International Minerals 15

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RK343 - Amethyst - 150€
Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia
Size: 7.2 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm
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A beautiful single quartz crystal with botryoidal, mint-green prehnite attached to its side. The prehnite has some yellow coating which adds a striking contrast to the main crystal. Most special about this crystal is definitely the color. The quartz shows several different color-zones, ranging from a colorless and glassy region at the top to a core of strong amethyst-colored patches, alternating with some smoky grey clouds. The whole piece is in excellent condition with only some contact at the lower backside. The surface is nicely lustrous which is well visible at our video!

KB35 - Aquamarine - 2300€
Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Province, China
Size: 14.3 x 8.9 x 7.1 cm
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Quite unusual and of great quality, this is a brilliant aquamarine specimen from Xuebaoding Mountain. A cluster of tabular hexagonal crystals with associated muscovite and schorl. The aquamarine is gemmy and superbly lustrous with nicely beveled corners. Being a floater specimen it is particularly 3-dimensional and beautiful on all sides. There is no damage present anywhere here. Our video shows a fantastic look on this remarkable specimen.

DK2 - Galena - 320€
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, MaramureČ™ Co., Romania
Size: 4.4 x 3.3 x 2.9 cm
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A well defined specimen with a large main galena crystal nested between an array of side minerals. Metallic black sphalerite, glassy quartz, white calcite and some greenish yellow siderite are nicely arranged around the main crystal and strongly support the overall aesthetics of this piece. The bottom is partly broken but mostly crystallized. The main crystal is absolutely flawless and very well developed. A great miniature of classic Herja Mine character!

DK3 - Sphalerite with Quartz - 260€
Cavnic Mine, Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 5.5 x 5.2 x 3.7 cm
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Like a shiny white tower against a dark horizon. A lovely crystallized elongated quartz cluster is embedded in a massy metallic sphalerite crystal which makes for a very distinctive and aesthetic specimen. Accompanied by some smaller side crystals this construct sits on a piece of rock matrix, sparkling with pyrite at the backside. A very nice and 3-dimensional specimen from the Cavnic Mine, all elegant and in good condition.

DK5 - Barite - 950€
Baia Sprie, MaramureČ™ Co., Romania
Size: 12.5 x 9.5 x 5.3 cm
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Baia Sprie is famous for its high class barite and supplies the market with pieces of a wide color variety. Most unusal and rare are BLUE barite specimens, especially if they are of such stunning quality. Superb luster, gemmy crystals and a striking, 3-dimensional arrangement on a white calcite matrix with some associated chalcopyrite. There are only few damaged crystals which does not destract from the overall beauty and elegance of this fine specimen. Have a look on our video for a better impression of the sparkling loveliness of this impressive piece!

DK11 - Sulfur - 1650€
Girgenti Province, Sicily, Italy
Size: 4.6 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm
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Bright neon-yellow color and perfect textbook-aeshtetics join together on this classic sulphur specimen. It has become increasingly hard to obtain high class sulphur from Sicily thus I am happy to present such a great piece here. It is a cluster of several gemmy crystals on a small amount of crystallized white aragonite at the bottom. The piece is in very good condition with only some minor edgewear which is actually remarkable on a sensitive mineral as this. Truly a striking specimen of best color and perfectly attractive arrangement!

FB56 - Topaz - 4500€
Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 7.4 x 5 x 4.9 cm
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A brilliant ice-blue topaz from the Xanda Mine, famous for its high class blue topaz specimens. This piece is a floater and complete all around. The crystal itself is glassy through and through with a unique, fully etched shape, partly crusted in mica. This is a fantastically sparkling marvel due to so many different and highly lustrous faces. An excellent piece of high quality, charming blue color and a very lively shape. Absolutely stunning and 3-dimensional in person!

RT32 - Tourmaline - 2500€
Bevoandrano pegmatite, Ikalamavony District, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
Size: 6 x 2.1 x 2 cm
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This tourmaline is absolutely gorgeous! It shows very intensive, gemmy apple green coloring with a pink "sugar crusting" over the blueish termination. The piece is complete all around with a re-healed bottom and a perfect slanted termination. The backside shows stepped growth but is free of damage as well. Even at low light this specimen cuts a fine figure but the direct backlight releases a flash of bright green. This is a brilliant example of a single tourmaline crystal, all shiny and striking in person!

PT1 - Topaz - 2800€
Teixerinha mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 8.1 x 7.4 x 5.8 cm
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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 twin crystal, sharp and glassy, with lustrous faces and some etching at the left side. The right side is partly covered in yellowish mica, adding some nice contrast. There are some broken patches at the lower backside which lower the price on this piece but fortunately those are not at all visible from the front. Our video shows a better view on luster and gemminess of this piece - the color on the other hand loses a little and is stronger in person. All in all this is a marvelous topaz specimen of great visual impact!

FJ41 - Tennantite ps. Chalcocite - 1950€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 4.9 x 4.5 x 3 cm
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The copper sulphate chalcocite in considerable size and sharpness is already a rarity. In this case it pseudomorph transformed into tennantite which is super rare on the market! The piece is in perfect condition. The 3-dimensional shape with crystals standing out up to 2.5 cm is very much appealing on this uniformly grey to black piece. It's an elegant classic specimen from Tsumeb and where else would a rarity like this come from?

OK50 - Wulfenite - 2150€
San Francisco Mine, Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 5 x 3.9 x 3.2 cm
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Like shards of intensive orange glass these wulfenite crystals stick in a brittle, clay-colored piece of matrix. Chaotic yet sculpturesque and of highest San Francisco Mine quality. All crystals are gemmy clear like windowpanes with bevelled edges. There is very minimal damage present, nothing you would have to worry about. The overall visual impact is just great with a particularly pronounced 3rd dimension as our video clearly shows. Lovely and very catchy!

TA18 - Pyrite with Quartz and Tetrahedrite - 860€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 5.6 x 4.6 x 3.5 cm
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A beautifully developed single pyrite crystal on a matrix of glassy white quartz and some sharp metallic tetrahedrite at the lower back. The unchallanged main attraction here is the pyrite, measuring 2.8 cm on edge. It shows wonderful bevelled edges, distinct striations and a great golden luster. The backside is studded with small, very sharp tetrahedrite crystals. There is no damage on the main crystal, only a small crack at the side. A nice miniature that especially lives from the relatively large end especially well developed pyrite crystal.

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