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International Minerals #17

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FX23 - Fluorite with Calcite - 4300€
La Collada, Siero, Asturias, Spain
Size: 12.6 x 10 x 8.3 cm

A gerat Spanish Classic! Dark purple fluorite crystals with modification of rhomb along the edges and lustrous faces perched on large white calcite crystals. A very aesthetic assemble with two exposed main crystals and wonderful contrast. No significant damages to report.

FV04 - Fluorite - 2800€
Rogerley Mine, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England
Size: 7.4 x 5.7 x 5 cm

The main crystals are up to 31 mm on edges. They show the typical emerald green color and also a very good daylight fluorescence, which gives them nearly azurite color when exposed to daylight. The main crystals developed penetration twins, their termination is sharp, faces are partly glossy and clarity is very fine - even for Rogerley Mine. The assemble is aesthetic with exposed crystals and it shows a good contrast with minor limetsone matrix at the base.

RM14 - Baryte with Marcasite - 720€
Mt. Ouichane, Ségangan, Nador, Morocco
Size: 12.9 x 11.8 x 8.5 cm

Large sharp terminated lustrous crystals formed this very 3-dimensional specimen. The combination with sparkling micro-crystals of pyrite and marcasite is very attractive. No damage to any crystals on the front side.

FX04 - Fluorite on Quartz - 2700€
Berbes, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 7.8 x 5.8 x 4.8 cm

One isolated fluorite crystal (38 x 38 x 32mm) attractively set on a thin plate of well shaped snowy white quartz crystals - it could not be more aesthetic! The cube shows modification of rhomb along the edges and the faces feature amazing texture. When backlit you can see a nearly purple center, blue zoning and violet color tones along the edges - the saturation is exceptional! Looks great in various positions, no significant damages to report.

CI09 - Tourmaline - 2500€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5.9 x 3.9 x 3.4 cm

Two lustrous freestanding tourmaline crystals attractively set on snowy white matrix. The crystals show this typical pastell pink with sharp terminated greenish zoning at their end-points. The saturation is more intense than common material, also the aesthetic assemble with matrix makes this piece stand out the crowd. A well balanced, undamaged and unrepaired specimen!

TI20 - Chrysocolla ps. Selenite with Malachite - 1500€
Lupoto Mine, Kakumba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
Size: 6.7 x 4.7 x 4.5 cm

This pseudomorphose represents a great rarity: First there was the selenite crystal, replaced by chrysocolla and finally some malachite developed radials. The main crystal is about 44mm tall and 15mm from left to right hand side. The crystal is completely freestanding and backside is not less attractive. The assemble is very 3-dimensional with smaller crystals to the left hand side and brownish matrix at the base. Could be shown in various angles and looks always very attractive. Undamaged.

AS48 - Dioptase - 950€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 3.7 x 3 x 2.5 cm

Lustrous, gemmy and sharp terminated dioptase crystals resting on snowy white calcite! The specimen shows really amazing contrast, the diopatse crystals feature best quality. Only minor roughness along some edges of less prominent crystals is present, overall in fine condition.

A534 - Quartz - 2400€
Goboboseb Mts., Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 16 x 11.9 x 6.7 cm

This huge floater shows windows, uncountable steps and amazing inclusions. The specimen looks fantastic in each angle and the luster of all these faces is over the roof. A really spectacular undamged center-piece for each quartz collection.

HR08 - Rubellite - 2900€
Antsira, Sahatany Valley, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.4 x 5.3 x 4.1 cm

Deep red rubellites perched on snow white feldspar matrix! This spcimen is one of very few matrix specimen from a small and limited pocket which was discovered in 2016. The lying crystal on the left side is doubly terminated, no damage at all!

TC17 - Fluorite - 440€
Huanggangliang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
Size: 3.2 x 2.9 x 2.4 cm

A well formed, aesthetic floater of glassy and lustrous crystals. The clarity is superb, no internal cracks or inclusions are present. The crystals are sharp terminated, the habit shows faces of cube with modifications of rhomb along the edges. The color is light blue with darker violet zoning. Undamaged.

VM10 - Sapphire - 8500€
Ratnapura, Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
Size: 5.2 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm

This crystal shows a pleasing pink colour and blue colouration in the core section. It is doubly-terminated and showy sharp striations on either side. Both terminations are well formed and pristine.

MG14 - Fluorite with Baryte - 650€
El Hammam Mine, Meknés, Meknés Prefecture, Meknés-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Size: 8.7 x 7.9 x 6.7 cm

Sharp terminated, bright yellow fluorite crystals on matrix in combination with a well developed baryte rose. Some of the crystals edges show a sharp dark phantom. No significant damages to report.

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