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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.

PE01 - Tourmaline - 3700€
Jonas Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.3 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm

This is a superb doubly-terminated rubellite crystal from the famous Jonas pocket. The colour still sets a standard in the mineral world, and has not been surpassed for many years. The upper termination is in perfect condition, there is just one small nick close to the lower end, insignificant and not visible from the front side. A gorgeous crystal from the best rubellite pocket ever found.

KM15 - Baryte - 4000€
Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco
Size: 8.9 x 8.7 x 7.2 cm

Admittedly thousands of baryte specimens have been found at Nador the last couple of years, but only very few of this beauty and excellent composition! A spray of doubly terminated crystals is perched on a nicely contrasting dark brown gossan matrix. Minor damage is present on a few side crystals on the back side, however, this is on the rear side only and does not affect any of the main display angles, as shown on the three pictures above. An amazing specimen that will for sure be considered an important "classic" piece in the future.

A423 - Tourmaline - 3300€
Sosedka Mine, Malkhan, Siberia, Russia
Size: 4.4 x 3.7 x 2.9 cm

This is a highly lustrous bi-colour tourmaline crystal with attached albite and mica matrix. The termination features nicely bevelled extra faces. The matrix is much bigger than shown on the picture, it is actually 3 x 3 cm wide. A superb piece from the recent finds!

A381 - Sphalerite with Pyrite, Quartz and Dolomite - 1250€
Trepca, Kosovo
Size: 27.1 x 22.5 x 13 cm

This is a wonderful large cabinet sized combination specimen from Trepca. It has a high balance of the predominating pyrite and sphalerite clusters sitting on the nicely contrasting quartz matrix. A very showy specimen in great condition!

A433 - Fluorite with Calcite and Galena - 3450€
Weardale, England
Size: 8 x 7.4 x 4.4 cm

Clear and highly lustrous fluorite cubes on white calcite matrix! All of the crystals are twinned, smal galena crystals set a nice contrast. The specimen is in great condition, just the lower crystal has a slight and insignificant cleave on one corner. A superb specimen featuring isolated fluorite crystals on white calcite matrix!

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