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International Minerals 32

RK455 - Dioptase on Plancheite - 1950€
Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Pool Department, Republic of Congo
Size: 10.2 x 7.3 x 2.4 cm
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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!

PY6 - Plumbogummite - 1850€
Yangshuo Mine , Guilin, Guangxi Province, China
Size: 7.1 x 5.5 x 3.8 cm
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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!

GC773 - Heliodor - 7800€
Khoroshiv (Volodarsk-Volynskii), Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine
Size: 8.7 x 3 x 2.7 cm
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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!

FA283 - Cuprite - Sold
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 2.1 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm
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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!

GA11 - Gold - 5850€
Serra do Caldeirão, Pontes e Lacerda, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Size: 4.1 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm
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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!

IX4 - Hematite ps. Magnetite - 300€
Payún volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Malargüe Department, Mendoza, Argentina
Size: 4.8 x 4.1 x 3.3 cm
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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!

OT44 - Topaz - 280€
Hematita, Antônio Dias, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 9.4 x 9.1 x 5.4 cm
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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!

QB100 - Aquamarine - 2950€
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 5.5 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm
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The main aquamarine is a gemmy, lustrous and virtually flawless exemplar with intensive blue color! Its termination is flat but with slight bevells at the corners which adds some elegance. The aquamarine is accompanied by three smaller crystals that are attached to the side, right above a small piece of white feldspar. Lovely textbook aesthetics and impressive quality are united on this beautiful specimen!

SL33 - Quartz Sceptre - 580€
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 8.2 x 4.9 x 4 cm
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What at first sight looks like a souvenir from a tourist shack – a coral reef, trapped inside a glass sculpture – is in fact a fully natural phenomenon. A perfectly grown prismatic quartz scepter with a sharp, pointed termination shows the nicest interior life I have seen so far. A beautiful, 3-dimensional rock formations, pink and yellow colored is perfectly visible through the transparent and flawless quartz. Absolutely amazing in person and a highly unusual view. The bottom shows some contacts, but generally the specimen is in very good condition.

BL20 - Azurite - 1250€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 10.1 x 6.2 x 4.5 cm
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Unusual yet highly appealing in its very own way. The main body of this specimen is a contrasting gossan matrix with veins of brilliantly lustrous azurite. One prominent azurite aggregate freely stands out from the matrix and draws all the attention. Best luster, superb blue color and a perfect termination are absolutely impressive and just beautiful. With no damage to worry about and a catchy, natural composition this is a most desirable piece in person!

PB04 - Hübnerite with Quartz - Sold
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 7.5 x 4.5 x 2.3 cm
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Jet-black, sharp hübnerite crystals are set amidst a vibrant cluster of sparkling white quartz crystals! The whole specimen is in very good condition with only minor edgewear. Also the bottom is mostly crystallized. A lovely specimen from this important locale!

AK1 - Chalcopyrite with Siderite - 960€
Kaiwu Mine, Hezhang Co., Bijie Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
Size: 7.9 x 5.6 x 3.6 cm
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Explorations some years ago in China have lead to a find of bright golden chalcopyrite in association with siderite at a new locale, called the Kaiwu Mine. This specimen features a cluster of sharp tetrahedral chalcopyrite on a bed of lustrous brown siderite all in very good condition with only some peripheral issues. The aesthetics of this piece is exceptional and catchy. A lovely piece of great quality and appealing composition!