A very unusual combination of smoky quartz on an albite-matrix. Like ice-crystals the albite forms a rugged landscape and freezes the elongated main crystal in place. Even inside the quartz you can see long albite crystals penetrating it. The tip of the quartz has a chip which fortunately is not visible from the frontside. Overall this piece is in very good condition with mainly just some contacts. A very nice choice due to its exceptional, untamed aesthetics composed of good quality crystals.
This magnetite specimen is out of the famous cleft found by Josef Papp in 2009. The rhombic dodecahedral shape is unique for this Alpine cleft and a true sensation. This single crystal - a perfect floater - is 1.5 cm in diameter, sharp and of typical metallic luster. It is a flawless and remarkable piece all around and a real Alpine rarity.
An unusually elongated, prismatic apatite crystal of pink color. Despite its smaller size this spezimen is something very special: Rarely have I seen that crystal shape on an Alpine apatite. It has mirroring luster and is totally limpid with a perfect termination. A treasure for any collector of exceptional minerals!
A collection of six cuprite crystals with malachite coating from the classic locale of Chessy-les-Mines in France. The size varies from 0.8 cm to 1.2 cm on edge. Like small crystal form models these specimens show different shapes: Three crystals are perfectly octahedral, one is a perfect example for a rhombic dodecahedron, the other two are hybrid forms. All crystals are in very good condition without any damage. Coming out of an old collection (see the old label!) these specimens are an excellent choice for every collector of classic european minerals!
This weirdly looks like a TV-set showing a picture of another TV-set. A colorless transparent fluorite with intense purple edges has been overgrown with a second generation of fluorite of the same coloring and around 2.8 cm on edge. Across this lustrous fluorite-screen lies a doubly terminated white quartz crystal. At the backside of this specimen you see one interesting aspect as the smaller first generation fluorite has not been fully covered. I invite you to watch the video to have a look on this yourself! The whole specimen is free of damage with some contact at the bottom but nothing serious. A piece of pure aesthetics with great contrast and color!
The fresh apple-green color of this specimen is characteristic for Guilin Prefecture in China, an important pyromorphite source. The triangular shape is fully covered in hundreds of pyromorphite crystals of around 1 cm in length. The sides are contacted and there are two or three rehealed crystals, but the overall condition of this fine piece is very good with mainly just flawless, well terminated green crystals.
A real european classic! This specimen is an appealing association of sparkling galena with white calcite and greenish-yellow siderite, which is very much typical for this classic locale. All perfectly arranged with good contrast, you would almost believe this to be the result of patient handcraft. There are just some very much acceptable contacts at the sides. A great piece for any collection of aesthetical classic minerals.
Like snow covered monolithes in a beautiful winter landscape, this group of quartz sceptres is perched on a lovely, very thin matrix. All crystals are in brilliant shape with just sparkling luster distinct sceptre-heads and nice windows on the terminations. This is a very elegant piece overall, with grace and quality alike. For a better view on the 3-dimensional character please also watch the video, you will not be disappointed!
Highly aesthetic and remarkably well preserved this piece is a terrific example for a well balanced paragenesis. A nicely crystallized siderite-matrix holds a cluster of metallic arsenopyrite of mirroring luster. Towering over all of this is a single perfect quartz crystal. All over this specimen, especially at its beautifully crystallized bottom, you will find associated apatite of varying size. However you turn this fantastic specimen, there is no damage to be found and nothing thats of real concern here. Small chips at the aresenopyrite are practically invisible and do not disturb at all. Brilliance, a perfect arrangement and a distinct 3-dimensional character distinguish this eye-catching specimen!
This rare piece is a combination of prase at the bottom and amethyst at the upper half. It is one of the best crystals from an older find. As the search for minerals has meanwhile been prohibited at Serifos there are no new specimens comming these last years. The elongated shape is very straight forwart like a rocket waiting to launch. There is no damage on this piece, even the smallest side crystals are intact. An unusual specimen of great quality and a dramatic, highly attractive color change.
The size of this single crocoite crystal is absolutely impressive. With 1.1 cm in diameter this crystal marks itself as out of the 2010 pocket that in total produced around 350 specimens. It is hollow and fragile yet not freshly broken. The color is very intens, a radiating bright red-orange with a semigloss surface. A crocoite single crystal that is in remarkably good shape and imposing in size.
A piece of great unusual aesthetics! The dark brown matrix holds several chisel-shaped azurite crystals some of which stand out freely to form a unique outline. The azurite is very dark and admittedly needs some direkt backlight but great contrast and luster more than make up for this. Overall there is some edgewear distributed about this specimen but especially the main view is widely free of any disturbing issues. The now for many years closed Tsumeb Mine is still legendary among mineral collectors all over the world. This specimen is a nice miniature example for the fabulous azurite from this famous locale and very much attracitve considered for itself.