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PN28 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Grosses Bielenhorn, Tiefenbach, Urseren, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 10.5 x 8.4 x 5.3 cm

Elongated smoky quartz crystals resting on white adularia matrix. The piece is a floater and very showy all around.

SM24 - Atacamite - SOLD
Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru
Size: 12.6 x 9 x 4.6 cm

WOW! Sharp and brilliant atacamite crystals on quartz and chrysocolla matrix! The atacamites are grown in wonderful groups and reach up to 19 mm in length. The plate of matrix is richly covered, and the quartz sets a pleasing contrast. Some of the crystals in the lower part are not terminated, but the majority is well formed and in perfect condition. One of the very best atacamite specimens ever found at the Lily mine!

GU07 - Rubellite - SOLD
Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 2.7 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm

Undamaged rubellite crystal from an old find at Cruzeiro mine. It features nicely changing red and deep pink hues.

PV16 - Quartz - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 17.3 x 11 x 12.5 cm

Stunning specimen of artichoke quartz from Cavnic! The specimen is very 3-dimensional and in great condition. Very showy from all sides.

KW33 - Fluorite on Quartz - SOLD
Berbes, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 7.4 x 6.9 x 5.8 cm

A flower of sharp and purple fluorite crystals perched on top of a lovely quartz matrix! The fluorites feature beautiful steps and bevels on multiple sides and measure up to 21mm on edge. They show very good translucency and fine luster. The combination with sturdy milky quartz crystals gives a lot fo contrast to this well formed, aesthetic specimen. No significant damages to report.

TT24 - Dioptase - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 3.9 x 2.9 x 2.7 cm

Large dioptase crystal, 2.6 cm tall and 1.5 cm wide, in a floater cluster group.

AR336 - Olivenite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 3.5 x 3.1 x 2.6 cm

Olivenite crystals to 10 mm across on a piece of matrix. Cute miniature of this rare species!

PW65 - Azurite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 8.7 x 6.3 x 4.7 cm

Azurite developed massive large crystals up to 30mm across! They show very interesting modifications, amazing texture and royal blue color. All faces are highly lustrous and the contrast to light grey matrix helps to give a great visual impact to this amazing piece. No significant damages to report. Ex Maucher and ex Anton Berger collection, his label is coming with the piece.

A307 - Willemite and Cerussite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 5 x 3.8 x 2.8 cm

Dark, cold green-blueish crystals of willemite in an attractive combination with sparkling tiny cerrusite crystals set in a vug on red-brown matrix. Willemite developed sharp terminated and lustrous crystals. More 3-dimensional and better in person. No significant damages to report.

SN13 - Tennantite - SOLD
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 5.3 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm

Lovely floater cluster of tennantite crystals. Small quartz crystals are attached on the back side. Classic Tsumeb!

A658 - Rhodochrosite - SOLD
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 5.7 x 4.4 x 3.9 cm

This style of rhodochrosite came out in the early 1980s and is often referred to as "wheatsheaves." The colour can truly be called "cherry red." Here is a relatively large well formed specimen of gemmy, transparent to translucent crystals on manganese rock matrix. The dark nearly black matrix gives a lot of contrast to the piece. The luster of rhodochrosite is so brilliant in person, it is hard to convey in photos....but it is like glass, in real life. Great condition and impact!

PM128 - Silver - SOLD
Himmelsf├╝rst Mine, Brand-Erbisdorf, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Size: 6.7 x 5.1 x 3.1 cm

Thick and sturdy silver curls on nicely contrasting calcite and siderite matrix. An old label indicates the piece was sold by Prof. Dr. Siegmund in 1959. For sure not a fake!