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TG05 - Aquamarine - SOLD
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 6 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm

A lustrous gemmy and water-clear crystal with a crazy habit - it developed a significant zepter with additional modifications along the end-points. Well formed 360°, on same high quality all around and in fine condition damage-wise.

BT32 - Fluorite - SOLD
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 5.3 x 5 x 4.8 cm

A purple fluorite crystal showing amazingly fine hoppered growth. The stacked cubes feature great clarity and beautiful deep purple phantoms along the edges. No damage, bottom side was on the rock.

A335 - Elbaite - SOLD
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 6.7 x 5.5 x 3.8 cm

What a stunning group of 3 doubly terminated elbaite crystals in a cluster! The top terminations show sharp and large bevelled faces, and the pink colour is truly deep and intense, easily on top 10 percentile of the locality. The specimen is remarkably not repaired, just minor chipping is present on one of the lower terminations. This is, however, not at all visible from the front side and hence just a very minor issue. The specimen is a full floater and very showy all around, please note: the two pictures on top are taken from two different angles. Ex Lawrence H. Conclin collection, his label is coming with the piece.

WT04 - Aquamarine - SOLD
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 8.8 x 7.2 x 4.1 cm

Gorgeous clear aquamarine standing free and upright on a lovely quartz and feldspar matrix. The termination is sharp and pristine, and even more interesting, it shows stunning bevels all the way around. Small riebeckites are included in the lower section, and another aquamarine crystal on the lower left side completes the ensemble. No damage. Ex Kurt Wintersteiger collection.

IT17 - Indicolite - SOLD
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 8.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm

This crystal is not just blue - this is electric, neon blue and the intensity of the photo is just a shadow of how it looks in person. The clarity and translucency is fantastic, the crystal seems to glow even when it is lying in a box! While most indicolite world-wide are very dark and need at least moderately backlight, this particular specimen shows the color even under daylight, no backlight was used for the photo! This is truely fanatstic, exceptional quality. Sharp terminated and highly lustrous all around, no sgnificant damaes to report.

TL19 - Gold - SOLD
Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
Size: 4.8 x 2.3 x 1.9 cm

Bright and very lustrous gold crystals in a woderful tree-shaped cluster! The largest crystal atop measures 10 x 8 mm! Very 3-dimensional and well crystalized all the way around. No damage.

PU05 - Anatase - SOLD
Taftan, Chagai District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 5.3 x 4.9 x 2.9 cm

A bunch of super glossy anatase crystals up to 13 mm wide are nicely set on a snow-white albite matrix. No damage.

CV07 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Goma, North Kivu, DR Congo
Size: 6 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm

Awesome crystal of gemmy bicolour tourmaline from the recent finds in DR Congo. The termination shows multiple bevelled faces and is in pristine condition. Displays very well from all sides.

TG06 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Kanakani Mine, Pech, Afghanistan
Size: 5.6 x 2.3 x 1.6 cm

Superb cluster featuring two blue-cap tourmalines in slightly diverging position. The colour in the center section is a pleasing and bright turquoise-blue. It comes from old finds about 15 years ago, no more like this have been found since then. It is in excellent condition, no contacts, no restoration, no repair.

MG12 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Les Dalles, Mibladen, Province Midelt, Morocco
Size: 4 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm

Fiercy orange wulfenites sitting on white barite matrix. The two large crystals show beautiful stepped growth patterns. Great colour and aesthetics.

A498 - Morganite - SOLD
Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 7.5 x 6.7 x 3.9 cm

This rare peach-pink coloured morganite is a full floater and shows fantastic etching patterns all around. It has superb luster and amazing clarity, it is in fact totally clear throughout.

SF12 - Amethyst with Prehnite - SOLD
Brandberg, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 4.6 x 3 x 2.3 cm

This is a superb miniature featuring a bright green spray of prehnite on a deeply coloured amethyst crystal. No damage. The amethyst is truly incredibly clear and sharp!