This is a lovely and highly aesthetic piece of barite on matrix. Most crystals are in perfect condition, clear and nicely arranged. One barite plate at the left front has been obstructed in growth by another plate comming from the back. This second one is broken, which but is the only damage on this piece and not visible from the front. The tabular, yellow barite crystals are clear as window panes and pretty all around. Pinkish matrix provides a nice contrast for this charming piece.
There are so many aspects for which you could love this piece that I stopped counting. Most obvious is the 6.8 cm doubly terminated and flawless quartz crystal. Brilliantly lustrous faces on all sides are enclosing a lovely play of inclusions - chlorite and what we presume must be hematite. The glassy quartz even permits a look on the matrix at the very bottom. At the side you see a cluster of weathered brown siderite which adds a beautiful contrast to the aesthetics of this specimen. At closer view you find smaller rutile crystals attached to the siderite. Small quartz side-crystals round out the picture and make this a marvelous piece all around!
Unusually bright golden color and a vivid sheen are most intriguing attributes of this remarkably well shaped gold specimen from Pontes e Lacerda. It shows an interwined structure of skeletal growth with several nicely defined crystals on an elongated, elegant shape. This fine gold specimen is out of a completely new find from 2015 that has rapidly made a name for itself as a source for world class gold specimens. By now the site has been closed by police forces and a new supply of such high class gold is not expected. This is a completely undamaged attractive specimen all around that shows a dramatic quality and yellow color that is only characteristic for this fabulous find and superior to just about anything we have seen so far from Brazil!
This heavily etched topaz crystal is absolutely breathtaking! Completely gemmy, flawless all over and doubly terminated. While the shape reminds me almost of heliodor from Volodarsk, the beautiful champagne color is characteristic for topaz from Dassu. An incredibly well shaped and water-clear single crystal with not a single crack or impurity. Not much to say, I strongly recommend a look on our video, where you can see the full splendor in motion!
The composition of this smoky quartz "Faden" is quite unusual and absolutely amazing. One large fine quality crystal acts as the base for several other, doubly terminated crystals that decrease in size as they continue further up. At the center of this stack you can distinctly see the white "Faden", a column that seems to support the structure. The terminations of the quartz are covered in some green chlorite, while the rest of the crystals is lustrous and clear. Apart from some contacts at the bottom this specimen is in great condition and shows a dramatic visual impact!
Characteristic for Volodarsk-Volynskii this heliodor is gemmy and shows the nicely etched surface that is so famous for this locale. The color is a particularly vibrant gold with some greenish tinge to it. Being a floater this lovely specimen is etched all over and shows no damage anywhere. No downsides, just brilliant quality and distinctive aesthetics!
It's almost impossible to decide for a frontside at this fabulous hematite, as both sides are so very much attractive, flawless and 3-dimensionally developed. This specimen really deserves the description as iron rose for its delicate, lovely structure. The region around Fibbia is for sure the most fertile ground for great hematite of the "iron rose" habit but this very specimen is still far from ordinary. To get a better picture of this marvellous specimen I recommend our video, where thickness, luster and staggering elegance of this iron rose are much more vivid! This historic piece comes with several labels including one of the famous English geologist Nevil Story-Maskelyne from 1951.
What a great hematite! This specimen comes from a new find which was made in spring 2013. It has great aesthetics and the two hematites that have grown together make the whole specimen very impressive. The matrix consists of crystallized albite with a small titanite attached on it. The condition over all is very good.
The two fat crystals, grown together on this matrix, look very impressive! The crystals are modified by stepped growth, what makes a good contrast to the very nice quartz!
This is an exceptional wulfenite from the classic austrian locale. The crystals have a bright orange color with sharp edges and a very good luster. To find a good wulfenite has become very hard nowadays, while this is an exceptional piece for the advanced collector. No damage is present!
What a lovely crystal in great condition and high quality! It is highly lustrous, well terminated and with a great color zonation!
Lovely and virtually perfect, this floater is a marvelous composition of purple apatite with accompanying calcite, which adds much to the beauty of this piece. The largest crystal is 1.7 cm long and of fine quality. A distinctly 3-dimensional thumbnail for any collector of fine minerals.