Marvelous vanadinite on matrix forms this highly aesthetic specimen! The vanadinite comes as sharp and lustrous, deep strawberry red crystals in characteristic hexagonal cog-wheels. Amazing quality sparkles all over the rich cluster and shows very little damage and only on the peripheries. Have a look on the video for a better three-dimensional impression!
Plancheite, the light blue, botryoidal crust over this matrix piece, provides a fantastic background for the lustrous, gemmy dioptase crystals that are scattered about the front face. Another nice aspect, when it comes to colors, is the reddish brown limonite, filling the gaps between plancheite and dioptase! The doubly terminated dioptase crystals show very good quality, are free of damage and up to 2.5 x 1.0 cm in size. This classic specimen is an exceptionally rare and beautiful paragenesis from the plancheite type locality in the south of the Republic of Congo!
This cluster of thick pyromorphite crystals has pseudomorph transformed into sky-blue plumbogummite which is unique for this famed locale and the 2014 pocket. The crystals are attractively arranged like fingers on a hand. Some crystals still show remnants of the original pyromorphite which is a nice detail and interesting from the mineralogical point of view. The whole thing is in very best condition and highly attractive for it's sweeping shape and the lovely color!
There has been quite a number of these hematite/rutile specimens from Novo Horizonte but most are just bits and pieces without much aesthetics. This specimen however is a rich assembly of several interlocked "straw stars" that's got captivating, almost artful beauty! The radial starbursts of straw yellow rutile needles emerge from central hematite plates which makes for the well known character that's so unique for this locale. The main eye-catcher is a cluster of around 4.5 cm that's very symmetric and well shaped. Attractive in person and in surprisingly well condition!
One single cluster of brigth blue cavansite is set at the center of a grey rock matrix, covered in stilbite microcrystals. A rather characteristic and well balanced specimen for this famous locale!
The heliodors of Volodarsk are known as the world's best and you can easily see why on this excellent crystal! Bright yellow-green color radiates from the gemmy interior, shining through the characteristically structured and highly lustrous surface this crystal provides! The whole specimen is in very best condition with no damage anywhere. Even the bottom is not freshly broken but fully re-healed! Absolutely stunning in size, quality and overall perfection!
Nice little cluster of rhomb-dodecahedral cuprite the largest of which has a diamteter of 1.3 cm. The crystals are dark but show the characteristic fire red color when provided with direct backlight. The specimen shows some chloritization but is in rather good shape in general. Our video provides a good look on all details!
Unusually bright golden color and a vivid sheen are most intriguing attributes of this remarkably well shaped gold specimen from the famous finds in Pontes e Lacerda. It shows complex hoppered growth in a utterly perfect and sweeping way! The three-dimensionial structure is rich in geometrical forms which is just gorgeous in person! There is no damage or contact or any kind of inperfection. The color is a distinctive yellow that is only characteristic for this fabulous find and superior to just about anything we have seen so far from Brazil!
A sharp and well defined cluster of scintillating hematite pseudomorphs after magnetite from the unique and well-known find in Argentina. It is a construct of several octahedral crystals in very best condition and appealing aesthetics. The overall shape is extremely catchy and nicely promotes the main octahedrons. An excellent little specimen from this famous locale!
A single spinel crystal with lovely, glassy pink color is set on a contrasting white calcite matrix. The crystal is 1.7 cm in diameter and shows nice transparency and superb luster on all sides with no abrasions of any kind of damage. Our video shows a nice three dimensional view that leaves no doubt about the quality of this fine specimen!
Very nicely crystallized rose quartz of striking pink color and sculpturesque composition! The single crystals are arranged as a semicircle which is very attractive in person, also from the backside. A lovely specimen of high quality and in best condition all over. The special shape and intensive pink color make this appealing piece very much unique!
Size, weight and overall shape of this topaz specimen are rather dramatic in person! Especially the top section is also quite gemmy and shows a very well cut termination of characteristic topaz habit. With bright luster and a distinctive shape of two side-by-side crystals this piece would be a marvelous specimen if it wasn't for a couple of damages, especially aroud the base and on the backside. Still this piece has a lot going on and if you can live with some imperfections, this is an imposing piece for little money!