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International Minerals #12

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A451 - Amethyst Sceptre - 950€
Dasoto, Kato Nevrokopi basin, DrĂ¡ma Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
Size: 4.8 x 2.3 x 1.6 cm

Doubly terminated amethyst sceptre on smoky quartz. Excellent miniature! Fine specimens from this locality are very rare and hard to obtain. The crystal tips are in perfect condition.

GI02 - Demantoid - 750€
Belqeys Mountain, Takab, West Azarbaijan Province, Iran
Size: 7 x 6.3 x 3.5 cm

A large 21 mm demantoid crystal right in the centre of a solid rock matrix. Calcite and small pyrites are present in places. No damage.

A389 - Benitoite - 3600€
Dallas Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), San Benito Co., California, USA
Size: 5.6 x 4.7 x 2.2 cm

Two lovely benitoite crystals measuring 22 and 18 mm across on natrolite matrix. Small neptunites provide a beautiful contrast. Both benitoites are pristine and free of damage.

VM01 - Silver - 1750€
Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
Size: 3.1 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm

A superb silver wire on nicely contrasting calcite matrix. As so typical of these, a few acanthites - truly crystals, not just a black crust - grew on the silver wire and add even more beauty and interest. What a killer specimen in toenail size!

SF27 - Fluorite - 1200€
Riemvasmaak, Kakamas, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Size: 10.2 x 5.5 x 2.7 cm

A deep green cluster of octahedral fluorites on milky quartz crystals. Great aesthetics!

A400 - Alabandine - 2200€
Uchucchacua Mine, Province de Oyon, Peru
Size: 6.6 x 4.2 x 3.4 cm

Gorgeous alabandite crystals in a cluster with some small rhotochrosite balls! A large 1 inch crystal is placed right in the centre of this lovely specimen and sets a clear focus. Some of the side crystals are twinned, and all of them are in perfect condition. A fantastic small cabinet sample form the very best find of alabandite ever!

A422 - Tourmaline - 3300€
Sosedka Mine, Malkhan, Siberia, Russia
Size: 5.6 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm

Superb rubellite crystal from the recent finds at Malkhan. The crystal is exceptionally clear and totally free of any damage. Minor mica crystals are present in the lower section, also on the lower back side. It has beautiful striations and an amazing termination!

TR15 - Fluorite - 6800€
East Green Mine, Saline Mines, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Size: 8.2 x 4.9 x 4.3 cm

Fantastic bi-colour fluorites forming a beautiful cluster! The colour is a very deep and strong yellow, framed by a thin purple layer and a blueish clear zone outside. A small calcite on the side sets a nice contrast. No damage to all crystals in the centre, the outline certainly shows the usual contacts. A very colourful specimen with great visual impact!

A375 - Calcite - 2300€
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 7.9 x 6.9 x 5.8 cm

A wonderful 7.1 cm wide butterfly twin on sphalerite matrix. The clarity is excellent, and also the colour is a very fine deep amber brown, as so typical of these. There is tiny rubbing present on the edges, but it is truly very small and not a detraction. Superb composition and showy all around! The sphalerites are very well formed on the rear side.

TC27 - Hematite - 800€
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 4 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm

What a lovely doubly-terminated, elongated hematite with side cars! No damage.

FG45 - Quartz - 580€
Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 19.9 x 9.7 x 4.1 cm

What a beautiful stepped quartz crystal cluster! The specimen is a floater and well crystalized all the way around. Inclusions of brown clay add more beauty and impact!

PM15 - Dioptase - 1000€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.1 cm

Highly lustrous dioptase crystals covering a calcite and duftite matrix. The colour is superb, and the luster is very bright! Minor chipping is present in a few places, but it is small and inferior.

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