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PV06 - Amethyst - SOLD
Săsar, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania
Size: 10.7 x 7 x 5 cm
 
Very fine cluster of amethyst from Romania, partially covered by tiny pyrites. Lovely specimen from this classic European locality!

PM126 - Strontianite - SOLD
Oberdorf an der Laming, Steiermark, Austria
Size: 4.3 x 3.7 x 2.9 cm
 
This specimen features a large columnar strontianite predominantly sitting on magnesite matrix. Towards the termination the colour gets more intense and results in a pleasing and highly desired reddish brown hue. The prism faces are sharp and lustrous, the termination faces are stepped and bevelled. Oberdorf an der Laming is the only locality in the world that has produced strontianites of that size and quality. This is a remarkably fine miniature, very hard to find in the market today. Ex R. Metzger collection, his label is coming with the piece. A note on the back side says that he sold it to Dr. Thaller in 1961 for 80 Shillings.

A318 - Epidote - SOLD
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.7 x 4.7 x 2.8 cm
 
A well formed, aesthetic cluster of highly lustrous epidote crystals! The main crystals are all well terminated. The lying crystals show a special bent structure, resulting from a rehealed break that happened during genesis in the pocket. Ex Dr.Patzak collection, Vienna.

XY159 - Wagnerite - SOLD
Höllgraben, Pfarrwerfen, Werfen, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10 x 4.6 x 3 cm
 
An exceptional specimen from the type-locality. The mineral was discovered in 1821 and until now there are no other localities world-wide, which have ever produced crystals in this exceptional dimension. Ex Heinrich Prager collection.

XY158 - Flos Ferri - SOLD
Erzberg, Eisenerz, Steiermark, Austria
Size: 7.9 x 6.2 x 3 cm
 
Blue floss ferri specimens from the locality are exceedingly rare and very hard to obtain. This particular specimen shows an outstanding saturation and should be high valued for its rarity! Ex K.Eggerth and Heinrich Prager collections, Vienna.

LE01 - Calcite with Hematite - SOLD
Banat, Caraş-Severin Co., Romania
Size: 25 x 18 x 19 cm
 
 
 
This is a very showy large cabinet sized hematite included calcite specimen, featuring a highly impressive and very 3-dimensional crystal formation! The bottom side is fully crystalized, actually the piece grew as a complete floater. It is in great condition, just one calcite side crystal on the lower left side is not fully terminated, all the others are in great condition. Calcite is admittedly quite a common species, but hard to find in this beauty and aesthetics - combined with this enormous size!

PM77 - Calcite - SOLD
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Size: 9.1 x 5.4 x 7.2 cm
 
Sharp columnar calcites in a lovely and very 3-dimensional group. Very distictive Bigrigg style! Ex Anton Berger collection, his label is coming with the piece.

XY146 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Nuristan, Afghanistan
Size: 6.2 x 2.8 x 2 cm
 
A well formed cluster of several tourmaline crystals with satiny luster. The crystals show light pink color, and the main crystal is almost colorless area on top with a little amount of pale green. Several smaller crystals are inter-grown at the lower base and all of them are double terminated - the specimen is developed as a floater! No significant damages to report and very showy all around. Ex Heinrich Prager collection.

CO198 - Cuprite - SOLD
Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb deposit, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Krai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
Size: 4.2 x 3.7 x 3.6 cm
 
The specimen is developed as a floater - there is one larger and one smaller inter-grown crystal. Their faces aresuper lustrous and partly covered with micro-crystals of second generation. A remarkable specimen from this famous locality. No significant damages to report, complete all around.

CO185 - Spessartine - SOLD
Wushan, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Fujian Province, China
Size: 11.5 x 6.7 x 2.6 cm
 
Lustrous, sharp, almost gemmy spessartine crystals of intense red-orange color set on snowy white orthoclase. What a great and colorful combination! Right in the center a large free-standing muscovite crystal sets a nice contrast, a few further ones are scattered all over. In excellent condition and shape.

XY141 - Fluorite on Quartz - SOLD
Riemvasmaak, Kakamas, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Size: 8.3 x 5.2 x 3.9 cm
 
A sharply terminated, lustrous crystal - 45mm across - attractively set on quartz. Isolated crystals like the particular one are very uncommon and hard to obtain. The specimen looks great in various positions!

FV01 - Pyrite with Quartz - SOLD
Huanzala Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
Size: 20 x 14.3 x 5.7 cm
 
A large cabinet sized plate of needle quartz is host to more than a dozen sharp and brilliant pyrite cubes. They are scattered around the entire piece and make up for a wonderful display. All crystals in the center are free of damage and in perfect condition! The crystals feature super-glossy luster and the distinct striations on all sides. Bevels on edges and corners add even more impact. This is a wonderful display specimen for every advanced collection!