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International Minerals 26



WP079 - Tourmaline - 5000€
Arqueana Mine, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.7 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm
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Uttermost gemmyness and strikingly bright colors are instantaneously catching the eye on this fantastic specimen! The crystal is incredibly well defined: A sceptre of brigth luster with a sharp cut, pyramidal termination! While the stem is raspberry red, the main part of the crystal is a marvel of alternating green and blue zones. You can see that in the picture if you look closely! This tourmaline is really something special for its outstanding quality. Every part of the surface is highly lustrous and beautifully striated. The interior is glassy with only few internal cracks. The termination and virtually the complete crystal is flawless. A marvel of exceptional grade!


RY795 - Tourmaline - 2750€
Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 5.2 x 3 x 2.1 cm
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The Pala District sure is an important region when it comes to high quality tourmaline specimen. Characteristic enough this is an intensively pink exemplar of nice gemmy quality and with a sparkling luster on all sides! It is studded with some lepidolite and feldspar which turns this single crystal into a charming specimen of natural beauty! The overall architecture is that of two intergrown parallel crystals which is easily visibe when having a look on the flat but stepped termination. The condition is near-perfect, even the bottom is not freshly broken but completely re-healed. Definitely a stunner from this classic locale!


EE970 - Epidote with Calcite - 3400€
Pampa Blanca, Huancavelica Department, Peru
Size: 15.5 x 8.5 x 7.3 cm
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A formidable specimen of epidote with calcite from Pampa Blanca that’s highly unusual and important from a mineralogical standpoint! It is a large and impressive specimen with sweeping epidote fans that shapes a very 3-dimensional landscape in great hand-size. The single epidote groups are up to around 4.5 x 2.8 cm and of very fine quality. The epidote is highly lustrous and sharply defined. The associated calcite is also lustrous, transparent and makes for a fantastic contrasting background! There is no damage except for the usual peripheral contacts. All crystals are in very best condition!


FS967 - Titanite, Quartz, Ilmenite - Sold
Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 5 x 3.8 x 3.5 cm
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A brilliant jewel from the Haramosh Mountains! It is a rich paragenesis of titanite, ilmenite, adularia and quartz on matrix that displays just brilliant quality! At first glance you immediately see the striking green, doubly terminated titanite that horizontally lies across the beautiful white feldspar matrix. The crystal is doubly terminated, sharp, lustrous and of bright color! It has got a contact on the right termination but apart from that it is perfect! The titanite is held up by white rhombic adularia crystals. Right on its side stands a single water-clear quartz crystal of uttermost perfection. Inside this crystal you can see tabular black ilmenite which makes for a beautiful visual effect! Overall the aesthetics of this specimen is overwhelming and very much distinctive!


MG20 - Liddicoatite on Feldspar - 460€
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 6.6 x 5 x 3 cm
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The somewhat unusual aesthetics of this liddicoatite specimen is very much intriguing in person. A lovely little group of liddicoatite is perched in front of a white piece of feldspar matrix. The tourmalines are all flawless and perfectly terminated at the bottom! Though they are relatively dark, the color appears at direct illumination: Characteristic strawberry red at the bottom, mossy green further up! An appealing piece of distinctive character!


AV152 - Anatase - 1850€
Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway
Size: 2.2 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm
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This anatase double crystal from the famous Hardangervidda in Norway is one of the most perfect exemplars I have ever seen! Both crystals are well defined, of equal size and supporting each other when it comes to pure aesthetics. The anatase is complete all around without even the slightest damage! The quality of this piece is really top-notch with mirror like luster and razor sharp edges! This I have rarely seen as most crystals just do not have the best quality on the surface, which takes away a lot of the beauty! On the backside there is even some minimal matrix as you can see in our video! Go ahead and let yourself be captured by this amazing piece!


NU609 - Linarite - Sold
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA
Size: 3.1 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm
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Small but oh, how beautiful! This 3 cm piece of matrix shapes a small vug lined with quartz microcrystals of rusty orange color. Right of the center of this array is a single spray of gemmy blue linarite. The tabular crystals are strikingly brilliant with intensive color and top notch luster! This lovely specimen has some history and includes a label from John Passaneau. Absolutely wonderful in person and of great perfection!


RK65 - Quartz Phantom - Sold
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 9 x 2.3 x 2 cm
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I have hardly ever seen a quartz with such exceptional phantoms inside! The cololess quartz is clear on the inside and has good luster, especially on the front. The front face is like a window through which you can see the very distinctive dark green phantom that reaches out from the bottom like a spear! At closer inspection this is another first generation quartz with heavy chloritizations on the surface, which got overgrown by the second generation quartz. Absolutely unique and faszinating! Another, much fainter phantom is visible just below the termination. Some iron oxide layer on the backside of the crystal adds even more color and structure to this already rich specimen. Turning the piece around you will even find some rutile needles grown into a small vug-like hole near the termination. The condition is great with some rough edges at the termination but no actual damage! This specimen generously shows its many beautiful details as you very well can see in our video!


UZ634 - Malachite - Sold
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Size: 5.6 x 5.5 x 5.1 cm
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Congo is by far the worlds best region for primary malachite. This specimen shows a rosette of interleaved lustrous forest green malachite, all very sharp and dramatic. The backside is broken or contacted but the main view is quite spectacular for the mineral and shows no considerable damage. A massive and rare primary malachite specimen of uncommon crystallization!


GV645 - Tourmaline on Cleavelandite - Sold
Karakana Mine, Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
Size: 9.1 x 8.3 x 4.8 cm
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A dark, perfect tourmaline crystal prominently sits on a contrasting white albite matrix which is absolutely marvelous in person! The tourmaline itself is 4 cm long and 1.7 cm thick, a comfortable size for a main attraction! The single tourmaline shows very best luster on all sides and is distinctively designed with smaller side-crystals attached to all prism faces! The termination is flat but beautifully structured in a way that I haven’t seen before! The crystal is mostly opaque but the surface has a nice blue shimmer due to gemmy blue patches near the surface! This superb crystal that sits on a sparkling matrix of fanned tabular albite is definitely a stunner! Have a look on our video which shows the elegance and quality of this beauty!


FA286 - Garnet var. Demantoid - 390€
Antetezambato, Ambanha District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Size: 4 x 3.5 x 2.3 cm
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Around ten years ago there has been a major find of the demantoid variety of andradite in the Ambanha District where also this fine piece comes from. Characteristic for the find the main crystal as well as all side crystals are of dodecahedral shape, set on a yellowish porous limestone matrix. The main crystal is 1.3 cm in diameter and displays very good quality, bright luster and a transparent, intensively green crystal. A lovely specimen of well defined aesthetics from this no longer active site.


BU190 - Cerussite and Barite - 750€
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Size: 4.6 x 4.4 x 3.6 cm
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This combination piece is really something exceptional for its superb aesthetics! It is a characteristic barite from Mibladen with a dominant cerussite cluster atop. The cerussite is glassy and lustrous with a beautiful golden-brown color. The whole cluster is complete and free of any damage or even abrasions. It sits upon a perfectly well crystallized matrix of tabular white barite that is painted in some rust-red iron oxide. There is some contact at the lower front but nothing serious. The overall balance is just the way we like it and there are no downsides here. The backside is evenly well developed and the cerussite is flawless even here!