This is an exceptionally aesthetic specimen of colorless gypsum crystals on a dark brown, contrasting matrix. The main crystal is 8.5 cm long, freely protrudes from the matrix and, together with several side-crystals, forms an attracitve, catchy outline. The crystals are transparent with lustrous surfaces. A slight salmon pink hue is due to the presence of hematite. The whole piece is in excellent condition with no damage all around. Beautiful and striking!
A sparkling masterpiece of brilliant vesuvianite from the famous Jeffrey Quarry which produced so many of those fantastic specimens until it was finally closed down in 2002. The crystals are of gemmy quality, sharp and show a beautiful combination of apple green and purple. A lot of the crystals are doubly terminated, show superb luster and rich open colors. The color combination and composition of this piece are absolutely superb and overwhelmingly attractive. Highest quality meets a striking outline and 360° of perfection!
Calcite in a vug. Like a careful hand, this broken open rock protects a cluster of honey yellow calcite crystals embedded in smaller colorless calcite tinted red by iron oxide. Shape and aesthetics of this piece are quite unique, the quality of the transparent crystals is good and completely unharmed.
Large and impressive, this imposing combination piece is a definite eye-catcher from the recent 2015 find. A few dozen cubical pyrite crystals, all mirroring and sharp, are nested between transparent white quartz crystals. Atop most of the larger quartz there is a second generation of smaller quartz needles. In between all of this you find several sphalerite spheres up to around 1.2 cm in diameter. The largest pyrite at the very center of the piece has a staggering 5.7 cm on edge. Even though I have seen pieces of even better pyrite-quality, the overall aesthetics of this heavy piece is just great. All well balanced and harmonious, free of damage and playful despite its conspicuous size!
A white phantom inside transparent calcite, doubly terminated and on a nice matrix of galena and pyrite. The main crystal is complete and flawless. The matrix shows some contacts at the backside but is otherwise complete as well. A specimen of sharp aesthetics from the Huanzala lead-zinc mine in Peru.
The azurite sits like a flower on this one, supported by an almost black, elongated piece of matrix. Some tiny sprays of green malachite are present as is characteristic for azurite specimens in general. The azurite shows just spectacular "electric" blue color and is in brilliant condition all around. Milpillas Mine is famous for splendid quality and this very specimen shows us why. Jutting out, sharp crystals of fantastic gemmy quality are perfectly presented and beautifully arranged. An excellent sculpturesque Azurite without any downsides!
This fine calcite specimen shows elegant symmetrical growth, fanning out from the bottom. The stepped calcite rhombohedrons are glassy white with a characteristic sheen. The backside of this piece is contacted but the main view is mostly unharmed with only minor edgewear at the periphery. A lovely aesthetic calcite specimen of good quality from the legendary Tsumeb Mine.
This liddicoatite from the rich pegmatite fields of Madagascar is a complete floater with a sharp termination at the bottom and a very well developed, polyhedral termination at the top. The prism faces are strongly structured with white feldspar speckled across two out of three faces. This piece is practically flawless with only one hardly visible ding at the bottom termination. The whole crystal is translucent to transparent with a great color change of different shades of green, yellow white and red. A great single crystal of superb natural appearance!
A world-class smithsonite specimen of sparkling blue-green crystals on matrix. The smithsonite has rare scalenohedral shape and completely covers the matrix. Gemmy clear, razor sharp and superbly lustrous. Of all the mines worldwide producing smithsonie specimen, Tsumeb Mine was without question the greatest and best, with smithsonite being in turn one of its most prestigious minerals. Crystal shape, color, quality and sheer size combine to this imposing, breathtaking specimen!
Elba Island is one of the great classical localities of Europe and has produce a great many different minerals over the centuries. While, as type locality of elbaite, Elba is primarily known for fine tourmaline specimens, many other great mineral specimens have been unearthed here. This pristine hematite, embedded in a nest of fine white quartz, is a shiny example for a recent find producing such high quality classics. The main crystal is like a dark, shiny pearl, aesthetically centered between white quartz needles and a massy black hematite slab. The metallic luster has a red tinge to it, revealed at closer inspection under direct downlight. This is a great hematite specimen that is in overall well condition. Yes, there is a dinge at the main crystal (not as dramatic as it might look at first glance) that drops the price here but if you can live with that, you will be delighted by the excellent aesthetics of this wonderful piece!
A single floater crystal of great transparent quality. As usual for brazilian kunzite this one is etched and rounded on all sides. Still where it is not so heavily etched you see characteristic 90° angles and good vitreous luster. The pinkish-purple color is intense throughout the whole crystal and shines in low room light. Lovely, gemmy and in great condition, this is a fine kunzite spezimen from the Doce Valley.
Dreislar Mine was a classic European barite mine that produced many great pieces with a typical paragenesis of barite and chalcopyrite. On this piece you find white tabular barite with tiny dots of chalcopyrite, alternated with white to beige dolomite and attached clusters of golden chalcopyrite up to around 0.7 cm. The piece is nicely attractive, vibrant and with no obvious damage. Classic!