This specimen of fascinating blue-red ruby shows perfect textbook aesthetics. The special coloring is very much typical for the locale of Winza and uniquely beautiful in between of sapphire and ruby. The marvelous main crystal of 1.1 cm in diameter sits atop a crown of accompanying side crystals, grown on a utterly beautiful massive black matrix. This rare beauty is sparkling all around and of highest quality. An absolutely outstanding ruby specimen as I have hardly seen alike!
WOW! Seldomly have I seen a piece of such extraordinarily combined minerals. Like king and queen: A perfect, gemmy and lustrous aquamarine sits aside a octahedral fluorite of nice orange-pink coloring on a muscovite matrix. A fabulous composition that offers well balanced aesthetics and high quality minerals alike. While the fluorite has some slight edgewear, the aqua is just perfect. Out of a find from approximately 15 years ago, this is a piece of timeless elegance!
This quartz is out of an old find. Typical for the locale, it is of pristine quality with high luster and clarity. Most remarkable about this piece is the combination of elongated prismatic crystals on a base of shorter crystals of a completely different crystal habit. One quartz crystal, protruding in an odd angle and thus showing a crooked appearance, is in fact a doubly terminated crystal clamped amidst the other crystals. This is truly a remarkable piece of unusual character and in good condition.
This smaller specimen is a nice combination of two tourmaline crystals on white blades of albite. While this piece is a floater, unfortunately one of the crystals is broken at the bottom - you can still see its imprint in the larger albite crystal. The lower half of the tourmalines is completely dark but changes to a light yellowish and limpid zone at the top. A very lovely piece of nice aesthetics.
One single barite crystal that is clear as a window and completely free of damage protrudes from a beautiful dolomite matrix. Perfectly composed with textbook proportion and some evenly pristine side-crystals. A brilliant piece in very good condition!
A large, brilliant single calcite crystal of high quality, transparent and lustrous. The honey yellow color is especially strong at the tip of the scalenohedron, getting paler to the bottom, where the crystal sits on a grey piece of matrix. The crystal is in overall well condition with only a very small chip at the pointed termination. A striking piece of straight, well balanced aesthetics!
The shape of this exceptionally nice prase specimen reminds me of a sailing ship on its way from Serifos Island where the high time of this famous green quartz is long gone due to a legal prohibition. The translucent crystals are 3-dimensionally arranged and in perfect condition. With only some smaller broken sidecrystals the overall impact of this piece is just astounding and unusually striking. A great piece of this more and more rare mineral that gets its unique green color from tiny inclusions of hedenbergite or actinolite.
This is a very lively and organic example of the rare cadmian smithsonite. An aggragate of translucent honey-yellow scalenohedral crystals up to around 1.2 cm in size, associated with some green malachite, partly included in the smithsonite. A distinctly 3-dimensional landscape as you very well can see in our video!
As you can instantaneously see on the picture, this piece is a real killer! One single amethyst with a spotless sharp termination and incredibly deep purple coloring sitting on a contrasting piece of sparkling white quartz-matrix all in perfectly well condition. The surface of the amethyst shows marvelous mirroring luster and a very fine, beautiful structure. The lower backside is contacted, plus there is one chip, but fortunately this is in no way visible on the spectacular main view. The literally mesmerizing color is radiating from this piece even at low illumination and almost exploding at direct light. A wonderful piece of pristine quality that found its way to 2015 "Extra Lapis - Amethyst" (issue 49).
This is without question one of the very best hübnerite specimen I have seen im my life. We luckily got it out of the miners personal collection, where is lay for many years. There is absolutely no flaw on this piece and the quality of every single crystal is simply amazing. All pieces are perfectly fitting here. You have larger quartz crystals at the bottom to support the vertically oriented hübnerite - lustrous, perfectly terminated and with a red color that is revealed at direct illumination. Small but perfectly gemmy quartz needles are playfully blending into this spectacular picture. The specimen is very 3-dimensional and crystallized on all sides. Go ahead, watch our video! You will be positively surprised!
This gwindel is definitely one of a kind! As if being half closed, totally free of internal cracks and on matrix was not enough, this fantastic specimen is a floater, perfectly crystallized even at the bottom and accompanied by small smoky quartz and adularia crystals that show off this beautiful Alpine character. Ther is one incredibly small chip that is practically invisible, everything else is simply perfect. A piece of pure aesthetics and highest mineralogical value!
Schorl usually is nothing other than black tourmaline. Well, this specimen has a terriffic red color and is just incredibly beautiful! Like a 3-dimensional sculpture, covered with snow-white adularia and quartz, the composition we see here is simply unique. The delicate crystals are thin and present the red color even at low light as you can very well see in the video. This piece is even a floater, flawless all around and of the best schorl-quality we have ever seen!