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International Minerals 29



MG04 - Liddicoatite - 8000€
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 11.4 x 7.7 x 6 cm
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As a complete floater that is free of any damage this is a formidable group of liddicoatite! Three main crystals of similar size are attached next to each other to form this compact and massive shape. A smaller crystal at the front and one at the backside are evenly perfect and add some more flavor to the 3-dimensional arrangement. I have to admit, the tourmalines need rather much backlight but when provided with that you can see nice green and - towards the terminations - strawberry red colors! The terminations show complex design and are associated with some londonite around the backside. A dominant specimen for this rare tourmaline variant!


JO682 - Quartz - 1500€
Middleville, Town of Newport, Herkimer, New York, USA
Size: 6.5 x 3.8 x 3.5 cm
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One single sharp and well developed "Herkimer diamond" is set atop a natural piece of rock, accompanied by smaller feldspar crystals on all sides of the rock-matrix. The quartz is 4 cm long and - as is characteristic for the locale - of exceptionally high quality and with very minimal inclusions! It is all flawless and sharp with most of the faces, edges and corners freely visible. Definitely a very well designed specimen of distinctive architecture as you can also see in our video!


KD819 - Tourmaline - 2600€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 7 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm
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The shape of this high quality tourmaline crystal is absolutely unique and elegant in its very own unusual way! While the base at least indicates a typical tourmaline habit, this completely changes from there on and the crystal tapers towards a 3mm thick and a little over 1 cm long glassy blade at the top. This last part is slightly greenish to almost colorless which stands in contrast to the intensively pink colored main part. The overall quality is just excellent with brilliant luster and a glassy crystal core. It is repaired but which is very well done and hardly visible. An amazingly beautiful tourmaline specimen!


BE232 - Atacamite - 220€
Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru
Size: 7.7 x 5 x 2.3 cm
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Light blue chrysocolla and some colorless sparkling quartz is the perfect contrasting background for a rich conglomeration of sharp, gemmy green atacamite needles! A close inspection reveals the large number of forest green crystals to be in best condition and of very nice quality. Very pretty and characteristic for this famous locale!


SD021 - Azurite - 750€
Chessy-les-Mines, Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France
Size: 5 x 4 x 1.1 cm
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Very well developed and deep blue azurite crystals are nicely arranged to form this unusually pretty miniature specimen! The surface is lustrous with some spots of malachite here and there which adds some color contrast. The backside is contacted and shows some larger malachite zones. All over there is no damage at all. All crystals are in best condition, sharp and of intensive color! A beautiful classic from this old French locale!


JE210 - Fluornatromicrolite - 5000€
Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique
Size: 2.6 x 2.4 x 2 cm
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The main crystal is a giant for this mineral with close to 2 cm in diameter! And it is very well developed, a sharp octahedron without any damage! The crystal shows very nice red-brown color at direct downlight that penetrates the material for several gemmy milimeters before it gets absorbed at the opaque core. Around the main octahedron are smaller crystals of the same species, whitish feldspar and some black matrix. It is a fantastic piece that we were able to trade from Paul Stahl, German collector of rare minerals who had several cases at the 2019 Munich Show special exhibition!