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JC9893.  Andradite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.   4.5 x 6 cm  97g.  $20.00   Several dark brown crystals.  
JC9893.  Another view.  
JC9894.  Andradite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.   8 x 10 cm  365g.  $80.00.   Several brilliant luster black andradite crystals.  There are some nearly black acicular crystals perched down in the garnet crystals that I am guessing are one of the varieties of hornblende.  There are a few greenish, somewhat acicular epidote crystals of small size here and there on the specimen.   The black andradite from here is frequently referred to as melanite, however melanite has a titanium component in the formula and I am not sure these qualify as melanite. 
JC9894.  Another view. 
JC9894.  Another view. 
JC9827Andradite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  7 x 9 cm  483g.  $58.00  Satin luster crystals that appear to be nearly black, can be seen here to be a dark brown color where they are broken on the bottom edge of the specimen.   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.  
JC9827.  Another view.  
JC9828.  Andradite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  5 x 8 cm  222g.  $48.00.   Dark brown crystals with satin luster on some faces and glassy luster on other faces.      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.  
JC9828.  Another view. 
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
JC9829.  Another view.
JC9830.    Epidote, prehnite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  7 x 10 cm  356g.  $38.00.   Pale, frosty green prehnite perched on epidote crystals.  The left edge is where the crystals terminated against the wall rock and is not really damage.  The bottom crystal of epidote is a large single crystal, a little over 8 cm long, and is quite visible on the back side.  Luster is bright and glassy.   There are a couple of broken epidotes on the top back side of the specimen.   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.
JC9830.  Another view.  
JC9832.    Epidote, prehnite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.   6 x 7.5 cm   186g.  $35.00.  A stack of epidote crystals with prehnite balls scattered around the epidotes.  Luster of the epidote is glassy.  There are two broken crystals of epidote I noticed, one is visible in the photo just below the larger top crystal.   The other is just below the top crystal on the left side, not visible in this photo.   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.
JC9832.  Another view.  
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
JC9837.    Andradite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  3 x 4.5 cm  76g.  $23.00.  A 2.5 x 4 cm main crystal.  There is a broken crystal on the left side, attached to the main crystal.   There is some damage to the left side of this crystal, visible in the photo. Luster is fairly bright, just short of glassy.    The black andradite from here is frequently referred to as melanite, however melanite has a titanium component in the formula and I am not sure these qualify as melanite.  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.
JC9837.  Another view.  
JC9837.  Another view.  
JC9838.   Andradite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali. 4.5 x 6 cm   107g.  $35.00.   A group of black, glassy luster crystals on matrix.   The black andradite from here is frequently referred to as melanite, however melanite has a titanium component in the formula and I am not sure these qualify as melanite.  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. SOLD
JC9840.    Andradite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  5 x 6.5 cm  163g.  $50.00.  A group of black crystals.  The crystals are zoned, with a brown core and black outer rim.   Luster is bright, just short of glassy.   There is one broken crystal on the display side, on the bottom center, visible in this photo.    The black andradite from here is frequently referred to as melanite, however melanite has a titanium component in the formula and I am not sure these qualify as melanite.  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.
JC9840.  Another view.  
JC9841.     Andradite.  Bendougou village, Arrondissement Diakon, Commune Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe, Kayes region, Mali.  7 x 7.8 cm  380g.  $40.00.   A 6 cm main crystal.  Luster is as seen here.   Color is dark brown, with lighter brown cores to the crystals.   There is one damaged crystal on the lower right, visible in the photo.   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.
JC9841.  Another view.  
JC9844.  Hematite.  Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  4 x 6 cm  138g.  $55.00.   Brilliant, silvery hematite in complex crystal growth.  Damage to back and sides.  Pretty piece.  
JC9844.  Another view. 
JC9844.  Another view.
JC9844.  Another view.
JC9845.   Pyromorphite.  Daoping mine, Gongcheng county, Guilin prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, China.  5.5 x 8.5 cm  340g.  $175.00.  Highly lustrous, wet look, pyromorphite in curtain like crystal aggregates.  Pretty piece with great color and luster.  
JC9845.  Another view.  
JC9849Epidote.  Coayllo, Mala district, Canete province, Lima departmet, Peru.  6.5 x 9.5 cm    474g.  $35.00.  Group of dark green crystals from this somewhat recent find (2017?).  I have seen these labeled as "Cerro San Cristobal" and "Concession Morgan 3".   I haven't found much information on the locality on the internet; there were large specimens from this area at Tucson...pieces up to about 18 inches or so in total size.   There are a few broken crystals on this piece.  The terminations and prism faces are nice and bright.   
JC9849.  Another view. 
JC9849.  Another view. 
JC9850.  Axinite.  Canta, Canta province, Lima department, Peru.  7 x 7 x 9.5 cm  353g.  $75.00.   Large blades of brown axinite.  Fairly bright, glassy luster.  The tips of some of the crystals have been damaged, and there are several broken crystals.  I looked at a lot of these at Tucson and did not see any without some damage, and those with minimal damage had quite high prices.
JC9850.  Another view.  
JC9851.  Skutterudite.  Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  9 x 14 cm  >1000g.  $250.00.   A flat plate covered with brilliant silvery crystals.  Unusually isolated crystals in a carbonate rich matrix.  Some crystals are broken/incomplete.  Overall in great shape.  
JC9851.  Close up of central group of crystals. 

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