SPECIMENS FROM NAMIBIA
In 2015, we again travelled to Namibia in southwest Africa for a "mineral safari". It was a great trip and a great country to visit. We came home with over 200 quality, affordable, and hard-to-get mineral specimens. Minerals that we acquired included aquamarine, topaz, garnet, tourmaline (schorl), fluorite, prehnite, several varieties of quartz (including amethyst and smoky phantoms,and enhydros), and others. The specimens from our 2011 trip have been very popular. The following is a small sampling of what we have to offer from Namibia, including those that we purchased from the Uli Bahmann collection.
Aquamarine,some with tourmaline (schorl) or smoky quartz. We recently purchased a large lot of smaller specimens from Namibia, and these are a real bargain.
__Aquamarine and tourmaline (schorl), Erongo Mountains, Namibia (#G16-949, $50).
__Aquamarine on smoky quartz, Erongo Mountains, Namibia (#G11-1145, $125).
Amethyst from both the Gobobos Mountains and the Brandberg Mountains. Many of these have deep color, with phantoms of both amethyst and smoky quartz. Some have water bubbles, and a few are on matrix (which are rare). Prices range from $15-$150, with most under $50. Many of these were bought directly from the miners in the Gobobos Mountains.
____Amethyst on matrix, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia (#G13-045, $80). This specimen is 3 inches across and 2 inches tall. There are 4 crystals on the specimen, each nicely zoned, ranging in size from 0.5 to 1 inch.
__Amethyst, Gobobos Mountains, Namibia (#G15-786, $100). A beautiful, large single crystal with amethyst phantoms and a hint of smoky quartz within.
__Amethyst, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia (#G15-798, SOLD). Amethyst from the Brandbergs are relatively rare, because collecting is now restricted there.. This one is especially rare, because it also has a water bubble inside (enhydro). The specimen is about 1.75 inches across and the largest crystal is a bit more than an inch tall.
We acquired several more quartz crystals with water bubbles inside (called "enhydros") from the Gobobos Mountains in the Brandberg region of Namibia. Many of these crystals have amethyst or smoky phantoms, and some have inclusions of lepidocrocite. Some have more than one bubble. These are beautiful and rare crystals, and we search high and low for them. We also have enhydros from Mexico, China, and Brazil.
____Quartz enhydro crystal with amethyst phantom Gobobos Mountains, Brandberg Region, Namibia (#G17-149, $60). This one has one moving bubble (they don't always move) indicated by the blue arrow. It also has a smoky phantom and some hematite inclusions.
____Beryl (var. goshenite) & tourmaline, Erongo Mtns., Namibia (#G15-683, $45).
__Smoky quartz, Erongo Mountains, Namibia (#G15-694, $30). Nice zoning on the tips of the crystals.
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