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Pre-Tucson 2017


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ET18 - Fluorite with Calcite - SOLD
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 12.7 x 7.7 x 6.4 cm
 

Deep purple fluorite cubes and a beautiful calcite crystal perched on a well crystalized sphalerite matrix! Tiny and insignificant edge wear on only one of the crystal edges. What fabulous aesthetics, and great visual impact!


A490 - Fluorite - SOLD
Bergsig Farm 167 (Hohenstein), Omaruru District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 10.8 x 7.3 x 4.7 cm
 

Superb "alien eye" fluorite specimen from the famous find! The specimen is a composite cluster of several fluorite crystals and quartz. The "eye" of the main crystal glows deeply green just with slight backlight, regular daylight is sufficient to reveal the amazing colour that made this particular find famous all over the world!


A250 - Anatase - SOLD
Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway
Size: 3.1 x 2.9 x 2.3 cm
 
 
 

This piece features a super brilliant 1 inch anatase crystal on white adularia matrix! Tiny chipping is present, but it is really very small and not an issue in context. The crystal is actually a composite cluster of 2 individual crystals both of which show flat terminations and great striations on the pyramid faces. Superb aesthetics and quality!


GH05 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel, Haslital, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 13 x 8.1 x 5.1 cm
 

This is a superb elongated smoky quartz crystal raising from a group of smaller ones. Great clarity and condition!


ZF09 - Prase Quartz - SOLD
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 8.9 x 4 x 1.6 cm
 

Elongated prase quartz crystals with small balls of magnetite ps. hematite attached at the base. No damage.


ZF08 - Prase Quartz - SOLD
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 11.3 x 7.7 x 2.6 cm
 

Striking cluster of three tapering and very elongated prase quartz crystals, with a few smaller ones attached on the sides. Great condition and shape!


TL01 - Anglesite - SOLD
Touissit, Oujda-Angad Prov., Oriental Region, Morocco
Size: 11 x 9.8 x 4.7 cm
 

Clear yellow anglesite crystals to 7 cm in length forming an awesome crystal cluster! Three large crystals head out of the crowd and set a clear focus. The piece is in excellent condition, there are just a few tinly little rubs on a few edges, but they are insignificant and forgivable. The piece is a floater and crystalized on the back sie as well. What a gorgeous piece from the classic old finds!


NH18 - Kunzite - SOLD
Pala Chief Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 9.8 x 3.6 x 1.2 cm
 
 
 

Etched pink gem kunzite with a lot of red needle inclusions inside! The piece is a total floater and complete on all around. Note the ansolutely amazing etching patterns on all sides!


HD10 - Heliodor - SOLD
Ankazobe Town, Analamanga, Madagascar
Size: 7.2 x 2.3 x 1.9 cm
 

Clear heliodor from a new find in Madagascar. Te pocket had a very distinct red layer on top of the crystals, only about 2 dozen fine crystals were recovered. The clarity of this crystal is indeed much better than my picture can convey, it is about the top quality of the find. No damage.


A388 - Liddicoatite - SOLD
Bevaondrano, Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.7 x 2.7 x 2.4 cm
 

WOW! What a killer tourmaline crystal from an old find in Madagascar! The crystal is in fact a composite cluster of several individuals in paralel growth. The termination faces are stepped and all well developed. It displays indeed very well from all sides. The colour is green on top, changes to a blue-green in the center and peach-pink towards the lower end (which is actually more intense in person). Only about a dozen of this style has been found, and this is truly a superb one!


OK01 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Oyo Mine, Nigeria
Size: 10.1 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm
 
 
 

This is an excellent bicolour tourmaline from Nigeria! The crystal has indeed open colours, but when just slightly backlight a sharp hot pink core appears and and the crystal just glows! A few tiny rubs on the edges were resored in a professional lab. What a fantastic crystal from a remote african source!


ET02 - Mottramite - SOLD
Mina Ojuela Level 35, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Size: 12.6 x 7.6 x 4 cm
 

This is a superb specimen of botryoidal mottramite, from a small pocket found at Ojuela mine about 2 years ago. The mottramites form 2.5 - 3 cm tall aggregates here, each of them is in great shape and perfect condition! The overall shape resembles a tree and is very showy from a front 180° angle. Cherry-picked from a big lot, this piece is one of the very best of this kind i have seen!