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WO08 - Quartz with Chalcopyrite - SOLD
Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania
Size: 22 x 21 x 9 cm

This is a hedgehog of clear, elongated quartz crystals and super glossy, iridescent chalcopyrites that make a great contrast. A partial coverage of small dolomite crystals, especially in the top section, completes the wonderful combination of this large cabinet sized beauty. Great condition and impact!

PN32 - Fluorite - SOLD
Gotthardtunnel, Uri / Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 16.8 x 8.5 x 4.5 cm

What a major classic alpine specimen! This piece comes from the Gotthardtunnel, dug in the 1970s of last century. A composite cluster of large fluorite octahedrons to 5.0 cm across is resting on a floater matrix of chlorite included fluorites. Associated minerals are quartz (on back side) and a fine cluster of green apophyllites perched on top right side. The entire specimen is actually a complete floater and has no points of attachment or contact. the colour of the fluorites is quite unusual and more on the yellowish/orange side than one would expect from a swiss locality. Note how well the back side is crystallized also! Probably the best specimen recovered from this pocket and indeed an alpine masterpiece!

ZF13 - Goethite - SOLD
Tharsis, Alosno, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
Size: 6.6 x 5 x 2.9 cm

Superb botryoidal goethite featuring amazing iridescent colours!

SZ07 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Tiefengletscher, Furka, Kanton Uri, Switzerland
Size: 7 x 5.8 x 2.3 cm

Fantastic smoky gwindel from classic swiss locality! Great condition and gorgeous twist! the piece is a full floater, a few small regular quartz crystals are attached on the back side.

GH09 - Fluorite with Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel, Haslital, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 14.7 x 10.5 x 8.5 cm

Striking cabinet sized specimen featuring 2 rosafluorites placed right in the center of clear smoky quartzes. The piece comes from the famous Rufibach pocket found in 1962. Great condition and visual impact!

CI02 - Fluorite - SOLD
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 8.3 x 7.4 x 4.9 cm

Superb fluorite cubes to 3.6 cm on edge perched on a wonderful sphalerite matrix. Note the clear and sharp phantom lines inside! Great condition and aesthetics!

A412 - Gold - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 7 x 5.9 x 4 cm

A thick mass of gold flakes perched on quartz matrix. The gold body is minimum 1 cm thick on all sides and almost completely covers the quartz matrix. Sphalerites set a nice accent on top. The entire piece is firm and sturdy, the gold leaves are well connected by intergrown quartz crystals. One of the very best gold specimens I have ever seen from Cavnic!

A411 - Gold - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 3.6 x 3.1 x 2.1 cm

Amazing cluster of composite gold leaves from Cavnic! The gold has superb luster and is very well formed all the way around.

ZW04 - Mellite - SOLD
Csordakúti Mine, Bicske-Csordakút, Bicske-Zsámbéki Basin, Fejér Co., Hungary
Size: 6.1 x 4.8 x 2.5 cm

Sharp and lustrous mellite crystals to 31 mm forming a very fine floater aggregate. Well crystallized on both sides! Ex Walter Knobloch, two old labels are coming with the specimen.

AN52 - Wulfenite - SOLD
San Francisco Mine, Mexico
Size: 7.8 x 5.5 x 4.8 cm

Very showy combo specimen of wulfenite and botryoidal mimetite on matrix. The main wulfenite crystal atop is 2.9 cm wide.

PM105 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts., La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
Size: 6.3 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm

Highly lustrous and partially transparent red wulfenite crystals richly scattered on matrix! The main crystal measures 17.5 mm across. Great condition and visual impact! Ex Bosch, Marty Zinn (no.1624) and Helmut Brückner collections.

RS25 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts., La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
Size: 6.6 x 5.6 x 5.2 cm

Deep orange wulfenite crystal to 27 mm across on matrix. Small chipping is present along the edges, but it is mainly on the rear side and not a detraction in context. Very good aesthetics and visual impact!