Highly aesthetic and stunningly beautiful, this is a combination of brilliant pink to purple fluorite cubes with tabular barite on matrix. I call it the "fluorite crown" due to its unique composition of jewel-like fluorites shining atop that crown-shaped matrix. The fluorite cubes of size up to 2.5 cm on edge are translucent to transparent with fine multistepping modification, all emanating an appealing, intensive purple color. The contrast with the iron oxide coated barite and matrix nicely emphasizes the fluorite crystals. All major crystals are in perfect shape and condition with contacts at the sides but perfect at the front. This is a characteristic piece of outstanding aesthetics and good size from this famous and admired Spanish locale. Unfortunately for us collectors and traders, the Berbes Mine is not active anymore and deeply buried unter debris. This fine specimen is a formidable souvenir that reminds of a past time when mining in Berbes was at its height. Brilliant, imposing and simply beautiful.
The aesthetic of this piece exactly is what advanced mineral collectors are searching for. The perfect proportion of this beautiful, malachite encrusted matrix and the eye-catching and perfect azurite crystal, combined with the striking contrast to accentuate the main crystal are plainly awesome. Itâ€™s more than hard to find a specimen of this quality from the famous Milpillas Mine â€“ especially as this is probably the most aesthetic one Iâ€™ve ever seen â€“ so I was lucky to trade this specimen, which was the only way to get it. Fantastic sparkling luster, a richly detailed surface structure and its utter beauty are what define this piece. Marvelous in person! Ex Peter Megaw
Tsumeb is "The Classic Locale" for azurite, while this is a remarkable good piece from there! The beautiful and dominant main crystal, with a size of 4 x 3 cm is perfectly situated in the middle of the matrix. It has a very intense 3-dimensional character that is best visible in person. Color and luster are stunning, while it gets gemmy blue on the edges with light from the back! The azurite is in association with some malachite, which makes a very good accent to it. The whole specimen is in a superb condition and the main crystals are completely pristine all around! Just one of the smaller crystals has some minor edgewear, which is fully acceptable on such a significant specimen! A perfect fit for the advanced collector!
The composition of this piece is really spectacular! The fluorite is in association with elbaite, cleavelandite, topaz, quartz, microlite and mica, what means that we have 7 different minerals on this piece! All are perfectly balanced to each other, forming this fabulous specimen with such a beautiful aesthetics. The fluorite has a very good green color and an impressive size of 8.5 cm from the left to the right. The tourmaline has a very good luster and a wonderful termination. The whole specimen is pristine all around and free of damage. To get a piece of this calibre is very hard, especially the size of the fluorite is very uncommon and way bigger then what is normally coming to the market from Stak Nala. It is out of a find, which was made around one and a half years ago and is one of the very finest specimens I have seen. Very impactful and impressive! price on request
Composition and Quality of this specimen are simply spectacular. A beautifully red octahedral fluorite crystal is accompanied by adularia and smoky quartz on this piece. The crystal is 3.6 cm on edge and shows a nicely structured surface and very good luster. Provided with a sharp contrast, this fluorite offers a wonderful composition. The backside of the crystals is contacted but shows no damage. A brilliant piece of exceptional aesthetics!
It is the dream of every collector to get a really good rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine! This is a gorgeous piece with fat and impressive crystals of intensive color and striking aesthetics. It was mined in October 1996 by Brian Lees and comes from a small pocked, which is well known as the "Clay Pocket"! This was a small pocket measuring 4 feet in its longest dimension and included rhodochrosite, tetrahedrite, quartz and small purple fluorites. All those associate minerals are to be found on this piece as well. The rhodochrosite rhombohedrons are well situated on the top, while the main crystal has a size of 4 cm on its longest dimension. The edges are very sharp and flawless and the whole crystal shows a bright and fire red color! Except for one small and hardly visible chip on the smaller crystal, the rhodochrosite is in perfect condition. It is free of any restoration, as it was done to many other specimens I have seen on the market. The attached video speaks for itself! This is definitely an important piece for the advanced collector!
The Urals region counts among the world’s best, historically important sources for high class emerald for the gem market. First discovered in 1830 by a peasant charcoal-burner it has soon emerged as a rich deposit of high gem production. Dispite the long history though, specimens of international relevance are scarce. This specimen strikes with exceptionally attractive aesthetics and breathtaking crystal quality alike! A large, 5.5 x 1.8 cm emerald of very best green color is set on an elegant black mica schist matrix of perfect contrast. The crystal is flawless, shows brilliant luster and the best gemmy emerald-green color you can wish for! A crystal of just mesmerizing properties, perfectly arranged and in superb shape!
A brilliant, completely gemmy heliodor that is just perfect, 12.3 cm long and without even a single internal crack or the slightest inclusion! The color of the crystal is more to the green end of the spectrum and absolutelty charming. Among all the great attributes of this crystal, the termination is the most striking one: A polyhedral modification that in its sharpness and perfection almost reminds me of a machine-made chisel. Some faces and edges are a bit rough but that is contact induced and not damaged. Aside of that you will definitely be blown away by the sheer quality of this piece!
This is without doubt one of the most intriguing and stunning spinel specimens we have ever seen coming from Myanmar! While it is not easy to get good matrix specimens of this gem material it is next to impossible to have a piece with a larger number of crystals. This very specimen has an overwhelming richness of crystals distributed about the whole front face of a white matrix of marble with some yellow zoisite zones. The largest crystal with 1.8 cm on edge is prominently set at the very top of this specimen, accompanied by a second 1.3 cm crystal. Down from there you can see a whole array of isolated crystals and clusters that 3-dimensionally project from the matrix. Absolutely fabulous! The contrast of all those deep cherry red gems against the white matrix is striking and makes for a fantastic eye-catcher all over! The crystals display best shiny luster and are in near-perfect condition. Two small gap fills are very well done and virtually invisible. Fantastic aesthetics and high crystal quality are forged together on this dramatic and vibrant piece!
Not one but TWO high class gwindels are present and dominant on this unusually fine specimen! Our video gives a much better impression about the distinctly 3-dimensional shape than you could possible see in the flat picture. The two gwindels are arranged behind one another. The one at the back being more "classic" in shape, the one at the front showing a really dramatic twist of over 50°! Such a strong twist is extremely rare as it takes a slim yet long gwindel to achieve which is uncommon to say the least! Both crystals consist of glassy smoky quartz with a nice and warm brown color through and through. The surface is great with the top 2 cm of the front gwindel showing some chloritization but the rest being all lustrous, well structured and sharp! The gwindels are set on a piece of rock matrix accompanied by some smaller smoky quartz side-crystals. Absolutely stunning and highly aesthetic in person!
An iceberg of monumental size and breathtaking bright clarity! A number of large colorless quartz prisms are impressively beautifully arranged in a crown-like shape, studded with some white calcite which adds much to the overall impact, both visually and in a mineralogical sense! The whole piece is completely colorless, just white and transparent but exactly this pristince, immaculate nature in combination with the stunning size is what makes this piece so very special, unique and attractive! All crystals are sharply terminated without any damage at all. Lower backside and bottom are contacted, not broken. A fantastic showy specimen of pure quartz that shows best crystal quality and sweeping aesthetics!
Mogok is world-famous for fine gemstones and has produced a considerable number of champagne-colored topaz aver the time. This imposing single crystal specimen however shows a much more intriguing cognac-color that is strongly present at daylight or any kind of show-case illumination. Light from the bottom however brings it to explosion in a deep orange fire! The crystal has a straight-forward topaz shape with a broad chisel-tip termination. Nothing experimental, just the classic shape this monumental crystal needs. The termination, but also the prism-faces, show a very fine and appealing surface structure all over. The topaz is in very good shape. It has one repair at the middle but is otherwise complete. the bottom is re-healed, the termination is completely flawless! A dramatic piece of gemstone that impresses with size and intensive color!