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NL15 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 8.4 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm
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A stunning crystal, doubly terminated and both terminations being glassy, which I have only rarely seen in the past! It has a very nice pink and olive green color showing a great zonation. Some cleavelandite and lepidolite is attached at the side, making some contrast and this piece very elegant! It is repaired once, as so many other pieces from this mine. Luckily this is not visible from the front and well hidden by the cleavelandite! Over all this is a beautiful piece and in a very good conditon!

AB15 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Val Strem, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.7 x 6.3 x 2.4 cm
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Appealing color, very good luster and almost perfect clarity are combined in this gwindel. Still, the most impressive aspect is the general shape of the specimen. The completely undamaged floater shows all the wonderful characteristics of an Alpine gwindel with a remarkable twist! Very nice and noteworthy too is the crystallization on the surface of the lower backside, where the crystal grew on characteristic Giuv-sienite with adularia and epidote visible. At the lower left as well as on the backside you see the impression of other crystals. Especially the one at the back, appearing like a distinct, hexagonal “eye”, adds much to the beauty of this very special gwindel!

FA279 - Demantoid - SOLD
Antetezambato, Ambanha District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Size: 4.6 x 4.1 x 1.8 cm
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Simple and beautiful, this piece is a nice eye-catcher. The single demantoid crystal is perched on a charmingly crystallized matrix, that provides a perfect contrast. The crystal itself is a lovely jewel with bright green color, perfectly sharp edges and clear to the bottom. An aesthetic piece of fine quality!

XAQG - Anatase - SOLD
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 13.2 x 7.1 x 3.5 cm
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While at first glance this piece might not be as impressive as some others we presented so far, this specimen is absolutely awesome if you take the time for a closer look. The surface of this matrix-piece is covered in a composition of hundreds of smaller quartz crystals of sparkling quality and anatase of highest quality. With a length of up to 6 mm and a rare honey-yellow color the anatase crystals are just outstanding and splendid, considering the locale. This is practically a must for every collector of rare Alpine treasures.

HW18 - Quartz - SOLD
Goboboseb Mts., Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 7.5 x 4.1 x 3.3 cm
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Incredible luster, unusual composition and a nice purple color make this a brilliantly beautiful piece. The main body of this quartz is white and opaque but crystal terminations on all sides - even at the bottom - are clear, filled with color and show so called "windows" on the crystal faces. There is some minor edge wear present but all in all this is a piece of very good quality that is practically a floater.

GM2 - Smoky Quartz with Adularia - SOLD
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 15.9 x 8.5 x 6.4 cm
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Wow, this is a spectacular piece in person! A single tessin-habit quartz of just water clear quality, superb luster and incredibly beautiful surface structure. Elegant and eye-catching. The crystal has a smoky hue but not too dark. It sits on a small piece of matrix that is over and over encrusted in gemmy adularia, muscovite and quartz. This is a complete floater that is, save for some minuscule edgewear, free of any damage. A high class Alpine quartz, outstanding and beautiful!

GM10 - Quartz - SOLD
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 13.7 x 6.7 x 5.3 cm
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Majestic and impressive, this rather large quartz crystal stands out and enchants the viewer with highest Cavradi-quality and timeless elegance. To perceive the full beauty of this crystal I strongly suggest you watch the video as a 360° view is surely necessary here. The crystal body is water-clear but with some appealing inclusions, the hint of a phantom. It is completely flawless and shows a beautiful surface structure. The small side crystal of matching quality perfects the textbook aesthetics of this specimen. A fantastic quartz specimen that has everything you could wish for on a classic piece like this!

FJ31 - Aquamarine on Feldspar with Muscovite - SOLD
Shigar valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 8.6 x 7.3 x 5 cm
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Wow, what a stunner! A single aquamarine crystal of intensive blue color protrudes from a beautifully contrasting matrix of dark muscovite and white feldspar. The aqua shows perfect mirrorinig luster and is completely gemmy through and through with only some very thin internal cracks. Most striking about this crystal is the termination. Unlike many aquamarine crystals with flat terminations, this one is highly modified and shows a charming frosted zone along the slanted adges. Many terminal faces and sharp edges on a completely transparent crystal, make this an absolutely astonishing specimen. No damage. No downsides.

PA13 - Hematite on Albite with Titanite - SOLD
Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 8.6 x 7.4 x 4 cm

Perfect!! Another hematite with amazing quality and aesthetics. The shape is very fine and it is terminated all around. Beautiful!

SO17 - Fluorite on Quartz - SOLD
Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
Size: 8.5 x 5.8 x 5.5 cm

This piece has a beautiful aesthetics! The crystals have high luster, very good gemminess and are free of damage. The size of the bigger crystal is 1.8cm on edge. All these properties combine to make this an exceptional piece. Much better in person!

FA270 - Fluorite - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 7.4 x 5.4 x 2.5 cm
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This fluorite comes from the famous pocket made by the Ruffibachs many decades ago. It is not sawn at the back as most of the specimens I have seen from this locale. The two crystals are well situated on the matrix, showing a great quality. You just need to see the video of that piece and you will quickly see the beauty of this specimen.

KA21 - Tourmaline with Albite - SOLD
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 8.8 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm
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What an exceptional tourmaline! This fat crystal is showing orange, yellow and green colors which complements one another very well. Especially to find such an intense orange color on a tourmaline is almost not possible! It is highly lustrous and very impressive in person!