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International Minerals 28



WD089 - Tourmaline on Feldspar - 14500€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 8.1 x 5.2 x 2.7 cm
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This cluster of basically two doubly terminated tourmaline crystals is a textbook example for the kind of unusual aesthetics that stands out from the crowd! In fact this specimen is a complete and flawless floater that features brilliant tourmaline on a base of blocky feldspar and lovely sparkling cleavelandite. While the combination is stunning for sure, the main thing is the tourmalines that strike with best luster, attractively developed stepped growth and gemmy green color! Even at room light illumination the open color is bright and fresh. Interesting enough the two crystals show different color development. Besides the green main color one crystal changes to white while the upper, more compact crystal has a pinkish red lower termination. All this sums up to an unusual and brilliant specimen of gorgeous aesthetics! No repair, no restoration, just perfect!


HL555 - Topaz - 3800€
Fazenda do Centro, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Size: 19.6 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm
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This topaz specimen is most impressive for its size and also for its unusual growth! It comes from a staggering 2017 find near a farm in Fazenda do Centro, Brazil. The exceptional and rather spectacular pocket yielded a number of skeletal topaz of different colors that are absolutely unique in the world! The floater crystals of this pocket are of unique shape due to heavy 3-dimensional etchings and razor-sharp etches! This specimen is beautifully etched all around and with a wonderful glassy ice-blue color that changes to champagne at the small extension at the very bottom! Bicolor topaz is extremely rare, but bicolor skeletal topaz is almost impossible to get! The main view is all complete and flawless. On the backside you see breaks but which are not exactly fresh but re-healed. Small edge-wear is present but also not visible from the front. Most spectacular is probably the incredibly beautiful surface structure that you can very well see in the second picture. It displays a wealth of little details that is rather overwhelming in its very own natural charm! The crystal itself is clear to the center without even the slightest impurities or internal cracks! A unique piece from this exceptional one-time find in Brazil!


VM972 - Scheelite with Stolzite on Quartz - 4800€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 6.9 x 5.3 x 3.9 cm
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This is probably the most aesthetically striking and also best preserved specimen I have seen of this exceptionally rare mineral combination that has been found only at this one locale in Peru! Stacked scheelite crystals are towering above a white quartz cluster and show very well defined octahedral shapes. The scheelite is completely coated in signal yellow stolzite which is extremely rare and definitely gorgeous in person! Unlike most specimens of this type this coating is almost flawless with only very minimal abrasions. The backside shows some hübnerite going up like a spine that supports the scheelite architecture. A spectacular specimen of very unusual character!


XZ687 - Manganite - 3900€
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz Mts, Thuringia, Germany
Size: 3.8 x 3.4 x 2.1 cm
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A totally brilliant piece of perfect aesthetics as you only find it from this classic german locale. Size and arrangement are unbeatable forming a piece of just dramatic visual impact. Being all perfectly terminated, delicately structured and totally flawless this specimen reminds me of a group of petrified wood, all elegant and calm. An outstanding piece of pure aesthetics and perfect crystal quality!


VA051 - Pyrite - 1250€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 10.9 x 8.5 x 4.7 cm
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Pyrite is stacked upon pyrite, all towering up until one singel 3.5 cm octahedron completes the composition. All crystals show nice golden luster and well developed crystal shape. There is no damage to be found here - also the backside is an impressive show of rich intergrown pyrite. Unusually nice aesthetics, sharp crystals and brilliant luster are adding up to a superb pyrite specimen!


PT164 - Tourmaline on Quartz - 2800€
Morro Redondo mine, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.2 x 4.7 x 3.3 cm
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The single main elbaite crystal dramatically stands out from a quartz that’s part lustrous, part covered with some white coating. The rather transparent quartz crystal grants insight towards several other tourmalines that have been enclosed inside the quartz. In fact also the main tourmaline continues on to the very bottom of the piece where it again protrudes from the quartz. It is a high quality pink crystal that’s totally gemmy with superb luster and a complex termination. The color is uniform throughout the crystal but changes to a light greenish at the termination. Beautiful and in very best condition!


RP331 - Azurite - 1900€
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 6.2 x 3.6 x 2.9 cm
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The azurite sits like a flower on this one, supported by an almost black, elongated piece of matrix. Some tiny sprays of green malachite are present as is characteristic for azurite specimens in general. The azurite shows just spectacular "electric" blue color and is in brilliant condition all around. Milpillas Mine is famous for splendid quality and this very specimen shows us why. Jutting out, sharp crystals of fantastic gemmy quality are perfectly presented and beautifully arranged. An excellent sculpturesque Azurite without any downsides!