Elba Island is one of the great classical localities of Europe and has produce a great many different minerals over the centuries. While, as type locality of elbaite, Elba is primarily known for fine tourmaline specimens, many other great mineral specimens have been unearthed there.
This is an exceptionally aesthetic example for a high class hematite specimen with white contrasting quartz needles at the periphery. The hematite comes in metallic black, blocky and sharp crystals, beautifully arranged like a bouquet of flowers. The condition is flawless, aesthetics and quality speak for themselves. A brilliant little specimen from Elba Island!
Beautifully 3-dimensional and colorful with a large main crystal at the center of numerous side crystals and a sparkling bed of blueish cleavelandite and white to purplish mica. The main tourmaline is a massive crystal, close to 8 cm long and 6 cm in diameter. The surface is superbly lustrous all around and radiates the whine-red color this crystals is made of! Interesting enough, the crystal shows an intensive yellow color at the anhedral bottom, which is quite unusual for the locale! This is an astonishingly beautiful specimen of excellent quality and composition!
This is a total marvel of very best quality from the East Coleman Mine, that in nature reminds me of a flying bird with wings spread widely!
It is rather large and showy and looks like it was made out of pure glass!
As a complete floater without any noticeable damage there are many ways to present this wonderful shiny quartz, I leave that to your creativity!
Our video shows the impressive visual impact in a 3-dimensional way so go on and have a look!
Atop this snow white quartz matrix naturally grows some bright yellow gold like moss on a dry rock. Typical for the locale this specimen shows best quality and a striking contrast! While the quartz physically outweighs the gold on this specimen it is also the perfect base that much emphasizes this precious metal and leads the view to its fine crystallization. A just lovely specimen with no damage or any other downsides!
The unusual color combination of this aesthetic fluorite specimen is quite intriguing especially when lit from the back which brings out the intensive purple phantoms that rest inside these honey-yellow fluorite cubes. This is a formation of several stacked cubes of fine translucent quality. The sides and bottom are contacted but not broken. There is minimal edgewear present but nothing really bothering. A lovely piece of outstanding color!
The New Cornwall Mine near the town of Kadina in South Australia is famous for world class atacamite having produced some of the worlds finest specimens of this rare mineral!
This is an exceptional group of sharp, deep green and lustrous crystals nicely arranged in a fanning pattern. While the backside is a little overcrusted the front perfectly shows the blocky atacamite. Some contacts are present aroud the base but no damage! Absolutely stunning in size and quality!
Have a look on our video for a full 360° image!
A towering paragenesis of tetrahedrite on pyrite and quartz. The largest tetrahedrite crystal at the pieces center has an impressive 3 cm on edge, is sharp and - unlike some other tetrahedrite on this specimen - is free of damage. The crystals sit on golden pyrite cubes with nice bevels and striations. Some white and sparkling quartz at the base provides for a great contrast and overall aesthetics.
Not overall perfect but a worthy locality piece of great composition!
Certainly the best specimens of fuchsite in quartz are from Ihovitra and this specimen is honestly the most elegant and striking I have seen to date!
It is appealing in size and displays the most distinct, best-colored fuchsite phantoms in glassy and sharp quartz crystals. The arrangement is pure textbook with an amazing and very catchy outline! There is hardly any scratch here, a broken side-crystal is long re-healed and not easily visibly anyway.
A rare and exceptional piece of intensive green color – the chromium of this muscovite variety does its work nicely – and great aesthetics shows fuchsite at its most attractive!
While commonly orange, yellow or brown, this perfect single scheelite crystal shows a distinct purple coloring that radiates from the highly lustrous surface. The sharp crystal shows five out of six possible tetrahedal tips and is beautifully attached to a white, sparkling quartz crystal that is a floater and completely flawless! Absolutely spectacular in quality and aesthetics! The little tetrahedrons you can see upon the scheelites faces are small chalcopyrite crystals. Absolutely rare and a 100% lovely in person!
Wonderfully aesthetic and of best tourmaline quality, this is a beautiful and very well balanced specimen of liddicoatite with contrasting white albite. The single crystal is sharp and well defined with a flat, superbly lustrous termination. The whole piece is in best condition with some contact but no real damage - a small chip at the back is not fresh but re-healed. Give it some backlight and the intense pink color of the top zone is unbeatable! Lower down, the color changes to olive green and brick red at the bottom, all very much transparent and striking. A brilliant miniature of excellent aesthetics!
Typical for Serifos Island, this specimen of Prase offers a very nice green color and a great composition. Several crystals, the longest of which is 6.2 cm long, freely stand out from a small matrix-like group of small side-crystals. The whole piece is rather 3-dimensional and lively with translucent elongated crystals with pointed terminations that are all free of any damage. As the search for minerals has meanwhile been prohibited at Serifos Island there are no new specimens comming for quite some time now. All main crystals are perfect, some broken side-crystals are re-healed. A fine piece of this unusual green quartz variety.
Since the late 1980s, canvansite - calcium vanadium silicate - has abundantly come from the Wagholi quarry complex in India. Discovered only around fifteen years earlier in Oregon, it soon became a major object of desire in the following decade and beyond.
This classic specimen has been in the collection of the Prof. Reinhard Dallinger for many years and is a manifestation of abundancy! The white heulandite covered matrix holds a rich cluster of deep blue cavansite "balls", ball-like assemblies of cavansite micro-crystals. Along these cluster the heulandite shows nice yellowish coloring that adds more character to this already fine and highly attractive specimen. An outstanding piece for this beautiful classic mineral!