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TS22 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan
Size: 5 x 4.7 x 2.5 cm
 

This is a fully pristine floater specimen featuring two multicolour tourmaline crystals on a nest of albite crystals. Both crystals are doubly terminated and show a very nice green-blueish zone at the bottom. Equally fine when displayed from the back side.


A588 - Calcite with Amethyst - SOLD
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Size: 9 x 7.5 x 8.2 cm
 

An intense red Calcite crystal attractively set in the center of lustrous, dark violet amethyste crystals. Perfect balance and aesthetic on highest level. No significant damages to report.


UT13 - Proustite - SOLD
Grube Vater Abraham, Lauta, Marienberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Size: 6.1 x 5.1 x 3.3 cm
 

Superb, sharp and large proustite crystals in a composite cluster group! The colour is pure deep red gem when backlight from top to the very bottom of the specimen! Note that only a part of the crystals were backlight for this picture. Minor chipping is present on a side crystal, but the damage is easily forgivable considering the size, the impact and the historical importance of that specimen. Truly a masterpiece from this old German locale! Ex Hubert de Monmonier collection.


A300 - Cuprite - SOLD
Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb deposit, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Krai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
Size: 3.6 x 3.3 x 2.6 cm
 

Sharp and well formed floater crystal group of highly lustrous cuprite crystals! The piece is very 3-dimensional and well formed from all sides! It is not just a single crystal, several nice crystals are attached on the other side.


DS15 - Quartz - SOLD
Leisalp, Valsertal, Kanton Graub√ľnden, Switzerland
Size: 5.9 x 4 x 2.7 cm
 

Green schist quartzis considered to be among the very finest from the alps. This is an excellent sample from the Leisalp, Valser valley in Switzerland. Two upright crystals forming a "V" are surrounded by smaller ones at the base. As so typical of this find, green chlorite inclusions at the base add a pleasing colour contrast. Great aesthetics and condition!


A269 - Sceptre Quartz - SOLD
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.7 x 5.3 x 4.3 cm
 
 
 

Very interesting sceptre quartz specimen from Rauris valley. Great condition and very showy on all sides! Minor pericline is attached at the base.


VG16 - Rhodochrosite - SOLD
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 4.4 x 3.7 x 2.3 cm
 

WOW! This is a killer miniature featuring about one dozen crystals in a very fine cluster. The colour is superb, it is in fact a deep red and the clarity is amazing also! Great composiion and visual impact!


VG11 - Benitoite - SOLD
Dallas Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), San Benito Co., California, USA
Size: 7.2 x 5.3 x 3.7 cm
 

Deep blue benitoite crystals to 20 mm across perched on matrix! The crystal group is well balanced with a main crystal on the left side and a dozen smaller ones scattered around.


PW52 - Smithsonite - SOLD
Kelly Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA
Size: 5.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm
 
 
 

A 2 cm ball shaped shpere perched on gossan matrix. A few single and isolated crystals form a nice contrast to the main crystal aggregate.


A218 - Silver - SOLD
Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Size: 5 x 2.4 x 1.4 cm
 
 
 

Thick and sturdy silver wire featuring a wonderful twist! What a gorgeous miniature from this classic German locality!


ED02 - Iron Rose - SOLD
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 9 x 5 x 3.6 cm
 

WOW! What an alpine killer specimen! A lovely nest of mica crystals is host to a wonderful 7 by 4.6 cm ironrose! This specimen is easily one of the 10 best hematites i have ever seen from the Austrian alps. It has a remarkable size, wonderful rose structures, nicely bevelled faces, great iridescence and outstanding aesthetics! Just jaw-dropping!


AR346 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 11.5 x 5.2 x 3.5 cm
 

This is a fantastic doubly-terminated elbaite crystal featuring 5 distinct colour zones and very nice albite and lepidolite crystals in assciation. The specimen is a full floater and is in pristine condition all around. Ex Reinhard Dallinger coll.