Rare Spheres

Kimberlite Sphere Rare Rock Ball SPR11

Kimberlite Sphere
1.74″ Kimberlite Sphere

Here’s a sphere you may not have seen before. It is made of Kimberlite, the diamond carrier rock (hopefully there are no diamonds in this one).

Kimberlite forms deep in the earth’s mantle (93-280 miles) and surfaces as a result of eruptions.

In addition to diamonds, kimberlite, may carry garnet, olivine, ilmenite, and others. This sphere has ilmenite (black and steel black), two large garnet crystals, and olivine.

The sphere has a 1.74″ diameter (44.3 mm) and it weighs about 4 oz. See more photos of this sphere.

Origin: The Kimberlite for this sphere comes from the Monastir Mine near the border of Lesotho in So. Africa.

Price: $225.00. Shipping is free in the USA. For other countries see Store Policies.

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3.1″ Indian Paint Rock Sphere Natural Stone Art California SPR13

rare spheres indian paint rock sphere from death valley with hematite and dendrites
3.1″ Indian Paint Rock Sphere

Indian Paint Rock comes from Death Valley, California. The location has been closed to collecting since Death Valley became a National Park and this beautiful material is getting rather scarce.

This Indian Paint Rock sphere is very rare and very elegant. It has wonderful colors, artistic patterns (all natural, nobody painted on this stone) and an incredible number of dendrites.

This sphere is another work of art from Dale. His workmanship is excellent. There is a slight uneven feel in one section due to dissimilar hardness of the materials in this stone (clay, hematite, and manganese).

The sphere has 3.1″ diameter (79 mm) and it weighs about 1.5 lb. Origin: Death Valley, California. See more information and photos.

Price: $525.00. Shipping is free in the US only. For other countries see Store Policies

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Rare Prehnite Sphere Australia SPR14 

Rare spheres Prehnite Sphere gemmy with nice green color from Australia
2.58″ Rare Prehnite Sphere

This Prehnite sphere is an outstanding example of the mineral and a great collector’s item. It is translucent to transparent and has a wonderful yellowish-green color, yellow, and cool green.

Dale made this Prehnite sphere and he did an outstanding job. He left a thin layer of the basalt with a translucent (almost transparent) window of prehnite on it. Prehnite occurs inside basalt nodules.

The sphere is absolutely gorgeous. It is of high quality, it is very translucent and has an excellent polish. It also has a geode-like cavity with small prehnite crystals. See more photos of this sphere.

It has 2.58″ diameter (65.6 mm) and it weighs about 1 lb. Origin: Australia.

Price $460.00. Shipping is free in the USA. For other countries see Store Policies

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2.85″ Indian Paint Rock Sphere Natural Stone Art California SPR18

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Indian Paint Rock Sphere
2.85″ Indian Paint Rock Sphere

Indian Paint Rock comes from Death Valley, California. The location has been closed to collecting since Death Valley became a National Park and this beautiful material is getting rather scarce.

This Indian Paint Rock sphere is very rare and very elegant. It has wonderful colors ( I can see purple, pink, yellow, light blue, tan, greenish, black, white, and rust) and artistic patterns (all natural, nobody painted on this stone) and beautiful dendrites.

This sphere is another work of art from Dale. His workmanship is excellent. There is a slight uneven feel due to dissimilar hardness of the materials in this stone (clay, hematite, and manganese).

The sphere has 2.85″ diameter (72.4 mm) and it weighs about  lb.

Origin: Death Valley, California. See more information and photos.

Price: $535.00. Shipping is free in the US only. For other countries see Store Policies

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Azurite Sphere Congo SPR19

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Azurite sphere
1.5″ Azurite sphere Congo

Azurite sphere is rare to find because azurite is a very soft material. Dale used all his skill to make this ball and he did a good job. There are surface imperfections because, in addition to azurite, there is matrix material and malachite (green), both harder than azurite. There is also some porosity.

Having said all these, the ball has exceptional color and very vivid in one large section and the malachite inclusions give it an added interest.

This azurite ball is a rare and a great collector’s item.

The sphere has a 1.5″ diameter (about 38 mm) and it weighs about 3.3 oz.

Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo. See more photos of this sphere. If you collect azurite, check this large Azurite Specimen

Price: $299.00. Shipping is free in the US only. For other countries see Store Policies

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1.46″ Smithsonite Sphere SPR20

Smithsonite Sphere
1.46″ Smithsonite Sphere

Smithsonite sphere is rare to come by because smithsonite itself is rare. Smithsonite is zinc carbonate (ZnCO3).

Smithsonite, with all its nooks and crannies, is difficult to cut and make it into a sphere. Dale made it into sphere and he did a great job. The smithsonite sections of the sphere are translucent and they have a bluish/greenish color. There are many nooks and crannies and one large geode-like vug lined with botryoidal crystals. The greenish/bluish color indicates that the zinc was partly replaced with copper. The yellowish sections is the host rock.

This smithsonite sphere has a 1.46″ diameter (mm) and it weighs 3.38 oz.

Under shortwave ultraviolet light it glows a soft purple but this may be just a reflection.

Origin: The smithsonite comes from Mexico. See more photos of this sphere.

Price: $265. Shipping is free in the US only. For other countries see Store Policies

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