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.

TN52 - Rutile with Hematite - SOLD
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Size: 7 x 4.4 x 3.5 cm
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3-dimensionally arranged acicular rutile needles on tabular hematite, characteristic for the famous locale of Novo Horizonte. The straw-yellow rutile is in surprisingly good condition though, as is inevitable on a fragile piece like this, not perfect. An appealing piece of metallic luster of stark contrast.

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 (Kapnikb, Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), 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!

FJ14 - Spessartine - SOLD
Navegadora claim, Conselheiro Pena, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 8 x 5 x 3.2 cm
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Incredible, juicy, cranberry-red color radiates from this fine specimen even at low illumination, waiting to explode at direct backlight. The color you see in pictures and video is not exaggerated at all! The spessartine has just the fantastic quality the Navegadora claim is famous for. Its 3-dimensional shape feels very much alive and is complete on front and backside. Being a perfect floater this fine piece is perfectly crystallized on all sides and is almost flawless save for one small chip at the backside. A great piece of superb aesthetics and utterly gemmy spessartine!

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!

RK459 - Gold - SOLD
Verespatak, Transsylvania, Romania
Size: 10.3 x 8.2 x 4.9 cm
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Large and impressive, this is an elegant piece for any collection of European classics. Fragile gold dendrites cling to the quartz carrying matrix and shape a lovely picture, a diorama of growth and vitality. The gold is in very good shape and full of details. The characteristic mellow yellow color distinctly separates from the white-grey matrix. An excellent piece for the locale, classy and appealing 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!

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