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ZI04 - Zunyite - SOLD
Qalat-e Payeen, Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Size: 2.6 x 2 x 1.9 cm

A well formed zunyite crystal perched on a small mother rock made of hemaite and selenite. The crystal measures 18 mm across. Lovely thumbnail sized piece!

A716 - Topaz - SOLD
Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 7.6 x 5.2 x 4.5 cm

A large and gemmy cognac-coloured topaz perched on white albite matrix. Attached blades of mica and included riebeckite needles make this fine specimen even more interesting. The crystal is in fact doubly terminated in the lower backside section. Great condition and aesthetics.

A226 - Epidote - SOLD
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.1 x 4.2 x 2.5 cm

What a gorgeous floater aggregate of epidote crystals! The quality of the crystal is in fact as good as the best ever found. Minor byssolite is still present in places. The specimen is repaired 3-4 times, but all repairs are lock-fit and barely visible. The piece is very aesthetic and displays very well from all sides!

WB17 - Amethyst with Marcasite - SOLD
Săsar, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania
Size: 14 x 10.9 x 8.4 cm

Deeply coloured amethysts nicely capped by marcasite, a combination that is quite unique and typical of Sasar mine in Romania. The piece comes from an old and very limited find, and hence there are hardly any specimens on the market today.

A778 - Prase Sceptre Quartz - SOLD
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 10.5 x 9.1 x 4.6 cm

What an amazing and odd combination - quartz scepter heads perched upon a first generation of prase crystals! The crystals are actually no scepters in a crystallographic sense, they are more or less even more special and rare. They represent an homoepitactic overgrowth of a second generation after a layer of disruption. Only one pocket has been found and only a few dozen specimens of this style have ever been recovered on Serifos island, Greece. Black, elongated ilvaites complete the paragenesis of this outstanding specimen. No damage.

MB31 - Topaz - SOLD
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 8.5 x 6.4 x 4.5 cm

WOW! What a super glossy, super gemmy, doubly terminated topaz crystal flanked by sprays of snow-white cleavelandite on the sides! Multiple bevels and extra faces give this crystal a very special and elegant look. Furthermore, the specimen is a floater and in great condition all around. No significant damage to report.

TI17 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Sosedka Mine, Malkhan, Siberia, Russia
Size: 3.5 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm

The crystal shows a pyramidal end-point and sharp termination. It is highly lustrous all around. Clarity and translucency are exceptional for Malkhan and the color is very uncommon, too. The lower third shows a yellow-brown color, the middle is lighter and shows less saturation, the upper third appears in dark pink, nearly red color.

EM19 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Mawi, Laghman Province, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5.4 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm

Two lovely bicolour tourmalines in parallel growth. The crystals are fully clear from top to bottom, much clearer than the picture is able to convey. The terminations are sharp and pristine. No damage, no repair.

FP02 - Fluorite with Tourmaline - SOLD
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan
Size: 4.9 x 4.6 x 4.6 cm

A glossy greenish octahedron perched on two parallel inter-grown balck tourmaline crystals with green zonings at the end points. The tourumaline crystals are sharp terminated and lustrous. Nice contarst and very aesthetic assemble.

EM22 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Mawi, Laghman Province, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 7.3 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm

Found in 2018 at Mawi mine, this pocked produced only a very small number of crystals. About 20 of them were in perfect condition, sizes varied from 3 to 5 cm. This crystal was by far the biggest and best in the lot, featuring 3 distinctive colour zones. The top is a bright and open grass green, the center section a stunning, tender pink and the bottom a pleasing olive green with a blue hint. Sharp and elongated, in pristine condition.

RB41 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel, Haslital, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 8.6 x 8.4 x 6.5 cm

This is a gorgeous specimen of smoky quartz crystals on granite matrix. The crystals feature a deeply saturated smokey hue, still bright enough to show the excellent colour and the clarity in regular daylight. Only one small side crystal on the lower right side has a small chip on the tip, just about 1 mm across, all the others, and also the main crystal, are pristine and in perfect condition. The granite matrix plate is about 2 cm thick and very solid. Highly recommended to all entusiasts of alpine quartz specimens!

BR02 - Heliodor - SOLD
Catugi, Padre Paraíso, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 7.4 x 0.9 x 0.8 cm

This is a totally clear elongated heliodor crystal! There are truly no inclusions or other flaws, the piece is in perfect condition all around. The termination is especially fine develloped, and the etching on the sides is also magnificent!