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Treasure Trove

In this gallery we present some of our very finest mineral specimens!
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A412 - Gold - SOLD
Cavnic Mine (Kapnik), Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 7 x 5.9 x 4 cm

A thick mass of gold flakes perched on quartz matrix. The gold body is minimum 1 cm thick on all sides and almost completely covers the quartz matrix. Sphalerites set a nice accent on top. The entire piece is firm and sturdy, the gold leaves are well connected by intergrown quartz crystals. One of the very best gold specimens I have ever seen from Cavnic!

UT13 - Proustite - SOLD
Grube Vater Abraham, Lauta, Marienberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Size: 6.1 x 5.1 x 3.3 cm

Superb, sharp and large proustite crystals in a composite cluster group! The colour is pure deep red gem when backlight from top to the very bottom of the specimen! Note that only a part of the crystals were backlight for this picture. Minor chipping is present on a side crystal, but the damage is easily forgivable considering the size, the impact and the historical importance of that specimen. Truly a masterpiece from this old German locale! Ex Hubert de Monmonier collection.

VG16 - Rhodochrosite - SOLD
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
Size: 4.4 x 3.7 x 2.3 cm

WOW! This is a killer miniature featuring about one dozen crystals in a very fine cluster. The colour is superb, it is in fact a deep red and the clarity is amazing also! Great composiion and visual impact!

ED02 - Iron Rose - SOLD
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 9 x 5 x 3.6 cm

WOW! What an alpine killer specimen! A lovely nest of mica crystals is host to a wonderful 7 by 4.6 cm ironrose! This specimen is easily one of the 10 best hematites i have ever seen from the Austrian alps. It has a remarkable size, wonderful rose structures, nicely bevelled faces, great iridescence and outstanding aesthetics! Just jaw-dropping!

AR346 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 11.5 x 5.2 x 3.5 cm

This is a fantastic doubly-terminated elbaite crystal featuring 5 distinct colour zones and very nice albite and lepidolite crystals in assciation. The specimen is a full floater and is in pristine condition all around. Ex Reinhard Dallinger coll.

A330 - Euclase - SOLD
Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.2 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm

WOW! This is an exceptionally large and well formed euclase crystal from Ouro Preto. The colour is quite unusual and indeed much more on the green side than most of these. The tip is pointed and sharp. The luster and clarity are truly amazing, some flaky inclusions in the back side add sparkle and interest. What a rare and fantastic gem crystal!

AS33 - Descloizite - SOLD
Berg Aukas, Namibia
Size: 7.2 x 4.9 x 4.1 cm

Berg Aukas is world-renowned for its extraordinary descloizite (zinc analogue of Mottramite) specimens, and this particular specimen represents the very best quality and crystal size for this most relevant locality. The piece shows one excellent spear-point bladed crystal. The dimension of this main crystal is absolutely outstanding - even for Berg Aukas. The luster of all crystals is superb and the assemble couldn´t be more aesthetic. I use the designation "masterpiece" very carefully, but this specimen is the very best piece I ever saw from the locality and "masterpeice" is the only labeling, which does justice to it. No significant damages to report.

VM17 - Fluorite - SOLD
Ruguan Mine, China
Size: 8.8 x 6.8 x 6.8 cm

WOW! What an incredible fluorite crystal perched on a bed of drusy quartz crystals! The fluorite features predominating rhombohedral, and smaller cubic faces, resembling the form of a garnet! In addition, there is a green core and several layers of fantastic purple phantoms around it. Just amazing! Great visual impact and no damage.

VG14 - Emerald - SOLD
Muzo Mine, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Dept., Colombia
Size: 5.8 x 4.1 x 3.8 cm

This is a very dramatic piece with a central emerald flanked by sharp terminated lustrous Calcite crystals. The large main crystal is of top color and glassy luster, and is very large for such a specimen. It is entirely transparent throughout, though with small internal cluods as usual in a specimen. The habit shows a lot of details and sharp terminated modifications. The smaller side crystals are not of less quality. In excellent condition damage-wise. What a gorgeous sample from this well-known locality!

AU07 - Aquamarine - SOLD
Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria
Size: 7 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm

This is a killer aquamarine crystal from an African source! The colour is shockingly strong, especially in the sunlight. The termination bevels are exceptionally fine, and the surface structures are special and unique. What a gorgeous gemstone crystal in perfect condition!

IN03 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Chia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 18.5 x 3.7 x 2.4 cm

WOW! What a gorgeous multiple-coloured tourmaline crystal! The picture was just made with natural daylight from the back side, no artificial light used, and the colours are indeed that strong and intense. There is one repair right above the pink zone, but this was professionally done and is barely visibly. The termination is perfect and shows a pleasing yellow colour. The sidecar crystals are all terminated. The size of the crystal is indeed shocking, it is a true masterpiece for an advanced collector of gem species!

A461 - Fluorite - SOLD
Rogerley Mine, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England
Size: 11 x 6 x 7.6 cm

WOW! What a classic English masterpiece! Found in the famous "Jewel Box Pocket" in Summer 2008, this piece is easily one of the very best specimens from the recent mining period at the Rogerly mine! The luster and clarity of this particular pocket is shockingly fine and still unrivaled. Three large and sharp twins rest amidst smaller fluorite and galena crystals on a cabinet sized matrix. Published in Lapis magazine several times (January 2010 issue), and in the book "Mineralienbilder" by Hilde Könighofer, page 145. The clarity is fantastic and the fluorescence in daylight is just jaw-dropping! A masterpiece by all standards! Ex Robert Brandstetter collection.

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