page of beautiful Sunstone gems from Oregon. These stones are completely natural, and are some of the most well known and beloved Feldspars from North America. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
Wholesale Elmwood Minerals!!

        

We have updated our site with a wholesale lot minerals from the classic Elmwood mine in Tennessee. There are some fine mineral specimens at discounted prices. I am told that this locality is now closed and will not produce these specimens again in the future. Please click hereif you wish to view these pieces.


 

March 31, 2009

 

Ametrine Gems!

      

We have updated our website with a page of beautiful Ametrine gems. Ametrine is now becoming hard to find due to the fact that the mine is closed. These stones are completely natural, having no treatment whatsoever. The finest Ametrine gems in the world come from Bolivia. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

December 18, 2008

 

Wholesale Chinese Aquamarine!!

      

We have updated our site with a wholesale lot of Chinese Aquamarines. The pieces range in price from $25 to $100. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

December 13, 2008

 

Phantom Fluorite specimens from the Dreamtime Claim, Teller County, Colorado

        

An update of attractive phantom Fluorite specimens from the diggings at the Dreamtime claim in Teller County, Colorado. This claim is in the middle of the famous Amazonite producing district near Lake George, and these pieces would make a great addition to any collection of Fluorites, pegmatite minerals or Colorado specimens. The pieces in this update were collected in September of 2008. I am pleased to offer these specimens for the first time. They represent some of the better cabinet and small cabinet sized specimens of this material that I have seen. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.
Champagne Petalite crystals from the Palelni mine, Burma

          

We have updated our site with 17 specimens of fairly new, interesting and unique champagne color Petalite crystals from the Palelni mine in Burma. Typically Petalite occurs in colorless crystals, and are rarely well crystallized. There are a few good to excellent representative crystals in this lot, along with several uniquely etched crystals. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

December 4, 2008

 

Monazite-(Ce) from Llallagua, Bolivia !

        

We have updated our site with nearly 20 specimens of Monazite-(Ce) from the famous Siglo XX mine in Llallagua, Bolivia. These specimens are some of the finest I have seen from this locality with beautiful pinkish-orange twinned crystals on Quartz that perform a COLOR CHANGE in different lighting. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

November 2008

 

Amazing Rare Gems Page 1 of 2 !

      

We have updated our website with a page of amazing rare gems. Many of these stones are very hard to find on today's market. Please click here if you wish to view these gems.
Amazing Rare Gems Page 2 of 2 !

      

We have updated our website with a page of amazing rare gems. Many of these stones are very hard to find on today's market. Please click here if you wish to view these gems.


 

September 22, 2008

 

Eosphorite From Pakistan!!

        

We have updated our site with a new find of unique and colorful Eosphorite specimens from Pakistan. Some of these specimens have very interesting associations. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

August 19, 2008

 

Mixed World Wide Minerals!!

      

We have updated our site with a fine mix of minerals from various world wide localities. We will be doing more updates of this type of material in the coming months. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

August 15, 2008

 

Andesine Gemstones!

      

We have just updated our website with fine selection of great quality Andesine gemstones. These are very hard to find on the market in this quality. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.
Ruby Gemstones!

      

We have just updated our website with fine selection of faceted Ruby gems. Please click here if you wish to view these stones.
Tanzanite and Padparadscha Sapphire Gemstones!

      

This page has three top quality Tanzanites and one superb Padparadscha Sapphire. These are great collector's quality gemstones. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

June 27, 2008

 

Mixed World Wide Minerals!!

        

We have updated our site with a fine mix of minerals from various world wide localities. There will be more to come of this type of material in following months. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

May 12, 2008

 

Mixed World Wide Minerals!!

        

We have updated our site with a fine mix of minerals from various world wide localities. Specimens are priced from around $100 to $1,000. There will be more to come of this type of material in following months. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

May 7, 2008

 

Vivianite from Bolivia !!

        

This update consists of several excellent quality Vivianite specimens from the exceptional find at the Tomokoni adit of the CaŮutillos mine from 2004. We have seen virtually no new specimens from this locality in recent years. We held back a small parcel of specimens in the hopes that more would be found. We are now making these specimens available as it appears that this locality may never produce these specimens again. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

March 24, 2008

 

Kyanite Gemstones!

      

We have just updated our website with several fine quality Kyanite gemstones from Nepal. These are some of the best Kyanites we have acquired. Please click here if you wish to view these gemstones.


 

January 6, 2008

 

Tsumeb Update, 100 Specimens !!

            

We have just updated our website with nine new pages of mixed Tsumeb minerals, and one page of Berg Aukus specimens. All of the specimens range from miniatures to large cabinets, starting at $50. There is a great mix here consisting of rare, unusual, attractive, and classic Tsumeb species and associations. With the Tucson show right around the corner, we wanted to give everybody a shot at this great quality material before we take it on the road. I don't have you tell you that Tsumeb is one of the most prolific, historic and renowned localities in the world, and has been the focus of countless mineral enthusiasts for decades. We are thrilled to bring you these specimens, and we hope you enjoy viewing everything. Please click on any of the following links to view the various pages in the update. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9 & Page 10.


 

December 5, 2007

 

Gem Topaz Crystals From Pakistan (Two Pages!)

        

I picked up this lot of single Topaz crystals in Munich originally for cutting rough, but it turns out that many of them were simply too nice to cut, so we decided to put together a quick update. There are no written descriptions for each crystal, just a size and a price, but the photos are all good representations of the specimens. Truly, these were not as easy to photograph as I thought they would be, but I think most people are familiar enough with these pieces to know what the color looks like (or should look like). Everything is priced at $300 OR LESS, so they're all very affordable and excellent quality. Be sure to check out all the specimens on both Page 1 and Page 2.


 

November 18, 2007

 

Worldwide Thumbnail Mix Part 2 - November 18, 2007

      

The second half of the previous thumbnail update (see below). It took me longer than I had hoped to get these posted, but I did save a few of the best for last as some of the better quality and unique pieces are in this installation. A great mix of specimens from both classic and contemporary localities (from under $100 and up) can be found on three pages. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

August 23, 2007

 

Worldwide Thumbnail Mix Part 1 - August 23, 2007

      

This update includes various thumbnails (and a few miniatures that could easily be trimmed into thumbnails). I acquired these specimens a few weeks ago, and wanted to make sure that they were posted before the Denver Show. A beautiful assortment of specimens from both classic and contemporary localities can be found on three pages. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

July 12, 2007

 

Bolivian Minerals Assorted $400 or Less Page - July 12, 2007

      

Here we have a nice group of less expensive mixed Bolivian specimens (mostly phosphates with a few odds and ends) that simply did not find their way into the previous update. All the specimens are excellent quality and very affordable. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

June 2, 2007

 

Bolivian Phosphates, etc. - June 2, 2007

      

Although Bolivia is known for its "black" minerals, there are plenty of colorful, rather rare species from various localities. This part of the update focuses on several phosphate species, and a few other non-phosphates that are indeed colorful and attractive. This mix is a great representation of the diversity of what Bolivia has to offer in terms of "non-black" minerals. Some of these specimens are from older finds that have not produced similar specimens in as long as ten years in some cases. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.
Bolivian Sulfides and other Rarities - June 2, 2007

      

Bolivia produces a wealth of "black" minerals, and despite the fact that some people refer to these specimens as "black uglies", I personally like to refer to my black rocks as "black beauties". Unfortunately they do not get the recognition that they deserve, just because these are non-colorful species. Collectors should not be deterred from these minerals as they are truly fine display specimens. Several of the pieces in this section of the update are exemplary in quality. The Potosiites are the finest crystals of the species in the world, and the Stannites and Andorites are superb as well. Collectors who appreciate the unique crystallography of many of these species will be delighted to see what we've listed here. It's time to bring back a love for "black" minerals, as they really give character to a collection, and allow collectors to expand their horizons by obtaining very unique and rare species in fine crystallized examples. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.
Bolivian Cassiterite, Ferberite & Magnetite Mix - June 2, 2007

      

This section of the update features some very attractive specimens of a few oxides found at various localities in Bolivia. Again, there are more "black" minerals, but I want to stress that these specimens are very fine quality for the three species listed. Cassiterites from Bolivia are some of the finest in the world, and the piece in this update is very nice. There are many unique Ferberite specimens (i.e., twinned crystals, crystals on matrix, crystals with associations, etc.), and these are some of the best of what they are from various finds over the years that I've been stockpiling from Tasna. The Magnetite crystals in this update are as large as I've seen from the mine at Cerro Hua√Īaquino. Be sure to check out all these "black beauties", and please keep in mind that they are difficult to photograph, so they actually do look better than the photos indicate in most cases. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

November 28, 2006

 

Chinese Spessartine !! - November 28, 2006

      

Over the last few years there have been some very attractive Spessartine Garnet specimens have been coming out of China. There is no other modern locality producing such top shelf quality Spessartine crystals on matrix in the world today. This is a great opportunity to obtain a piece of this truly outstanding material (which seems to be dwindling in availability) while the prices are still low. Every piece in this update is unique and was hand-picked over the course of the last few years out of literally thousands upon thousands of specimens. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

October 30, 2006

 

Pakistan Brookite, Anatase & Rutile - October 30, 2006

      

Here we have a great selection of three trimorphs of Titanium Oxide from the new "Alpine-type" cleft deposits in Pakistan. These pieces are truly "Alpine" quality and rival famous finds throughout Europe. It is nearly impossible to obtain crystals of any of these species from the Alps, as they are highly sought after, and command a premium price in Europe (that is, when they are even found), so the opportunity for collectors in other countries is minimal to purchase superb representations of these minerals for their collections. In some cases, these recent finds from Pakistan rival and even surpass previous finds in the Alps in terms of size and quality. The new Brookites are especially fine for the species, and it appears that the locality that produced these specimens (along with the Anatase specimens) has quickly dried up, so do not miss out on this chance to snag some great quality minerals for a fraction of what they would cost from the Alps. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

September 27, 2006

 

Pakistan Aquamarine and Other Beryls

      

This page has a variety of beautiful Aquamarines and other Beryls. A wonderful mix of top quality gem crystals, to the bizarre and unusual with bi-color (Aquamarine and Morganite in the same crystals) specimens and pieces that don't look like Beryls at all. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.
Afghanistan Kunzite & Spodumene

      

This page features a mix of very attractive Spodumenes, ranging from pink and purple Kunzite to green and even yellow Spodumene specimens as well. Every piece has been hand-picked over the last year or so and all of them are completely different from one another. A great mix that even includes a beautiful matrix specimen of excellent quality. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.
Pakistan and Afghanistan Tourmaline

      

Everybody knows how diverse the spectacular Tourmaline specimens from this part of the world can be. This area has got to be the world leader for yielding such a large number of superb gem Tourmalines with a wide variety of colors. We've got a great mix, including one of the most vivid Paprok Tourmalines I've ever seen. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.
Pakistan and Afghanistan Assorted Specimens

      

Everything here is either a one-of-a-kind piece, or truly didn't fit in with the other categories. You've got a great mix of color and rarity with these specimens. Please click here if you wish to view these pieces.


 

February 24, 2006

 

Pentagonites !! - February 24, 2006

        

Here is one of our best new finds from Tucson. We have three pages of beautiful, superb quality Pentagonite specimens. These are undoubtedly some of the finest Pentagonite specimens from any locality in the world. There is an assortment matrix specimens with single and multiple aggregates, along with fine single aggregates off matrix, and a great combination specimen with Cavansite! These are also much more fairly priced than comparable (and even inferior) specimens we have seen from other dealers. Please click be sure to check out specimens on Page 1, Page 2 and Page 3.


 

January 2, 2006

 

Madagascar Sapphire - January 2, 2006

    

A small update of beautiful and very colorful matrix Sapphire crystals from Madagascar. I am told that these specimens are nearly impossible to obtain now as the Madagascar government is making it very difficult to export them out of the country. Please click here to view these pieces.
Madagascar Pezzottaite - January 2, 2006

    

A page of matrix Pezzottaite specimens!! Pezzottaite is a newly discovery Beryl species from Madagascar named after Dr. Federico Pezzotta. We personally acquired these specimens directly from Dr. Pezzotta ! Please click here to view these pieces.
Madagascar Rare Minerals - January 2, 2006

        

A page of rare minerals from Madagascar including Rhodizite, Londonite, StrŁverite, Liddicoatite, Behierite, and Schiavinatoite. Please click here to view these pieces.


 

November 17, 2005

 

Mixed Worldwide Minerals - November 17, 2005

        

A nice mix of well known, classic, and attractive display specimens from various worldwide localities Please click here to view these pieces.
Idaho Spessartine !! - November 17, 2005

      

This page has many thumbnail/toenail sized, eye-catching Spessartine specimens from Idaho, associated with Smoky Quartz, Albite, Microcline, and Zinnwaldite. All of the specimens were collected by Richard Kosnar in 1979. Please click here to view these pieces.
Wholesale $10 Minerals - November 17, 2005

      

This is page is filled with a mix of world wide minerals, and every specimen is only $10! Please click here to view these pieces.


 

October 13, 2005

 

Bolivian Vivianite - October 13, 2005

      

A page of Vivianite specimens from the Tomokoni adit of the CaŮutillos mine in Bolivia. These are some of the gemmiest and most lustrous Vivianite crystals that we have seen from any Bolivian locality. Please click here to view these pieces.
Chinese Azurite & Malachite - October 13, 2005

      

This is a page of a new find of Chinese Azurite and Malachite specimens. Please click here to view these pieces.
Mixed Worldwide Minerals - October 13, 2005

        

A nice mix of well known, classic, and attractive display specimens from various worldwide localities. Please click here to view these pieces.
Wholesale Bolivian Amethyst - October 13, 2005

      

This is a page of new Bolivian Amethyst specimens at wholesale prices. These pieces have some very interesting habits, and are unique to Bolivia to the best of my knowledge. Individual pieces and flats are both available. Please click here to view these pieces.