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RK152 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Pyingyi Taung (Pyin Gyi Taung), Male, Singu Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 8.3 x 8.1 x 6.1 cm
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A classic and rare piece from the pegmatites of Burma. Several pink tourmalines are spread about this nicely crystallized matrix-piece of quartz, mica, orthoclase and cleavelandite. The largest tourmaline is around 1.4 cm thick and in perfect condition. One of the side-crystals is broken which is a bit of a damper here but still, this is quite a fascinating combination-piece of generally high quality and aesthetics.

FA112 - Fluorite - SOLD
Frunthorn, Valsertal, Surselva, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7.8 x 5 x 3.3 cm
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The crystals on this specimen have a bright red color, high translucency and an incredible good luster. On one of the edges some irregular grwoing is present, it is hard to say if its natural, a contact or a small damage. This is hardly visible in person and not really important therefore. Over all this is an excellent fluorite on matrix!

NL17 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Governador Valadares, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.3 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm
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The crystal here has a good luster and is showing a very nice green termination. The lower part is tender pink with a hint of green on the surface. Some muscovite is attached at the side, why it looks similar to a matrix specimen. Except some really tiny edgewer it is pristine and in a very good condition. The photo is very close to its natural apperiance at a common ambient light!

AT65B - Quartz - SOLD
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.5 x 4.5 x 3.7 cm
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WOW! This specimen exactly presents what most of the collectors are looking for! A dominant, very clear and perfect crystal is shooting out of a crystallized matrix like a rocket! The contrast with the brwonish matrix is highlighting the crystal very well, which is highly lustrous and brilliant. The tip of the crystal is razor sharp and not just going to a point, what looks gorgeous! I have very rarely seen a piece like this, but especially not without a repaired crystal. Most are coming off due heavy blasting at the mining process in the Cavradi cleft, but not this one. It is very hard to show the high quality on pictures, but the vido speaks for itself!

XTSP3 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan
Size: 2.2 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm
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A perfect thumbnail of pure textbook aesthetics! One gemmy and clear tourmaline of brilliant green color protrudes from a matrix of white albite to form this pretty piece. The tourmaline is perfect, the albite is generally in good condition but shows some damage, which is hardly visible due to its chaotic arrangement. A fine and astonishingly well composed specimen!

XY30 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Felli Valley, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 6.5 x 5 x 4.4 cm
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This piece looks like a warped, weathered and overgrown version of a perfect smoky quartz specimen. The heavy etching that took place here still left enough of the quartz and its side-crystal to maintain insight to the original impression. Adularia crystals that are grown on and into the quartz are very much perfecting the picture. The condition is just about perfect as the only contacts there are are at the bottom and thus not visible. A fantastic piece that shows us what a skilful carver nature can be.

FA218 - Apatite on Diopside with Albite - SOLD
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4.2 x 2 x 3 cm
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The combination of minerals on this piece is just awesome! One single pinkish apatite crystal beautifully sits atop a matrix of diopside accompanied by white calcite. Still the rich color variety of this piece is very much owed to some iron oxide and a green side-mineral we were not quite able to identify under the microscope. An chemical analysis would be necessary but to be frank: the beauty of this outstanding piece is not to be measured in numbers and words. The apatite is of very good quality, being glassy and lustrous with a slight pinkish tinge. A remarkable composition!

FB20 - Adularia - SOLD
Pizzo Lucendro, St. Gotthard Massiv, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 6.9 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
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Chaotically composed and very 3-dimensional (go ahead, watch the video!) this floater is highly attractive and full of interesting details. Two larger main crystals are stacked together like dancers but upside down and accompanied by a bunch of smaller side crystals. The whole composition is speckled with chlorite adding some nice color. The adularia itself is translucent to transparent and brightly white. The side-crystals show some smaller damage but there is no major damage here. Especially the more massive main crystals are perfect and showy.

SS05 - Quartz - SOLD
Druntobel, Sedrun, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 10.1 x 6 x 5.9 cm
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A large, left handed quartz crystal, 5.5 cm in diameter, carries several smaller crystals, nicely intergrown with white feldspar. The terminations are only slightly overgrown with chlorite, just so much that you can still see inside the completely transparent crystals. The side faces are free of chlorite and lustrous. The somehow chaotic shape of this unusual specimen is totally irresistible and exceptionally beautiful. A flawless piece of pure, untamed beauty!

BB19 - Amethyst - SOLD
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 12.8 x 9 x 5 cm
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This is a exceptionally large cluster of intergrown amethyst crystals of beautiful violet color. In fact this must have been a complex scepter head before it broke off and rehealed at the backside. Unfortunately the very tip of the central termination is damaged but to be honest, a large piece like this from Mörchnerkar would cost a small fortune if it was perfect. This is nevertheless an impressive piece, showing the great quality an Alpine amethyst could reach!

RK418 - Titanite - SOLD
Schwemmhäuslbruch, Koralpe, Deutschlandsberg, Styria, Austria
Size: 5.3 x 3.5 x 0.9 cm
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This single titanite crystal is out of a spectacular new find from spring 2016. It is just remarkable in size and complete all around. While the edges are translucent, the main body is opaque with internal cracks and inclusions, although at the surface you can see clear patches as well. The crystal is of characteristic mossy green color mixed with some rust colored coating and minor spots of white albite. This is a large example of Alpine titanite that is rather exceptional for this quarry and the Alps as a whole.

OK6 - Adularia and Pericline - SOLD
Großer Happ, Venedigergruppe, Hohe Tauern, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 9.1 x 7 x 4.9 cm
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Balance and contrast are perfectly united at this striking specimen. The dark matrix, covered in dolomite and chlorite, provides a stark contrast to the snow-white pericline and glassy white adularia. The crystals 3-dimensionally stand out from the flat matrix like a shimmering ice formation. A beautiful and well preserved piece of just exceptional aesthetics!