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                                                                                                                                                                    Minerals Beginning with "E"

JC11546.  Elbaite.  Karibib constituency, Erongo region, Namibia.   4 cm tall.  30g.  $95.00   Deep green crystal.
JC11546.   Another view. 
JC11546.   Another view. 
JC11541. Elbaite.  Cruzeiro mine?, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.   3 cm tall.  20g.  $75.00.    Not sure of the exact location on this one.   Appears to be Cruzeiro mine, although the label says only Minas Gerais.
JC11541.  Back side.  
JC11541.   Closer view
JC10490. Elbaite/Rubellite.   Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast, Transbaikal, Eastern Siberia, Russia.  5 cm tall crystal.  39g.   $290.00    Pinkish red termination, with the sides partially coated with microscopic quartz crystals which add sparkle to the sides.     Discovered in 1980 by Russian geologists, this area has been a prolific source of beautiful (and expensive) tourmaline specimens.   
JC10490.  Back side.  
JC11697.  Epidote, quartz.  Pampa Blanca, Ica, Peru.  6 x 7.5 cm 165g.  $50.00.  From the finds of quite a few years ago now.   Sprays of epidote green epidote crystals.  
JC11697.   Another view.  Several of the terminations are broken, which is fairly common with these.   
JC11697.   Another view.
JC11697.   Another view.
JC11697.   Another view.
JC11569.  Epidote.  Pampa Blanca, Ica department, Peru.  4.5 x 5.5 x 7 cm 159g.           $ 75.00.  Glassy, bladed epidote crystals, with most terminated in a spray typical for this locality.  
JC11569.  Another view. 
JC11569.  Another view. 
JC11569.  Another view. 
JC11569.  Another view. 
JC11569.  Another view. 
JC11569.  Another view. 
JC11140.  Epidote, scheelite, calcite.  Schober mine, Bishop tungsten district, Coyote ridge, Inyo county, California.   6 x 8 cm  170g.  $20.00  Small, sparkly epidote crystals are growing on fine grained epidote ground mass with rounded white/beige scheelite crystals scattered around on both sides.    A little residual calcite is present, as the specimen was etched out of calcite.  
JC11140.   Closer view of the scheelite crystals.  
JC11140.  Back side.   
JC11102. Epidote.     Kimmeria deposit, Xanthi, East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece.   8 x 11 cm  423g.  $165.00    A nice large plate of brilliant crystals.  There are some broken crystals, not uncommon from here.  Also present are a few small roots that weren't removed by the collector.  Much better quality than the average specimen from here.    
JC11102.  Another view.  
JC11102.  Close up view with a few roots.  
JC11097.  Epidote.  Kharan district, Balochistan region, Pakistan.   4.5 x 5 cm  35g.   $35.00  Several sprays standing vertically off the matrix.  Matrix appears to be albite.   Nice luster.   From the finds of a few years ago.   
JC11097.  Another view. 
JC11097.  Another view. 
JC10700.    Epidote.  Groppaggi, Bargone, Casarza Ligure, Genoa, Liguria, Italy.   8 x 9 cm  378g.  $40.00.   One of those rather unusual locations in Italy.   Stubby, good green color, epidotes coating what appears to be a feldspathic matrix.   Specimens are rarely seen from here...makes an interesting locality specimen.   The gent I bought it from collected it himself. 
JC10700.  Closer view. 
JC10700.  Closer view.  
JC10559.  Epidote, albite.   Imilchil, Errachidia province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  4 x 5 cm  53g.  $25.00    Sprigs of dark green, gemmy,  epidote, with bright luster, implanted on the feldspar matrix.  The cluster on the top edge was hard to photograph as the white matrix tended to make the epidote look too dark.  
JC10559.   Another view. 
JC10559.   Another view. 
JC10559.   Another view, showing the cluster on the top edge.   . 
JC10528.   Epidote.  Tormiq valley, Haramosh mountains, Skardu district, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.  8 x 12 cm  273g.  $160.00.   These appear to be from the same find as two years ago, and also look like they are from the pocket wall, unlike the earlier specimens which occurred with albite? (some say adularia).   Hard to be certain.  The  Pakistani dealer I got these from was not terribly forthcoming as to the location and only said they are from a find last year or two...rather vague.   These are green sprays, with bright luster.   A few of them have the identical siliceous material on the terminations as the ones I got last year.    This pretty much ties them to the same occurrence.   There are some broken sprays on all the specimens I saw.  These are the best of the lot I saw at Tucson, and only the one dealer had them.   These are quite pretty, and display nicely.  From what appears to be a single pocket discovery.  
JC10528.  Close up view. 
JC10528.  Side view. 
JC10528.  Another side view shot, slightly different angle.  
JC10528.   Oblique view.  
JC10528.  Another close up shot.  
JC10529.  Epidote.  Tormiq valley, Haramosh mountains, Skardu district, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. 9 x 11 cm  492g.  $150.00.   These appear to be from the same find as two years ago, and also look like they are from the pocket wall, unlike the earlier specimens which occurred with albite? (some say adularia).   Hard to be certain.  The  Pakistani dealer I got these from was not terribly forthcoming as to the location and only said they are from a find last year or two...rather vague.   These are green sprays, with bright luster.   A few of them have the same siliceous material on the terminations as the ones I got last year.    This pretty much ties them to the same occurrence.   There are some broken sprays on all the specimens I saw.  These are the best of the lot I saw at Tucson, and only the one dealer had them.   These are quite pretty, and display nicely.  From what appears to be a single pocket discovery.  
JC10529.  Another view.  
JC10529.  Another view.  
JC10529.  Another view.  
JC10449.  Epidote, titanite (sphene).   Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.  3 x 4 cm  18g.  $30.00  A 4 cm tall epidote crystal topped with titanite crystals, which are a little on the crude side.   

 

JC10449.   I darkened the exposure to try to show the titanite crystals on the tip of the epidote crystal.   
JC10449.  Another view.  
JC10449.  Closer view.  
JC10031.  Epidote.  Khorwin Mt., Kuhandan, Saveh Town, Tafresh City, Markazi Prov., Iran   4.5 x 5 cm  92g.  $45.00.   Flat face of matrix is covered with prismatic green epidote crystals from a find reportedly made in /about/ 2002.  Apparently a single pocket find, now exhausted, according to 2006 information on Mindat.
JC10031.  Closer view
JC9947.   Epidote, albite, orthoclase.  Tormiq valley, Haramosh mountains, Skardu district, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.   9 x 10 x 14 cm  >1000g.  $1,200.00.   A LARGE CABINET specimen from a limited find at Tormiq.  This is the best display angle for this piece, as there is a little damage across the base where it was removed from the pocket.  There is an epidote crystal that has some yellowish siliceous material on it, and it is the least obvious in this view.   It could be trimmed off.  

Talking to the dealer that had these, they apparently came from a single pocket collected in late 2017.    He had several of these at Tucson, 2019, and I acquired all of them.  He claimed these were the last of the good pieces, although a few inferior specimens were still around.   None of the other Pakistani dealers I visited had any of these.   The matrix is orthoclase (or microcline?).  Suspended in the epidotes are scattered white crystals of albite for nice contrast.   The specimens consist of a dense mass of green epidote sprays in an almost jackstraw like habit.  Luster is quite bright.    The specimen is a mound of crystals, with crystals on all sides of the piece, except for the base of feldspar.    Much better in person, these are classic, superior specimens from a one time find of limited extent.  Searching the internet, I have found a few of these in miniature to small cabinet sizes for over $1,000.  

JC9947.  Another view.  
JC9947.  Another view.  
JC9947.  Close up view.  
JC9943.   Epidote, albite.  Tormiq valley, Haramosh mountains, Skardu district, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.   8 x 8 x 8.5 cm  464g.   $500.00   From a limited find at Tormiq.  Talking to the dealer that had these, they apparently came from a single pocket collected in late 2017.    He had several of these at Tucson, 2019, and I acquired all of them.  He claimed these were the last and best pieces, although a few inferior specimens were still around.   The matrix is orthoclase (or microcline?).  Suspended in the epidotes are scattered white crystals of albite for nice contrast.   The specimens consist of a dense mass of green epidote sprays in an almost jackstraw like habit.  Luster is quite bright, and damage is very minimal.   The specimen is a mound of crystals, with crystals on all sides of the piece.    Much better in person, these are classic, superior specimens from a one time find of limited extent.  Searching the internet, I have found a few of these in miniature to small cabinet sizes for over $1,000.   This one had some excess matrix which had to be trimmed off with a trim saw, so there is a small 2 cm or so saw mark on one edge of the base, visible in this photo on the base of the specimen  
JC9943.  Another view.  
JC9943.  Another view.  
JC9901.   Epidote, quartz.  Rosario Mabel claim (Flor de Peru II claim), Pampa Blanca, Castrovirreyna district, Castrovirreyna province, Huancavelica department, Peru.  5 x 9 cm  138g.  $90.00.  A couple of sprays on quartz.   From the finds of several years ago.  
JC9901.  View looking down on the terminations.  
JC9829.    Epidote, prehnite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  7 x 9 cm  275g.  $38.00.   These crystals are on a fine grained greenish matrix rock.  There are a couple of broken crystals on the top, back side of the specimen, visible in the photos.  Luster is bright and glassy.  The prehnite has dull luster and a slightly frosty looking pale green color.  The dealer brought these over from Mali in barrels with no padding, and the specimens were still covered with their original dirt.  There are minor dings here and there because of the way they were shipped over to the U.S.  
JC9829.  Another view.  I tipped the specimen towards the camera to show the broken crystals on the top, back edge of the specimen
JC9833.   Epidote, prehnite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.   6 x 7 cm   182g.  $45.00  A single prehnite ball is perched on glassy dark greenish black epidote crystals.  The dealer brought these over from Mali in barrels with no padding, and the specimens were still covered with their original dirt.  There are minor dings here and there because of the way they were shipped over to the U.S.
JC9833.  A slightly different angle.  
JC9834.    Epidote, prehnite.   Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  4 x 5.5 cm  106g.  $30.00.  Although a bit hard to tell from the photos, this is a nice miniature of bright luster epidote crystals with a ball of prehnite on the back side.  There are no damaged or broken crystals on this one.   The dealer brought these over from Mali in barrels with no padding, and the specimens were still covered with their original dirt.  There are minor dings here and there because of the way they were shipped over to the U.S.
JC9834.  Another view.  The prehnite is just visible on the lower right.  
JC9834.  Another view
JC9407.   Epidote.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  6 x 7 cm.  116g.   $40.00   A beautiful specimen of dark green/dark olive green doubly terminated crystals.  The large crystal standing vertically is doubly terminated and 6.5 cm tall.  The front crystal, pointing somewhat to the left is doubly terminated and 6.5 cm long.  The vertically standing crystal has a very minor bruise on the side of the prism about halfway up and is visible as a little sort of whitish/light green mark on the front of the crystal.   The crystals of epidote seem to shimmer in the light, due to a multitude of tiny crystals on the main faces growing in a parallel direction.   The luster is quite bright,  what is called the "wet look luster".   There are a few lighter green "lines" visible on the crystals where other crystals grew against them, and are much more visible in the photos than reality due to exaggeration by the camera.   As with all of these, it looks better in hand than the photos would indicate
JC9407.  Another view.  
JC9407.  Another view.
JC9407.  Another view.
JC9402.  Epidote.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali. 4 x 7 cm  159 g.   $10.00.  A few larger crystals growing on the back of the specimen.  The front is damaged.  Actually a trim piece from one of the other specimens that I thought would look much better by itself instead of attached to another specimen.   The back crystal could be trimmed off to make a small miniature.     
JC9384.  Epidote, quartz.  Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island,  Alaska.  6 x 7.5 cm   214g.  $125.00.   Dozens of small terminated crystals with nice luster.  A few quartz crystals are scattered around.  There are a half dozen or so broken crystals that really don't detract.  
JC9350.   Epidote.  Coayllo, Mala district, Canete province, Lima departmet, Peru.  5.5 x 6 cm  210g.  $75.00.   A group of sharp crystals.  Terminations are a little dull...sort of satiny, while the prism faces are bright and lustrous.   No damage to the naked eye except for crystals on the very edges of the piece.  Crystals are a bit darker than the photo would indicate.  
JC9350.  Another view. 
JC9350.  Another view.
JC9352.    Epidote.  Coayllo, Mala district, Canete province, Lima departmet, Peru. 95 x 11.5 cm   908g.  $125.00.   Nice vug filled with dark green crystals.   Terminations are a bit brighter on this piece, approaching glassy.   A few larger crystals are present on the top, approaching the backside, and not visible in the photos.  
JC9352.  A closer view.  
JC9352.  Another view.  
JC9352.  Another view.  
JC9098.   Epidote.  Djouga diggings, Benduko, Sandari district, Kayes region, Mali.    4.5 x 8 cm  116g.  $75.00.  There was one dealer from Mali I ran across at Tucson 2017.  He had 30 or so specimens from the Djouga diggings, none of which had ever been cleaned...the original red dirt was all over them.  I took a chance and bought two, and wish I had bought more, as they cleaned up beautifully.   This is a pretty group of epidote crystals, dark green, with bright glassy luster, stacked up nicely in a pleasing arrangement.   
JC9098.  Another view. 
JC9098.  Another view.
JC8556.  Epidote, albite.  Northern Frontier province, North East province, Kenya.   7 x 7.5 cm  207g  $75.00  One of the few matrix specimens.     These Kenyan Epidotes showed up on the market in 2002, and they almost disappeared as quickly as they arrived. They are superb quality crystals from any locality, but  attracted more attention as they came from such an unusual locality as Kenya.  Even though many of the crystals from this find were very good sized, not all of them were the finest quality. This piece is one of the better quality crystals from this find from the standpoint of sharpness and luster.    Several views are shown as I try to show how the specimen looks from all angles.  There is a small (2mm) chip out of the backside main crystal.    
JC8556.   Another view. 
JC8556.   Another view. 
JC8556.   Another view. 
JC8556.   Another view. 
JC8556.   Back side showing a number of imbedded prisms with a thin layer of micro crystalline hematite.