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Pre-Tucson 2017


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AS32 - Bultfonteinite - SOLD
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, South Africa
Size: 8 x 5.5 x 4 cm
 

Botryoidal bultfonteinite aggregates perched on manganese matrix. No damage.


A467 - Fluorite with Calcite - SOLD
Xianghuapu Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 6.7 x 4.7 x 5 cm
 
 
 

WOW! Sharp and totally transparent fluorite cubes perched on quartz and aragonite crystals. The fluorites are amazingly gemmy, and the aragonite balls forms wonderful inclusions inside the crystals. The large cube atop measures 28 mm on edge or 42 mm across. Great condition and visual impact! Ex Robert Brandstetter collection no.644, his hand-written label his coming with the piece.


A418 - Aquamarine and Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 8.9 x 6.9 x 4.6 cm
 

Superb elongated aquamarine crystals and smokey quartz on feldspar matrix. Small tantalite and fergusonite(Y) is also present in places. Great aesthetics and rare combination meet in perfect harmony. No damage.


A367 - Tourmaline on Quartz - SOLD
Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.1 x 4.5 x 2.9 cm
 

Clear green tourmaline standing upright on a quartz crystal. The tourmaline is in perfect condition, no damage, no repair.


TC13 - Fluorite - SOLD
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 5.2 x 4 x 3.4 cm
 

Sharp and deep purple fluorite cube perched on dolomite and barite matrix. Great aesthetics and zero damage!


PM135 - Proustite - SOLD
Jáchymov, Krusné Hory Mts., Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Size: 2.9 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm
 

This proustite glows deeply red when backlight! Ex Anton Berger, sold in 1957.


A510 - Epidote with Apatite - SOLD
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 4.5 x 3.1 x 1.8 cm
 

This is a superb combination miniature featuring both apatite and epidote in equally fine crystals. The presence of both species on one specimen is very rare at this locality, and highly balanced specimens like this are very uncommon and exceedingly hard to obtain. Possibly less than a dozen have been found in 150 years of mining. No damage on front side.


SF16 - Smoky Quartz with Adularia - SOLD
Bitsch, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 7.7 x 5.6 x 4.2 cm
 

Perfect clear smoky quartz amidst adular towers! Floater, great from all sides, no damage.


A493 - Silver on Copper - SOLD
Evergreen Bluff Mine, Mass City, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, USA
Size: 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm
 

A 21 mm silver crystal perched on a beautiful pedestal made of silver, copper, quartz and epidote crystals. Fantastic aesthetics, and no damage!


A333 - Amazonite - SOLD
Crystal Peak, Park and Teller Cos., Colorado, USA
Size: 5.3 x 4.5 x 5.3 cm
 

This is a beautiful group of amazonite crystals featuring one large crystals in the center, and smaller ones on the sides. All crystals are free of damage.


HR19 - Rubellite - SOLD
Antsira, Sahatany Valley, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 3.6 x 1.8 x 1.1 cm
 

Doubly-terminated rubellite crystal peched on feldspar! The main crystal measurens 29 mm in length, another small rubellite sits right on top. No damage. Amazing aesthetics!


A575 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Val Strem, Surselva, Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 3.3 x 3 x 1 cm
 

Superb clear smoky quartz gwindel, thin and elegant. The twist is very strong, and the luster is excellent.