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WI19 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Ahmad Abad Mine, Bahabad, Yazd Province, Iran
Size: 5.6 x 4.6 x 2.8 cm

Exceptionally sharp and highly lustrous crystals on matrix! The special feature of specimens coming from this pocket is a clear zone along the outline of the crystals, whith minor inclusions of plattnerite, and a deep orange crystal core. In addition, this crystals feature beautiful additional faces on all sides, resembling skeletal growth patterns. The main crystal measures 1 inch across and is free of damage.

WI30 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Ahmad Abad Mine, Bahabad, Yazd Province, Iran
Size: 9 x 7.8 x 4.2 cm

Superb cabinte size cluster of skeletal wulfenite crystals to 29 mm on calcite matrix. The arrangement is very 3-dimensional, and almost all crystals are in perfect condition. In fact, this is one of the finest samples from the deep orange pocket!

TI07 - Pyrite on Hematite - SOLD
Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy
Size: 5.2 x 5 x 3.7 cm

The sharp, isolated crystal at the top of the piece is 35mm across and complete all around. The quality could not be better - the crystal shows intense color and mirror luster. In my evaluation this is still the most beautiful combination and the very best locality for pyrite world-wide. Unfortunately field-collecting is impossible there since many years and no new material can be expected. Hematite blades are shining and make an astonishing contrast with the gold colour of the pyrites. No significant damage to report.

WI24 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Ahmad Abad Mine, Bahabad, Yazd Province, Iran
Size: 7.2 x 6.1 x 6 cm

Large freestanding crystals up to 3.2 cm in size on top of a calcite covered matrix! The wulfenite cluster is again very 3-dimensional, and the condition of the specimen is pristine. One of the very best small cabinet sized specimens from the recent finds.

TC18 - Fluorite - SOLD
Huanggangliang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
Size: 4.4 x 3.9 x 2.4 cm

Clear fluorite cubes featuring purple bevelled edges. Orange sphalerite makes a pleasing combination. The big fluorite cube is in pristine condition on all sides.

BD45 - Aquamarine - SOLD
Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 10.2 x 4 x 3.5 cm

The mines around Teofilo Otoni in Minas Gerais have produced some of the very fines aquamarine crystals in the world, and this crystal is an excellent sample of this old classic style. It features a prism with bevelled edges and a very rare 12 sided termination! The colour is a wonderful blue-green hue. Internal structures add some more interest and make this a great and highly desirable natural gemstone crystal!

WM24 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mun. de Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Size: 3.8 x 3.2 x 2.1 cm

Great wulfenite specimen featuring the rounded cubic crystal habit. The cluster rests on a small part of mother rock, which is attached on the rear side. The main crystal in the top center section measures 22 mm across. No damage to report.

WI29 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Ahmad Abad Mine, Bahabad, Yazd Province, Iran
Size: 11.4 x 8.3 x 6 cm

Deeply orange blades of wulfenite forming a lovely cluster on gossan matrix. The crystals are bright and glossy, the colour is truly amazing. Associated species are plattnerite and vanadinite. A superb sample from the initial finds.

RR02 - Calcite on Siderite - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 8 x 7.4 x 6.7 cm

Beautiful white calcite balls isolated and in groups on nicely contrasting siderite matrix. Very 3-dimensional and nice from all sides. No damage.

A109 - Azurite and Malachite - SOLD
Chessy-les-Mines, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France
Size: 5.8 x 4 x 2.7 cm

Sharp and well formed azurites, partially altered to malachite, forming a very balanced cluster. Great shape and condition!

AF14 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Chia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.5 x 3.5 x 2 cm

This tourmaline crystal shows a very pleasing lavender/purple zone in between 2 green layers. Great striations on the front side, the termination is also very well formed.

A553 - Calcite - SOLD
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 18.5 x 15 x 12.5 cm

A deep amber coloured calcite crystal sitting on a floater shard made of sphalerite crystals. The colour is as good as it gets at Elmwood mine, and the crystal formation is great as well. The dark sphalerite sets a pleasing contrast. No significant damage to report.