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XY157 - Aquamarine - SOLD
Sedl, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.4 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm
 
Three aquamarine crystals up to 14 mm in length embedded in biotite schist matrix. The crystals show glassy character and fine sky blue color. Aquamarine from the locality represents an exceptional rarity and so it is on high relevance for the area. Ex Heinrich Prager collection.

NQ20 - Rutile Quartz - SOLD
Ganesh Himal, Somdang, Bagmati, Nepal
Size: 9.2 x 5.8 x 4.6 cm
 
A razor sharp terminated, water-clear rock crystal raisig up on small matrix. The shape looks like a rocket, ready for take-off. The quality is superb - the faces of the crystal show mirror luster and very attractive textures. The contrast to matrix is also very eye-catching and the piece looks wonderful in each angle. Hairy rutiles are growing up inside the crystal from the base, forming also a brownish sagenite of about 1 cm size. No damages to report, even the small crystal on matrix are in fine condition.

SU10 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Barra de Salinas Mine, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.6 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm
 
What a stunning bicolour tourmaline with multiple sidecars. The termination is very well formed, it shows steep angles and additional bevels at the tip. No significant damage to report.

SU23 - Gold - SOLD
Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
Size: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm
 
Classic gold from California! This specimen has all the distinct features that make Californian gold so special. Brilliant luster, deep pure yellow colour, beautiful leaf and crystal structures all around. The rear side is indeed equally fine and shiny. Especially the outlines of the golden leaves are flanked by numerous sharp crystals. 39 grams of pure gold fever!

RR33 - Calcite on Amethyst - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 5.9 x 5.4 x 2.3 cm
 
Lustrous amber-colored calcite crystals perched on thin, elongated amethyste crystals. Please note that this is very rare combination of colors and shapes, which is of high relevance for the locality. No significant damages to report.

AS42 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 12.4 x 10.6 x 4.9 cm
 
Found in 1981, this piece comes from an exceedingly massive and rich wulfenite vein. A thick cluster of interlocking crystals measuring up to 7,5 cm across is set on a brown hematite and quartz breccia matrix. Some small contacts are present, but minor in context, and most of the crystals are in very fine condition. Malachite and other Tsumeb greens, probably duftite or bayldonite are present is some places. A great addition to every Tsumeb collection!

XY116 - Calcite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 10 x 8.7 x 5.4 cm
 
A well formed cluster of sharp terminated, lustrous crystals. They show a very nice contrast of colorless white and red (caused by hematite inclusions) zoning. Typically for Tsumeb, but in really fine quality. The center doesn´t show any significant damage.

TA02 - Mimetite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 5.3 x 4.1 x 2.5 cm
 
The specimen shows three intergrown main crystals. Two of them vertical, the third one more at the base horizontal – this one is even double terminated. The crystals are up to 24 mm across. I think you will agree that this is a remarkable dimension of Mimetesite in dimension and color. The crystals faces are highly lustrous. The color is one more uncommon indicator, not just yellow; more intense dark orange. The assemble looks better in person, no significant damages to report. mc 2.4cm

AN36 - Calcite - SOLD
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 16.6 x 15 x 6.8 cm
 
Large cabinet sized plate of calcite rhombs with a nice reddish hematite inclusion layer on top.

GL20 - Gold - SOLD
Aouint Ighoumane, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region, Morocco
Size: 3.8 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm
 
Large spinel twins on a elongated gold crystal aggregate.

GL10 - Gold - SOLD
Aouint Ighoumane, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region, Morocco
Size: 3.4 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm
 
Superb spinel twinned gold crystal aggregate!

XY91 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Galmihorn, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 6.6 x 4.9 x 4.4 cm
 
Clear smoky quartz cluster with minor hematite flakes resting on some of the crystal faces. Excellent clarity, no damage.