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International Minerals #17


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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.


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!


A466 - Fluorite with Dolomite and Quartz - 2600€
Shangbao, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 7.3 x 5.3 x 2.2 cm
 

Superb deep purple fluorite cubes, well isolated on needle quartz matrix! All crystals show wonderful bevels to the rhomb. No damage of significance. Ex Robert Brandstetter coll.


A455 - Fluorite on Quartz - 1450€
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Size: 8.9 x 8.3 x 4.1 cm
 

The fluorite crystals show razor sharp edgesand excellent luster. Their color is dark emerald green with dark violet zoning at the corners. The contrast to tiny milky quartz crystals gives a great visual impact. In excellent condition damage-wise.



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