International Minerals 15

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TB10 - Atacamite - 550€
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas district, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile
Size: 14.7 x 9.2 x 2.2 cm
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Around 45 years back the La Farola Mine produced distinctive and beautiful atacamite, arranged as fully developed 360° stars flat on matrix. What we have here is a rich example of that early mining period. The flat piece is almost fully covered in sparkling, transparent crystals, radiating in vibrant dark green. The backside is encrusted with green chrysocolla. Aside from some peripheral issues this piece is in very good condition and shows its beauty especially at closer view. A classic from the Atacama Region, type locality of this highly coveted mineral!

TB14 - Chalcopyrite and Sphalerite - 270€
Baia Sprie, Maramureș Co., Romania
Size: 9.2 x 7 x 1.7 cm
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Golden glimmering chalcopyrite and metallic black sphalerite are arranged evenly on this homogenous specimen. Some white to orange-brown calcite is blooming on several spots and adds additional live. Classy and in very good condition with a crystallized backside and only some peripheral contacts. Just lovely in person!

MN25 - Analcime - 5000€
Tunguska, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia
Size: 14.4 x 11.7 x 9.6 cm
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Massive and very well defined this is a beautiful specimen of large trapezohedral analcime crystals on basalt matrix with associated small calcite. The opaque white crystals nicely contrast with the brown matrix. With the largest crystal being 7.5 cm in size this is definitely a major piece and completely flawless all around. Impressive in size and quality with a distinctive arrangement. A look on our video is absolutely worth a look!

MA31 - Pyrite - 1650€
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru
Size: 6 x 5.4 x 5 cm
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This small cabinet piece from the famous Huanzala Mine is totally unusual. The massive pyrite is complete all around, free of any damage and shows best golden luster. The body of this surprisingly lively piece is a cluster of octahedral pyrite crystals of unusual growth. While the crystals are sharp and smooth along the edges, all the faces in between are assembled of many microfaces and thus show a grainy yet absolutely flawless and stunningly beautiful structure. Prominently atop this cluster sits a single octahedraon with brilliant mirroring faces. The quality is just perfect on all sides. I have seen many pyrites coming from the Huanzala Mine but yet nothing alike this fantastic specimen!

CM49 - Spodumene - 220€
Konar Province, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Size: 4.6 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm
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Color and shape of this miniature spodumene specimen are quite out of the ordinary. What at first sight would remind me of a skeletal aquamarine specimen is in fact a brilliant etched spodumene floater of light greenish blue color. The piece is in very good condition with some edgewear but no real damage. The crystal is gemmy and superbly lustrous. A surprisingly detailed and attractive little specimen!

CM57 - Elbaite - 2300€
Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.7 x 1.8 x 1.1 cm
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A cluster of three elbaite crystals with a small yet very attractive amount of cleavelandite at the bottom. The crystals are 0.5 to 0.7 cm thick, of water blue color and perfectly gemmy! The termination is flat with a thin layer of mossy green color. The quality of this tourmaline specimen is just staggering with rare intensively blue color, highest luster and a distinct composition!

JN5 - Wulfenite - 2150€
Los Lamentos, Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
Size: 9.5 x 9.5 x 5.7 cm
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A number of single isolated, blocky wulfenite crystals on contrasting white calcite matrix. The combination of bright orange wulfenite on white calcite is quite rare for the locale as most pieces are on limestone or just too crowded make out any matrix at all. The crystals on this piece are brightly lustrous and show a slight sandwich-effect at the side faces. Very nicely crystallized and free of any considerable damage. This is a distinctive piece of high quality and great aesthetics!

RK441 - Rubellite - 870€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5.7 x 4.1 x 2.8 cm
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This rubellite aggregate shows just lovely pink color, combined with some white cleavelandite in between. The tourmaline itself is unusual as most parts are just plain pink with flat terminations but a smaller patch in the middle shows a distinct yellow-green and much more complex termination. All main crystals are in perfect condition. Only some smaller side crystals, somewhat unfortunately located at the lower front, are broken, which much reduces the price on this otherwise brilliant piece.

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