August 7, 2015

A picture of our recent shipment1,200 pounds of new Madagascar material.

 

On August 4, 2015, a 1,200 pound shipment of new material from Madagascar Arrived at the store.

This shipment included:

We will have representative samples of all of this material at the store and at the Seaside and subsequent shows this fall.

We are expecting a 600 piece selection of Chinese minerals in mid-September.

There will be about 200 pieces of dark green, sparkly, botyroidal fluorite from Xingiang, Henan Province. The Mineral News in the July 2015 issue stated that they were very expensive, but something every serious collector should consider. Well, we will have them. The pieces will average about 1 1/2 kg and probably be priced between $60 and $250, much less than most pieces on the internet.

There will be about 200 clusters of quartz from Huanggang, Inner Mongolia. There is quite a variation in size and associated minerals. The photos will show the variation. The prices will range from about $30 and $300 depending on size and quality.

Finally, there will be a 200 piece collection of azurite and malachite. At the present time, we don't have the location but will have it shortly. These pieces will range from $30 to $120.

Boxes of fluorite
Boxes of fluorite

fluorite

fluorite

Fluorite

fluorite
fluorite
fluorite
fluorite
fluorite
fluorite
fluorite
Quartz
Quartz
Quartz
Quartz
Quartz
Malachite
Malachite
Malachite
Malachite
Malachite

 

February 13, 2015

TUCSON BUYING TRIP 2015

Introduction

Wow! What a busy five days of shopping!

While we were in Tucson, we visited with many old friends and made a bunch of new ones. We probably examined the wares of several hundred vendors, some just a cursory look and others a very extensive look. We visited 12 of the 40 show venues.

Purchases

The most important aspect of the show was that we found all kinds of products for you to select from. By the time we finished shopping on February 11, we had acquired 9 large pallets of merchandise (About 15,000 pounds) of stuff. After five days of intensive shopping, we decided to forego the main show and go to the Sonoran Desert Museum to relax on February 12th.

Here is a brief summary of the new products we purchased by country or type of product.

 

Show Summary

The number of venues and vendors seemed to be about the same as in previous years. From talking to many of the vendors, it seems like the number of customers were down, but they were buying. The low to moderate end sellers were doing fine (We made several of them happy!) The high end dealers seemed to have lower sales this year than in previous years.

It seems like the prices are just getting higher and higher. Some of the materials have gone up radically over the last five years. Many mineral specimens have in creased between 2 and 4 times what they were five years ago. Many of these products are now more expensive than what the market will bear.

Our shipment should arrive about February 18. We will be able to display our new products as soon as we get them unpacked and priced. With all of this new material, it will take two or more months to complete this task. We will post new announcements showing more photos of the new material as we unpack it.

We hope to see you at our store or at one of our gem shows. (See our show schedule.)

Fluorite bowls

Fulorite bowls from Argentina

Lepidolite

Lepidolite from Brazil

Muscovite

Muscovite from Brazil

Chinese Fluorite bowls

Fulorite bowls from China

Obelisks

Obelisks from China

Fluorite vases

Fulorite vases from China

malachite

Malachite from the Democratic Republic of Congo

 

quartz

Clear quartz obelisks

Rose quartz bowls

Rose Quartz Bowls

ammonite

Ammonite from Morocco

blue barite

Blue barite from Morocco

red quartz

Red quartz from Morocco

July 28, 2014

We have just ordered a 50 piece selection of unusual quartz from China. The material is yellow quartz with hematite from an iron mine at Jinglong, Longchan County, Guandong Province, China.

I have seen thousands of pieces from this mine, but have never seen any pieces with this color. My source tells me that this is the natural color of the material and that they have not been color enhanced.

The material suppposedly comes from a single cavity.

There are several larger pieces in the lot. Due to my cost, as well as the rarity of these specimens, they will probably be priced from about $150 to $1500. I won't know until they arrive in about ten days.

Hopefully, this shipment will arrive in time to be sold at Seaside on August 15-17.

The photos on this page show 11 of the 50 pieces. The hands and tape measure will give you an idea of the size of the pieces.

yellow quartz

yellow quartz

Yellow Quartz

Yellow Quartz

yellow quartz

Yellow Quartz

Yellow Quartz

Yellow Quartz

Yellow Quartz

Yellow Quartz

Yellow Quartz

 

May 29th, 2014

On May 20th, 2014, we recieved a 325 piece selection of outstanding quartz from Inner Mongolia. The location for these specimens is Huanggang Mine Complex, Hexington Banner, Keshiketeng County, Ulahad League, Chefeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.

Many of the crystals are complex and have multiple scepters. Some of the associated minerals include fluorite, dolomite, maganocalcite, hedenbergite, arsenopyrite, and lollingite. The maganoncalcite fluoresces bright pink. There are a few unidentified minerals that fluoresce white or bright blue.

Here are several of the specimens from the lot. They will be priced between ten and several hundred dollars.

A picture of quartz

a picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

A picture of quartz

They are available for purchase now.

Report on Tucson buying trip 2014

Dan and I spent six days of continuous buying at the Tucson Gem Show. You may or may not know that there has been considerable amount of price inflation on our types of products. We went through many hard negotiations to obtain the best prices we could get so that we could have affordable prices for you.

We purchased between 7,000 and 10,000 pounds of minerals; fossils; inexpensive jewelry; rock spheres, eggs, obelisks, and pebbles; and rock vases. In many cases, we were able to get large quantities of material at prices that will permit us to wholesale those products to valid dealers. The following paragraphs describe most of our new products. Due to the quantity of material, we will not be able to get everything unpacked and priced until the end of March 2014.

Minerals

China Minerals

There will be about 20 flats of minerals from Inner Mongolia. There are ilvaites, very unusual quartz specimens, andradite garnets, and several other minerals. There are about 100 kg of single almadine garnets and 100 kg of tourmaline from the Altai Mountains. There are about 36 kg of unusual round pyrite concretions with nice crystal faces. These concretions are not the ones that disintegrate.

There are several flats including some large pieces with fluorite, maganocalcites, and pyrites. There are about six flats of very attractive siderites with chalcopyrite and sphalerites. Finally, there are about four flats of extremely attractive botryoidal lavender colored fluorite and four flats of amber colored fluorite clusters.

Spain

There are 10 flats of the nice cubes of Spanish pyrites.

Peru

There are about 90 kg of inexpensive pyrite masses with small crystals from Hanzala, Peru

Mali

There are a couple hundred pieces of prenhite and epidote.

Madagascar

We were only able to find one flat of decent celestite. Almost all the celestite that was available was badly damaged. There are several clusters of larger garnet from the Antsirabe' region.

Morocco

There are several flats of very nice crystalline azurite concretionary masses. There are several pieces of a new blue barite specimens from Nador. There are about 12 flats of very nice gypsum desert roses. Finally, there are about five flats of almost microcrystal geodes of magnesite.

Fossils

Morocco

There are several hundred new Eocene shark teeth.

There are about 200 new Devonian trilobites. I have never carried several of the species in this selection. There are also about 200 Ordivician trilobites. There is one large plate with three large Paradoxides. All of the trilobites are well prepared with very little if any restoration work.

Madagascar

There are several hundred Cretaceous ammonite pairs ranging from 3/4 of an inch to 5 inches. There are about 30 kg of very colorful petrified wood ranging from 3 1/2 inches to 8 inches in diameter and about 3/8 inch thick.

Lebanon

There are about 125 Cretaceous shrimp on limestone. Most are singles. However, there are several plates with two, three, or four shrimp on them.

Jewelry

There are over 5,000 new pendants including some nice kyanite pendants and several pendants that would be of interest to metaphysical customers. There are also over 800 hematite and glass bracelets of many styles.

Insect frames

There are over 160 frames of butterflies mainly from Peru. The frames have between one and 32 butterflies. There are also about six very nice large Atlas moths in the selection.

Polished products

Peru

There are about 300 two and three inch soapstone carvings of several types of animals.

Mexico

There are ten 12 inch chess sets of varicolored onyx. These sets are very inexpensive for the amount of work required to make them.

Pakistan

There are many two to six inch bowls, wine goblets in felt boxes, 4x8 inch vases, three and four inch mortar and pestles, coaster sets, and canisters. Finally, there are over 150 actual size apples (these have not been available for several years). All of these products are made of Pakistani onyx.

China

There are about 500 kg of yellow and amber colored calcite spheres. These pieces are nearly transparent and have a bright polish. They are by far the best quality of calcite spheres we've ever seen.

There are over 150 kg of very high quality banded fluorite obelisks. In addition, there are lots of fluorite slabs, 300 kg of fluorite spheres, several lesser quality fluorite obelisks, and several hundred worry stones and small points.

There are about 100 new pieces of the very colorful Peacock Marble from Yunan Province. The pieces include four and five inch mortar and pestles, canisters, and several new styles of vases.

Madagascar

There are about 1,000 kg of spheres, eggs, pebbles, hearts, and larger freeform pieces. These pieces are made from labradorite, quartz, carnelian, agate, rose quartz, polychromic jasper, and septarian nodules. All of this material is of very good quality and many of these pieces were hand selected.

There are about 100 kg of a type of septarian nodule eggs and spheres that we haven't sold before. These pieces have large cavities lined with dark brown drusy aragonite crystals. They are excellent quality and quite attractive.

Summary

As you can see, we had a very successful buying trip at Tucson. We hope to get photographs of some of this material on this website by late April.

We hope to see you at one of our shows listed elsewhere on the website or at our store.