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A320 - Amethyst Sceptre - 1800€
Goboboseb Mts., Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 5.5 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm
 

What a sharp and pristine texbook sceptre crystal! Deep amethyst and smoky colours, fine fensters, great clarity and luster, the crystal is fantastic in every respect! No damage.


A335 - Elbaite - 5500€
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 6.7 x 5.5 x 3.8 cm
 
 
 

What a stunning group of 3 doubly terminated elbaite crystals in a cluster! The top terminations show sharp and large bevelled faces, and the pink colour is truly deep and intense, easily on top 10 percentile of the locality. The specimen is remarkably not repaired, just minor chipping is present on one of the lower terminations. This is, however, not at all visible from the front side and hence just a very minor issue. The specimen is a full floater and very showy all around, please note: the two pictures on top are taken from two different angles. Ex Lawrence H. Conclin collection, his label is coming with the piece.


CA21 - Crocoite - 155€
Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
Size: 7.5 x 1 x 0.7 cm
 

Large and richely coloured single crocoite crystal. The crystal is quite thick and hollow, the termination is jagged and free of damage.


PM76 - Baryte on Dolomite - 780€
Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumberland, Cumbria, England, UK
Size: 9.3 x 7.1 x 6.2 cm
 

Sharp baryte crystals on reddish-brown dolomite matrix. Great composition on nicely contrasting matrix.


VG07 - Gold - 470€
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 2.9 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm
 

A nest of sparkling gold crystals sitting on quartz matrix. The gold measures 2.2 x 1.5 cm across.


A27 - Vanadinite - 980€
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Size: 7.3 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm
 
 
 

Sharp and brillant crystals on matrix. The largest crystal is 18 mm wide and 8 mm thick. No damage on the main crystals. The colour is superb!


AU05 - Tsavorite - 10000€
Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania
Size: 3 x 2.7 x 2.7 cm
 

WOW! Incredible deep green tsavorite garnets on graphite matrix! The crystals have a fantastic green colour and especially the main crystal features truly an awesome brilliance. Wide parts are gemmy and clear. All the edges show nicely bevelled faces. There is a minor contact on the rear side, but this is forgivable and not a detraction when displayed from the front. What a rare and well formed miniature of highest standards!


PM54 - Azurite - 1100€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 5.7 x 5 x 2 cm
 
 
 

What a sharp and lustrous azurite crystal on contrasting matrix! The crystal has a very interesting form, featuring altering smooth faces and brilliant striations. Slight bruises along the edges are present, but fortunately they mainly go to the rear side and are barely visible from the front. The crystal is totally freestanding and has a deep blue colour. Great miniature from this classic locale! Ex K. Kontrus collection.


TT44 - Azurite - 150€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 3.1 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm
 
 
 

Shiny blocky azurite crystal featuring special form and great luster.


TT24 - Dioptase - 185€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 3.9 x 2.9 x 2.7 cm
 

Large dioptase crystal, 2.6 cm tall and 1.5 cm wide, in a floater cluster group.


A274 - Fluorite - 1750€
Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
Size: 10 x 7.9 x 5.2 cm
 

Clear fluorites to 3.3 cm across perched on a matrix of elongated quartz crystals. A second generation of small quartz crystals adds a lot of beauty and interest! The fluorites are undamaged and have nicely bevelled edges and corners, all natural, no cleaves here! The clarity is much better than shown on the picture - in fact, the crystals are clear like water throughout.


TR06 - Azurite - 10000€
Milpillas Mine, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 6.5 x 6.2 x 2.1 cm
 

Electric blue and sparkling azurite crystals forming a highly aesthetic cluster group! All crystals are in perfect condition, there are no contacts on the outline. The rear side is contacted to matrix, but undamaged also. The main crystal atop sets a beautiful focus, and the beautiful side crystals tear the eye down and all around. One of the best specimens from the recent finds i have seen in small cabinet size range. Absolutely superb composition and visual impact!



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