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PE12 - Amethyst Sceptre - 1150€
Brandberg, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 7.9 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm
 
 
 

The crystal shows a very elegant, elongated sharp habit. It is super clear along the edges. The core is a very deep purple, and there are also some intense smokey zones. Nice water-bubble inclusions. A gorgeous piece in best quality, no damage.


TI17 - Tourmaline - 940€
Sosedka Mine, Malkhan, Siberia, Russia
Size: 3.5 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm
 

The crystal shows a pyramidal end-point and sharp termination. It is highly lustrous all around. Clarity and translucency are exceptional for Malkhan and the color is very uncommon, too. The lower third shows a yellow-brown color, the middle is lighter and shows less saturation, the upper third appears in dark pink, nearly red color.


FX09 - Fluorite - 1050€
Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 9.7 x 6.6 x 5.2 cm
 

The specimen shows a very 3-dimensional floater, in perfect condition all around. The exposed part is nearly like a sphere. This well formed cluster consists of uncountable, sharp termianted little faces - all of them super lustrous. The piece is very clear and transparent, much more than shown on my picture. The colour is a very pleasing sea-green. No significant damages to report and significantly better in person.


AG14 - Andradite on Epidote - 320€
Marki Khel, Khogyani, Nangahar, Afghanistan
Size: 5.2 x 3 x 2.9 cm
 

The highly lustrous, sharp terminated andradite crystal is 13mm across. It shows great contrast to tiny sparkling epidote crystal in olive-green colour. The assemble couldn´t be more aesthetic.


PE14 - Smoky Quartz on Tourmaline - 900€
Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.6 x 2.4 x 1.4 cm
 

A sharp termianted and water-clear smoky quartz with dark green and intense pink inter grown tourmaline crystals at the base. A very aesthetic assemble! No significant damages to rport, bottom was extracted from the rock.


FV16 - Calcite with Pyrite - 1750€
Baisha Copper Mine, Huangshi Hubei Prov., China
Size: 7.7 x 7.3 x 4.1 cm
 

A crazy assemble of intergrown, sharp terminated white calcite crystals, partly coated with iridiscent micro crystals of pyrite. Looks great in various positions. The 3-dimensional assemble is better in person.


IC16 - Grape Agate - 575€
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Size: 16 x 9.8 x 4 cm
 

Superb bi-colour specimen from recent finds!


VG23 - Manganoan Smithsonite - 600€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 5.9 x 5.2 x 2.2 cm
 

Sharp terminated, glossy, candy pink smithsonite crystals attractively set on grey matrix. Contrast is really nice, the piece is really a very fine sample from Tsumeb. No significant damages to report.


KW06 - Dioptase - 550€
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Size: 8.6 x 4.7 x 2.8 cm
 

The dioptase crystals are up to 8mm across. They are all sharp terminated, gemmy and highly lustrous - they represent the very best quality for the mineral! All crystals are scattered all over the specimen, some isolated or in small groups. The contrast to snowy white, glossy calcite crystals is really very eye-catching! No significant damages to report.


TI23 - Tourmaline - 1400€
Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.4 x 1.8 x 1.1 cm
 

Parallel inter-grown crystals with pyramidal end-points give this "V"-formed shape to the specimen. The crystals are very translucent, they show blue green color with tones of nearly yellow along the end-points. Complete and lustrous all around, only bottom was extracted from the rock. This very unique habit makes the specimen stand out the crowd!


A180 - Azurite - 850€
Milpillas Mine, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 3.6 x 3 x 1.7 cm
 

A wonderful floater consisting of of royal blue, highly lustrous azurite crystals. All these crystals are sharp terminated and their faces show amazingly delicate texture. The piece looks great in all positions, backside is not less attractive. No damage.


MZ02 - Amethyst - 1800€
Dasoto, Kato Nevrokopi basin, Dráma Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
Size: 5.8 x 3.3 x 2.5 cm
 
 
 

Material from the locality is generally very rare and this specimen stands out all others I had seen before. The dimension is remarkable for the locality, the faces show perfect luster all around and the colour is on the same level like best saturation from Namibia. The scepter habit is well developed, the crystal is very aesthetic and in superb quality. Most crystals from the area show small bruises and damages, but this particular crystal is indeed outstanding - there are no significant damages at all! Very attractive in every angle.



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