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International Minerals 27



LS872 - Tourmaline on Quartz - 1250€
Karakana Mine, Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
Size: 5.9 x 4.4 x 3.3 cm
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Quality and aesthetics of this little jewel are absolutely outstanding and amazing! The indigolite is set on a quartz shard that’s completely crystallized on all sides - even the bottom! The 3,4 cm main tourmaline is stuck through the quartz floater with a perfect termination also on the bottom. It is perfectly gemmy and lustrous with a intensive blue color! The termination is somehow frayed yet perfect and without any damage! Very special is also the matrix which is translucent white and perfectly crystallized all around. Have a look on the attached picture for a view of the bottom face which is beautifully structured and highly lustrous! Our video nicely shows the 3-dimensional shape and the high crystal quality!


XU302 - Apophyllite with Stilbite - 4800€
Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Size: 10.1 x 7.6 x 5.2 cm
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A rich spray of ocean green apophyllite showing very best sparkling luster and great clarity is set on a snow white matrix of well crystallized stilbite! The quality on this specimen is just outstanding and miraculously all crystals are in perfect condition with razor-sharp edges! Set atop the apophyllite are single isolated stilbite crystals like sugar candy. Being completely free of damage this is an excellent specimen of great color, quality and aesthetics!


FA85 - Vanadinite - 225€
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Size: 7.5 x 6.3 x 4.2 cm
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A floater specimen of white barite completely covered in shiny red vanadinite. The vanadinite crystals vary in size from tiny microcrystals up to very nice crystals reaching 1.2 cm in diameter. The vanadinite has best mibladen quality with strong cherry red color and sparkling luster all around! The piece is in very good condition with some minor contacts but all major crystals intact and flawless!


FT197 - Malachite - 1000€
Katanga, D.R. of Congo
Size: 9.8 x 5.4 x 3.4 cm
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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!


JA2 - Tourmaline - 690€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 3.4 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm
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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!


SX693 - Wulfenite - 2000€
Los Lamentos Mts, Mun.de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
Size: 8.5 x 8 x 5 cm
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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!


PB110 - Pyrite with Quartz - 300€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 10.6 x 10.2 x 4.7 cm
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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!


SR747 - Azurite - 3500€
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 4.8 x 2.6 x 1.6 cm
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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!


ZC304 - Tourmaline - 1150€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 3.6 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm
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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.


JS391 - Tourmaline - 3200€
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 6.2 x 1.3 x 0.9 cm
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One is a very special crystal from the Himalaya Mine that shows best open color! The tourmaline is 6.2 cm long, 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 in 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!


HV475 - Apatite - 2600€
Mogok Township, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 3.9 x 0.8 x 0.6 cm
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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!


DR288 - Spessartine - 2200€
Navegadora claim, Conselheiro Pena, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.5 x 3.9 x 3 cm
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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!