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KB20 - Fluorite - 2800€
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 6.6 x 5.6 x 3.1 cm
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Perfect aesthetics is a combination of many different aspects. Color contrast is one of them, in this case the contrast of dark purple fluorite on a white calcite matrix. The balance of crystal size and supporting matrix linked with their arrangement is another vital issue, perfectly solved on this fine specimen. At last there is the quality in all its facets. This fully transparent fluorite cluster shows amazing luster, striking color and a gentle, intriguing surface structure. The whole specimen is in exceptional condition with only some peripheral damage on the matrix. A perfectly picturesque fluorite specimen of impressive quality!


KB21 - Diopside - 2500€
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 8.6 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm
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A monumental, bulky, alpine type diopside specimen showing marvelous luster and deep green color on a doubly terminated crystal on matrix. The main crystal is almost 7 cm long with a square profile of 1.5 x 1.3 cm, strongly reminding me of an Egyptian obelisk. Due to this extraordinary thickness backlight is blocked entirely but at direct illumination you can make out the typical dark green color. This whole piece is a floater, the matrix is covered in small diopside crystals and chlorite on all sides. Absolutely stunning in size and quality this specimen is totally unique!


KB27 - Fluorite and Quartz - 1800€
Pella, Orange River, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Size: 5.8 x 5.1 x 4 cm
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With a striking 4.5 cm fluorite octahedron this is an important piece of the 2004 find in Pella, South Africa. The color is a characteristic light green that shines even at room light. The crystal-faces are alternating smooth and sandpaper-rough which contributes to a very unique, complex appearance. Overall this specimen comprises a large, captivating fluorite on a quartz matrix of good proportion. The fluorite shows imprints of quartz crystals at the backside but is completely flawless on all sides. This is a very representative small-cabinet size specimen of great, transparent crystal quality from the famous discovery at Pella.


KB45 - Quartz - 800€
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 12.2 x 7.6 x 6.5 cm
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A brilliantly aesthetic "crown" of glassy quartz with green chlorite phantoms and some yellowish iron oxide coating. This colorplay is very much intriguing and adds much to the overall beauty. All main crystals are virtually perfect with highest luster and extremely sharp pointed terminations. Around the periphery there are some contacts and older rehealed breaks but nothing I personally would be concerned by. An appealing piece in person of utmost crystal quality and striking composition.


MG13 - Liddicoatite - 1380€
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 5.5 x 3.7 x 3.5 cm
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A robust, 3.7 cm wide, translucent tourmaline crystal of bright cherry-red and mossy-green colors that is free of any damage. Even the bottom is not freshly broken but fully rehealed. The termination is a lustrous shape of appealing modification, more like a dodecahedron. The crystal is associated with a white quartz crystal, nicely improving the overall aeshtetics of this specimen. Even you have a colorful tourmaline here but just a little direct illumination makes this piece a real stunner!


RK390 - Liddicoatite with Quartz and Albite - 2800€
Tokambohitra, Sahatany Valley, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 7.2 x 4.3 x 3.1 cm
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This highly aesthetic combination of Liddidoatite and Albite on smoky quartz has been just recently found together with just a hand full of other fine pieces. It is a floater of very high quality - lustous quartz, a mossy green tourmaline with a orange to pink termination and snow-white cleavelandite which adds a striking contrast. Cleavelandite by the way occurs only on this very specimen and clearly sets it aside from the rest of the pocket. Some rough edges on liddicoatite and quartz are probably contact induced rather than damage. A truly outstanding piece of fabulous and unusual aesthetics!


KR31 - Barite - 980€
Silius, Cagliari Province, Sardinia, Italy
Size: 6 x 5.7 x 3.4 cm
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Gemmy and sharp crystals with great color are fantastically composed on this specimen. Perfectly aesthetic, this barite from the classic locale in Sardinia is a real treasure for any showcase. Overall this specimen is in a very good condition, with just some contacts on side crystals. The main crystal is absolutely perfect and very much appealing!


FA35 - Fluorite - 1800€
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 5.7 x 5.1 x 2.9 cm
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Let's start with a stunner! This fluorite specimen from the famous Yaogangxian Mine in China is absolutely outstanding for its special shape that does not at all remind us of fluorite at first view. Still, at closer sight you find evidence of this fabulous piece being a group of spinell twins of superb quality and exceptional formation. Being a floater, this piece is even in brilliant condition all around. Accompanying pyrite crystals add the icing on the cake and leave this breathtaking fluorite specimen without peer!


IT06 - Tourmaline with Albite - 3750€
Teixerinha mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.9 x 5.5 x 3.8 cm
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It's actually four tourmaline crystals, glassy and pleasantly green, that are embedded in this beautiful albite matrix. The longest crystal is 5.5 cm long and 0.5 cm thick. Its color changes from a luscious green to turquoise at the tip. The main crystal is free of any damage and is not repaired, which is a rare thing at fragile pieces like this one. I love the aesthetics of this specimen as there are so few good matrix-pieces available on the market.


PB152 - Adamite - 430€
Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
Size: 6.5 x 3.8 x 5.8 cm
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A colorful piece of adamite on matrix that shows a crust of gemmy green crystals with brilliant luster. Especially lovely about this specimen is the combination of lime colored crystals on a rust-brown background based on a grey rock. A classic piece from the Ojuela Mine, Mexico.


PB190 - Epidote on Quartz - 1200€
Pampa Blanca, Ica Department, Peru
Size: 5.3 x 3.4 x 3.2 cm
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An epidote of striking aesthetics with prominent shape and a quartz side-crystal of just the right proportion. The epidote is of dark brown and green coloring with good luster on all sides. The whole piece is in very good condition. The backside shows a broken but healed crystal. All the main crystal forming a textbook silhouette are flawless. An outstanding piece!


FA307 - Fluorite on Sphalerite - 650€
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 10.6 x 9.3 x 4.3 cm
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Aesthetic composition, striking contrast and high crystal quality. The single fluorite cube is pinkish white with purple edges - a typical color play for an Elmwood fluorite. A massive black sphalerite matrix provides a perfect background and directs the focus straight to the impressive 3.4 cm on edge fluorite that 3-dimensionally protrudes out of the matrix. At closer inspeciton you will appreciate the fluorites delicate surface structure and great condition. Nicely arranged, dashy and elegant!



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