Green beryl from Madagascar are pretty hard to come by, especially when it comes to high quality pieces. In this case we have a dramatic hexagonal crystal, almost 20 cm long and gemmy through and through! The color is a slightly greenish ocean blue that's rather intensive, also due to the thickness of the massive crystal! The surface reflects lovely etchings like water ripplings, which cover three of the six prism faces without obscuring the view to the glassy crystal body! Further down the crystal has some inclusions and much heavier etchings which lead down to the re-crystallized bottom. The termination, as you can see in pictures and video, is flat and frosted, with slightly rounded edges. Some minimal inclusions and internal cracks do not disrupt the beauty of this dramatic specimen. It is free of damage and not repaired. A rare gem from the untamed beauty of Madagascar!
This outstanding topaz is out of the spectacular 2017 find near a farm in Fazenda do Centro, Brazil. Over 80 kg of pure topaz were literally unearthed before the spot got depleted once and for all. This topaz has the unique shape of a bi-color butterfly, ocean-blue and champagne-orange. As is characteristic for this find, the piece is completely etched all around with nicely structured faces, sharp jags and indentations. A break on the side seems re-healed, but most parts are perfect anyway, no room for interpretations. Size, shape and color of this specimen are highly attractive in person. The crystal body itself is completely glassy through and through making it seem almost like artfully blown glass! A rare and charming masterpiece from this unique locale!
Aquamarine crystals of differing length are uniquely clustered to resemble a spiral staircase! Nested in the middle of this structure is an orange spot of garnet that makes a lovely addition and very much enhances the overall picture! The aquamarine itself is limpid, highly lustrous and without even the slightest flaws! Even the bottom is not broken but fully crystallized! The terminations are absolutely fantastic with beautiful bevels, lovely surface structure and just brilliant luster! This remarkable aquamarine specimen is totally exceptional in aesthetics and quality!
This is a large matrix-specimen of purple fluorite that is totally impressive in size and a real showpiece! I have seen quite some great pieces coming from Zogno but nothing even remotely as imposing as this fine specimen. As is characteristic for those fluorite this piece shows a color change depending on the light-temperature. The heavily etched crystal shines in a dark vibrant purple at warm light or intensive blue at colder light. The white contrasting matrix is what makes this piece so very special as usually these pieces do not come with matrix. Very attractive in person, exceedingly rare and in great condition this is a real masterpiece in person!
This is a superb sphalerite from China! The matrix consists of beautiful crystallized quartz in assoziation with some small galena, which is typical for this locale! The sphalerite is absolutely stunning, where many crystals of high quality are present on this piece! They are up to 6 cm in size, partially gemmy and have a bright orange/red color. The piece is pristine all around and just some very trivial contacts are present, which is very hard to see at all. The crystals are well balanced and single isolated located on the matrix, which makes the spectacular aesthetics of the piece! Hard to get and very impressive!
129 gramm of pure gold is dramatically developed as a 3-dimensional arborescent sculpture! The whole specimen is rich in details that sparkle with intensive yellow color. Hoppered fishbone growth, grape-like extensions and branching twigs of solid, shiny gold. This is for sure one of the most striking specimens I have seen coming from this locale that has quickly come to fame for its high quality gold specimens. 3-dimensional development, intensive color and a shimmering surface are trademarks of the locale and of this specimen in particular. Have a look on our video to see the full beauty of this brilliant gold!
When thinking about world-class dioptase it always comes down to one lacality: Tsumeb. No other location has produced anything near as good as the rich emerals green crystals that have been found at that famous mine. One major example is the dioptase we are presenting here.This specimen holds one large, gemmy and lustrous, richly emerald green dioptase crystal that is surrounded by smaller side-crystals and white calcite. The crystal is doubly terminated and incredible 2.7 cm long! Size and quality of this specimen are absolutely overwhelming in person. It is virtually perfect with just one barely discernible ding at one of those very sharp edges. Dioptase crystals rarely reach a size 2 cm, making this one a sheer giant. A real killer in size and brilliance!
Large ocathedral fluorite of characteristic pink color are grouped on a dark, contrasting matrix of sphalerite, galena and pyrite. The strong contrast and the superb crystal quality are absolutely fantastic and perfectly arranged on this masterpiece. This piece is out of the one-time important 1981 find. At the center of those transparent crystals you can perceive a faint spot of blurry green which instantly identifies this piece as a Huanzala fluorite as opposed to similar looking Alpine fluorite. The backside is mostly crystallized with some contacts but no damage. Brilliant luster, best condition and outstanding aesthetics are combined on this spectacular cabinet-size piece of prime importance.
The aesthetics of this piece is absolutely unique, featuring two opposing crystals on characteristic brownish matrix with smaller quartz. Especially the larger main crystal is absolutely astonishing. Massy and with great luster, wonderfully modified and structured. Anyhow, its also the smaller crystal that adds very much to the overall beauty of this piece, making it even more interesting. A rutile-duality on matrix as I have not seen one alike. A matchless piece with a very distinct outline that miraculously catches the eye.
White dolomite-matrix winds around a large fluorite cube like a snake with a head of massive crimson sphalerite. The fluorite holds highest quality with an especially dark purple outer zone around a pinkish core. It has a contact at the back but is otherwise complete. Its surface is utterly remarkable and worth a closer look on the video or in person. This specimen is crystallized all over and in very good condition. A superb combination-piece of contrast, quality and aesthetics!
I have seen a couple of fine Chromian Tourmaline over the years but this specimen is just breathtaking and for sure the best one I ever came across. With almost 6 cm in diameter this piece lies heavily in hands and loses nothing of its beauty when turned around. It is a perfect floater, a short doubly terminated tourmaline cluster of exceptional shape. There are gapfills at the frontside but which are totally acceptable on a masterpiece like this. One major aspect about this specimen is the fantastic bright green color that virtually explodes from this piece at direct illumination. I got this piece from an old collection in Vienna and I am very happy about this. The former owner did many trips to Tanzania himself but never layed hands on another comparable piece. A world-class piece of pure brilliance!
This wonderful play of colors is truly remarkable, even for opal. This specimen of "tridymite crystobalite opal" is out of a unique pocket of crystallized opal that was opened in spring 2014. While most of this mineral is for cutting only, this pocket provided the market with a limited amount of crystallized botryoidal opal. You will find a report about this find in the "Extralapis - Namibia". This very specimen is also pictured at the Mineralogical Record, vol. 45, no. 5, pg. 586. The coating of opal is grown on a matrix of smoky quartz. In some places where the coating is thin you can see the shape of the quartz as the basis of this specimen. Some contacted zones are visible but don't manage to distract from the overall beauty. Without discussion, this is one of the most impressive and striking specimens of the 2014 find!