Color, luster and sharpness of this amethyst are downright marvelous! This is more then a single crystal and we have only rarely seen crystals of this visual impression. Especially the dark purple coloring of the scepter is amazing and very nicely visible due to its clarity and surface. The surface itself is smooth at the termination and striated at the body with very good luster. A wonderful detail of this specimen is the second crystal that pokes out at the bottom of the main crystal and adds much to the overall aesthetics of this specimen.
Composition and Quality of this specimen are simply spectacular. A beautifully red octahedral fluorite crystal is accompanied by adularia and smoky quartz on this piece. The crystal is 3.6 cm on edge and shows a nicely structured surface and very good luster. Provided with a sharp contrast, this fluorite offers a wonderful composition. The backside of the crystals is contacted but shows no damage. A brilliant piece of exceptional aesthetics!
This wonderful play of colors is truly remarkable, even for opal. This specimen of â€œtridymite crystobalite opalâ€ is out of a unique pocket of crystallized opal that was opened in spring 2014. While most of this mineral is for cutting only, this pocket provided the market with a limited amount of crystallized botryoidal opal. You will find a report about this find in the â€œExtralapis â€“ Namibiaâ€. This very specimen is also pictured at the Mineralogical Record, vol. 45, no. 5, pg. 586. The coating of opal is grown on a matrix of smoky quartz. In some places where the coating is thin you can see the shape of the quartz as the basis of this specimen. Some contacted zones are visible but donâ€™t manage to distract from the overall beauty. Without discussion, this is one of the most impressive and striking specimens of the 2014 find!
The aesthetic of this piece exactly is what advanced mineral collectors are searching for. The perfect proportion of this beautiful, malachite encrusted matrix and the eye-catching and perfect azurite crystal, combined with the striking contrast to accentuate the main crystal are plainly awesome. Itâ€™s more than hard to find a specimen of this quality from the famous Milpillas Mine â€“ especially as this is probably the most aesthetic one Iâ€™ve ever seen â€“ so I was lucky to trade this specimen, which was the only way to get it. Fantastic sparkling luster, a richly detailed surface structure and its utter beauty are what define this piece. Marvelous in person! Ex Peter Megaw
Tsumeb is "The Classic Locale" for azurite, while this is a remarkable good piece from there! The beautiful and dominant main crystal, with a size of 4 x 3 cm is perfectly situated in the middle of the matrix. Its very intense 3-dimensional character is best visible on the attached video. Color and luster are stunning, while it gets gemmy blue on the edges with light from the back! The azurite is in association with some malachite, what makes a very good accent to it. The whole specimen is in a very good condition and the maincrystals are completely pristine all around! Just one of the smaller crystals has some minor edgewear, what is fully acceptable. Over all, this is a significant specimen with a beautiful quality and a perfect fit for the advanced collector!
It is the dream of every collector to get a really good rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine! This is a gorgeous piece with fat and impressive crystals of good color and beautiful aesthetics. It was mined in October 1996 by Brian Lees and comes from a small pocked, which is well known as the "Clay Pocket"! This was a small pocket measuring 4 feet in its longest dimension and included rhodochrosite, tetrahedrite, quartz and small fluorites. Also this piece is in association with all these minerals. The small fluorites on the matrix have a big visual impact, as the purple color is very harmonic to the red of the rhodochrosite! The crystals are well situated on the left side, while the main crystal has a size of 4 cm on its longest dimension. The edges are very sharp, while the whole crystal shows a bright and fire red color! Except one small but clear chip, what is hardly visible, the crystals are in a perfect condition. It is free of any restoration, as it was done to many other specimens I have seen on the market. The attached video speaks for itself! This is definitely an important piece for the advanced collector! price on request
The composition of this piece is really spectacular! The fluorite is in association with elbaite, cleavelandite, topaz, quartz, microlite and mica, what means that we have 7 different minerals on this piece! All are perfectly balanced to each other, forming this fabulous specimen with such a beautiful aesthetics. The fluorite has a very good green color and an impressive size of 8.5 cm from the left to the right. The tourmaline has a very good luster and a wonderful termination. The whole specimen is pristine all around and free of damage. To get a piece of this calibre is very hard, especially the size of the fluorite is very uncommon and way bigger then what is normally coming to the market from Stak Nala. It is out of a find, which was made around one and a half years ago and is one of the very finest specimens I have seen. Very impactful and impressive! price on request
I have seen many topaz coming to the market in the last years, but when it comes to this quality, I have seen almost nothing! Most are just heavily damaged single crystals of minor quality, or just not well situated on matrix. This piece features all you need to get a specimen of world class. The elongated crystal of high quality is shooting out vertically of the matrix, producing the fabulous aesthetics of this specimen. The crystal is gemmy, lustrous and showing the typically congnac color. Just some minor edgewear is present at the lower left of the crystal, but this is very small and does not detract the beauty of this piece at all. Very showy from all sides!
This is a superb sphalerite from China! The matrix consists of beautiful crystallized quartz in assoziation with some crystals of small galena, what is typical for this locale! The sphalerite is absolutely stunning, where many crystals of high quality are present on this piece! They are up to 6 cm in size, partially gemmy and have a bright orange/red color. The piece is pristine all around and just some very trivial contacts are present, which is very hard to see at all. The crystals are well balanced and single isolated located on the matrix, which makes the spectacular aesthetics of the piece! Hard to get and very impressive!
This impressive manganite comes from the classic locality Ilfeld in Germany. The crystals are highly lustrous, grown together and have a wonderful metallic color. They are up to 5.5 cm in length and well terminated. Except some contacts at the sides, this cluster is free of damage. The mine was closed many years ago already, why it is very hard to find a group of this calibre on the market. Very 3-dimensional and impactful!
Like a juicy bowl of strawberries, this freshly red colored rhodochrosite is utterly appealing. Most striking about it is the rare â€œwheat-sheafâ€ habit, which is famous for the Nâ€™Chwaning Mines, and a most desired attribute to have. The brilliant red color, the sparklingly lustrous surface and the limpidness of the crystals on this specimen is breathtaking. The crystals are clustered on a black manganese-matrix, which provides the perfect contrast for this wonderful piece that is perfect as well on the backside. For a better view of the quality, just follow the video-link and prepare to be amazed!
A major piece from a unique find at Hematita near Antônio Dias which is better known for some blue topaz finds in the recent past. This specimen holds a greenish yellow color like a pale heliodor and impresses with sheer volume! 1.28 kg of solid topaz, gemmy and with a flawless chisel-tip termination. The bottom is a re-crystallized cleavage surface with some insignificant damage at the back that is absolutely not visible from the front. An important and utterly impressive single topaz from this uncommon locale!