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RK172 - Fluorite with Calcite - 1200€
Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan, China
Size: 18 x 9.3 x 6.8 cm
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Imposing, elegant and incredibly aesthetic, this is a masterly arranged combination of large cubic fluorite and flattened rhombic "nail-head" calcite on matrix. The calcite is milky white and up to 5 cm in diameter, providing great contrast for the dominant fluorite: pale green, 3.5 cm on edge and limpid to the core with nicely modified edges. The overall aesthetics is just dramatic in person with high class crystals - fluorite and calcite alike - on a beautiful, fine crystallized matrix. A weighty statue of elegance and pure beauty!

RK179 - Calcite on Amethyst - 1700€
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Size: 18.5 x 13 x 7.5 cm
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A striking formation of cream-yellow calcite on a sparkling bed of purple amethyst. The calcite is absolutely brilliant, 3-dimensionally rising from its base with a manyfold of smaller crystals scattered over its surface. Lower parts of the calcite are covered in small amethyst but the further up you look the more you perceive of the translucent to transparent, flawless calcite. I have seen a couple of nice calcite-amethyst combinations from Rio Grande do Sul but honestly none of SUCH caliber! Colors, quality, size and sheer aesthetics are combined on this beautiful eye-catcher!

FA180 - Eudidymite - 950€
Mulla Ghori, Khyber Agency, FATA, Pakistan
Size: 6 x 1.8 x 0.35 cm
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Absolutely amazing in size and quality, this extremely rare eudidymite is an important specimen for Zagi Mountains that is much better known for its bastnäsite. The tabular shape includes a orange-brown layer that adds a just lovely color to this otherwise fully transparent crystal. This is a spectacular single crystal for the species that shows beautiful complex modification, highest quality and and is free of any damage all around. Incredible!

SL10 - Gold - SOLD
Eagle`s Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
Size: 4.7 x 2.7 x 0.5 cm
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A superb and distinctive Eagle's Nest specimen of very fine, flattened, dendritic crystallization that is beautiful from either side. The gold shows top color and bright luster. The filigree growth of a falling leave makes this specimen exceptionally elegant and picturesque. A brilliant gold of attractive aesthetics and pure crystallized splendour!

FA364 - Cuprite - 950€
Ogonja Mine, Ogonja, Khomas Region, Namibia
Size: 2.5 x 2.4 x 1.7 cm
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Already at the usual showcase light you can see blood-red reflections from inside this fine single cuprite crystal. Adding direct illumination from the back brings out the full extent of splendour this striking specimen has to offer and leaves you - trust me - gasping for breath! Yes, the core stays black but the top half is all just sheer color and gemminess. The crystal is very sharp and, while at the bottom contacted, virtually flawless. A marvelous piece for the copper mines of Ogonja!

RK218 - Ruby - 80€
Aliabad, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 3.5 x 2.7 x 2 cm
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This nicely composed specimen is from the possibly largest ruby depostit in the world near the village of Aliabad. The pinkish-red ruby is translucent and shows a very intense color, expecially at backlight illumination. Many crystals tend to a much darker, more blueish color but this shows a perfect ruby-red. It sits well centred on a white marble matrix that provides a striking contrast. The crystal is flawless with amorphous shape, attractively protruding from the marble. Beautiful and 3-dimensional in person!

FA240 - Malachite ps. Azurite - 325€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 4.8 x 2.8 x 1 cm
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A large single azurite crystal being completely pseudomorphed to silky, shimmering malachite. The classic tsumeb shape of the azurite is fully intact, dominant and undamaged all around. A very straight forward piece of intriguing size and shape!

MF2 - Tourmaline - 270€
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 2 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm
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A small, doubly terminated Liddicoatite crystals of amazing color-play. The crystal does not need much light to reveal its intense colors that range from apple green to a juicy raspberry red and some yellow patches. The terminations are perfect, as is the rest of this fine crystal. A thumbnail specimen soaked with impressive colors!

CM18 - Copper ps. Aragonite - 180€
Corocoro, Pacajes Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Size: 4.8 x 4.4 x 3 cm
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This is an absorbing sample of the famous hexagonal copper pseudomorphs after aragonite from the Corocoro District. Unlike many other specimens this one is not just a loose single crystal but has additional copper environing it like a piece of supporting matrix. The whole piece is of dark brown copper-color, nicely crystallized and free of damage. A great example for what wondrous things nature can accomplish!

KR12 - Zoisite - 6400€
Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania
Size: 4.1 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm
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Color, luster and clarity of this zoisite are absolutley brilliant. The color of the upper half of the crystal is an intense greenish yellow when lit from the back and somewhat paler when you look at it through the sides. The lower half is opaque and dark, thus almost creating the impression of a matrix-piece. The whole crystal is perfect with a pristine termination and no damage to be found anywhere. The bottom also is recrystallized. At the left side you can see a broken and rehealed side crystal, influencing the growth of the zoisite. Mirroring luster and appealing color are distinguishing this wonderful piece!

FA248 - Cerussite - 450€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 7.1 x 6 x 2.2 cm
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A bizarrely bulky specimen that shows characteristic cerussite growth patterns like imprinted on its surface. All around there are no broken or damaged parts only unusual etchings and striated crystallization. The cerussite is in large parts transparent and of cream-white color. At the bottom it is grown into some matrix which is also crystallized and sparkling. A highly attractive choice that is both unusually shaped and characteristic for the famous locale.

KB36 - Calcite - 2500€
La Cuerre Mine, Rionansa, La Florida mining area, Sierra de Arnero, Cantabria, Spain
Size: 11.8 x 9.7 x 8.3 cm
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Like a snowball on a slope, this flawless and highly lustrous yellow calcite crystal sits on a rich matrix that supports the dramatic charm of this specimen. The calcite specimens from this region belong to Spains very best, this very specimen being no exception. The single isolated crystal is nicely transparent and of beautiful and characteristic spheral shape with a size of 4.6 cm! Outstanding in every way, this stunningly aeshtetical piece is a perfect, jewel-like eye-catcher.

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