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International Minerals #18

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LT07 - Rhodochrosite on Quartz - 2500€
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 15.8 x 11.7 x 6.6 cm

Superb large cabinet sized specimen of botryoidal rhodochrosite on quartz matrix. Large, beautiful and significant crystals! One of the top ten pieces in Leo Thalhammer's famous Romania collection. Superb shape and contrast, and great condition!

A233 - Dioptase - 450€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 5.1 x 4 x 1.6 cm

A well formed specimen covered with sharp terminated, lustrous, dark green dioptase crystals. The piece shows nice contrast with white calcite matrix at the lower base. No significant damages to report.

A334 - Inesite with Hubeite - 1550€
Daye Co., Hubei Province, China
Size: 5.7 x 4.5 x 3.4 cm

Intense dark red inesite exposed on matrix. The inesite crystals are partly covering hubeite, which also is scattered all over the matrix. The assemble is really very aesthetic and shows a great visual impact. No damage.

GF05 - Rutile Quartz - 1400€
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 canĀ“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 - 320€
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 - 1400€
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 - 1450€
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€ - ON HOLD
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 - 650€
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.

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