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International Minerals 28

LF308 - Tanzanite - 6800€
Umba Valley, Tanga Region, Tanzania
Size: 5.3 x 3.9 x 2 cm
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Tanzanite on Matrix is not exactly common so I was happy to lay hands on this fine little beauty. While it is not the biggest crystal the balance of crystal to matrix is quite ideal and the quality is great, especially towards the termination. While the lower half of the crystal is full of internal cracks and inclusions (the luster though is perfect even here), the top part shows best gemmy crystal quality. It’s transparent, vibrant and with a superb complex termination. You can easily see the color change too, blue with light from the back, purple with the light from the side. An amazing specimen for the size and beautiful too!

NI1 - Morganite - 7800€
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
Size: 6.8 x 6 x 4.8 cm
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Somehow this is both, an aquamarine as well as a morganite, which is a totally amazing sight in person! The outer hull is a straight morganite yet from the inner core you see a distinct water-blue shimmer! The elongated morganite sits on a flat piece of feldspar that makes for a great background. Its surface is all lustrous, granting insight into the formidable, rather clear crystal. A view from the side or the bottom reveals the unique detail about the uncommon color: while the front half is straight pink, the backside is an intensive blue. Amazing!

PN919 - Malachite and Quartz and Paratacamite - Sold
Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru
Size: 7 x 5 x 3.2 cm
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A strikingly beautiful paragenesis of malachite, quartz and paratacamite! The rock matrix is covered in a layer of white quartz from which a number of isolated malachite bunches stand out. Atop all of this is a second generation of quartz that covers the whole surface in a sparkling and attractive way! Single paratacamite crystals are found here and there, the largest of which is close to 5 mm in diameter. There is no damage anywhere!

FU150 - Quartz Gwindel - 1500€
Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 5.2 x 4.5 x 2 cm
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Gwindel specimens are extremely rare for the Pakistani mountains especially in such perfect formation. This crystal shows the classic open gwindel shape with jagged sides and a structured front face. Unlike the great majority of Alpine gwindels which are of the smoky variant, this specimen is completely colorless and glassy. While it is not completely flawless it sure is in very good condition. One issue at the left side is mainly rehealed as is the bottom where it detached probably from another quartz. A classy quartz of the gwindel variant from an unusual locale!

YT1 - Tourmaline - 9900€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 11.3 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm
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What catches the eye immediately is the outstanding multifacetted termination that radiates the distinctive apple green color from the completely gemmy upper section like a lighthouse! Uttermost perfection and beauty are totally stunning in person! Further down, the crystal becomes a diverse pink complex of crystals that makes for an intriguing view! The tourmaline is repaired and some side crystals are contacted but all in all this is very much acceptible on a brilliant high quality specimen like this! A marvelous and showy exemplar of sheer beauty as only nature is capable of creating!

YC125 - Titanite on Albite - 6500€
Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 6.1 x 4.7 x 3 cm
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A fabulous thick twin crystal of vibrant green titanite is set atop a marvelous matrix with sparkling white albite! Shape and quality of the main crystal are stunning in person! The surface is super lustrous on all sides with intriguing structures and striations all over. Being thus thick and meaty it shows particularly strong and open color. The crystal prominently sits atop a wonderful matrix that presents a glittering fireworks of white albite that stand out agains the somewhat grey matrix in a distinctively 3-dimensional way. There is absolutely no damage here, only uttermost perfection and beauty!

YA314 - Copper - 550€
Ray Mine, Scott Mountain, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA
Size: 5 x 3.8 x 2.7 cm
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These sharp spinel-twin copper crystals from the Ray Mine are classics that stand out through their unusual aesthetics. This specimen reminds of a forest with looming fir trees. Two larger crystals are dominant, accompanied by a coral-like structure of small crystals. Unlike most specimens this one has not been cleaned and shows a nice blue-green malachite patina which has become rather rare. A pity, if you ask me, as this very patina has a natural feel and adds an appealing touch! No damage or even contacts!

SA580 - Fluorite on Quartz - 2000€
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 11.7 x 7.5 x 4.7 cm
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This vivid specimen from the Yaogangxian Mine is a very 3-dimensional combination of brilliant purple fluorite grown over glassy quartz crystals. The specimen strikes with vibrant colors and very best luster all around! Most of the quartz crystals are completely covered in fluorite and - on the backside - silvery muscovite. Some second generation quartz crystals of very best glassy quality are set atop some of the peaks which adds a sharp termination to this detail rich cluster! The whole piece is of first class quality and shows no damage at all! Highly aesthetic and impressive all around!

IS647 - Apatite - 2500€
Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi Mining District, Boyaca Department, Colombia
Size: 3.6 x 2.9 x 2.3 cm
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The towering cluster of rich pink apatite is incredibly aesthetic with superb luster and a sharp and unusual crystal habit. The piece is complete all around without any damage or even edgewear. Some white albite at the side even improves the already stunning aesthetics. The color of the apatite is a vibrant pink that is strong at normal room light illumination that easily travels through the translucent crystal. A lovely and elegant specimen of very best aesthetics and quality!

LG361 - Epidote - 450€
Ras Koh Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 3.4 x 2.6 x 1.3 cm
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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 specimen is a dominant epidote "bow tie" that is accompanied by a smaller version attached to it like in an acrobatic performance. Both clusters are in best condition! A lovely specimen of exceptional aesthetics!

IS627 - Libethenite - 4800€
Ľubietová (Libethen), Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
Size: 8.2 x 8 x 3.7 cm
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The vug inside this piece of rock matrix is completely lined by sparkling dark green micro crystals of libethenite. The crystals show great luster and gem green color though it needs some direct illumination to reveal that color. There is damage only where the vug had to be opened but all crystals are pristine. An outstanding and rich piece for that rare copper mineral. It is a classic specimen from the type locality that has seen several collections including that of Innsbruck based Dr. Reinhard Dallinger and famous Geologist Reinhard Exel.

SP20 - Spinel - 6700€ - On Hold
Pyan Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 9.8 x 6.2 x 3.6 cm
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This exceptionally fine spinel specimen found at Pyan Pyit in the famous gem district Mogok! It presents a single spinel crystal atop a contrasting white calcite matrix. The spinel is up to 2.1 cm on edge and displays intensive pink to red color. At closer inspection you see the translucent crystal being shot through with gemmy patches which makes it very easily lit! On the lustrous surface you can see subtle etchings which has a lovely visual effect without disturbing the well developed octahedral crystal shape! The classic aesthetics of one single crystal on matrix very much highlights the spinel as the rare and beautiful gem it turly is! As you can see in our video, the spinel is complete all around and there is no damage whatsoever! An exceptional specimen of this rare gem mineral!