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DS01 - Iron Rose - SOLD
Fibbia, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 3.3 x 2.8 x 2.1 cm

What a lovely toenail sized cluster of highly brilliant iron roses! Very eye-candy!

FT15 - Rhodochrosite on Manganite - SOLD
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 7.5 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm

The rhodochrosite crystals are all razor sharp terminated, they show amazing texture and glassy character. The raspberry red color is a wonderful contrast to jet-black highly lustrous manganite matrix. A rare variety from this famous locality. No significant damages to report.

A546 - Rubellite - SOLD
Antsira, Sahatany Valley, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.1 x 3.6 x 1.9 cm

WOW! Gemmy, magenta-red rubellites sitting in perfect upright position on a white quartz crystal. How many pockets have ever yielded that deepest red rubellite colour? Well, actually only very few, and these rubellites rank among the very best mineral specimens in the world. This piece is indeed a superb miniature from a small and limited find from Sahatany valley, collected in 2015. The pocket was just the size of a football, and only a handful of fine crystals were recovered. This one ranks among the very best rubellites ever found in Africa. 2x professionally repaired, no restoration.

A869 - Prase Quartz - SOLD
Huanggangliang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
Size: 5.8 x 5.1 x 4.9 cm

Superb green crystals of beta-quartz shape, showing just an upper and lower pyramid but no prism faces. Very 3-dimensional and showy all the way around.

ZP16 - Prase Sceptre Quartz with Ilvaite - SOLD
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 9.4 x 7.9 x 8.1 cm

Wow, what an amazing quartz sceptre on a prase stem! Only one pocket of this special material has ever been found at the locality, and this specimen is indeed one of the top 5 pieces! A large and fat main sceptre crystal stands upright on a plate of matrix, made of smaller prase quartz crystals. Ilvaite needles set a beautuful contrast. The scepter is pristine and in perfect condition on all sides. A gorgeous addition to every advanced quartz collection!

AR347 - Aquamarine - SOLD
Ameib Farm, Usakos, Erongo, Namibia
Size: 8.5 x 6.6 x 5.4 cm

Two turquoise coloured aquamarine crystals perched on feldspar matrix. A schorl is resting on top of the bigger crystal - what an amazing arrangement! Great condition and aesthetics.

A868 - Sphene - SOLD
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 7.6 x 5.7 x 2.8 cm

Wonderful bright green titanite twins up to 29 mm resting on white calcite and albite crystals. The piece is in great condition and shape, there is no significant damage to report.

AS50 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Grimsel, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 6 x 4.7 x 3.2 cm

Super brilliant and highly aesthetic V-shaped smoky quartz crystals from a very famous locality! The cystals feature amazing clarity and a lovely bright smoky hue. No damage.

A552 - Quartz with Hematite - SOLD
Sovietskiy Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Size: 13.4 x 7.1 x 5.6 cm

Red needle quartz at its best! What an explosion of deeply saturated, elongated quartz crystals. Black sphalerite crystals serve as a matrix, and a later white quartz generation adds a pleasing contrast. Excellent shape and condition!

SU19 - Amethyst Sceptre - SOLD
Marovoalavo Mine, Andilamena Quartz Quarries, Andranotokana Massif, Andilamena, Alaotra-Mangoro, Madagascar
Size: 2.2 x 2 x 1.2 cm

Super rare and super special - look at this amazing amethyst-japan-law-twin-scepters! There is no term for this outstanding variety of quartz yet, and no words to describe the rarity. Only very few pieces have been found, and this one is an excellent sample in thumbnail size.

A346 - Fluorite with Calcite - SOLD
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 15.1 x 11 x 3.2 cm

Deep purple fluorite from the northern slope pocket on Weißeck mountain. The crystals show interesting hoppered cubic formations, and the calcite scalenoedrons attached to the base side add a pleasing contrast. The pictrue was taken with a little bit of backlight. Great condition and shape.

AS38 - Smithsonite with Tsumcorite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 7 x 6.2 x 3.3 cm