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International Minerals 24

GN511 - Epidote - 950€
Ras Koh Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 5.5 x 4.1 x 2.4 cm
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I have seen many pieces from that locale that are just too tightly packed and chaotic but this one is very clearly defined: A couple of smaller epidotes prominently hold a 4.7 cm large single bow-tie atop that is of absolue perfection! Also the smaller crystals are flawless with only some minor contacts near the base and only on the backside. The whole piece is practically a floater of sharply developed, highly lustrous, jet-black epidote that shows particularly sweeping aesthetics!

MF4 - Tourmaline - 360€
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm
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A doubly terminated tourmaline of cherry red color holds a second likewise doubly terminated transverse crystal of matching quality and color. At the termintions the color changes in parts to olive green, the center is getting darker towards the lower end of the specimen. The translucent crystals need some backlight illumination to reveal their beauty that lies behind the semigloss, striated surface. The composition of this piece is totally unique, combined with good crystal quality and without any damage.

LA13 - Opal - 580€
Khorixas, Namibia
Size: 6.1 x 4.4 x 1.5 cm
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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. This specimen shows most intensive turquoise blue color in contrast to some white zones and orange limonite cumulated betweent the opal "grapes". There is some damage present but as this specimen is one of only a few pieces, this has to be acceptable. This is a extremely rare collectors specimen of Opal-CT!

ZA348 - Amethyst with Hematite - 55€
Moonlight Mine, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Size: 3.7 x 3.1 x 1.4 cm
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This is no ordinary amethyst specimen like the ones from Brazil or Uruguay but it sparkles with blood red hematitet inclusions just below the surface. Amethyst of the "Thunder Bay style" is exceptionally beautiful for the strong colors: intensive purple amethyst studded with deep red hematite! This little specimen is quite lovely with best luster and intensive colors! There is some minimal wear but all in all the condition is just fine. A beautiful little jewel from the lesser known Moon Light mine in the Canadian woodlands!

RK105 - Azurite - 1700€
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 6.8 x 4.7 x 2.1 cm
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Let's get directly to the point: The color of this azurite specimen is just fantastic! At direct illumination you see a sheer fireworks of sparkling crystal faces and vibrant blue color. The quality is absolutely amazing and a good example for the stuff that comes out of Milpillas Mine. Prominently sitting on a piece of matrix with some smaller spots of malachite really benefits the overall aesthetics. Some very minor edgewear is barely discernible over the blindening beauty of this great piece!

DK19 - Bournonite - 1200€
Baia Sprie, Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 10.8 x 7 x 4.1 cm
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It is a rich piece of bournonite from Baia Sprie that shows a nice classic aesthetics! The individual cog wheel shaped bournonite crystals are set on a a massive black matrix. Between these crystals is some golden shimmering chalcopyrite which lightens up the dark, grim landscape and adds some life and contrast! A well shaped specimen with single isolated crystals up to 1,3 cm in diameter. It is in perfect condition with only peripheral contacts but no damage at all!

ZS165 - Fluorite on Quartz - Sold
De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Province, China
Size: 9.1 x 6.6 x 2.9 cm
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A highly aesthetic specimen of octahedral fluorite on a white contrasting matrix of countless tiny quartz needles. The quartz on the other hand was perched on a massive green fluorite, parts of which are still present at the backside. The fluorite crystals are of a marvelous color combination, green at the center and intensively purple at the edges. The condition here is very good and complete with contacts only at the periphery. A very aesthetic duality composed of high quality crystals!

FW875 - Indicolite - 3200€
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 11.4 x 0.9 x 0.7 cm
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It is an elongated single crystal of tourmaline that is exceptionally gemmy and lustrous with a distinct water-blue color that is easily visible despite the rather thin crystal. Towards the sharp pyramidal termination you can see a short mossy green zone which adds much to the overall impression of the piece! Despite the fact that this is a single crystal it shows a very much unique and attractive design which is due to its unusual “bow” at the lower end. Also this part of the crystal is studded with some white feldspar which adds a lovely visual effect! Have a look on our video for a better 3-dimensional view!

PC819 - Amethyst with Hematite - 390€
Moonlight Mine, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Size: 9.5 x 7.4 x 2.5 cm
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This is no ordinary amethyst specimen like the ones from Brazil or Uruguay but it sparkles with blood red hematitet inclusions just below the surface. Amethyst of the "Thunder Bay style" is exceptionally beautiful for the strong colors: intensive purple amethyst studded with deep red hematite! The inclusions on this specimen are especially rich and fill up almost all of the pyramidal quartz crystals. Around the periphery where it is broken you can nicely see the different color zones. White at the bottom, intensively purple on the upper half and with a thin zone of red hematite. The surface shows wet-look luster and is mesmerizingly beautiful! The Moon Light mine is one of the lesser know localities at Thunder Bay - there is no public collecting allowed there - but this specimen has the absolutely top quality!

CI8 - Pyrite - 1600€
Huayllapon Mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Peru
Size: 9.4 x 8.8 x 6.3 cm
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One single, massive pyrite dodecahedron of exceptionally bright luster and sharp development! The crystal is a complete floater without any damage or even abrasion. It is modified on the backside but the front is distinctively defined and impressive! Among the plentitude of pyrite that is being found in Peru, this crystal stands out in its simplicity, built from only the best of ingredients: bright luster, sharp edges, fine striations and a complex dodecahedral crystal shape!

KX3 - Tourmaline on Quartz - 4900€
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
Size: 8.2 x 5.7 x 3.2 cm
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This is a wonderful exemplar of tourmaline on quartz matrix that shows sweeping aesthetics! Most dramatic about this specimen are the two doubly terminated tourmaline crystals, the larger of which reaches 6.7 cm, that protrude from the quartz. Both are of beautiful and very intensive blue color towards the terminations with a completely colorless zone in the center. This color combination is extremely rare and just lovely in person! The terminations are very well developed and in best condition with only minimal edge-wear. The matrix is somewhat contacted around the periphery but to the most parts are crystallized with smaller quartz and tourmalines. This is an outstanding specimen featuring beautiful and gemmy tourmaline of distinctive color and on matrix!