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A713 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Barra de Salinas Mine, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.4 x 6 x 5.2 cm

The matrix is nearly formed like a ball by tiny Feldspar crystals – they are white with touch of yellow and a significant dark stripe in the middle – even for a feldspar collector this would be an exciting specimen. On it an etched Tourmaline, etched and crystalized again – same effect as Volodarsk Heliodor. That is very special – usually an etched crystal would not be on Feldspat, the etching process would bring it off the matrix. Nearly all etched Tourmalines (and also these famous etched Auqas) from Brazil are always single crystals and not on matrix. The crystal (about 40 mm tall) shows uncountable sharp faces which are all highly lustrous, very uncommon habit for tourmaline. Also remarkable is the colour. At the base it is yellow to light green and at the top is shows cognac like colour, nearly orange. Yellow and orange are most rare for Tourmaline! Overall a great rarity, very unusual and great visual impact, very showy in several positions, colourful – an eye catcher and - although I did a good job with photography - it is better in person.

IT30 - Gwindel - SOLD
Mohmand, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan
Size: 8.7 x 6 x 2.9 cm

Beautiful gwindel from Pakistan. It is clear like glass, and the luster is excellent. Great condition and shape.

A641 - Copper - SOLD
Quincy Mine, Keweenaw, Michigan, USA
Size: 5.6 x 5.4 x 2.5 cm

Sharp and well modified copper crystals forming a beautiful floater aggregate. The typical patina on the faces is nice and well preserved. Very 3-dimensional and showy all the way around.

RB27 - Fluorite - SOLD
Tiefengletscher, Furka, Kanton Uri, Switzerland
Size: 7.9 x 4.5 x 3.4 cm

Lovely pink fluorite crystals on white adularia and granite matrix. The fluorites are clear, lustrous, and super sharp. The crystal in the centre measures 15 mm tip to tip.

PU08 - Etched Quartz - SOLD
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 22 x 12 x 9 cm

What a large and well formed etched quartz crystal! It features superb clarity and brilliant luster all around. Perfect all the way around. Amazing beauty made by mother nature!

RV21 - Calcite with Dolomite and Quartz - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 9.8 x 5.4 x 8.2 cm

Calcite balls on golden dolomite balls on cleaar quartz, what a beautiful combination! Great texture, no damage.

PM71 - Calcite - SOLD
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Size: 5.6 x 5 x 4.2 cm

The crystals are sharply terminated, very glossy and show the typical Egremont-habit. They are pointing in various directions, some of them more exposed and freestanding. Ex Anton Berger, Mödling bei Wien - his label is coming with the piece.

NT12 - Rhodochrosite - SOLD
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Province, Peru
Size: 7.1 x 6.1 x 3.6 cm

Pure candies! Sharp and lustrous rhodochrosite rhombs are perectly placed on a white matrix made of elegant needle quartz. The pink is hot and sweet, the best i have seen from the locality so far. And the luster could not be better either. Very well balanced, it is just amazing. 2 professionally done restorations.

HR02 - Rubellite - SOLD
Antsira, Sahatany Valley, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.7 x 2.8 x 3.6 cm

Wow! Red tourmaline at its best! Rubellite, opal, quartz, orthoclase and small phenakites form a gorgeous composition that reaches the top level of balance and aesthetics. The colour is an open and vivid magenta-red, it glows just in the sun or regular daylight, even without any backlight. Only less than half a dozen of tourmaline pockets on earth have ever produced a red hue of that brightness and intensity. There is one repair on the crystal group in the center, no restoration and no damages on the terminations. What a wonderful specimen, a dream of every tourmaline collector!

WT15 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Mawi, Laghman Province, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm

Striking bicolour tourmaline with attached albite and a perfect diamond-cut termination. Great clarity!

AS48 - Dioptase - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 3.7 x 3 x 2.5 cm

Lustrous, gemmy and sharp terminated dioptase crystals resting on snowy white calcite! The specimen shows really amazing contrast, the diopatse crystals feature best quality. Only minor roughness along some edges of less prominent crystals is present, overall in fine condition.

EM07 - Sphene - SOLD
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 5.8 x 4.6 x 3.1 cm

Bright grass green titanite twins to 2.5 in size perched on mother rock. Superb aesthetics combined with perfect condition.