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WD03 - Red Beryl - SOLD
Harris claim, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah, USA
Size: 4.9 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm
 

Gorgeous cluster of deeply red crystals on snow white matrix. Lovely composition & great condition. A stunning American classic!


WB14 - Red Beryl - SOLD
Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
Size: 4.9 x 3.2 x 2 cm
 

A 7 mm red beryl crystal on white rhyolite matrix. The upper termination of the crystal is free and fully 6-sided. Great miniature from good old theys, these jewels are no longer being found.


PM130 - Pyrargyrite - SOLD
San Genaro Mine, Huancavelica, Peru
Size: 4.6 x 3.2 x 2 cm
 

Ruby silver at its best! This specimen comes from a very rich vein at San Genaro mine, featuring a thick and solid mass of gem red pyrargyrite crystals. The entire piece glows deep red when backlit, in the picture this effect is shown just in the big crystal perched atop. A great piece for all silver mineral enthusiasts! Ex G√ľnther Weinz - Fritz Nebert collection, Kirschweiler b. Idar-Oberstein, their label is coming with the piece.


OS16 - Dioptase - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 11.6 x 10.1 x 8.2 cm
 
 

This is a superb cabinet sized dioptase specimen from Tsumeb. The quartz and duftite matrix shows great relief and is very richly covered by sparkling dioptase crystals up to 15 mm in size. Gorgeaous visual impact and great condition!


PN24 - Iron Rose - SOLD
Monte Prosa, Prevat Valley, Central St Gotthard Massif, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 2.7 x 2.4 x 1.4 cm
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Mirror luster and razor sharp edges excel this superb thumbnail specimen! The pictures show both sides, front and back, they are both equally fine! The piece is very 3-dimensional and in excellent condition all the way around.


A760 - Sphene - SOLD
Frosnitztal, East Tyrol, Austria
Size: 7 x 4.3 x 6.2 cm
 

Fantastic reddish brown titanite crystals up to 22 mm perched on snow white albite matrix, what an amazing contrast! The clarity and luster of the titanites is just superb, it could not be better, and the colour is just spectacular. The main crystal stands in upright position and is one of the very biggest from the pocket. Tiny bruises are present one one of the edges. A superb alpine titanite for every advanced collection.


A643 - Iron Rose - SOLD
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 5.3 x 4.8 x 1.1 cm
 

Wonderful, super-glossy ironroses scattered on a piece of snow-white albite matrix. What a great contrast. The balance and composition are also fantastic. A very similar crystal habit has once been found in the European alps, they are considered to be a titanium rich variety of the species, possibly even ilmenite. Great aesthetics and condition, no damage.


DR09 - Azurite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 6.8 x 3.3 x 2.4 cm
 

This is a truly tall and well-shaped azurite crystal from Tsumeb mine. The crystal is unusually elongated and shows beautiful striatins parallel to the c-axis on all sides. The attached dolomite breccia matrix sets a pleasing contrast and makes this piece perfectly balanced. A classic piece of great beauty and aesthetics!


AS49 - Azurite on Dolomite - SOLD
Touissit, Oujda-Angad Prov., Oriental Region, Morocco
Size: 4.6 x 3.9 x 2.3 cm
 

A 19mm tall isolated azurite crystal is raising up nearly vertically! This crystal is sharp terminated, highly lustrous and shows this wonderful royal blue. The contrast with tiny, also sharp terminated, glossy dolomite crystals is amazingly delicate. A gorgeous, colorful and aesthetic combination without significant damages.


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.