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XY10 - Quartz - Sold
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 3.9 x 3.6 x 1.4 cm
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This little quartz specimen is a real jewel! A floater of unusual shape that is accompanied by a small cluster of adularia. Tiny hematite crystals are very much characteristic for Cavradi. The quartz is completely limpid with a faint smoky color. Most unusual still is the shape, which reminds of a gwindel. Actually if you look very closely you will find a very slight twist but which, in our opinion, does not really classify this as a gwindel. Anyway, this is a brilliant little specimen of best quality!

XY59 - Smoky Quartz - 3300€
Valsertal, Surselva, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 16.5 x 7.9 x 7.2 cm
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A dominant, massy smoky quartz crystal of excellent quality that would attract attention in any collection. Especially the main view shows superb luster and a beautifully structured surface through wich the observer can see the stunningly limpid inside of the crystal. Some internal cracks are typical for a crystal this size and even add some spice to an otherwise straight and classy crystal. Mentioning some minuscule wear is beside the point on a great piece like this. A shiny rocket, quietly waiting to launch!

RK383 - Londonite - 240€
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 3 x 2.3 x 2 cm
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This rare mineral, named after David London, professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Oklahoma, is the cesium-dominant analogue of rhodizite. All major finds worldwide occured in Madagascar where also this fine specimen origins. The single lemon-yellow translucent crystal with a greenish core is an irregular mixed crystal of rhomb-dodecahedron and deltoid-dodecahedral. It is a flawless floater that is striking in its simplicity. A fine example of a very rare mineral out of a unique 2015 find!

SO104 - Fluorite - 1500€
Annaberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Size: 8.2 x 5.9 x 3.2 cm
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The unusual color combination of this aesthetic fluorite specimen is quite intriguing especially when lit from the back which brings out the intensive purple phantoms that rest inside these honey-yellow fluorite cubes. This is a formation of several stacked cubes of fine translucent quality. The sides and bottom are contacted but not broken. There is minimal edgewear present but nothing really bothering. A lovely piece of outstanding color!

FB41 - Hematite with Quartz - 2200€
Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy
Size: 7.4 x 5 x 4 cm
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The black and white combination of this Elba hematite with associated quartz is just brilliant and brings it right to the point! Sharp black surfaces with mirroring luster play with interwoven snow white quartz needles. The whole piece is in best condition with only some contacts at the back. A real stunner of dazzling contrast, highest crystal quality and superb aesthetics! Our video very well shows its sparkling nature in a 360° view. Lean back and enjoy!

KB65 - Titanite - 2900€ - On Hold
Amertal, Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 4.2 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm
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Wow, what a fantastic green titanite! This crystal is all gemmy and marvellously lustrous with a deep mossy green color. The main crystal is incredibly thick, around 1.2 cm(!), and shows a smaller twin crystal at the backside. There is no damage visible, only some rough edges. The bottom is contacted but not freshly broken. A rare jewel without any downsides!

MN19 - Galena - 750€
Sweetwater Mine, Missouri, USA
Size: 11.8 x 9.1 x 8.8 cm
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2.1 kg of solid galena, brilliantly crystallized on all sides, even at the bottom which makes this a perfect floater. The Sweetwater Mine in the Viburnum Trend - the belt of lead mines in Missouri - is well known for its world class galena specimens. Especially nice about this specimen is the 3-dimensional shape of intergrown cubical crystals that are heavily modified to show hundreds of faces. The luster is not top but good all the same. At close inspection you will find some nice little sphalerite distributed about the galenas surface. This whole specimen is free of damage, full of lovely details and a real stunner in person!

KI15 - Schorl - 480€ - On Hold
Gamsmutter, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.2 x 5.4 x 2.5 cm
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Alpine tourmaline is a rare thing to have especially if it is supposed to be attractive! While most significant classic schorl specimen are from Lohning quarry in Rauris Valley, this rather large and impressive piece was found at the Habach Valley. It is a sparkling composition of thin, jet black tourmaline needles all showing best luster. Some peripheral regions are damaged but front and backside are equally beautiful and in great condition. The backside has some additional chlorite and white albite. All in all this is an outstanding specimen of Alpine schorl!

RP16 - Apatite - 4700€ - On Hold
Schlegeis, Zillertaler Alpen, Ginzling, North Tyrol, Austria
Size: 7.7 x 4.3 x 1.4 cm
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Rather large and virtually flawless, this is an unusually fine apatite specimen from the Zillertal Alps. Apart from size and the uncommon locale, the most special aspect about this apatite is the striking surface structure. While the front is smooth, the backside is covered with little immersions, probably the imprints of little adularia crystals.
The shape is that of a evenly flat tile with bevelled edges. The bottom, where it detatched from the matrix, is completely re-crystallized. The crystals body is transparent with white, smoke-like patterns. Exceptional, beautiful and extremely rare!

RK153 - Tourmaline - 5400€
Pyingyi Taung, Male, Singu Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 6.3 x 4.6 x 3.5 cm
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One wonderful pink tourmaline of perfectly gemmy quality is prominently sitting on a matrix of quartz, mica and cleavelandite. The tourmaline with a diameter of 2.7 cm is free of any scratch, but has a small contact at the back. Especially nice about this specimen is the elegant contrast of pink, light blue and white, perfectly composed with just the right proportions. I just love the vivid termination, pointing perfectly to the front. A superb and rare piece of tourmaline on matrix from the pegmatites of Burma.

KB18 - Apophyllite on Calcite with Stilbite - 4500€
Wagholi, Poonah District, Maharashtra, India
Size: 13.6 x 10.7 x 7.7 cm
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This is an exceptionally aesthetic combination piece! It is a brilliant paragenesis of green apophyllite and skin-colored stilbite on a large transparent calcite that again sits on a greenish black matrix. This combination is exceedingly rare from Wagholi, especially in such lovely form. All crystals are sharp and gemmy with no damage anywhere. Even the backside of this specimen is crystallized and obviously not broken or trimmed. The piece comes in dramatic size and is a true stunner that surprises with contrasting colors, highest quality and a well-balanced composition!

KB23 - Mimetite - 1200€
Haus Baden Mine, Sehringen, Badenweiler Pb mining District, Badenweiler, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Size: 6.5 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm
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Mimetite from Germany and of such striking quality, intense orange color and appealing aesthetics are super-rare and extremely hard to come by. The botryoidal mimetite spheres of up to 7 mm in diameter are scattered across both sides of the flat matrix piece that provides a very good contrast. The condition is mostly flawless with only some minor issues here and there but which are totally acceptable on a rare piece like this. Beautiful and highly interesting for the unusual locality.