This distinctly 3-dimensional piece shows the unique aesthetics of a shimmering crown. A cluster of massy prismatic hematite crystals stands side by side, showing us their lustrous faces on all sides. Without any visible damage, this is a classy piece of fine aesthetics and pure elegance. Some of the inner faces are covered in a brownish coating, which adds an additional aspect to the already striking appearance. This is an impressive piece of rare beauty.
Like juicy oranges, these mimetite crystals impress with strong and bright color. The lustrous surface even increases the effect. Sitting on a brown and orange matrix, this specimen gives the overall impression of an exotic fruit, ready to be picked. The crystals are sharp-edged, lustrous and bright, in parts even clear. With size of up to 1.1 cm in diameter, you really don't have to search for them on this remarkable and virtually flawless piece. There have not been any new finds in quite some time, so we are happy to present such an extraordinary piece, rich in details and simply appealing!
This shiny piece is from the old mining period. The lovely composition shows a skyline of epidote crystals, nicely arranged side by side. The vitreous crystals hold the typical epidote-colorplay of green, brown and yellowish, depending on the angle of view. Because of the thin arrangement of the crystals this colors are especially nicely visible. The fragility of epidote took its toll on this piece as one single crystal is broken. Fortunately this does not quite strike the eye as the longer main crystals are just perfect and show very nice terminations. As a floater, the bottom - a lovely nest of fine epidote crystals - is perfect as well.
One single anatase crystal on a diversified matrix that provides a nice contrast and a very fine aesthetics. Most impressive about this specimen is the size of the crystal that is about 11mm long and 6 mm thick! The bottom of this specimen is cut but to be honest, it's all about the impressive anatase!
Typical for the cavrein valley and still unusual. The crystals of this piece are nicely grown on a matrix of greenish byssolite and are free of damage. On the left side of the specimen you see a zone of interaction between quartz and calcite, which is indeed typical for this locale. While the calcite is dissolved, the quartz remains and offers an insight in its pattern of growth. A fascinating piece for the locale.
This massy liddicoatite is a truly spectacular specimen. As a perfect floater it has no flaws worth mentioning. But not just are color and shape an exceptional experience but also the combination with many side-crystals and crusts of white matrix scattered across the side faces of the main crystal. Due to its thickness the tourmaline is quite dark needing direct illumination to show its full colors. But still, even at normal ambient light it has a beautiful green and red shimmer to it. An absolutely fantastic specimen of liddicoatite from Madagascar! Well terminated also at the bottom side!
This gwindel unites incredible luster and gemminess in a piece of remarkable shape: The thin gwindel has an extraordinary twist, is nearly closed at one side and distinctly serrated at the opposite. At the bottom and the backside there are some contacts present but aside of that this specimen is perfect and flawless. Impressively beautiful and mineralogically outstanding, this gwindle is superb in every possible way!
A rubellite with great color and luster, very nice overgrown by lepidolite! This piece comes from an old find at the cruzeiro mine and only a very few pieces have such a good quality! Beautiful in person!
The flat shape of this rutile (var. sagenite) specimen funnily reminds me of a rubber-duck. The bright, lustrous sagenite is embedded in highly weathered brown matrix with some calcite. The piece is not broken but all natural. A remarkable piece indeed!
The calcite floater forms an excellent base for this nice pink fluorite and the accompanying glassy smoky quartz. This piece has no obvious damage. Especially nice about it is the exceptional combination and the nice arrangement you rarely find. The fluorite is of pretty pink color and fine structure. This is a piece with many details that is worth a second look!
You will find not one but three chlorite phantoms inside this quartz! The crystal itself is to the very most part clear as a window but has a covering at the backside (which falsely appears as impurities on the pictures). Please watch the video for a better impression on this part! The quartz is virtually free of damage and has just some tiny edgewear at the lower part. Nothing to worry about, considering the beauty, size and downright uniqueness of this piece!
While the general shape of this calcite is very typical for the locale, this is definitely one of the best crystals we have seen from there. The dagger-shaped elongated calcite is free of damage and beautifully imposing for its 3-dimensional form. The color is a greyish beige that varies throughout the crystal. With a size of almost 15 cm this is an outstanding and attractive specimen.