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HR20 - Rubellite - SOLD
Antsira, Sahatany Valley, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 4.8 x 4.4 x 3.2 cm
 

Gem rubellite crystals in quartz, from a very limited new find! Only half a dozen matrix pieces were found, and this one is an excellent sample. The rubellite crystal in the center is 3.1 cm tall and 1.1 cm wide.


GL43 - Gold - SOLD
Aouint Ighoumane, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region, Morocco
Size: 2.6 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm
 

A marvellous s-shaped gold crystal aggregate featuring sharp and lustrous crystals along a curved spine.


BP03 - Brucite - SOLD
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 10.4 x 7.5 x 5.4 cm
 

Outstanding cluster of bi-colour brucite, featuring three shards of mother rock on top. The colour is a deep and bright yellow, very hard to find in the mineral world, and the luster is also superb. Great aesthetics and visual impact! No damage.


TC28 - Azurite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 4.3 x 2.5 x 3.8 cm
 

Gorgeous elongated azurite crystal resting on nicely contrasting green bayldonite matrix. The termination of the azurite crystal is sharp and free of damage. Deeply blue when backlight!


A723 - Heliodor - SOLD
Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast' (Zhitomir Oblast'), Ukraine
Size: 6.8 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm
 

Clear and elongated etched heliodor crystal in perfect condition. From the recent finds.


A183 - Heliodor - SOLD
Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast' (Zhitomir Oblast'), Ukraine
Size: 4.9 x 2.7 x 2.1 cm
 

This ia a beautiful floater specimen of etched heliodor. It has stunning colour and clarity and is very showy on all sides. Great condition and shape!


A724 - Heliodor - SOLD
Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast' (Zhitomir Oblast'), Ukraine
Size: 4.2 x 1.9 x 1.7 cm
 

This crystal is develoepd as floater and shows the very typical etching patterns. The color is a very pleasing yellow and the claity is excellent. No significant damages to report. A little bit of brown pocket clay is still attached and could easily be washed off, if desired.


GL54 - Gold with Calcite and Goethite - SOLD
Aouint Ighoumane, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region, Morocco
Size: 4 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm
 

A slightly curved gold crystal cluster, white calcite is intergrown on the side.


JS11 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Jonas Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.1 x 2.8 x 3.5 cm
 

This is a rubelite matrix specimen from Ailton Barbosa's great find at the Jonas mine. The pocket was discovered in 1978, and the rubelite quality from this pocket still sets the standard for the species. This specimen features one richly coloured crystal, capped by a blade of albite on the top right side. Repaired once.


A712 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 7.4 x 4.5 x 4.2 cm
 

Beautiful rubellites freestanding on purple lepidolite, albite and white mica matrix. The crystals are sharp and show an especially deep red hue at their terminations. No damage, no restoration, no repair, the condition of this piece is pristine, that is quite rare on tourmaline specimens in today's market.


LT18 - Calcite - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 15.3 x 10.9 x 10.2 cm
 

The specimen shows a very 3-dimensional composition. This well formed group of scalenohedral calcite crystals was covered by tiny crystals of snowy white dolomite. The whole assemble is now hollow inside - a so called perimorphose. The piece is developed as a floater and could be displayed 360°, no significant damages to report.


GL17 - Gold - SOLD
Aouint Ighoumane, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region, Morocco
Size: 2.2 x 0.5 x 0.4 cm
 

Beautiful spinel twinned gold crystal aggregate!