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AS46 - Rhodochrosite - SOLD
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 2.8 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm
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What a gorgeous cluster of blood-red crystals. Clear, sharp and pointed like shark teeth. It is an excellent miniature from the classic old finds.

KD18 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Val Strem, Surselva, Kanton Graub√ľnden, Switzerland
Size: 6.8 x 5.1 x 1.8 cm

The famous Giuv syenite zone is one of the very best Gwindel locations in the entire alps. The pieces stand out because of their pleasing rich brown colour, their clarity, luster and their tall shapes. This specimen got all these features and is so typical of this geologic zone. Epidote needles up to 10 mm are included, and also attached on the back side. The crystal is a floater and in great condition all around.

GL57 - Gold - SOLD
Aouint Ighoumane, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region, Morocco
Size: 3 x 1 x 0.6 cm

A stunning curved gold cluster featuring large and sharp crystals up to 7 mm across sitting on a spine.

VC03 - Phenakite - SOLD
Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria
Size: 2.6 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm

Superb loop clean phenakite from an old find. No more have been coming ever since. This piece is a total floater and well shaped all the way around.

WT09 - Topaz - SOLD
Teixerinha Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 9.7 x 7 x 7.2 cm

Wow! What a huge crystal of blue gem topaz! The crystal features a deep blue colour and razor sharp edges without any damages. The entire crystal is a pure gem, it is fully transparent throughout! The right and left sides show marvellous etching patterns, and the white mica attached in some places adds a pleasing contrast. A true masterpiece!

IT14 - Euclase - SOLD
Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
Size: 2.9 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm

Superb red/orange bicolour euclase from a very limited find in 2018. Only about 25 pieces were recovered in an alluvial deposit. This crystal easily ranks among the top 5 and is indeed a very special one. The red section is exceptionally clean, it could cut a great gem.

GL19 - Gold - SOLD
Aouint Ighoumane, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region, Morocco
Size: 3 x 0.6 x 0.4 cm

"The sword", a superb spinel twinned gold crystal aggregate, featuring sharp crystals in a slightly curved shape!

WT18 - Topaz - SOLD
Hematita, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.1 x 2.9 x 2.6 cm

Amazingly bright and lustrous topaz crystal, featuring crazy gemminess and sharp faces, like a cut gem. Much better brilliance in person! Ex Kurt Wintersteiger collection.

A466 - Fluorite with Dolomite and Quartz - SOLD
Shangbao, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 7.3 x 5.3 x 2.2 cm

Superb deep purple fluorite cubes, well isolated on needle quartz matrix! All crystals show wonderful bevels to the rhomb. No damage of significance. Ex Robert Brandstetter coll.

AR88 - Calcite on Fluorite - SOLD
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 22 x 16 x 6.5 cm

What a wonderfol large cabinet sized specimen from the famous Elmwood mining district! Three large golden calcite crystals are perched on a nicely contrasting barite, fluorite and sphalerite matrix. Remarkably for this size, the piece is in perfect condition all around!

A233 - Dioptase - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 5.1 x 4 x 1.6 cm

A well formed specimen covered with sharp terminated, lustrous, dark green dioptase crystals. The piece shows nice contrast with white calcite matrix at the lower base. No significant damages to report.

MC22 - Rhodochrosite - SOLD
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 4 x 3.6 x 3 cm

WOW!! What an amazing killer! Sharp and pointed, deep red and clear scalenohedrons of rhodochrosite form a wonderful miniature. This is indeed one of the best rhodochrosite specimens i have ever seen in the size range. The luster is fantastic, as good as one can look for! There is a small cleave on one crystal present, but this is truly minor in context. The overall composition is fabulous, and the visual impact is gorgeous, the piece even glows from the distance!