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!
This single, doubly terminated liddicoatite crystal was the best out of a recent pocket and strikes with its totally unique color. Both, the pyramidal and the flat termination shine with a bright candy-pink color that I have hardly ever seen in this extent on tourmaline! The color then changes to a deep cherry red, a mossy green and some white and orange patches. While the middle section need rather strong backlight, the terminations shine even in roomlight! With no damage to speak of, this is a fantastic single tourmaline crystal from a new find in the Sahatany Valley!
This iconic iron rose from the famous locale Mörchnerkar is a classic specimen of uttermost importance! After many years in the collections of Andreas Weerth and my father Anton Watzl sen. I am happy to offer you this awe-inspiring specimen! Almost 10 cm in size, heavy and all perfect on both front AND backside. Lovely rosettes of mirroring hematite are decently studded with some small quartz crystals to pefect the breathtaking aesthetics. Especially the backside shows distinctly bevelled edges which makes it absolutely unbeatable when it comes to elegance and beauty. Absolutely spectacular and a real classic!
Demantoid from Valmalenco counts among the most important minerals from the whole Alpine region and easily stands international comparison. This is one of the best pieces I have ever seen coming from there, especially when it comes to crystal quality. The garnet is sharp, superbly lustrous and of intensive deep green color that radiates from the gemmy crystals. Situated on a white asbestic-matrix, the single isolated crystals are perfectly emphasized and sparkle like jewels! A real masterpiece of breathtakine quality without any downsides!
This is pure textbook composition! One large main crystal of highest quality is prominently perched on a base of smaller apatite crystals and some decent yellowish matrix which provides a strong and appealing color-contrast. The crystals show supreme luster, are gemmy to translucent and hold the rare deep blue color only the Panasqueira Mine is able to produce. Sure, there have been a couple of even bigger pieces but what we have here is without question one of the very best specimens in this scale, presenting a main crystal of remarkable size and outstanding crystal quality. There are some minor issues at the backside but nothing serious or visible from the front. The bottom is well crystallized, this whole piece is a floater. This wonderful apatite specimen is from an old find, made its way through many collections (like Brice Gobin or Matt Tannenbaum) and is now again available. A perfect treasure for any collection of world-class minerals! Price on request
This fine gold specimen is out of a completely new find from 2015 that has rapidly made a name for itself as a source for world class gold specimens. Best color, filigree growth and a vibrant sheen are trademark for this locale and are main feature of this very specimen. Large and massy yet lovely detailed and organic. This gold shows a single hoppered grown section that is over 4 cm long before it grows blossoms like a bridal bouquet. Its hard to decide on how to put this piece as there is no obvious top or bottom. Flawless all around and of amazing quality this is a truly outstanding gold specimen! Price on request
Have a closer look on this absolutely unique light blue fluorite from Dal’negorsk! This single crystal is clear like a window and lustrous on all sides. I have honestly not seen a comparable piece anywhere on the market. It shows only minimal edgewear but is largely in best condition. At the bottom you will find some beautiful inclusions while the crystal itself is complete even there. Inside the fluorite there is a faint phantom, even improving the striking visual effect of this piece. It is something really special, of highest quality and completely unusual in person!
With a size of staggering 16 cm this is a fantastic rubellite from a new find at the Genepapo Mine. The aesthetics of the massy, intensively candy-red rubellite aggregate on quartz is straight textbook. The quartz is translucent and has a yellow tinge when backlit. The rubellite itself is translucent through and through with a color that changes from a purplish red at the bottom to a totally striking, sweet candy red at the terminations. Around those terminations the crystal has some gap fills but aside of that there is just nothing you would have to worry about. The bottom is fully rehealed and even the quartz is complete. If you look closer to the specimens bottom you find purple lepidolite serving as a base for the whole composition. This specimen is definitely an eye-catcher for any showcase!
YES, it is 26cm tall! When I saw this crystal the first time I could not believe that a crystal in combination with that size and quality even exists. In fact, this is a major piece of high importance for a liddicoatite and a perfect fit for a museum, or all private collectors interested in big gem crystals. I have seen a lot of pieces coming to the market in the last years, mainly much smaller and by far not in that league! While most of the crystals are completely dark, this one is multicolored, showing green, yellow, orange and red in the upper half! You need light from the back to make the colors visible, but it is a small miracle to see it at all, as even thinner crystals do not show them normally. It has good luster and a beautiful termination, without any damage. The condition over all is excellent, while just some minor edgewear at the side is present, which is fully acceptable. It is pictured in the mineral newspaper by Tomasz Praszkier by an article from him and PhD Federico Pezzotta in 2013, #6. The whole find is described more closely there, while this was by far the best piece of the pocket. It comes with a base, which includes the lightning system to show the colors! You can switch the light on by a small remote, or just connect it with a small wire to your regular lightning system. Really spectacular and for sure one of the very finest pieces in existence! price on request
It is a big adventure to get a hematite of this calibre from the famous cavradi area in Switzerland! Most of the specimens found there are heavily damaged due blasting at mining! This piece has a lot of well crystalized hematites up to 3.1 cm in size! Some small rutiles are attached on the hematite, what is very typically for this locality. It is extremely rare to see the hematite in combination with quartz, what is highly appreciated from all collectors. Even rarer is the combination with smoky quartz, while I have seen almost no specimens in combination with smoky! This piece is the very best specimen out of small pocked found by Pius Wasmer at around 2005! It was displayed in the local Museum in Sedrun for 3 years, while I could accquire this specimen after he got it back from there. The aesthetics of the piece is beautiful and hard to beat. It combines all what you can get from this locale! To have the combination of matrix, smoky quartz, rutile and hematite is simply incredible! This is one of the best hematites I am aware of and definitely a perfect fit for every world class collection or museum! price on request
We honestly love rhodochrosite from N'Chwaning - the whole package of color, shape and luster - but this very specimen renders us absolutely speechless! Unsurpassable sparkling luster envelops the strong fire-red color, ready to explode in direct illumination. Sitting on a black manganese matrix this rhodochrosite crown leaves nothing to be desired. Some minor contacts are insignificant and instantly washed away by the sheer beauty of this dramatic, mesmerizing specimen. Go on, have a look on the video! You will be as amazed as we are...