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RK145 - Tourmaline - 285€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4.8 x 2.2 x 2 cm
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The most unusual part about this green tourmaline is its shape. What looks almost straight in the picture is in fact oddly bowed as you can see in the video. Combined with good luster and color this is a very distinct piece of striking aesthetics.


RK344 - Quartz - 175€
Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 7.9 x 6.1 x 3.2 cm
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Two scepter heads with a slight smoky tinge are protruding from a well crystallized quartz matrix forming a 90° angle. Especially those heads are of good quality, limpid and free of any noteworthy flaws. The smaller, grape-like arranged quartz have tiny glaring red inclusions we deem to be lepidocrocite. Most special about this fine piece is the exceptional aesthetics - 3-dimensional and in very good condition. A striking piece in person!


TS64 - Tourmaline - 8650€
Jonas Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.6 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm
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There might be many details on this piece - it is doubly terminated, free of damage, gemmy and lustrous - but to getting to the point: It's all about the color here! A blazing raspberry red that is visible even at low light and fills the whole crystal with its grace. At the termination this color gets an orange tinge. The backside of the tourmaline is covered in sparkling crystals that add a very nice effect. Very beautiful and catchy from the famous find made by Ailton Barbosa in 1978. This piece has a remarkable provenance, as it has been part of the collection of P. D. & Ann Sams. The label is coming with the piece.


BL50 - Silver - 450€
Batopilas, Adres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
Size: 3.6 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm
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This silver is quite 3-dimensional and beautiful all around. You can nicely see the crystallization, grown on a grey matrix with white calcite. The attractive specimen looks very much alive, especially for its shiny copper-colored patina. A piece of rich details and beautiful composition.


FA177 - Schorl - SOLD
Shigar valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 7 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm
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WOW, a beautiful stepped grown schorl with such a unique form! It is completely free of damage, glossy and of dark black color! Some feldspar is attached on one side, making a very lovely contrast to the black! Very special!


SO68 - Barite on Wurtzite - 250€
Turt Mine, Turt Negresti-Oas, Oas Mts, Satu Mare Co., Romania
Size: 6.7 x 4.3 x 4.1 cm
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The truly unusual composition of this specimen reminds me of an eagle with spread wings, landing on a mountainside. The barite is flawless, lustrous and gemmy clear. The wurtzite matrix is not thicker than half a centimeter, as it was grown on another crystal (probably calcite) which then dissolved and left this remarkable piece. At the backside you can still see the imprint of this crystal. A unique sight in fantastic quality.


SO92 - Sphalerite - 650€
Rucheng Mine, Caoija, Chenzhou, Hunan Province, China
Size: 9.3 x 4.5 x 3.6 cm
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One large, 2.1 cm sphalerite of great red-orange color sits on a sparkling quartz matrix like on a floating ship. The crystal is unusually grown with a striking, organically appearing termination. The matrix is shaped like a shard that is overgrown with small quartz crystals on all sides. The equally beautiful backside hosts a second, 1.1 cm sphalerite of matching quality. This is a brilliant, flawless specimen of utter aesthetics!


AC10 - Tourmaline - 1500€
Darra-i-Pech Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Size: 6 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm
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This tourmaline from Afghanistan is of highest quality, gemmy, limpid and lustrous. The color is a slight blue with a pink termination that is flawless and perfectly modified, showing nine sharp faces. This is a textbook crystal of exceptional elegance and beauty!


FA260 - Tourmaline - 850€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 8.4 x 3.3 x 2 cm
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A tender pink tourmaline crystal with a hint of mint green at the termination. Highly lustrous, without damage and some lepidolite attached on one side! Impressive in person because of the good size! Color like on the photos and too pale on the attached video!


MG26 - Liddicoatite - 1750€
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.5 x 3.7 x 2.5 cm
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While you can see the red and green colors even in low light, the full extent of this tourmalines beauty is only revealed with direct illumination. This tourmaline is a wild beauty of chaotic structure with a deep red core played about by bright green and orange. There is no damage to be found here, except at the bottom side. Unusual aesthetics combined with superb quality makes this an attractive and appealing choice!


AC11 - Tourmaline - 470€
Darra-i-Pech Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm
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This tourmaline is especially massy with a fine pink color throughout the whole crystal, alternating with some more colorless zones. The bottom is not broken but crystallized. Accompanied by some side crystals, this piece shows truly nice aesthetics. Still, the most impressive part about this is the beautiful and highly lustrous termination. The two mirroring main faces are prettily modified which makes an exceptionally fine look. The whole specimen is in very good condition and of elegant presence.



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