While most comparable topaz specimens come from Xanda Mine, this brilliant ice blue topaz is out of the Teixerinha Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. And it is absolutely stunning in person! The topaz is a massy crystal, sharp and glassy at some parts, nicely etched at others. The right side is a smooth, lustrous surface that provides a look deep into the gemmy crystal. The left side is much more etched and is partly covered in yellowish mica, adding some nice contrast. Our video shows a great 360° view on luster, gemminess and the highly attractive shape of this fabulous piece. A marvelous topaz specimen of great visual impact!
If I had to create the perfect Alpine mineral specimen, that's probably exactly how I would do it! A group of doubly terminated, flawless smoky quartz crystals are combined to a perfect floater with great luster - at least at the frontside - and nice milky phantoms inside. Perfectly centered atop this group sits a skeletalized octahedral fluorite of great Zinggenstock quality. The fluorite has a pink body yet purple edges which is already rare, considering the overall composition this is a real masterpiece! Absolutely stunning in person and with no downsides at all!
This gem crystal of brookite is very aesthetically situated on matrix. The quality of the crystal is very fine with red color. There are some small cracks at the base of the crystal, tough it is not repaired. Very nice and low priced for what it is.
This titanite comes from an old find made in the Swiss Alps! Most of the titanites in the Alps comes from Austria and it is almost impossible to get a good "sphene" from other countries in the Alps! This is a very good sample and a good chance for every locality collector to get a sphene from Switzerland. It is very pristine except some extremely tiny edge wear that is just visible with a good loupe!
That's a half-open and half-closed gwindel! It is extremely rare to find this combination at a gwindel. This is a very lovely specimen from a small lot of five gwindels that I have got at the mineral show in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines this year. Some very tiny edge wear is present but this is almost not visible from the front side and not important at all. The pictures show all what you need to know to see how nice this specimen is.
A very clear and sharp crystal of quartz shooting out of a very nice matrix from Val Strem. The crystal is completely translucent without any cracks and is completely flawless all around. Better in person.
The composition of this specimen is exceptional. The crystals have a very nice purple color and it is very 3-dimensional in person.
"WOW, this is highly sparkling", was my thought when I saw this specimen the first time. It is very special in person, consisting of big calcites, overgrown by a brownish layer of rock, which is coverd with two generations of very brilliant quartz. Way better in person!!!
This is a very nice fluorite with good color, high gemminess and the best luster you can look for.
Samll, but very nice flurites are present on this cluster of beautiful barite!
Wow, what a nice siderite well situated on matrix!
This is a very glassy rubellite from a find made in 2010 at the cruzeiro mine. While most of the specimens were heavily damaged and therefore just interesting for the gem market, this specimen is free of damage and well terminated. Much better in person!