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CM54 - Elbaite - SOLD
Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 10.7 x 3.6 x 2.1 cm
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Pederneira stands for best quality Brazilian tourmalines! This specimen has everything a great tourmaline needs: Color, clarity, aesthetics and size! The color, radiating from the almost completely limpid main crystal is to the largest parts an intensive water-blue, capped with a green zone at the termination. The bottom has a hint of pink, depending on the lighting. At the crystals base is a group of supporting side-crystals, all in very good shape and of high quality. Some lepidolite rounds out the piece and marks it as a real classic Pederneira specimen!


ST13 - Dioptase - 8600€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 6.1 x 5.8 x 2.5 cm
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This is a small cabinet dioptase of perfect Tsumeb-aesthetics. All crystals are in flawless condition, sharp, super-lustrous and with just wonderful deep green color. The largest crystal on this piece is 2 cm long and 1.2 cm thick which is totally staggering in person. Even more so as the white calcite matrix provides a beautiful contrasting background. All crystals are isolated and thus well emphasized and visible. Superb quality meets highly appealing composition! Only one small part of the matrix is stabilised. EX Wally Mann collection


SL11 - Gold - SOLD
Eagle`s Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
Size: 6.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 cm
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Brigth golden color and brilliant luster immediately attract attention and lead the eye further to the outstanding, branching shape of this classic Eagle's nest gold specimen! At closer view one discovers the fine structure featuring a variety of patterns and crystallizations. The sweeping shape is intergrown with small white calcite patches as is typical for the locale. Absolutely stunning in person for the unique, highly appealing shape and the superb quality!


DK13 - Fluorite - 4850€
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 10 x 9.1 x 5.5 cm
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Beautiful purple color and very best aesthetics are combined on this spectacular piece of best Elmwood fluorite! Several intergrown cubical fluorite crystals sit on a small piece of matrix, sparkling with quartz and dolomite. The fluorite strikes with particularly good clearity and stunning purple color, especially strong along the edges. The backside is contacted but fully re-crystallized and shows no damage at all!
A wonderful specimen from one of the worlds leading sources for high class fluorite!


HB3 - Quartz - 950€
PC Mine, Cataract District, Jefferson Co., Montana, USA
Size: 4.9 x 3.3 x 3.2 cm
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A hear-shaped japan law twin dominates this picture that, in nature, is much more 3-dimensional than you would think. The quartz is all limpid and well defined. Tiny tourmaline inclusions - one speaks of "tourmalinated quartz" - are characteristic for the locale though overall exceedingly rare. Some iron oxide at the hearts center adds some color to make this piece even more attractive! A piece of great design, especially for the US!


AK7 - Crocoite - 3800€
Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
Size: 10.3 x 9.7 x 8.8 cm
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I admit, crocoite is not my favorite mineral. Especially because of the fragile crystals and the fact that many pieces look just too similar. This piece however is a huge exception for me. Sure, it is still fragile, but the aesthetics is just outstanding and absolutely appealing! The very dark brown and contrasting matrix presents an artfully arranged compositioni of crocoite crystals up to around 6 cm in length and 0.5 cm thick! The crystals show a very intense orange-red color and great luster as is rather outstanding for this mineral. With no visible damage, best quality and intriguing aesthetics, this is a true highlight from the worlds most famous crocoite mine!


PB147 - Pyrite with Quartz - 4800€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 8 x 6.4 x 5.9 cm
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From all the many pyrite crystals I have seen to date this is without question one of the very, very best!
Golden luster brightly shimmers all over the mirroring surface that especially strikes with beautiful bevelled edges and fine striations! The crytal is free of any damage and protrudes freely from a perfectly balanced white quartz matrix. The overall aesthetics is breathtaking and clearly defies the just-a-pyrite-attitude you might have come across. Every mineral has its masterpieces and pyrite is no exception! Have a look on our video for a better look on this beauty!


FJ47 - Dravite - 2300€
Nadonjukin, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
Size: 7.3 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm
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From the spectacular recent find of chrome dravite in Nadonjukin, a small village in the northeast of Tanzania. A single pocket has produced some of the greatest crystals ever found with incredible emerald green color, bright luster and a fantastic gemmy quality! This crystal is a real stunner, that impresses with fantastic luster and breathtaking color that goes from bright green to a mix of green and brown at the lower half. See the pictures? That's exactly it, no exaggeration!
The whole crystal is clouded at the inside but still easily lit with some backlight. The termination is a pointed pyramid with no damage at all. These crystals are a must for any collector of fine gem mineral!


AT70 - Tetrahedrite on Quartz - 270€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 6.3 x 5.5 x 3.3 cm
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A relatively large and sharp tetrahedrite cluster sits in the middle of a nice spray of white quartz crystal. The coronal shape reminds me of some cristmas decoration that beautifully centers on the main attraction, the metallic tetrahedrite. The crystals are largely intact, only small abrasions are to be found at closer inspection. The surface has a thin grey coating that covers the otherwise mirroring tetrahedrite. A rare specimen of very catchy, 3-dimensional composition!


IX6 - Manganite with Barite - 1600€
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz Mts, Thuringia, Germany
Size: 7.2 x 4.1 x 4.9 cm
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The classic manganite from Ilfeld in Germany are considered to be the best of this species which becomes obvious when you look at this very specimen! The black and white contrast is absolutely top on this well balanced piece. A snow-white barite cluster at the right more and more gives way to metallic black manganite the more left you look. From this complex black and white cluster one single manganite crystal emerges. It is around 1.8 cm long, 1.4 cm thick and of uttermost perfection!
The whole piece is in best condition with a cut bottom, which was usual at the time this piece was found, some hundred years ago. A European classic of great aesthetics as our video very well shows!


TN55 - Fluorite on Muscovite - 8500€
Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 9.7 x 5.9 x 5.4 cm
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This is a very fine Pakistani fluorite of outstanding quality and aesthetics!
The piece features a stunning etched fluorite that is 6.7 cm (!) across and totally clear! Sure, you cannot see directly through the crystal due to the etched surface but even low illumination expands through the crystal and lets it shine as if it had its own magic inner light! The fluorite shows best pink color and sits on a matrix of silvery muscovite with sheets measuring up to 1.6 cm across. There is only one tiny issue at the lower right side but which is ridiculously insignificant on a stunning and exceptional piece like this!
Are you interested already? Then have a look on our video which reveals the true majesty of this incredibly aesthetic fluorite!


OT1 - Topaz - 950€
Hematita, Antônio Dias, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.9 x 3.6 x 3 cm
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Hematita is better known for its alexandrite appearance, but in recent years some very fine topaz finds have been done. This specimen has the straight and sharp frame of a cut gem, with a limpid body that has only very few internal cracks. The surface is highly lustrous and shows a lovely structure. With some contacts and minimal edge-wear this piece is not perfect but in very good condition still and of high quality and aesthetics!



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