A charming cluster of malachite stalacmites on mounded, botryoidal malachite matrix. The rounded shapes show vividly glistening surface of pure forest green malachite. All main crystals are perfect, only a side-crystal and parts of the botryoidal base are broken but which is hardly visible from the front. A beautiful and characteristic piece for the Katanga region, the worlds most important source for malachite!
This wonderful specimen of tourmaline with lepidolite strikes with best textbook aesthetics! The single tourmaline is gemmy with a lovely pink color, great luster and a sharply cut polyhedral termination! The color is actually more intense in the lower half of the crystal but effectively reflected in the terminations many faces which brings out the color nicely! Attached to the base of the specimen is some lepidolite which adds much to the aesthetics of the piece. Very lovely in person!
Thick and blocky wulfenite crystals of juicy orange color are set on a smooth surface of crystallized calcite! While some are clustered together there are also a number of single isolated, almost cubical crystals that are sharply marked out against the background. Although rather characteristic for the locale - these kind of blocky crystals are much different than the usual thin plates we are used to - this specimen stands out for its very well defined aesthetics. The smooth matrix emphasizes the sharply edged crystals in an impressive way! The wulfenite itself is all lustrous and translucent with strikingly bright color. Damage is reduced to a minimum here, all major crystals are complete and flawless! A classic and fascinating piece from Los Lamentos!
Very much characteristic for the Mundo Nuevo Mine yet of exceptional beauty for the well balanced composition! The pyrite comes as cubical crystals of mirroring golden color that are either sharp or with bevelled edged. Between the pyrite are white quartz spires of different sizes that add a lot of contrast and shape to round out the specimen. With no visible damage this is an attractive pyrite specimen from the important locale!
A killer azurite from the Milpillas Mine! This dark and mysterious crystal is 4.4 cm long and 2.2 cm in diameter, sitting on a small white piece of matrix. The azurite is sharply defined, a doubly terminated crystal of excellent luster and surface structure. The inside is very dark but with some gemmy patches near the surface that are sparkling indigo blue in direct illumination! The specimen is in very good condition. It has only one very small chip worth mentioning on the upper termination but is apart from that perfect and really a mesmerizing specimen!
This sculpturesque tourmaline specimen is comprised of two crystals, connected with some feldspar. Both crystals are gemmy with a beautiful color change from green to pink at the top. The termination is very well cut with multitude of faces! The lower crystal, around 1 cm in diameter, holds the second crystal like a ballet dancer which creates a nice aesthetics overall! This is a fine miniature from Paprok, that shows no damage whatsoever. Both crystals might have been broken long time ago but are rehealed with even some feldspar covering the fracture surface.
This one is a very special crystal from the Himalaya Mine that shows best open color! The tourmaline is intensively pink and gemmy with a small smoky quartz side-crystal that provides a great contrast! Fascinating enough this smoky quartz is doubly terminated and all perfect! The tourmaline itself also is in best condition and very well designed with a pointed pyramidal termination, emphasized by a sudden color-change from pink to white. This fine specimen has quite a history as it has been in the collections of Bill Larson and Fabian Wildfang for many years!
This elongated prismatic apatite is gemmy from bottom to top without even the smalles inclusion or internal crack! The water-blue color is easily visible and uniform throughout the whole apatite. With brilliant luster and a unusually well developed pyramidal termination this crystal is a fascinating curiosity of elegance and perfection!
Etched spessartine of deep blood-red color with supreme luster on all sides! As a complete floater there is no damage anywhere, just the beautifully structured surface as is characteristic for the locale! While this is generally a loose single cristal, there is one quartz attached to it which makes for a very nice visual effect! Most special however is the incredibly gemmy interior! Provide some backlight and the deep red color radiates its magic glow! An absolutely fantastic specimen from this important locale!
A very well defined pseudomorphosis of malachite after azurite with one single crystal jutting out from a matrix-like cluster of malachite, azurite and feldspar. The specimen is in very best condition all around with no visible damage! The azurite is almost completely converted to shiny green malachite though towards the termination there are patches of lustrous and sharp azurite as you can very well see in the second picture and the video. Quality and shape of this pseudomorphosis are totally exceptional and beautifully elegant! Ex Fabian Wildfang collection
This 5.6 cm tourmaline strikes with a sharp pointed termination, filled with intensive raspberry red color in best gemmy quality! This stunning color stretches down around two thirds of the crystal before it gives way to a blueish core, evenly gemmy. The luster is brilliant on all sides. Some small quartz at the bottom adds a little extra to the already gorgeous crystal. There is one repair, which is more or less invisible in person. An outstanding liddicoatite crystal of exceptionally good color and quality!
Elba Island is one of the great classical localities of Europe and has produce a great many different minerals over the centuries. While, as type locality of elbaite, Elba is primarily known for fine tourmaline specimens, many other great mineral specimens have been unearthed here. This superb specimen is a shiny example for the high quality this locale produced. Highly lustrous hematite crystals up to 2.5 cm in diameter are clustered across a heavy matrix like a sparkling crown. The hematite is associated with small quartz needles as is characteristic for the locale. The metallic luster has a red tinge to it, revealed at closer inspection under direct downlight. This is an outstanding and just staggering hematite specimen from one of the most famous classic locales!