Exotic sculptural gems collection

 

The discreet Rainbow of Africa Museum, located in the English countryside outside London, gave the curators from the USA Heritage Auctions the surprise of their lives when they witnessed the quality and uniqueness of this substantial collection. The African themed Museum of Warren and Di Taylor, located in the basement was filled with cabinets displaying a mind boggling collection of rare African gems. These were amassed over a span of 50 years and three generations, sourced from all corners of Africa, stretching from Namibia across to Madagascar, up to Morocco and down to S.Africa.
Warren Taylor first began collecting with his father, Morton Taylor, and eventually refined his focus on a diversity of colours and exotic gem crystals. The whole collection of around 345 gems will be presented for auction in New York on October 15, 2015, with the original Rainbow Museum being recreated with the original cabinets.
I’m showcasing the gems which are in their natural uncut formation because I’m fascinated by the instrinsic sculptural textures, colours and forms of these rare gems. Included are some sculptures crafted from combining gemstones, some faceted  pieces and other gems from outside of Africa.

 

Gem collection –  Rainbow Of Africa

 

Link to full collection here

 

 

 

Smithsonite-on-Mimetite.-Level-33,-Tsumeb-Mine,-Tsumeb,-Otjikoto-Region,-Namibia.3.9-x-2.8-x-1 - Heritage Auctions

Smithsonite on Mimetite – Tsumeb Mine, Namibia

 

 

 

 

Very-Rare-Gemstone--Cerussite---430.21-Ct..-Kombat-Mine,-Kombat,-Grootfontein-District,-Otjozondjupa-Region,-Namibia.-

Very Rare Gemstone – Cerussite – 430.21 Carat.. Kombat Mine,

Namibia, Africa

 

 

Azurite.-Easter-Pocket,-1994,-8th-Level,-Tsumeb-Mine,-Tsumeb,-Otjikoto-Region,-Namibia - Heritage Auctions

‘Azurite. Easter Pocket’ 1994,  Tsumeb Mine, Namibia.

 

 

 

Calcite-'Flower'.-Tsumeb-Mine,-Tsumeb,-Otjikoto-Region,-Namibia.5.2-x-5.1-x-3-

Calcite ‘Flower’ –  Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

5.2 x 5.1 x 3.4 inches

 

 

 

Labradorite-Antsohamay Quarry, Tulear Prov., Madagascar. Height 6 inches

Labradorite  – Madagascar

height 6 inches

 

 

 

Lapidary Art- Exotic Desert Plants. Artisan crafted in Namibia.

‘Exotic Desert Plants’ – Lapidary Art – crafted in Namibia.

 

 

 

Bicolor-Fluorite---193.86-Ct..-Garuzo,-Manica,-Mozambique

Bicolor Fluorite –193.86-Carat.. Garuzo, Manica, Mozambique

 

 

 

Liddicoatite.-Sahatany-Pegmatite-Field,-Vakinankaratra-Region,-Antananarivo-Province,-Madagascar-3.4-x-1.5-x-2.4-inches

Liddicoatite. Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

3.4 x 1.5 x 2.4 inches

 

 

 

Calcite gemstone - . Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Calcite –  Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Rainbow of Africa Collection

 

 

 

Dioptase-&-Calcite.-Level-30,-Tsumeb-Mine,-Tsumeb,-Otjikoto-Region,-Namibia.4.1-x-3.5-x-2

Dioptase & Calcite –  gem crystals, Namibia.

4.1 x 3.5 x 2.3 inches

 

 

 

Mimetite-Epimorph-on-Cerussite.-Tsumeb-Mine,-Tsumeb,-Otjikoto-Region,-Namibia

Mimetite Epimorph on  Cerussite, Namibia, Africa

2.7 x 2.1 x 1.4 inches

 

 

 

Cuproadamite.-Tsumeb-Mine,-Tsumeb,-Otjikoto-Region,-Namibia

Cuproadamite – Namibia, Africa

 

 

 

Rhodochrosite. N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Rhodochrosite Northern Cape Province, South Africa

 

 

 

Scheelite.-Natas-Mine,-Natas-Farm-220,-Gamsberg-Area,-Khomas-Region,-Namibia.3.1-x-2.6-x-2

Scheelite -Khomas Region, Namibia, Africa

3.1-x-2.6-x-2 inches

 

 

 

Rhodochrosite.-N'Chwaning-Mines,-Kuruman,-Kalahari-Manganese-Field,-Northern-Cape-Province,-South-Africa

Rhodochrosite, South Africa

 

 

 

Tiger's-Eye-Horses-.-Artist-Luis-Alberto-Quispe-Aparicio.-Stone-source-South-Africa

Tiger’s Eye Horses . Artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio. Stone source South Africa

 

 

 

 

Cuprosmithsonite-Epimorph-on-Tennantite Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Cuprosmithsonite Epimorph on Tennantite – Namibia, Africa

 

 

 

Rare-Gemstone--Pezzotaite---9.81-Ct..-Sakavalana-Mine,-Ambatovita,-Mandrosonoro-Commune,-Ambatofinandrahana-District,

Rare Gemstone – Pezzotaite – 9.81 Carat

Ambatovita, Madagascar

 

 


Vanadinite-on-Baryte.-Mibladen-Mining-District,-Midelt,-Khénifra-Province,-Meknès-Tafilalet-Region,,-Morocco

Vanadinite on Baryte.  Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region,, Morocco.

 

View whole Rainbow Of Africa Collection

 
 

 

 

2015  October 4th –  Nature & Science Signature Auction – Dallas

 

See Nature & Science Collection here

 

 

Apophyllite on Stilbite - Momin-Akhada,Rahuri,-Ahmadnagar-Dist

Apophyllite on Stilbite – Ahmadnagar, Maharashtra, India

 

 

 

Amethyst . Graf Claim, McTavish Township, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Amethyst Heart – Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

Ametrine Dragon Sculpture . -Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio. Stone -Bolivia & Brazil.

Ametrine Dragon Sculpture . -Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio. Stone -Bolivia & Brazil.

 

 

 

Tiger-Iron-Bowl-.-Mt.-Brockman-Station,-Pilbara,-Western-Australia.9.0-x-7.8-x-3

Tiger Iron Bowl – Mt. Brockman Station, Pilbara, Western Australia

9.0-x-7.8-x-3 inches

 

 

 

Chalcopyrite on Quartz. Piaotang Mine, Xihuashan Ore Field, Dayu Co., Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China.

Chalcopyrite on Quartz –  Jiangxi Province, China.

 

 

 

 

Malachite-on-Native-Copper-Malachite-'Mushroom'

Malachite on Native Copper – Malachite ‘Mushroom’

Arizona, USA

 

 

 

Tiger Iron Natural Slab . Mt. Brockman Station, Pilbara, Western Australia.33.0 x 29.0 x 1.0 inches

‘Tiger Iron Natural Slab’ –  Pilbara, Western Australia.

33.0 x 29.0 x 1.0 inches

 

 

 

Classic-Tiger-Iron-Sphere-.-Mt.-Brockman-Station,-Pilbara,-Western-Australia---6

‘Tiger’s Eye Sphere’ – Pilbara, Western Australia

6.4 inches diameter

 

 

 

Violin-Frog-.-Artist--Luis-Alberto-Quispe-Aparicio - stone from Russia

‘Violin Frog’ by Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio

Stone source – Russia

 

 

 

Sphalerite-&-Quartz.-Shuikoushan-Mine,-Shuikoushan-Ore-Field,-Changning-Co

Sphalerite and Quartz – Hunan Province China

 

 

 

 

 

Azurite.-Bisbee,-Warren-District,-Mule-Mts,-Cochise-Co.,-Arizona,-USA

Azurite -Bisbee, Arizona, USA

 

 

 

 

Baryte-on-Orpiment.-Cut-62,-Twin-Creeks-Mine,-Potosi-District,-Osgood-Mts.,-Humboldt-Co.,-Nevada,-USA

Baryte on Orpiment – Nevada, USA

 

 

 

 

 

Azurite.-Bisbee,-Warren-District,-Mule-Mts,-Cochise-Co Arizona

Azurite  – Arizona, USA

 

 

 

Blue-Mauve-Star-Sapphire---10.76-Ct..-Sri-Lanka

Blue Mauve Star Sapphire – 10.76 Carat .. Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

Chalcopyrite-on-Calcite.-Fengjiashan-Mine,-Daye-Co

Chalcopyrite on Calcite – Hubei Province, China

 

 

 

FLUORITE,-BARYTE,-SPHALERITE-&-CALCITE.-Elmwood-Mine,-Carthage,-Central-Tennessee-Ba-F-Pb-Zn-Dist.,-Smith-Co.,-Tennessee10.5-x-9

Fluorite, baryte, sphalerite, calcite – Tennessee, USA

 

 

 

Fluorite-on-Quartz.-Ruyuan-Fluorite-Mine,-Ruyuan-Co.,-Shaoguan-Pref.,-Guangdong-Provence, China

Fluorite on Quartz – Guangdong Provence, China

 

 

 

Lapis-Lazuli-Sculpture.-Afghanistan - deep blue

Lapis Lazuli Sculpture – Afghanistan

 

 

LINARITE.-Sunshine-No.-1-Adit,-Blanchard-Mine,-Bingham,-Hansonburg-Dist.,-Socorro-Co

Linarite – New Mexico, USA

 

 

 

Large & Impressive Amethyst & Rose Quartz Macaws on Tourmaline & Albite Base. - Peter Müller

Amethyst & Rose Quartz Macaws on Tourmaline & Albite Base. – Peter Müller

 

 

 

Morrisonite-Jasper-'Twist'.-Sculptor--Perry-Brent-Davis

‘Twist’ – Morrisonite and Jasper- Sculptor –sculpted by Perry Brent Davis

 

 

Green-Fluorite-on-Quartz-.-Piaotang-Mine,-Xihuashan-Ore-Field,-Dayu-Co.,-Ganzhou-Prefecture,-Jianxi-Prov

Green Fluorite on Quartz – Ganzhou Prefecture, Jianxi Province, China

 

 

 

Malachite-on-Native-Copper.-Cole-Shaft,-1300-Level,-Bisbee,-Warren-District,-Mule-Mts,-Cochise-Co.,-Arizona,-USA

‘Malachite on Native Copper’ –   Bisbee, Arizona, USA

7.8 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches

 

 

Native-Gold-on-Quartz - from California

Gold on Quartz – California, USA

 

 

 

Apophyllite-with-Stilbite.-Jalgaon-District,-Maharashtra,-India

Apophyllite with Stilbite natural crystal – Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India.

 

 

 

Celestine.-Newport-Quarry,-Newport,-Monroe-Co.,-Michigan,-USA

‘Celestine’ – Newport, Michigan, USA

 

 

 

 

Polished-'Gem'-Red-Dinosaur-Bone-Slab.-Jurassic,-Morrison-Formation

Polished ‘Gem’ Red Dinosaur Bone Slab. Jurassic, Morrison Formation

Utah, USA

 

 

 

Plumbogummite-&-Pyromorphite.-Yangshuo-Mine,-Yangshuo-Co.,-Guilin-Prefecture,-Guangxi-Zhuang-Autonomous-Region,-China

Plumbogummite & Pyromorphite – -Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

 

 

 

Rhodochrosite.-Wutong-Mine,-Liubao,-Cangwu-Co

Rhodochrosite – Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

 

 

Selenite. . Pernatty Lagoon, Mt. Gunson, South Australia

Selenite. Pernatty Lagoon, Mt. Gunson, South Australia

 

 

 

Unusual-Gemstone-Libyan-Desert-Glass-(Tektite)---206.85-Ct.

Tektite – Libyan Desert Glass – Western Desert, Egypt

 

 

 

Rhodochrosite-Cockatoo-on-Tourmaline-&-Quartz-Base.-Peter-Müller.-Stone---Argentina-&-Brazil

Rhodochrosite Cockatoo on Tourmaline & Quartz Base  – Peter Müller.

Stone – Argentina & Brazil.

 

 

'Sonora-Sunset'-Sculpture.-Milpillas-Mine,-Sonora,-Mexico.12.3-x-8.3-x-4

‘Sonora Sunset’ Sculpture – Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico.

12.3-x-8.3-x-4 inches

 

 

TOURMALINE-with-QUARTZ-&-ALBITE-on-LEPIDOLIT--'BIG-BEAUTY'.-Burkhard's-Pocket,-2006.-Pederneira-Mine,-São-José-da-Sa-11.0-x-7.8-x-11

” Big Beauty” – Tourmaline with Quartz & Aldite on Lepidolite

2006 – São José da Sa, Brazil

11.0-x-7.8-x-11 inches

 

 

 

Wulfenite.-Jianshan-Mine,-Ruoqiang-Co.,-Bayin'gholin-Autonomous-Prefecture,-Xinjiang-Autonomous-Region,-China

Wulfenite – Xinjiang – Autonomous Region, China

 

 

 

Quartz-Agate-Tabletop-.-Rio-Grande-do-Sul,-Brazil.23.7-x-23.2-x-1

Large Quartz Agate Tabletop – Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

23.7-x-23.2-x-1 inches

 

 

Crystal-King

Crystal King Quartz – 8510 carats

 Museum Victoria

 Alex Amess selected a 14-kilogram crystal, 25 centimetres high clear quartz crystal from the Crystal King Mine near Tallangalook in the Strathbogie Ranges of Victoria, Australia to work on. Setting all the facet angles by eye rather than machine was painstaking work, with the cutting and polishing taking 200 hours over three and a half months.

 

 

 

Shattuckite-Octagonal-Box.-Artist--Konstantin-Libman

Shattuckite Octagonal Box by Konstantin Libman

 

 

 

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