Belmont and Nova Era in Minas Gerais count for the best emerald sources of Brazil and stand for intensive colors, large crystals and good quality, vaguely comparable to those specimens coming from Colombia. The well aesthetic specimen we have here is a great example for exactly that. The emerald on this metallic black and milky white matrix is translucent to transparent and shines with best bright emerald green color. The largest crystal is a staggering 1.5 cm in diameter! All crystals are terminated and undamaged with a slight etching at the surface. This is an outstanding piece of strong colors and contrast, large crystals and amazing quality as you rarely find on specimens from Brazil!
Three large, pale green fluorite cubes with elegantly modified edges are perched on a contrasting white matrix that is in fact a massive plate of octahedral fluorite, coved in calcite, which adds a nice winter-landscape-look. The crystals are completely transparent with smooth, lustrous surfaces that allow a look straight down to the matrix. A piece of great aesthetics that is largely free of damage, save for some peripheral issues where it was worked out of the pocket. A very charming piece of good cabinet size.
When speaking of huebnerite one inevitably thinks of Peru, where all major deposits are located. Large crystals of great luster, associated with brilliant quartz make for amazingly beautiful mineral specimens. In respect of quality and aesthetics this huebnerite specimen is absolutely unbeatable. Amidst of milky white to glassy transparent quartz crystals of differing size one huebnerite aggregate majestically stands out in great contrast. The huebnerite is mostly metallic black but bleeding red color through every seam. A fantastic visual effect on this distinctly 3-dimensional piece. There are peripheral contacts but no damage whatsoever. An incredibly beautiful, aeshtetic, imposing specimen of world class quality!
See the great colors on the pictures, taken under different light environment! While under artificial light this massive but lovely crystallized fluorite shows the brightest, most intensive purple color right to its core, this changes to a colder, blueish color. The crystal is completely flawless without even contacts and shows most complex, mesmerizing etchings all around. This is a magically radiating specimen of best quality and amazing visual impact!
A number of amber-orange grossular crystals are scattered across this crystallized feldspar matrix, associated with several colorless quartz. The brownish grey matrix provides a perfect contrast for the gemmy, sparkling garnet, with sharp, euhedral crystals up to around 4 mm in diameter. The backside is mostly cut as is one smaller patch at the front. Anyway, the overall view is one of great quality garnet on a nicely structured matrix, characteristic for Nuristan Region.
This geometrically stunning cerussite specimen with unusually thick and glassy crystals features a 3cm thick main trunk with branchings down to very thin crystals. It's kind of an asymmetrical snowflake-cerussite, very sharp, lustrous and heavy with the usual cyclic twinned crystals. Some smaller chips do not disturb at all on this excellent, classy piece from the world-famous Tsumeb Mine. The color is mostly translucent white with glassy transparent zones at the terminations but also smoky parts in some crystals. Very characteristic and remarkably elegant. For a better impression of its combined beauty, just watch our video!
The Berg Aukas Mine in Namibia is without question the best locale for crystallized descloizite world-wide. This is a sharp specimen of metallic luster and dark amber brown color at backlight illumination. The crystals have the typical spearpoint terminations with sawtooth edges and are up to 1.7 cm long. This fine descloizite is an excellent little statue of great character, much more 3-dimensional in person and in fine condition.
A 3-dimensional snowflake of light water-blue aragonite, all marvelous and striking. At some patches you find a second generation of fragile white aragonite grown on the slender, long prismatic main crystals. Aside one small contact at the bottom this speicmen is fully crystallized in virtually perfect condition. Very attractive and exceptionally well shaped with unusually sharp and robust crystals for the locale.
A single sharp and well shaped anatase crystal on a contrasting white albite matrix. The black crystal shows the dipyramidal shape with modified terminiation that is typical for Hardangervidda anatase. The surface shows metallic luster while admittedly the back faces are much more lustrous, mirroring in fact, where the front faces are a bit dull in comparison. Most striking about this piece is the perfect composition anyway, the well balanced proportions of matrix and anatase. An absolutely appealing piece with a large 1.3 cm crystal and no considerable damage!
All most relevant calcite specimen from Serifos this specimen is from an underground excavation on a small peninsula near the islands southwestern corner. The distinctive shape of this floater specimen is that of a Greek olive tree, old and gnarled, with sharp calcite crystals instead of leaves. Especially those leaves are lustrous and translucent while the trunk is opaque yet still totally snow-white. A striking arborescent specimen of elegant, 3-dimensional beauty!
Shaped like a crown on a head of porous matrix this hyalite specimen (or Opal-AN) is especially distinctive in appearance. Inside the circular boundaries there is a structure of cream-white aragonite, organically protruding and prominent. The hyalite is perfectly water-clear and in a very good condition. This piece offers perfect aesthetics and brilliant quality as you nicely can see in our video. An attractive piece from a unique locality!
A massive grey bolder with a sparkling front face, all covered in calcite and satiated green dioptase. The dioptase crystals are small - up to around 4 mm - but all gemmy, transparent and lustrous with lovely little calcite atop. Some damage and contacts are evident but the overall impression is that of a 3-dimensional landscape of fine, sparkling crystallization. A characteristic Tsumeb specimen.