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International Minerals 26

GV645 - Tourmaline on Cleavelandite - 1700€
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 A lovely specimen of well defined aesthetics from this no longer active site.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!