This totally gemmy gwindel holds some very distinctive features. First of all itâ€™s the dramatic twist that appears almost unnatural for a gwindel of this size. Its nicely detailed and highly lustrous surface even highlights this effect. The next quality that strikes the eye is the long and sharp upper edge of the crystal. The shape of this gwindel is quite unique I have to say. Finally, what distinguishes this piece are some spots of brown and red color, that are delivered by iron oxide and sagenite (rutile) crystals. All in all I have to admit: I love this specimen!
A sparkling wonder of green malachite in a rare combination with paraatacamite, all covered with quartz crystals that set this piece on fire. The condition is flawless and the brilliant aesthetics speaks for itself. Watch the video and you will see its beauty unleashed!
This single absolutely brilliant crystal of azurite with sharp edges and a tremendous blue color is a true marvel that sits on a matrix that wonderfully emphasizes its beauty. With fabulous luster and a spectacular surface structure the azurite is simply breathtaking. Perched on a brown matrix with green malachite, it is a perfect thumbnail of exceptional beauty! For sure one of the best pieces of comparable size we have ever layed hands on.
This inconspicuous little piece is actually quite a monster, considering the utter rareness of this mineral. With 5mm on edge, this perfect crystal on matrix is absolutely stunning and fantastically aesthetic! The crystal itself is sharp, lustrous and nicely striated. For a better look, please watch the video which reveals more of the pristine beauty of this specimen. If you are searching for rare minerals, this is definitely the chance!
This cluster of tourmaline on quartz and matrix is absolutely fascinating for its intensive color - no, the pink in the picture is not exaggerated - and the sweeping composition. While there is a contact at the backside, all crystals are without damage. With the aesthetics of a castle perched on a mountain cliff, with pristine luster and gemminess and nicely structured terminations as are typical for the locale this is a striking masterpiece of tourmaline on matrix!
This is a large, sparkling landscape of black atacamite, green malachite and lustrous, transparent quartz on a matrix of brown calcite. The fascinating view is totally impressive. If you look closely you can see the malachite to be fully encrusted in quartz that is glassy enough to let the green color escape - a nice effect that is perfected by the stark contrast the atacamite provides. Impressive, pretty and unusual for the remarkable combination.
A glassy, tabular adularia specimen of distinguishing shape. Through the whole crystal runs a white faden, as found in certain Alpine quartz specimens. The adularia is in perfect condition and shows mirroring luster.
Not very spectacular at first sight but a rare combination that is practically exclusive for Tsumeb. At closer view you find brown copper branches on a matrix of brownish-yellow tsumcorite and similarly colored wulfenite. A nice and extremely rare specimen from the type locality of tsumcorite.
Highest quality meets mindblowing aesthetics! An elongated, salient quartz crystal protrudes from a marvelous matrix that is covered in smaller quartz crystals of matching quality and white bladed calcite. Especially the main crystal impresses with perfect quality, luster, gemminess and an unharmed, pointy termination. Truly a superb piece from Switzerland!
I love sceletal quartz, especially when they are as well shaped as this specimen. The whole piece is heavily corroded on all sides which leaves a totally unique picture. The main view shows great luster on a structured surface that reminds of a snake's skin. Anyhow, the cherry on this cake is the white adularia sitting on the quartz. A small detail that truly adds much to the general aesthetics of this fine specimen. There are no contacts or imperfections on the quartz, an inconspicuous fracture on the adularia being the only speck on an otherwise perfect picture.
This is an absolutely brilliant smoky quartz specimen of highest quality! Especially the larger main crystals, brotherly leaned against each other, are free of any cracks or impurities, show exceptionally dark coloring and are virtually flawless. Side-crystals show some internal cracks but are otherwise of matching quality and free of damage. The crystals sit on a beautiful grey and white matrix with some accessory snow-white adularia. This excellent piece from a 2015 find is highly aesthetic and of magnificent quality!
Wow, this is perfect textbook aesthetics! One single tabular brookite crystal is prominently sitting on matrix, presenting its lustrous front face. The maply syrup colored crystal is gemmy with a hourglass-like interior zone. A flawless, striking specimen with a very straightforward composition and high crystal quality that doesn't need much explanation.