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International Minerals #17


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A581 - Fluorite - 1500€
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!


TL10 - Dioptase - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 9.8 x 6.4 x 4.7 cm
 

This specimen features a large group of gemmy, sharp dioptases in the center of matrix and set on white calcite layer. The specimen shows really a wonderful contrast! The intense green crystals are up to 13 mm across and all prominent crystals are intact. No significant damages to report.


FX14 - Fluorite on Siderite - SOLD
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 6.7 x 5.9 x 3.6 cm
 

The sharply terminated fluorite crystal is 22 mm on edges, its faces are highly lustrous and show intense sky-blue color with minor violet zoning. Two edges are framed by brown-red siderite crystals. The Fluorite is embedded in light grey well shaped Muscovite crystals. A very aestheic specimen and in great condition damage-wise.


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 - 900€
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.


AS33 - Descloizite - SOLD
Berg Aukas, Namibia
Size: 7.2 x 4.9 x 4.1 cm
 

Berg Aukas is world-renowned for its extraordinary descloizite (zinc analogue of Mottramite) specimens, and this particular specimen represents the very best quality and crystal size for this most relevant locality. The piece shows one excellent spear-point bladed crystal. The dimension of this main crystal is absolutely outstanding - even for Berg Aukas. The luster of all crystals is superb and the assemble couldn´t be more aesthetic. I use the designation "masterpiece" very carefully, but this specimen is the very best piece I ever saw from the locality and "masterpeice" is the only labeling, which does justice to it. 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.


HR07 - Rubellite - SOLD
Antsira, Sahatany Valley, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 3 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm
 

Fantastic rubellite thumbnail from Madagascar! No damage, no repair.


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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