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International Minerals 40

FQ13 - Quartz - 390€
Tole, Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan
Size: 11.9 x 6.9 x 3.3 cm
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Aesthetically stacked quartz crystals of glassy quality with a distinctive "Faden" that runs through the center. The crystals are all complete with only a re-crystallized contact at the bottom. Small chips at the terminations are present but hardly discernible. It's an overall brilliant and attractive specimen of finest quartz!

RK462 - Fluorite - 150€
Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 19 x 13.5 x 8 cm
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This rather large specimen features fluorites up to 4.3 cm on edge with a lovely lavender color and great transparency! There are some contacts and even some obvious breaks, no way of denying that. However, the dramatic size and nice quality of the crystals definitely makes up for some of those downsides.

YT2 - Tourmaline - 2100€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5.5 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm
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A super gemmy and colorful elbaite crystal with an amazingly complex termination. The color ranges from pink at the lower half to a fresh open apple green and a thin pink cap. The polyhedral termination however is the most striking part of this crystal and stands out among the many tourmalines with simple flat terminations. It is completely perfect and makes this an excellent specimen from this important locale!

AE619 - Rose Quartz - Sold
Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5 x 4.3 x 2 cm
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This rose quartz specimen has the aesthetics of a nice piece of jewelry. Rose quartz crystals of distinctive pink color are fanning out from the center forming a disc shape with a jagged outline. Condition, quality and color are exceptionally fine and beautiful on this excellent rose quartz specimen!

JV915 - Quartz var. Prase - 450€
Serifos Island, Cyclade Islands, South Aegean, Greece
Size: 5.5 x 4.2 x 2.4 cm
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It's an exceptionally fine exemplar of Prase from the unique finds at Serifos Island. The quartz shows the characteristic waxy luster, surface structure and green color, caused by actinolite inclusions. Several crystals of different sizes are aesthetically arranged and in very best condition. A small broken crystal in the middle is nicely re-healed and hardly visible.
Very attractive and increasingly hard to come by due to the collecting prohibition on the island!

YA411 - Sphalerite on Fluorite - Sold
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China
Size: 5 x 3.2 x 2.1 cm
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This is a very attractive specimen of purple fluorite with sphalerite crystals atop. The fluorite comes as a stack of very nicely crystallized modified cubes. Those cubes are transparent and lustrous with frosted bevels. Set between the fluorites you can see sphalerite crystals of intensive orange-red color which nicely contrasts with the purple fluorites. The piece is a floater with only minimal contacts and in best condition.

DJ871 - Epidote - 690€
Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 7 x 3.9 x 0.7 cm
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Epidote from the Alpine type clefts of Pakistan are a well known species that impresses with gemmy quality and a multitude of different shapes!
The outline of this one is rather unique and all complete with no damage. The surface shows brilliant wet-look luster on both front and backside! It is a complete floater in marvelous condition and quality!

FC08 - Fluorite on Quartz - Sold
De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Province, China
Size: 14 x 11 x 4.5 cm
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This is an amazingly rich and beautiful specimen of octahedral fluorite on white needle-quartz. The fluorites are all in best condition, transparent and with a nice satin surface. What's special about the fluorites from this find is the color, green at the center with distinctive purple edges! The backside is a massive green fluorite matrix. This specimen has an appealing overall shape and great color contrast!

LV346 - Apatite and Aquamarine on Muscovite - Sold
Nagar, Hunza valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 8.7 x 6.5 x 3.3 cm
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This is a gorgeous paragenesis of aquamarine and apatite on muscovite. The specimen features a 2.8 cm main aquamarine and a brilliant 1.5 cm fluorapatite. The whole assembly looks stunning in person and is in very best condition! Orange iron oxide coating on the muscovite brings a nice color and contrasts with the intensive pink apatite. The aquamarine is admittedly rather pale but makes up for this with very good luster, gemmyness and nice bevelled terminations. Our video gives a good impression about quality and aesthetics of this fine specimen!

HE229 - Quartz Faden - 950€
Tole, Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan
Size: 9.4 x 5.9 x 2.4 cm
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This is a spectacular “Faden”-quartz specimen from Tole that is absolutely flawless and highly aesthetic! It's hard to imagine how a fragile piece like this could have been unearthed without doing any damage!
The complex stack of quartz crystals is glassy and sharp and amazingly beautiful. It is set on a small piece of feldspar which is undamaged as well. A complete and flawless floater specimen of brilliant quartz!

DQ115 - Spessartine on Feldspar - 650€
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 8.6 x 4.6 x 3.6 cm
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This is an attractive combination of sharp spessartine crystals on a feldspar matrix, associated with white quartz. The single feldspar crystal is well defined and makes for a marvelous background. The garnets are sharp, flawless and of deep cherry red color which contrasts with the white feldspar. The largest one has a diameter of 1.7 cm and is completely perfect! A very attractive specimen of nice quality and appearance!

WW086 - Brucite - 1000€
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 6.6 x 5.9 x 2.6 cm
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Botryoidal brucite form this rich aggregate that strikes with intensive juicy yellow color and marvelous quality! The brucite is gemmy and highly lustrous and overall in very best condition. Unlike many pieces we have seen this one has some matrix which adds a nice contrast to the otherwise uniformly yellow aggregate.