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RR32 - Rhodochrosite on Quartz - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 7.7 x 5.3 x 3.8 cm
 
A spray of milky quartz crystals set atop lovely pink rhodochrosite crystals. This is a marvellous specimen of great condition and aesthetics. Ex Leo Thalhammer collection.

PE70 - Vesuvianite with Hessonite - SOLD
Rotkopf, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 6.4 x 4 x 2.2 cm
 
The combination of both minerals is very rare from this rodingite locality. The vesuvianite developed small crystals up to 10 mm long, and the hessonite shows sharp, glossy faces and nicely contrasting red color.

RR39 - Sphalerite with Dolomite and Calcite - SOLD
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania
Size: 7.9 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm
 
A large and highly brilliant sphalerite crystal is perfectly perched on a piece of dolomite and calcite matrix. Quite a number of tiny chalcopyrite crystals are scattered around on the sphalerite, another pleasing contrast. Great aesthetics, no damage.

XY113 - Fluorite - SOLD
Wölsendorf, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany
Size: 12.5 x 11 x 10.4 cm
 
A large well formed cluster of intergrown bright yellow fluorite crystals from this famous classic locality. Two larger main crystals are set in the center! All crystals are very glossy, volume and dimension in combination with luster and intense color give a great visual impact to the piece. Although there are some small damages - for Wölsendorf this is really good condition.

ZW42 - Silver - SOLD
Batopilas, Adres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
Size: 4 x 3.3 x 1.9 cm
 
Superb silver crystals from Mexico! The crystal aggregate sits on matrix and has a beautiful reddish patina.

PE45 - Dolomite - SOLD
Hohentauern, Steiermark, Austria
Size: 9.9 x 6.5 x 5.9 cm
 
During WW2 the underground shafts were blasted, the last entrance to an old shaft collapsed around a decade ago - there is only a limited number of old specimen and this particular piece is quite remarkable. The crystals feature excellent twins and phantoms. The main crystal is 8.3 cm across, razor sharp along the edges and highly lustrous.

MG14 - Fluorite with Baryte - SOLD
El Hammam Mine, Meknés, Meknés Prefecture, Meknés-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Size: 8.7 x 7.9 x 6.7 cm
 
Sharp terminated, bright yellow fluorite crystals on matrix in combination with a well developed baryte rose. Some of the crystals edges show a sharp dark phantom. No significant damages to report.

RD124 - Pyromorphite - SOLD
Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France
Size: 8.5 x 8.5 x 6 cm
 
 
 
This is a highly aesthetic specimen featuring several freestanding crystal sheaves of pyromorphite. The crystals have a very nice olive green to brownish colour, and the main crystals show somehow hollow crystal formations at their terminations.

HP13 - Iron Rose - SOLD
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 4.6 x 3.9 x 3.7 cm
 
Free-standing, sharp and lustrous iron roses with muscovite; the snowy white adularia gives even more contrast to this very aesthetic, rare specimen! Ex Heinrich Prager collection.

HP11 - Amethyst - SOLD
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 8.6 x 3.8 x 3.6 cm
 
A sculptural assemble of sharp zepter crystals with beautiful concentration of purple color along the end-points. The faces are very glossy and show amazing "fenster" growth structures. No significant damages to report. Ex Heinrich Prager collection.

WU14 - Rutile - SOLD
Breithorn, Binn Valley, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 7.7 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm
 
Four doubly-terminated rutile crystals up to 20 mm in length resting on a calcite and schist matrix. One of them even shows the typical knee twinning. The crystals are in perfect conditon and the luster is the best you can look for.

KD10 - Rutile - SOLD
Modriach, Koralpe, Steiermark, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 5 x 3.3 cm
 
Rare rutile from this classic locality! The 3.2 cm crystal shows pyramidal end-points, sharp terminations and fine satiny luster.