This is a rich and lustrous rutile on matrix from Grieswies that shows rutile crystals up to a little over 1 cm. The rutile is developed as knee-twins and shows very good luster!The crystals are generally opaque but show a dark red shimmer at downlight due to some gemmy red patches. The overall aesthetics is great with the main crystal cluster sitting nicely atop the characteristic and well contrasting matrix.This is an aesthetic rutile matrix piece of exceptionally fine quality with no damage at all!
With an imposing length of over 10 cm this is an absolutely stunning piece. Not repaired and in flawless condition, there are no downsides on this specimen. Despite being a single crystal, this tourmaline offers much in respect of detail and variety. As you can see in the video, the sides are comprised of many shorter parallel crystals. The termination consists of three main peaks. The whole specimen is a composition of gemminess, pretty color and dramatic shape, covered in brightly sparkling luster.
The thick, blocky stibnite crystals on this specimen are quite characteristic for the Cisma Mine. Still, this classic old European piece has exceptionally fine aesthetics. The metallic black stibnite is gracefully arranged on a contrasting white barite matrix of perfect proportion. While the backside is somewhat contacted, the front is completely unharmed and nicely crystallized all over. Very 3-dimensional and statuesque!
This whole piece looks a bit rough with inclusions, contacts and growth irregularities. But then there is so much to see and appreciate! Especially the upper part is highly lustrous, clear and sharply terminated (with a very small ding). At the inside you see colorful inclusions from grey to orange, yellow and red. As you can see in our video, this is a great piece to look at with vibrant inner life and great luster!
A true rarity among the wulfenite specimens from Bad Bleiberg are these green wulfenite in association with white and rust-orange barite. This very specimen is rather large for the species. The wulfenite, hidden among the dominant barite, forms a continuous, sparkling green crust on the rock matrix. Single wulfenite crystals reach a size of up to 7mm. Barite threatens to overtake the wulfenite but leaves just enough space for the green brilliance to break through and impress with color and great quality. An excellent piece for the collector of the exceptional!
This is quartz at its very best!
An impressive single crystal that is clear as glass with a perfect wet-look luster. It is almost colorless but shows a nice yellowish tinge throughout the whole crystal body. The sharp pointed termination is a bit rough at the tip but which apparently is not due to damage. Also the bottom, where it detached from the rock, is not freshly broken but fully re-healed.
As you can well see in our video, this is an elegant and truly fascinating specimen of Alpine quartz!
Found in the world's best strontianite-locale this little ball of strontium carbonate shows lovely stepped crystallization and best luster on all sides. As a perfect floater it shows no damage or contacts anywhere. The color is characteristic for the mineral, a gentle skin color, radiating from the translucent crystals inside! A superb specimen of this rare mineral!
Found in spring 2014 this specimen is a fine example for its unique kind. The striking turquoise Paraiba-color is caused by copper and catches the eye instantly. Analysis identified this mineral as the extremely rare tridymite crystobalite opal.The opal is grown over colorless quartz as you can well see on the broken backside. The front also shows some damage but best color and the sheer rareness of this mineral more than make up for this little deficiency. Absolutely outstanding!
A lovely adularia floater that's overgrown with hematite, forming a very well developed and lustrous iron rose. The combination of adularia and hematite is quite characteristic for Fibbia although the tightness of this connection is unusual. With no damage and very good quality this is a most desirable little piece!
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!
This epidote specimen is from a recent find in the western Pakistani Mountains that revealed a completely unique and highly aesthetic "bow tie" shape. Sprays of dark green, lustous epidote form this sharp clusters in a just lovely way.
This is basically a very strong and thick singly "bow tie" cluster, distinctively developed and with a bright luster! It is free of any damage, only a at the bottom you will find some contacted remainder of a second crystal which is not at all visible from the front. Very much striking and characteristic for this new find!
Milpillas, one of the worlds finest sources for high class azurite specimens! This is a rather large single crystal, sharp like an arrow head, lustrous and blue. Accompanied by a smaller side-crystal it sits on a white contrasting matrix. Shape, size and quality of this crystal are nothing short of dramatic, with only minor abrasions but no damage in sight. A wonderful piece of great outline thats highly appealing in person!