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International Minerals #17

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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.

FX07 - Fluorite - 770€
Judith Lynn Claim, Pine Canyon deposit, West Burro Mts., Burro Mountains Distr., Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
Size: 11.8 x 7.5 x 6.7 cm

This material is usually only labeled with "Burro Mts." or "Grant Co.", but to be excat: it is from a small dsicovery at Judith Lynn Claim. These specimens are very special: they show two different colors and two different habits: sharp terminated, dark violet octahedrons and pale green cubes. The quantity of this material was always limited and the discovery was decades ago - so this one represents a great rarity.

AS49 - Azurite on Dolomite - 3000€
Touissit, Oujda-Angad Prov., Oriental Region, Morocco
Size: 4.6 x 3.9 x 2.3 cm

A 19mm tall isolated azurite crystal is raising up nearly vertically! This crystal is sharp terminated, highly lustrous and shows this wonderful royal blue. The contrast with tiny, also sharp terminated, glossy dolomite crystals is amazingly delicate. A gorgeous, colorful and aesthetic combination without significant damages.

RP01 - Manganoan Calcite - 2700€
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 17.7 x 9.3 x 8.9 cm

The specimen can be shown in any angle, rotated left or right or to backside – a killer each time! I photographed it under daylight conditions on dark background, the only light source was the window in 1 meter distance to the left hand side of my photo-table. So the pink color is not the result of strong backlit or photoshop. The whole surface all around consists of tiny little faces, like fish scales. All these faces are razor sharp terminated and there is not one face on satiny luster – all is highly lustrous. That´s impossible to photograph, you wouldn´t need one or two or even ten mirrors to show this luster – you would need a disco ball. So this indicator is so much better in person. Also the assemble is better – on one side it looks like a high keel, in an other angle it looks like a torch and every time it is amazing! The edges are always snowy white and jagged. The color is like quartz rose, if you use moderately backlit it will become intense pink! Micro crystals of chalcopyrite are scattered all over one side and on the smaller side-crystal. Partly these crystals are inter grown underneath the surface. The specimen is well formed all around, you can display it in all angles, only lowest bottom was on the rock. Absolutely undamaged, much better in person. Never saw a better one from Cavnic, would be a great addition to each Romania-collection.

A581 - Fluorite - 2400€
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mun. de Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Size: 12.5 x 8.9 x 6 cm

The fluorite crystals are up to 24mm on edges, a really remarkable dimension for this well known locality. All four main crystals are isolated - that is an important indicator, as most pieces show just intergrown crystals. The largest one at the top is the most exposed one! Their faces are partly glossy, also the clarity is very good and the color is as good as it ever could be from Ojuela. So this specimen unifies quality, color, exceptional crystal size and aesthetic assemble! No significant damages to report.

TK08 - Silver with Calcite - 4700€
Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
Size: 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.9 cm

What a thick and lustrous silver wire on calcite matrix! Only Kongsberg has ever produced these distinctive and sturdy silver wires, there is no other locality worldwide that can compete with this style and beauty! This is a superb miniature from this renowned classic locality!

PM71 - Calcite - 800€
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Size: 5.6 x 5 x 4.2 cm

The crystals are sharply terminated, very glossy and show the typical Egremont-habit. They are pointing in various directions, some of them more exposed and freestanding. Ex Anton Berger, Mödling bei Wien - his label is coming with the piece.

A179 - Azurite - 1100€
Milpillas Mine, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 4.5 x 2 x 2.9 cm

Deepest royal blue azurite crystals in a lovely cluster group! The eges are sharp and well formed, and the luster is just exeptionally fine! No significant damage to report.

AS30 - Calcite with Duftite and Smithsonite - 1100€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 10 x 7.5 x 4.6 cm

The sharp terminated crystals show a multiple-stepped, modified habit, all their faces are very glossy. Most of them feature intense green Duftite inclusions. The assemble is more 3-dimensional as seen on photography. Overall the specimen is very eye-catching and colorful. No significant damages to report.

AS09 - Fluorite - 750€
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Size: 6.2 x 5.9 x 3.3 cm

Highly lustrous and sharp terminated fluorite crystals formed this beautiful specimen. The faces are all very glossy. When backlit you can see these famous yellow phantoms, which show a great contrast to violet zoning along edges and corners. Backside was on the rock. No significant damages to report.

AG18 - Andradite with Epidote - 470€
Marki Khel, Khogyani, Nangahar, Afghanistan
Size: 4.6 x 2.7 x 1.6 cm

Exceptionaly sharp and lustrous andradite garnets on epidote and chlinoclore crystals! This piece is a floater and free of damage on all sides.

AG20 - Topaz - 4500€
Katlang, Mardan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Size: 7.8 x 1.9 x 1 cm

This is a fantastic large topaz featuring a very elegant elongated shape and superb clarity! The luster is also awesome all around! The size is indeed remarkable, it is just a bit over 3 inches tall! The colour is a loely pastel cognac hue with a slight pink zoning in the center section. One of the very best crystals I have ever seen from this famous locality!

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