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International Minerals 33



FA124 - Gaudefroyite and Calcite and Barite and Andradite - 850€
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, South Africa
Size: 20 x 20 x 8.5 cm
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This classic paragenesis is a complete floater that is covered with a rich abundancy of different minerals! Most significant is the very rare gaudefroyite that comes as black and shiny hexagonal prisms many of which are over one centimeter long. Pieces with such a rich display of this rare material are exclusive for the Kalahari manganese fields and thus very much desired. Between black gaudefroyite there is contrasting red andradite, transparent calcite, white barite as well as some metallic black hausmannite at the edge. A classic and characteristic association for the region. Due to the sheer weight of piece some damage is unavoidable but the overall impression is very good and without any major issues.


FA158 - Prase - 450€
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.7 cm
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This is a characteristic piece from Serifos Island in very best condition! All crystals are just perfect with only one contact at the base. The intensive green color, caused by actinolite inclusions, is easily lit through the translucent crystals. The surface has a nice waxy luster and fine organic structure. Perfect in shape and quality!


HW03 - Quartz - 360€
Cavnic Mine, Cavnic, Maramureș Co., Romania
Size: 15.6 x 11 x 9.7 cm
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Quartz from the Cavnic mine is not exactly rare but the unusual shape of these elongated crystals is what makes this specimen stand out from the crowd! All prism faces are highly detailed with smaller short-prismatic crystals that seem to have grown there as a second generation. This attractive growth pattern leaves beautifully sparkling surfaces all over while the terminations are pointed and sharp. This piece is not without damage as there are a couple of broken crystals but if you can live with that this is an attractive, large-sized specimen for a low price!


UK1 - Pyromorphite - 865€
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang, China
Size: 9.5 x 5.9 x 4.1 cm
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The lead ore of Daoping produced some of the finest specimens of this beautiful material and impresses with fresh apple green color and well developed hexagonal prisms. The crystals are richly distributed in a vug-like structure over a first generation of white quartz. The matrix is natural and crystallized on the outside too, with only some contacts. Overall a very attractive specimen of high quality pyromorphite that has a very 3-dimensional appeal!


RT30 - Liddicoatite - 9500€
Ambararata, Tsitondroina Commune, Ikalamavony Pegmatite Field, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
Size: 7.1 x 3.6 x 3.2 cm
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A high quality piece from Ambararata, Madagascar that strikes through its exceptionally nice color zoning. The specimen plays colors from white to salmon pink and mossy green to golden yellow at the termination. While the lower part is quite dark and needs strong light from the back, the upper third shows lovely open colors. At the front you can see some associated white albite adding even more to the beauty of this great piece. The main crystal has a unusually sharp and very well developed termination with great luster. You will not find any damage here, even the more fragile albite is in perfect condition!


KR23 - Fluorite - 6400€
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 6.6 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm
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This is for sure one of the most unusual fluorite specimen I have seen in a while. The twin growth provides a totally unique shape to this high quality specimen. The crystal is completely transparent, showing an intensive purple phantom inside the otherwise colorless body. A vein of yellowish muscovite is cutting through the otherwise smooth crystal leaving a scar at the backside that is interesting and visually appealing alike. Overall this piece is in great condition with only some issues at the lower part and the attached muscovite. Quite exceptional and totally amazing!


RK372 - Pyrargyrite, Calcite, Galena - 270€
Príbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Size: 3.5 x 3.2 x 2 cm
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A well shaped specimen of pyrargerite on metallic galena matrix. The pyrargyrite is arranged as two towering aggregates with sparkling, gemmy red individual crystals up to 3.5 mm.


KI6 - Liddicoatite - 1400€
Antsira Mine, Sahatany Valley, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 3.5 x 3.1 x 2.4 cm
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This stocky single crystal liddicoatite impresses with striking pink to raspberry red color that radiates from the jewel even at low illumination! The crystal is sharp and highly lustrous with a modified flat termination. The bottom is contacted, not broken, and also the rest is in near-perfect condition with only one visible contact. It's a real marvel that's openly showing the gemmy red core that is especially bright near the flat, window-like termination. Color is always the most striking feature of tourmalines and this crystal just nails it!


ZL186 - Calcite - 950€
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Size: 6.6 x 4.3 x 4 cm
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This honey-yellow calcite from the Mashamba West Mine is a beautiful cluster of highly lustrous and glassy crystals in perfect shape, arranged as a sweeping sculpture! The distinctively 3-dimensional assembly is better visible in our video! Breathtaking luster and brillinace nicely catch the light and distribute warm amber-colored light. The backside is covered in green malachite which offers some contrast with the calcite. Apart from one single cleavage near the base this whole specimen is flawless and just beautiful in person!


FQ2 - Quartz Faden - Sold
Tole, Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan
Size: 16.1 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm
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One single white thread, the "Faden", stretches 16 cm from bottom to top and connects a large number of sparkling, sharp and gemmy quartz crystals to an amazingly beautiful and sweeping sculpture! This specimen is pristine all around! So much so that when you turn it in your hands you never want to stop, you want to take in all the 3-dimensional elegance! High quality, superb aesthetics, stunning size and best condition!


ZW891 - Cassiterite - 4500€
Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Size: 8.1 x 7.8 x 6.6 cm
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Spectacular crystal of twinned cassiterite in very best shape and quality! The jet-black cassiterite is 7.8 cm in diameter and shows absolutely best luster on all sides! The backside has some contacts at the lower parts but the front is pure beauty with silvery white muscovite and some colorless fluorite which is uncommon for the locale!
A fantastic, sharp and dominant cassiterite specimen from the important locale at Xuebaoding Mountain!


IE630 - Kunzite - 5900€
Laghman Province, Nuristan , Afghanistan
Size: 9.8 x 7.9 x 1.9 cm
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This fabulous kunzite specimen is a complete floater in perfect condition all around! The quality of this sculpturesque etched piece is amazing in person: Gemmy, lustrous and sharp with intensive lavender color! Our video shows how immensely glassy and simply gorgeous this piece is as a 3-dimensional specimen! Definitely a stunner without any downsides at all!