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International Minerals 28

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 - Sold
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!

WD089 - Tourmaline on Feldspar - 14500€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 8.1 x 5.2 x 2.7 cm
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This cluster of basically two doubly terminated tourmaline crystals is a textbook example for the kind of unusual aesthetics that stands out from the crowd! In fact this specimen is a complete and flawless floater that features brilliant tourmaline on a base of blocky feldspar and lovely sparkling cleavelandite. While the combination is stunning for sure, the main thing is the tourmalines that strike with best luster, attractively developed stepped growth and gemmy green color! Even at room light illumination the open color is bright and fresh. Interesting enough the two crystals show different color development. Besides the green main color one crystal changes to white while the upper, more compact crystal has a pinkish red lower termination. All this sums up to an unusual and brilliant specimen of gorgeous aesthetics! No repair, no restoration, just perfect!

HL555 - Topaz - 3800€
Fazenda do Centro, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Size: 19.6 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm
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This topaz specimen is most impressive for its size and also for its unusual growth! It comes from a staggering 2017 find near a farm in Fazenda do Centro, Brazil. The exceptional and rather spectacular pocket yielded a number of skeletal topaz of different colors that are absolutely unique in the world! The floater crystals of this pocket are of unique shape due to heavy 3-dimensional etchings and razor-sharp etches! This specimen is beautifully etched all around and with a wonderful glassy ice-blue color that changes to champagne at the small extension at the very bottom! Bicolor topaz is extremely rare, but bicolor skeletal topaz is almost impossible to get! The main view is all complete and flawless. On the backside you see breaks but which are not exactly fresh but re-healed. Small edge-wear is present but also not visible from the front. Most spectacular is probably the incredibly beautiful surface structure that you can very well see in the second picture. It displays a wealth of little details that is rather overwhelming in its very own natural charm! The crystal itself is clear to the center without even the slightest impurities or internal cracks! A unique piece from this exceptional one-time find in Brazil!

VM972 - Scheelite with Stolzite on Quartz - 4800€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 6.9 x 5.3 x 3.9 cm
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This is probably the most aesthetically striking and also best preserved specimen I have seen of this exceptionally rare mineral combination that has been found only at this one locale in Peru! Stacked scheelite crystals are towering above a white quartz cluster and show very well defined octahedral shapes. The scheelite is completely coated in signal yellow stolzite which is extremely rare and definitely gorgeous in person! Unlike most specimens of this type this coating is almost flawless with only very minimal abrasions. The backside shows some hübnerite going up like a spine that supports the scheelite architecture. A spectacular specimen of very unusual character!