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Pre-Tucson 2017

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NH18 - Kunzite - SOLD
Pala Chief Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 9.8 x 3.6 x 1.2 cm

Etched pink gem kunzite with a lot of red needle inclusions inside! The piece is a total floater and complete on all around. Note the ansolutely amazing etching patterns on all sides!

HD10 - Heliodor - SOLD
Ankazobe Town, Analamanga, Madagascar
Size: 7.2 x 2.3 x 1.9 cm

Clear heliodor from a new find in Madagascar. Te pocket had a very distinct red layer on top of the crystals, only about 2 dozen fine crystals were recovered. The clarity of this crystal is indeed much better than my picture can convey, it is about the top quality of the find. No damage.

A388 - Liddicoatite - SOLD
Bevaondrano, Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.7 x 2.7 x 2.4 cm

WOW! What a killer tourmaline crystal from an old find in Madagascar! The crystal is in fact a composite cluster of several individuals in paralel growth. The termination faces are stepped and all well developed. It displays indeed very well from all sides. The colour is green on top, changes to a blue-green in the center and peach-pink towards the lower end (which is actually more intense in person). Only about a dozen of this style has been found, and this is truly a superb one!

OK01 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Oyo Mine, Nigeria
Size: 10.1 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm

This is an excellent bicolour tourmaline from Nigeria! The crystal has indeed open colours, but when just slightly backlight a sharp hot pink core appears and and the crystal just glows! A few tiny rubs on the edges were resored in a professional lab. What a fantastic crystal from a remote african source!

ET02 - Mottramite - SOLD
Mina Ojuela Level 35, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Size: 12.6 x 7.6 x 4 cm

This is a superb specimen of botryoidal mottramite, from a small pocket found at Ojuela mine about 2 years ago. The mottramites form 2.5 - 3 cm tall aggregates here, each of them is in great shape and perfect condition! The overall shape resembles a tree and is very showy from a front 180┬░ angle. Cherry-picked from a big lot, this piece is one of the very best of this kind i have seen!

PE18 - Quartz with Dolomite - SOLD
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania
Size: 19 x 10.7 x 6 cm

This is a very aesthetic two generations quartz from a classic Romanian locality. The first generation is milky and formed in long elongated spear-like crystals, whereas the second generation which is clear built artichocke-like crystals and even some scepters, partially parallel to the first generation. Small calcite blades set a nice contrast on the left and back sides. Great condition and visual impact!

A239 - Rhodochrosite - SOLD
Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park Co., Colorado, USA
Size: 4.2 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm

Gemmy deep pink rhodochrosite rhombs up to 13 mm across on tetraedrite and quartz matrix.

XY110 - Fluorite - SOLD
Minerva Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Size: 7 x 7 x 4.2 cm

Exceptional phantom fluorites on white barite matrix. No damage.

XY111 - Fluorite - SOLD
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan
Size: 5.2 x 5 x 3.1 cm

Deep green octahedral fluorite, small mica is attached on the side. No damage.

TK12 - Azurite - SOLD
Milpillas Mine, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 7.3 x 4 x 4.1 cm

WOW! What a striking floater cluster of doubly terminated azurites. Razor sharp edges and perfect luster, combined with electric blue colour assign this highly sculptural piece. It is equally fine crystalized all the way around.

A606 - Fluorite - SOLD
Bergsig Farm 167 (Hohenstein), Omaruru District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 10 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm

WOW! The master of Erongo fluorites! Rocket-like scepter shape, blue and green phantoms inside and purple beveled faces in the outline assign this unique and outstanding specimen. No other pieces of this particular style are known, what a gorgeous crystal!

AS32 - Bultfonteinite - SOLD
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, South Africa
Size: 8 x 5.5 x 4 cm

Botryoidal bultfonteinite aggregates perched on manganese matrix. No damage.