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International Minerals #19


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SP05 - Tuperssuatsiaite - 650€
Aris, Windhoek District, Khomas Region, Namibia
Size: 9.2 x 7.3 x 4.2 cm
 

The radial spray of Tuperssuatsiait is 12 mm across, set in the center of matrix. This rare species is a red-brown monoclinic mineral comprising mostly iron, silicon, and oxygen. Very hard to obtain and 12mm is a fairly large size for this scarce mineral! Back side was sawn, but can easily be made look more natural in a professional lab, if desired. There is another vug featuring a 9 mm crystal spray.


A658 - Rhodochrosite - 4900€
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 5.7 x 4.4 x 3.9 cm
 

This style of rhodochrosite came out in the early 1980s and is often referred to as "wheatsheaves." The colour can truly be called "cherry red." Here is a relatively large well formed specimen of gemmy, transparent to translucent crystals on manganese rock matrix. The dark nearly black matrix gives a lot of contrast to the piece. The luster of rhodochrosite is so brilliant in person, it is hard to convey in photos....but it is like glass, in real life. Great condition and impact!


PU08 - Etched Quartz - 3500€
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 22 x 12 x 9 cm
 

What a large and well formed etched quartz crystal! It features superb clarity and brilliant luster all around. Perfect all the way around. Amazing beauty made by mother nature!


FH01 - Fluorite with Schorl - 950€
Bergsig Farm 167 (Hohenstein), Omaruru District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 6.1 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm
 

This is a very uncommon specimen from a small discovery, which produced this elongated sculptural habit. The crystal is partly very light and nearly colorless, but it also shows a dark violet zoning and sharp terminated, glossy schorl-needles are inter grown. Well developed all around, no significant damages to report.


AR339 - Heliodor - 1800€
Green Walking Stick deposit, Karoi District, Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe
Size: 5.2 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm
 

These beryls were mined in the late 1970s and some were hoarded by the miner, Bob Contat, a geologist over there at the time. But there was never much quantity and today they are very, very uncommon, rare and immediately recognizable by the color and shape. This particular specimen looks like two elongated tons on the top of each other. At the end points the color is darker, nearly orange-brown. Most of the crystal shows strong, vivid yellow. But depending on angel and light you can see also tones of yellow-green. The texture of the glossy faces is also very attractive. Well developed and on same high quality all around. No damage.


A700 - Azurite - 550€
Touissit, Oujda-Angad Prov., Oriental Region, Morocco
Size: 4.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm
 

A group of highly lustrous and razor sharp terminated azurite crystals, the largest ones are raising up vertically in the center of the piece. The color is as good as it could be - an intense royal blue and most crystals are translucent. The contrast to dark red-brown matrix helps to give a great visual impact to the piece. In very fine condition damage-wise.


ZP16 - Prase Sceptre Quartz with Ilvaite - 10700€
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 9.4 x 7.9 x 8.1 cm
 

Wow, what an amazing quartz sceptre on a prase stem! Only one pocket of this special material has ever been found at the locality, and this specimen is indeed one of the top 5 pieces! A large and fat main sceptre crystal stands upright on a plate of matrix, made of smaller prase quartz crystals. Ilvaite needles set a beautuful contrast. The scepter is pristine and in perfect condition on all sides. A gorgeous addition to every advanced quartz collection!


A730 - K√§mmererite - 650€
Kop Krom Mine, Kop Daglari, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey
Size: 11.3 x 6.1 x 4.3 cm
 

This is old classic material from Kop Krom Mine, which produced the very best specimens of the species. The main crystals are up to 10mm across, they are isolated and scattered on a larger plate, which is covered of micro crystals of Kämmererite. The colour is dark purple, faces are all glossy. No damage.


KW33 - Fluorite on Quartz - 1950€
Berbes, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 7.4 x 6.9 x 5.8 cm
 

A flower of sharp and purple fluorite crystals perched on top of a lovely quartz matrix! The fluorites feature beautiful steps and bevels on multiple sides and measure up to 21mm on edge. They show very good translucency and fine luster. The combination with sturdy milky quartz crystals gives a lot fo contrast to this well formed, aesthetic specimen. No significant damages to report.


A679 - Liddicoatite - SOLD
Antsira, Sahatany Valley, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.3 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm
 

The crystal is well developed and features a fantastic colour zoning! From top to bottom there are about 10-12 distinct colours visible. At the base it is dark, then you can see various steps of yellow and moss green, at the top it shows a concentration of pink and very attractive texture at the end point. It is very glossy all around and shows good translucency. Repaired once, and professionally restored.


RR10 - Stibnite - 1000€
Breuner Mine, Baiut, Cavnic, Romania
Size: 10.3 x 7.1 x 5.6 cm
 

Sturdy, blocky crystal from a very rare and uncommon locality. The crystals are well terminated - end-points are matte, the sides all around are very glossy. On the back side minor barite is attached. The crystal habit is most unusual, the specimen rankes very high for the shape and the locality.


FT11 - Smithsonite - 800€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 6.5 x 4.4 x 3.3 cm
 

Sharp and well termianted smithsonite crystals up to 20 mm across nicely perched on rock ore matrix! A few of the crystals feature beautiful iron inclusions and show intense red colour zoning. A very uncommon piece with nice contrast and remarkable crystal size. No significant damages to report.



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