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International Minerals #22

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FT05 - Descloizite - 800€
Berg Aukas, Namibia
Size: 7.1 x 7 x 4 cm

Sharp and lustrous descloizite crystals partially covered by white sparkling smithsonites, what a lovely contrast.

AB16 - Fluorite - 11000€
De'an fluorite mine, Wushan, De'an Co., Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
Size: 13 x 9.1 x 7.9 cm

This is a colorful cabinet piece from the first spring-2013 find showing 3 intense purple curving fluorite crystals up to 4cm across perched on a natural pedestal of pastel green fluorite. This is a rich, robust color! A great example of the curved octahedron shape. Contrast, aesthetics and balance are excellent! No damage.

LT18 - Calcite - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 15.3 x 10.9 x 10.2 cm

The specimen shows a very 3-dimensional composition. This well formed group of scalenohedral calcite crystals was covered by tiny crystals of snowy white dolomite. The whole assemble is now hollow inside - a so called perimorphose. The piece is developed as a floater and could be displayed 360°, no significant damages to report.

ME01 - Manganoan Calcite with Kutnahorite - 2400€
Madem Lakkos, Chalkidiki, Greece
Size: 35 x 25 x 16 cm

What a true monster specimen! Huge pink calcite rhombs were covered by white kutnahorite, and finally another generation of pink calcite blades formed as a last layer on top. A fantastic large cabinet sized specimen, very rare from the Greek locality Madem Lakkos.

HR05 - Rubellite - 750€
Antsira, Sahatany Valley, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.2 x 3.8 x 3.1 cm

Gemmy rubellites sitting on quartz crystals. Sharp and perfect edges, no chips, no restoration. It just glows deep red when backlit!

KW46 - Etched Quartz - 390€
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 5.6 x 4.2 x 2.6 cm

Etched quartz at its best! Sharp, clear and lustrous; a crazy unusual form move this piece to another level - it truly stands out of the crowd. Completely floating and well-shaped all around. A superb miniature.

EM22 - Tourmaline - 2600€
Mawi, Laghman Province, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 7.3 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm

Found in 2018 at Mawi mine, this pocked produced only a very small number of crystals. About 20 of them were in perfect condition, sizes varied from 3 to 5 cm. This crystal was by far the biggest and best in the lot, featuring 3 distinctive colour zones. The top is a bright and open grass green, the center section a stunning, tender pink and the bottom a pleasing olive green with a blue hint. Sharp and elongated, in pristine condition.

A582 - Tanzanite - 8500€
Arusha Region, Tanzania
Size: 5.1 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm

A sharp terminated and highly lustrous elongated crystal, the habit looks very elegant and also all other indicators are best! The crystal shows excellent clarity and an amazing dark blue color. Complete all around, only bottom was on the rock. Great colour change when displayed at various angles.

LT16 - Stibnite on Calcite - SOLD
No. 5 Mine, Baia Sprie (Felsöbánya), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 8.9 x 5.6 x 7.1 cm

A spray of well-terminated stibnites set on a pillow of lovely white calcites. Beautiful shape and contrast, very typical Romanian style. Ex Leo Thalhammer collection, his label is coming with the piece.

GI01 - Demantoid - 3200€
Belqeys Mountain, Takab, West Azarbaijan Province, Iran
Size: 6.7 x 6.1 x 2.8 cm

Amazingly sparkling green garnets up to 20 mm across perfectly placed on top of a mother rock. Killer quality for the locality, quite a number of pieces came to the market the last couple of years, but this one stands out! Indeed, colour, crystal size, luster and composition are all at the top level of the mine. White calcite adds contrast, and smaller crystals in the bottom section draw the eye across the piece. No significant damage to report.

TC06 - Tourmaline - 600€
Barra de Salinas Mine, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 3.9 x 1.1 x 1.6 cm

The crystal is sharply terminated and very glossy all around. The pyramidal end-point shows a very uncommon and attractive texture. The lower half shows nice pink color, then you can see a sharp seperation in the middle and intense green color at the upper half. A really cool combination of colors! No damages to report, only bottom was on the rock.

A538 - Spodumene - 590€
Mawi, Laghman Province, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5.8 x 2.3 x 1.3 cm

Beautiful elongated spodumene crystal, showing fantastic clarity and a truly intense greenish-yellow colour. Zero damage, all edges are sharp and pristine. The left and right side faces show beautiful striations.

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