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Pre-Tucson 2017

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PE10 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.2 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm

This is a superb bicolour tourmaline from an old Brazilian find. The green colour is strong and intense, and it has a strong blueish accent. The edges show the usual tiny edge wear, which is barely visible and insignificant.

ZF19 - Goethite - SOLD
Tharsis, Alosno, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
Size: 9 x 5.4 x 3.3 cm

Striking aggregate of iridescent goethite balls in a very pleasing stalactite composition.

MD31 - Vanadinite - SOLD
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Size: 5.9 x 3.9 x 4.4 cm

Bright vanadinite clusters on baryte matrix. No damage on any of the main crystals.

MG19 - Anglesite - SOLD
Touissit, Oujda-Angad Prov., Oriental Region, Morocco
Size: 3.6 x 3 x 1.1 cm

Excellent miniature from the classic old finds, featuring bright yellow crystals to 28 mm across.

PE13 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.5 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm

Superb bicolour tourmaline from the old famous pocket found at Golconda mine. One small side crystal is not terminated, all the other terminations are pristine.

AF21 - Fluorite - SOLD
Bergsig Farm 167 (Hohenstein), Omaruru District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 12.5 x 10.4 x 7.1 cm

Deep green fluorite cubes scattered on feldspar matrix! The piece is very 3-dimensional and showy from multiple angles. Great condition and visual impact!

A455 - Fluorite on Quartz - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Size: 8.9 x 8.3 x 4.1 cm

The fluorite crystals show razor sharp edgesand excellent luster. Their color is dark emerald green with dark violet zoning at the corners. The contrast to tiny milky quartz crystals gives a great visual impact. In excellent condition damage-wise.

A449 - Closed Gwindel - SOLD
Göschener Alp, Göschenen, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 3.7 x 2.3 x 1 cm

This s a superb closed gwindel, very sharp and brilliant all the way around. The luster is great all the way around. It is 100% clear from top to bottom, the clarity is indeed much better than shown on the picture on left side. Please note, the rehealed contacts on the bottom side are just present on the rear side, the front side is perfectly crystalized to the very bottom. The piece is just so clear that the contacts seem to be on the front. No significant damage to report.

WI13 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Ahmad Abad Mine, Bahabad, Yazd Province, Iran
Size: 7.9 x 6.5 x 3.6 cm

This is a lovely small cabinet specimen, featuring deep orange colour, nice contrast and great composition. 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. Minor bruising is present along a couple edges, but the specimen is still in great overall condition.

FW22 - Fluorite on Quartz - SOLD
Sidi Ayad, Boulemane, Fés-Meknés, Morocco
Size: 6.7 x 2.6 x 5 cm

WOW, what an eye-candy composition! A bright yelloy fluorite cube is set against a wonderfully contrasting red quartz matrix. This piece comes from an old and very limited find. A great addition to every advanced fluorite collection!

A324 - Silver - SOLD
Tarapacá Region, Chile
Size: 7.2 x 5.6 x 4.4 cm

Sharp and elongated silver crystals richly covering a quartz matrix. A very showy native silver specimen!

A554 - Siderite and Sphalerite - SOLD
Aggeneys Mine, South Africa
Size: 14.3 x 13 x 9.6 cm

This is a large and superb sample of siderite and sphalerite epimorph after Calcite. The calcite was dissolved in situ long ago. The remaining cast is just 1-2 mm thick, what a miracle of mother nature! No damage on display side, the bottom is an open vug and reveals a deep look into the cast form.