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IN03 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Chia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 18.5 x 3.7 x 2.4 cm

WOW! What a gorgeous multiple-coloured tourmaline crystal! The picture was just made with natural daylight from the back side, no artificial light used, and the colours are indeed that strong and intense. There is one repair right above the pink zone, but this was professionally done and is barely visibly. The termination is perfect and shows a pleasing yellow colour. The sidecar crystals are all terminated. The size of the crystal is indeed shocking, it is a true masterpiece for an advanced collector of gem species!

FX18 - Amethyst - SOLD
Brandberg, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 5.4 x 4.7 x 3.9 cm

Clear and deep purple amethysts on dolomite and quartz matrix. Great aesthetics, no damage.

A445 - Quartz - SOLD
Ganesh Himal, Somdang, Bagmati, Nepal
Size: 8.7 x 7.3 x 4.6 cm

Superb clear quartz of Tessin style on pericline crystals. Great aesthetics, no damage!

A315 - Crocoite - SOLD
Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
Size: 6.8 x 5 x 3.2 cm

This is a superb crocoite cluster from the red River pocket zone. Deep red colour and superb luster decorate this highly aesthetic specimen. It can be shipped mounted in an acrylic box.

ZW63 - Amethyst Sceptre - SOLD
North Carolina, USA
Size: 6.7 x 3.9 x 3.5 cm

Beautiful scepte amethyst showing great fenster structures on the side and termination faces. Minor damage is present on the sides, not on the crystal tip, but the piece is still in good condition and shape! There is an interesting water bubble inclusion moving more than 1 cm included in the top right edge. An old label dated at 1968 is coming with the piece.

PV19 - Galena ps. Pyromorphite - SOLD
Kautenbach, Hunsr├╝ck, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Size: 3.3 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm

Great miniature from this old and defunct locale! Sharp barral-shaped crystals form a lovely crystal cluster. Great aesthetics and condition.

AR278 - Phantom Quartz - SOLD
Ibitiara, Bahia, Brazil
Size: 6.1 x 5.3 x 4.2 cm

Wonderful sandy inclusions inside a totally clear quartz crystal. The bottom is fully recrystallized. The phantom is clear and very well visible, better than the pictures can convey!

A461 - Fluorite - SOLD
Rogerley Mine, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England
Size: 11 x 6 x 7.6 cm

WOW! What a classic English masterpiece! Found in the famous "Jewel Box Pocket" in Summer 2008, this piece is easily one of the very best specimens from the recent mining period at the Rogerly mine! The luster and clarity of this particular pocket is shockingly fine and still unrivaled. Three large and sharp twins rest amidst smaller fluorite and galena crystals on a cabinet sized matrix. Published in Lapis magazine several times (January 2010 issue), and in the book "Mineralienbilder" by Hilde K├Ânighofer, page 145. The clarity is fantastic and the fluorescence in daylight is just jaw-dropping! A masterpiece by all standards! Ex Robert Brandstetter collection.

SA03 - Baryte - SOLD
Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco
Size: 12.3 x 9.8 x 8.4 cm

Amazing blue barite flower on calcite and limonite matrix! The crystal cluster is in superb condition and well crystalized all around!

A591 - Gold - SOLD
Mt Kare Mine, Mt Hagen, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea
Size: 3 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm

Nicely crystalized, very 3-dimensional gold leaves from an old and defunct locality in Papua New Guinea. A total floater and complete all around.

LI02 - Liddicoatite - SOLD
Estatoby, Sahatana Valley, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
Size: 14 x 8.9 x 8.7 cm

This is a gorgeous sample of multicolour liddicoatite from the recent production at Estatoby mine. The colours range from a deep red on top to green and cognac brown in the middle and lower sections. The termination faces are nicely bevelled on all sides and in pristine condition. The composition of two main crystals in parallel grwoth and another crystal crossing at the lower front side gives character to the piece and makes it truly unique. The piece reveals all it colours at best when backlighted with led light spots. Striking size and incredible visual impact! Illustrated in the MINERALS magazine by Tomasz Praszkier, Issue#6, page 16. Price on request.

A489 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Dunton, Maine, USA
Size: 7.5 x 5.4 x 4.3 cm

WOW! What a killer tourmaline from a classic US locality! Very distinct mint-green and turquoise-green colour zoning gives a unique character. The shape is gorgeous all around, combined flat and steep pyramidal faces make up an amazingly fine termination! Great striations are present on all sides. The piece features a cluster of two crystals in parallel growth. From an old private collection, the label is coming with the piece. Absolutely stunning colours, condition and form combined with great rarity and provenance. Superb indeed!