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International Minerals 25

MF1 - Quartz - 260€
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 6.4 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm
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Perfectly lustrous and glassy quartz provides a window to a marvelous internal landscape. While this crystal is already striking by itself, showing superb quality and virtually not a single scratch, most impressive about this specimen are beautiful brown inclusions, supposedly phlogopite, a member of the mica family. Especially pleasing and definitely rare, as I have never seen such a combination before!

NE11 - Aquamarine on Feldspar - 4700€
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 6 x 4.7 x 4 cm
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A super aesthetic miniature specimen of high class aquamarine on a vivid matrix. The main crystal is 3.5 x 1.5 x 0.9 cm, glassy and lustrous on all sides. It is accompanied by a second crystal of equal quality and protrudes from a beatiful black and white schorl-adularia matrix! The piece is a complete floater and free of any kind of damage! Overall this piece is very 3-dimensional, well defined and simply beautiful!

PB143 - Pyrite ps. Pyrrhotite - 750€
Huanzala Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
Size: 9.1 x 7.8 x 5.1 cm
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Utterly attractive and intriguing, this is definitely a fine pseudomorphosis from the Huanzala Mine! It is a rare specimen of pyrite after pyrrhotite that is very well developed on matrix! The largest and most dominant hexagonal aggregate of pyrite reaches almost 4,5 cm in diameter and is 0,8 cm thick. It is surrounded by smaller pyrite crystals around its base and is set on a greyish white rock matrix which adds just the right degree of contrast. An overall very well balanced specimen of this rare pseudomorphosis!

KI7 - Liddicoatite on Albite - 1250€
Antsira Mine, Sahatany Valley, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 3.3 x 2.4 x 2.3 cm
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While most liddiciatite specimens are simple single crystals, this stunning jewel is associated with snow white and well defined albite which provides a fantastic contrast! The liddicoatite has a very dark green and orange core with a gemmy top layer of bright purple! The flat termination is flawless and has superb luster! Around the middle section the crystal shows a crack but it is stable and not repaired. A sharp and exceptionally color intensive little specimen!

SK43 - Tourmaline - 460€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 3.9 x 0.8 x 0.6 cm
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A lovely twin tourmaline specimen of brilliant quality and nice open colors! The two crystals are not quite parallel - they show a slight yet aesthetically important v-shape that leads to two sharp cut pyramidal terminations. The gemmy crystal displays distinct color zoning, from pink to green, white and pink again at the termination. Very lovely and in flawless condition!

OM100 - Epidote - 5500€
Pampa Blanca, Huancavelica Department, Peru
Size: 10.6 x 7.9 x 6.2 cm
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The fanning crystals of this specimen are very characteristic for the locale but still, this piece is exceptional and stands out from the crowd! With over 10 cm in hight it’s save from getting lost in a crowded showcase, especially as the quality of the epidote really catches the eye! Superb luster on all sides, sharp terminations and a sweeping architecture make this specimen special. Some associated white calcite contrasts with the deep forest green color of the epidote! While some of the epidotes show contacts, none of them are freshly broken and seems to be re-healed. Overall the condition is superb with no actual damage anywhere around! As you can very well see in our video, the backside is not even a real backside, it’s way too beautiful for that! A 360° beautiful specimen that is highly appealing in person!

BF070 - Fluorite on Sphalerite - 2900€
Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Size: 6.8 x 4.5 x 3 cm
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It is a specimen of pure textbook aesthetics! A cluster of cubical fluorite is set on a very dark contrasting sphalerite matrix. The fluorite is mostly of violet color but with a distinct blue zone near the surface. The barrier between violet and blue is a dark purple layer that is distinctly visible inside the very clear crystal! I love the beautiful way this fluorite shows a sharply cut and beautifully structured square front, surrounded by smaller interlocked fluorite and the sphalerite at the bottom! All around the condition is virtually perfect with a contacted backside but no actual damage! Highly condensed beauty from Illinois!