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A600 - Prase Quartz with Magnetite ps. Hematite - SOLD
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 15.2 x 10.9 x 10.4 cm

This is a mayor piece for the locality! Field collecting is prohibited on Serifos, so all we have is a limited number of specimen from old discoveries and aesthetic specimen in this dimension are exceptional. The dark green prase crystals show excellent contrast to light matrix. Tiny glossy spheres of magnetite ps. hematite roses are scattered all over the specimen. The main group of prase is set in the center and raising up vertically. Surprisingly there are no significant damages to report. Very showy in various positions!

PW01 - Topaz - SOLD
Francisco Mine, Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.6 x 4.7 x 2.8 cm

Transparent topaz from a classic Brazilian find! This crystal shows nicely bevelled termination faces and exceptionally fine etching patterns on the sides, resembling the forms of Ukrainian heliodors. Great condition and shape!

PM103 - Chalcosite - SOLD
Dognaczka, Ocna de Fier-Dognecea District, Banat, Caraş-Severin Co., Romania
Size: 10 x 6.5 x 4.1 cm

This is indeed a fantastic chalcocite specimen from a classic European locality. Two aggregates of twinned chalcocite crystals are resting on a well contrasting matrix of white, sparkling calcite crystals. The specimen has great aesthetics as well as great provenance! It comes from the famous collection of Dr. Siegmund, Vienna, and his label is still coming with the specimen. A very significant specimen in many respects!

AR85 - Amethyst Sceptre - SOLD
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
Size: 11.3 x 6.8 x 6.6 cm

Wow! Six sceptre amethysts on a cabinet sized matrix plate. The right sceptre is 2 inches tall and gives a clear focus to the piece. Great condition and visual impact!

WI41 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Ahmad Abad Mine, Bahabad, Yazd Province, Iran
Size: 6.2 x 5.6 x 4.5 cm

This is a lovely miniature, featuring deep orange colour and great composition. The calcite matrix provides a nice contrast.

PM69 - Rose Quartz - SOLD
Aracuai, Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 7.2 x 5.6 x 2.1 cm

This is a huge 46 mm rose quartz crystal with beautiful doubly-terminated sidecars climbing up on the right side. Great condition and shape!

FT06 - Cuprite - SOLD
Emke Mine, Helen Farm 235, Onganja mining area, Seeis, Windhoek Rural , Khomas Region, Namibia
Size: 4.6 x 4.4 x 3 cm

Short locality information: The Emke mine (also known as Onganja mine) is situated on the Voitskopf vein which is continuous with the Maygift vein straddling the border between farms Helen 235 & Klein Onganja 148. Other veins in the immediate vicinity are Omahanga, Kronriff, Feldspatriff, Stanley, Kriegsfeldgang & several alphabetical veins A, B, E, F, G, H, L, N, all the veins are grouped as the Onganja mining area. Mineral specimens of cuprite & native copper came mostly from the Voitskopf-Maygift vein system. When these superb, large cuprite crystals came out in the 1970's, they were instant classics. The mine is already closed, so this material became more and more rare. Many of the specimens from that find had their malachite coatings removed. This particular specimen is still in original state. The exposed main crystal is about 26mm across, sharp terminated and shows great contrast to matrix.

RM03 - Baryte - SOLD
Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco
Size: 8.8 x 6.9 x 5.3 cm

Splendid baryte rose on dark calcite matrix! What a great specimen from the recent finds. On the back side there are minor contacts from another baryte rose, but these are insignificant and not a detraction. The entire front side is in perfect shape and condition!

KW16 - Cerussite - SOLD
Kombat Mine, Kombat, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Size: 6.8 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm

This cerussite twin exhibits all the best qualities of lead carbonate from this deposit. These are classics from the 1960s and early 1970s, though most were sadly destroyed or damaged over the years due to the inherent fragility and softness of the species. This heart-formed shape in combination with luster, sharp termination and clarity is absolutely exceptional. The clarity is even better in person, what you see on my second photography is more reflection from faces of backside – but internal it is nearly water-clear. A few chips and bruises are present on the edges. The crystal is nearly colorless with touch of light cognac-like color. The texture is also superb and well visible on my first photo, but there are also amazing tiny, sharp faces along the edges (which are not visible on my images). Truly a major piece for this classic locality, which was closed in 2008 due to problems with flooding (after a long productive period, discovered in 1850).

PM09 - Inesite - SOLD
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, South Africa
Size: 5.4 x 4.9 x 2.4 cm

Lovely sprays of inestite crystals on matrix.

PE14 - Smoky Quartz on Tourmaline - SOLD
Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.6 x 2.4 x 1.4 cm

A sharp termianted and water-clear smoky quartz with dark green and intense pink inter grown tourmaline crystals at the base. A very aesthetic assemble! No significant damages to rport, bottom was extracted from the rock.

IT05 - Azurite - SOLD
Milpillas Mine, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 4.1 x 3.9 x 1.6 cm

The specimen is developed as floater, each crystal - front side, back side, bottom, top - is highly lustrous, the faces show amazing texture, the color is royal blue and it looks really perfect in each position. There is much stuff from Milpillas, but this one stands out the crowd - it is formed like an „O“, this is not only a perspective - there is really a hole in the middle. There are many crystals in high quality, but the assemble gives a unique status to the piece. Again - there is no less attractive angle and quality is best 360°, undamaged.