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International Minerals #18

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GF05 - Rutile Quartz - 1100€
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 18.2 x 9.9 x 7.9 cm

A wonderful, star-formed assemble of well developed, sharp terminated, water-clear quartz crystals in a very impressive dimension! At the base thin needles of dark rutile crystals are intergrown. The photo can´t do justice to quality and size of this very 3-dimensional specimen. Much better in person, no significant damages to report.

AG07 - Andradite with Epidote - SOLD
Marki Khel, Khogyani, Nangahar, Afghanistan
Size: 4.2 x 3.9 x 3 cm

The main crystal is 15mm across. It shows a very dark, nearly black color. All edges are razor sharp, highly lustrous and they show a wonderful texture. The main crystal is completely exposed and the contrast to epidote is excellent. A very aesthetic specimen, which looks great in various positions.

NQ06 - Quartz - SOLD
Ganesh Himal, Somdang, Bagmati, Nepal
Size: 10.1 x 4.9 x 3.4 cm

Wow - really a fantastic piece! The "matrix" is a twinned, snowy white, well shaped pericline crystal. The lustrous main crystal is raising up vertically. It is razor sharp terminated, luster is as good as it ever could be! The dark green phantoms show a spectacular contrast to pericline. Rarely I saw such an aesthetic specimen, not from Ganesh, neither from any other locality! No significant damages to report.

KF14 - Fluorite on Quartz - 550€
Berbes, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 8.4 x 6.5 x 5.2 cm

The main crystal measures 15mm on edge, all fluorite crystals are highly lustrous. Their edges are razor sharp and show some modifications. The dark violet crystals are attractively set on light, sparkling tiny quartz crystals. No signficant damages to report.

ZP10 - Prase Sceptre Quartz - 900€
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 8.2 x 4 x 3.2 cm

An outstanding rarity from a famosu isolated discovery, which produced only a low number of pieces.

TI07 - Pyrite on Hematite - 1250€
Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy
Size: 5.2 x 5 x 3.7 cm

The sharp, isolated crystal at the top of the piece is 35mm across and complete all around. The quality could not be better - the crystal shows intense color and mirror luster. In my evaluation this is still the most beautiful combination and the very best locality for pyrite world-wide. Unfortunately field-collecting is impossible there since many years and no new material can be expected. Hematite blades are shining and make an astonishing contrast with the gold colour of the pyrites. No significant damage to report.

A554 - Siderite and Sphalerite - 850€
Aggeneys Mine, South Africa
Size: 14.3 x 13 x 9.6 cm

This is a large and superb sample of siderite and sphalerite epimorph after Calcite. The calcite was dissolved in situ long ago. The remaining cast is just 1-2 mm thick, what a miracle of mother nature! No damage on display side, the bottom is an open vug and reveals a deep look into the cast form.

AB12 - Fluorite - 4500€
Minerva Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Size: 10 x 7.8 x 6.3 cm

Superb cluster of zoned bi-colour fluorites! Sphalerites, chalcopyrites and galena crystals are partially included, and partially resting on top. The predominant cubes are distinctively stepped on all sides, a little bit of purple hue is present on the outlines. What a lovely composition! No significant damage to report.

ZF28 - Goethite - SOLD
Tharsis, Alosno, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
Size: 8.9 x 6 x 2.6 cm

Hands down, this is the most colourful specimen I have ever owned! A full rainbow spectrum of iridescence is covering lovely botryoidal goethites. Definitely one of the best specimens from this locality! No damage.

A599 - Amethyst Sceptre - 1400€
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
Size: 9.4 x 6.7 x 5.3 cm

Four amethyst scepters in a super aesthetic arrangement. It looks like a fake composition, I cannot imagine to do a better job than mother nature here! All 4 crystal tips are sharp and pristine, there is no chipping whatsoever.

XY117 - Goethite - SOLD
Malá Vieska, Družstevná pri Hornáde, Košice Co., Košice Region, Slovakia
Size: 9.9 x 7 x 4.9 cm

Jet-black goethite from this classic locality in Slovakia. The specimen is well developed all around, the goethite shows mirror-like luster. The piece looks great in various positions and should be high ranked for the rare origin.

A307 - Willemite and Cerussite - 340€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 5 x 3.8 x 2.8 cm

Dark, cold green-blueish crystals of willemite in an attractive combination with sparkling tiny cerrusite crystals set in a vug on red-brown matrix. Willemite developed sharp terminated and lustrous crystals. More 3-dimensional and better in person. No significant damages to report.

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