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XPCC - Proustite - SOLD
Chañarcillo, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile
Size: 4.5 x 0.5 x 0.3 cm
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A fantastic elongated proustite crystal from the famous silver mining district of Chañarcillo. The single transparent crystal shines with pristine blood-red color, completely undiminished by oxidation. Even at room light the intensive color comes out nicely but the direct backlight shows the full gemminess and brilliance of this incredible crystal. A single issue here is some kind of chip or contact at the termination but which is not fresh at all and thus fully acceptable on a piece like this. Seldomly have I ever seen an elongated proustite of such exceptional length, so gemmy and deeply red as this specimen. A real marvel in person!

TS66 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 9.2 x 2.6 x 2.5 cm
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This incredible piece shows the high tourmaline quality the Pederneira Mine is famous for. The two brilliant gemmy main crystals with flawless pointed terminations are of imposing size and just staggering color and luster. The color ranges from blue-green to a rich green at the top. The base reveals a pink core where the outer layer is broken away and rehealed. Smaller chips at one side crystal plus the backside of one main crystal are fully acceptable on a marvelous piece like this. The second side crystal is fully recrystallized, as you can see on the picture. This is a wonderful piece of pure gemminess and brilliance for any collection of high class tourmaline!

PB113 - Pyrite - SOLD
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru
Size: 15.2 x 9.6 x 5.2 cm
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This is a beautiful and impressive cluster of pyrite that shows absolutely amazing golden luster all over on all sides. A floater in a surprisingly good condition with only some contacts but no considerable damage. Seeing the piece there are so many lovely details that you are totally blinded and delighted. An interesting detail about this is the different crystallization on front and backside. While the backside shows more bulky cubical crystals the frontside is more delicate with a manifold of nice little crystals, beautifully striated and modified. A stunning piece of fabulous luster!

IT09 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 16.1 x 10.3 x 9.5 cm
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This exceptional smoky quartz has a dramatic impact not only for the sheer size and its massy 1.4 kg. Despite the size this specimen is teeming with wondrous details and surprising quality. The whole composition is an interplay of several crystals shaped as sceptres or attached doubly terminated side crystals. The quartz is mainly glassy with a fascinating inner life which's full extent, you will find, is much better in person. Many windows and etchings are perfecting this specimen that is in absolutely flawless condition - even the bottom is recrystallized. An imposing piece of mineralogical perfection!

BS10 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 12.5 x 9.5 x 6.5 cm
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Quality and arrangement add up to this very special piece that is, in a way, consummate. Brilliant right-handed smoky quartz crystals of differing size are all well composed on a natural white matrix that provides the perfect contrast. The quartz is water-clear, flawless and rich in details you will absolutely love. At the sides there are some contacted zones but not the smallest chip found its way to this fabulous specimen. Pristine and of unique beauty!

XAAB - Apatite on Albite and Tourmaline - SOLD
Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm
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Great luster all around, lovely color contrast and translucent crystals make this an utterly desirable specimen. The main apatite crystal is 1.4 cm on edge, has a rich purple color and fantastic luster. It is accompanied by smaller side-crystals on the one side and blue tourmaline at the other. All is perched on a contrasting white to ice-blue tabular albite matrix of great luster. This piece is actually a floater that is virtually perfect with no apparent damage. A real stunner in person, lovely, fragile and pristine!

PB124 - Scheelite with Stolzite on Quartz and Fluorite - SOLD
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 9.6 x 8 x 6 cm
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What a dramatic piece! Stacked octahedral scheelite crystals, covered in - or partly transformed to - signal yellow stolzite is prominently situated atop a fragile substructure of transparent quartz crystals and a massy pale green fluorite at the specimens side. At the lower back some hübnerite is apparent below stolzite and quartz incrustations. This piece is typical for the unique 2014 find of stolzite/scheelite combination pieces but is remarkably aesthetic and large, with scheelite crystals of up to 1.8 cm on edge. All main crystals are in perfect condition all around. This is a rare and truly fantastic piece of strong visual impact in person!

PB74 - Calcite with Galena and Chalcopyrite - SOLD
Huanzala Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
Size: 9.6 x 8.9 x 8.4 cm
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A heavy piece of lovely aesthetics, this massive, crystallized chalcopyrite matrix a quantity of metallic galena dodectahedrons and a single, pristinely white calcite rhombohedron. The calcite is translucent with a milky, opaque phantom around 3-4 mm below its scaly surface. A crust similarly white calcite covers parts of the galena like freshly fallen snow. This piece is out of a newer find that set a new standard for calcite from this locale, concerning quality and size alike. A superbly aesthetic piece with a flawless calcite on beautifully sparkling matrix.

SS06 - Quartz - SOLD
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8 x 7.5 x 3.7 cm
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Pure elegance and beauty make this a just incredible piece. The main crystal, a water-clear doubly terminated quartz of fantastic quality, sits on a brilliantly sparkling matrix that is over and over covered in smaller quartz crystals. A gorgeous thing about this specimen is the pristine pinkish tinge these crystals show. This is definitely an outstanding piece of marvelous aesthetics. Some insignificant edgewear lowers the price on this but absolutely not the great visual impact.

SS21 - Schorl on Quartz - SOLD
La Bianca, Lukmanier, Val Cristllina, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 6.2 x 3 x 2.4 cm
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A dark tower, somehow menacing and untouchable. This is a single quartz crystal, limpid and lustrous, that is heavily shot through with black schorl needles. The surface is a beautiful play of mirroring quartz faces and cluttered black schorl. The termination of the quartz is flawless, at the sides there are some contacts. This is a rare and aesthetic piece of Alpine tourmaline, combined with classic high-quality quartz.

CM38 - Copper - SOLD
Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
Size: 11 x 8.8 x 1.8 cm
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This is a distinclty arborescent, sculptural native copper specimen with some minor green malachite mottling. The piece is flat, with platy branches. Front- and backside are similarly well shaped and show no obvious damage or contact. The color very much varies from a typical shiny copper-color to flat brown and greenish to the outer branches.

WS05 - Wulfenite - SOLD
Mežica (Miess), Slovenia
Size: 3 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm
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This piece is out of a wulfenite find in Mežica, Slovenia that is famous for the rare bipyramidal crystal habit found there. Here you find one single orange wulfenite crystal that freely sits on a limestone matrix. At the top it is covered in white calcite as if it were covered in snow. A small but especially aesthetic specimen that has a strong focus on the one single and perfectly situated crystal.