Zinggenstock is home of many famous finds of high class smoky quartz for hundreds of years. Superb quality, top aesthetics with a characteristic grey-white matrix and in - rarer cases - the combination with pink fluorite has earned it a name in the ranks of the worlds most important mineral locales! The specimen we are presenting is a blast of pure sparkling beauty! The quartz shows just amazingly good quality: Best see-through clarity, wet-look luster and perfectly sharp development. Terminations are pointed or chisel-tip and all flawless. The longest crystal is 8.5 cm long but even more dramatic and important for the sweeping aesthetics is the one crystal, protruding from the top which is 7 cm long, 2.3 cm broad. With very best smoky quartz quality, elegant composition and impressive overall size, this smoky quartz from Zinggenstock is a real eye-catcher with no downsides of any kind!
Pink octahedral fluorite from this deposit has been known for some time now, but in summer this year (2019) the Huanggang Mine has set a new level for this mineral! A large number of fluorite crystals has been unearthed some of which reach dramatic size and rich pink color! Still, the large majority of crystals are rather pale in comparison. Nice, but not great. This heavy weight specimen on the other hand has what it takes: the glassy crystal needs only very little backlight illumination to reveal the dark cherry red color that is so rarely found! The single octahedral crystal is very well defined and dominant. Some smaller attached fluorites are important for the overall aesthetics. The surface is lustrous and beautifully structured. A thin layer right beneigh that surface is somewhat clouded but below that, the crystal is all clear and vibrant! Apart from a contact at the backside, this specimen is all complete and in best condition. Remarkable for a piece of such tremendous size and quality! Fluorite at its best!
When it comes to high level ruby specimens the color is one of the key cornerstones! This dramatic specimen shows the deep striking red that everyone wishes for - the one you can confidently call „pigeon-blood red“ - combined with gemmy crystal quality and superb wet-look luster on all sides. The ruby shows unusual 3-dimensional growth but is all crystallized with triangular surface structures all over and distinctive shapes and edges. Very unusual and distinctive! The crystal is complete without any damage at all. The light from the back is what brings the piece to live: The thick massy ruby virtually explodes with its gorgeous color! The overall aesthetics of this fabulous ruby crystal on shiny translucent marble is outstanding in every way. The striking contrast is emphasizing the ruby while the beautifully shaped marble really does its job as a support. A major specimen of superb quality and beauty!
A 15.5 cm large floater specimen of pure glassy kunzite! The color is a striking and intensive pink that gleams from the crystals limpid core. The surface is highly lustrous on all sides and especially bright at the sharp, etched termination! Some limonite inclusions at the lower parts add a natural feeling to this otherwise gemmy, shiny and artfully carved specimen! The whole crystal is in perfect condition without any damage at all! A fantastic spodumen specimen where everything is just right: Strong color, sweeping shape, superb quality and flawless condition!
With a total length of 52 cm this rock coverend in highest quality smoky quartz is downright spectacular! Found around the year 1984 by Georg Kandutsch, the so called "Eiskluft" (German for ice-cleft) at the Hocharn west slope counts as one of the very few, most important smoky quartz finds of the Eastern Alps! While in Switzerland this mineral is relatively common, smoky quartz finds in the Eastern Alps are almost impossibly rare and highly coveted! The specimens of this find have been secured deep inside a narrow cleft, high up on the mountains side, hidden in plain ice. Retrieving the quartz under harshest, life-threatening conditions, roped up and with propane burners, was unimaginably dangerous, difficult and demanding! Struck with awe we now present this exceptional specimen that is one of just around 5 comparable pieces. With supreme quality, intriguing crystal development, richness of detail and monumental size this specimen is just mindblowing overall! The largest crystal of the piece is 10 cm large and incredibly beautyfully developed with stepped growth, razor-sharp edges and supurb luster! Incredibly, for a piece of such dramatic size, it is a complete floater, crystallized all around and in very best condition. Small ankerite crystals around the periphery add to the total package that is already bursting with details. Absolutely fantastic in person!
This outstanding topaz is the centerpiece of a spectacular 2017 find near a farm in Fazenda do Centro, Brazil. Over 80 kg of pure topaz were unearthed before the site got depleted once and for all. This crystal is a real monster and completely perfect without even the smallest damage and wonderfully etched all around! The skeletal shape is incredibly 3-dimensional with caves and cavities and clefts and vugs, all summing up to a 33 cm high mountain! A staggering highlight about this piece is also the color! While the left and right side show a distinct champagne color, the centre completely changes to a light blue that stretches out right up to the multi-peaked summit! This bi-color development on a piece of such immense size is something that surpasses everything else on the market or in the history books by far! The surface is all lustrous and beautifully structured, as much as you can wish for. The bottom, the backside and absolutely everything on this specimen is crystallized and just incredibly attractive in person! The crystals body is flawless to the bone, having no impurities or internal cracks! This is the absolute superlative of topaz!
Sparkling, raspberry-red tourmaline crystals are crowded on a shard of white quartz! The whole piece is a stunning wonderland of gemmyness and juicy colors that is nothing short of amazing! The crystals are all stocky prisms with complex terminations. Still, interesting enough, some of the crystals show the flat terminations which is a great aspect from the mineralogical view! The raspberry-red color is intensively present but at direct down-light you will find the crystals to be bi-colored, having a olive-green to yellow core. The whole thing is free of damage with only some peripheral contacts. The large flat crystal at the top has a small restauration but thats it. Just beautiful. Just brilliant. Just amazing!
When it comes to matrix-pieces, this is one of THE best liddicoatite specimen ever to come from Madagascar! Pezzotta confirmed that these are extremely rare on matrix and most of what we see coming are single crystals or clusters. The large, thick, massive crystal is attached to a piece of rock and white cleavelandite for the contrast. The overall aesthetics is great, an elegant piece for this large size and the massive single crystal! The liddicoatite has a mesmerizing wine-red color, dark and mysterious! With enough backlight - yes, the crystal is transparent through and through - you can make out the amper-yellow color that fills wide parts of the tourmaline. Beautiful! The crystal is very well developed, shows excellent structure, luster and a bevelled termination. It is in best condition all around! While the matrix had to be re-attached, the crystal itself is free of any damage, repairs, gap-fills or even abrasions. Simply the best!
A real eye-catcher of unusually sweeping aesthetics! The aquamarine shows a charming, intensive blue color and is gemmy, especially towards the terminations! The terminations themselves vary, some are flat, but the thicker of the two main crystals has a very well developed polyhedral termination! Like an antennae, a thin crystal stand out from the top, which is very lovely and – surprisingly – intact! The aquamarine is associated with some jet-black schorl and white albite, which makes for a stunning contrast! All in all this piece is even a floater with perfectly crystallized albite as a matrix! There is no noteworthy damage, only one re-healed schorl, the rest is complete and perfect!
A lovely coat of white albite and pink lepidolite nicely envelops the stunning doubly terminated tourmaline crystal. The crystal is remarkably large for a Stak Nala piece and strikes with great luster, a well defined termination and the color change. While pink at the bottom, the crystal has a characteristic dark middle part and a gemmy achroite part to the top! The whole specimen is in best condition with only very minimal wear on a few spots. As you can very well see in our video, the crystal has a sparkling, nicely structured surface on all sides and stands out of the albite/lepidolite coat in just the right proportion. Highly aesthetic and of excellent quality!
From a chemical, prosaic point of view, this is a liddicoatite-rubellite mix-crystal associated with muscovite around the base. It is repaired once. But fortunately the wolrd is not just facts and physics! This tourmaline specimen displays a clarity and luster that seem almost uncanny, knowing this piece comes from Malkhan where crystals are commonly much more murky and dull. Still, however you turn this spectacular specimen, the luster is absolutely top notch and the gemmyness is pristine! From bottom up you see a play of warm colors, from olive-green with some pink influence to an elegant bordeaux-red towards the termination. Said termination is a real miracle for itself, so lustrous, so nicely structured, so well developed and perfect. This is sure on of the very finest and most aesthetic tourmaline specimens ever to have come from this famous locale!
With a total length of 7.8 cm and remarkable 2.6 cm in diameter this emerald from the Urals region is absolutely dramatic and beautifully arranged on a silvery schist/quartz matrix! The crystal aestetically placed on the well balanced matrix which makes for a textbook specimen of exceptional dimensions! The emerald shows striking green color, radiating from the translucent to transparent crystal even at low illumination. The surface and the flat termination are slightly weathered but still lustrous and very well displaying the characteristic hexagonal habit. The Urals region counts among the world’s best, historically important sources for high class emerald, especially for the gem market. First discovered in 1830 by a peasant charcoal-burner it has soon emerged as a rich deposit of high gem production. Dispite the long history though, specimens of international relevance are scarce. This specimen however is truly superb for its impressive size and beauty and a rare chance!