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Mixed Minerals

IO474 - Fluorite - 3500€
Riedingsee, Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.3 x 10.3 x 6.2 cm
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A perfect floater of stacked green fluorite cubes that shows exceptionally good luster! The 3-dimensional shape is composed of countless transparent fluorites, grown upon each other. At the bottom you can see where the piece detached from the matrix but it's all crystallized and covered with some yellowish crust. The whole thing is without damage. A distinctly 3-dimensional specimen from this classic locale!

OT1 - Topaz - 950€
Hematita, Antônio Dias, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.9 x 3.6 x 3 cm
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Hematita is better known for its alexandrite appearance, but in recent years some very fine topaz finds have been done. This specimen has the straight and sharp frame of a cut gem, with a limpid body that has only very few internal cracks. The surface is highly lustrous and shows a lovely structure. With some contacts and minimal edge-wear this piece is not perfect but in very good condition still and of high quality and aesthetics!

BU155 - Rose Quartz - 1150€
Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 8.2 x 6.2 x 4.5 cm
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It’s a gorgeous rose quartz from a newer find of summer 2019. What’s so very special about this find is the exceptional quality of the quartz that is very transparent and with lovely pink color through and through! The construct of this specimen is impressive too as it is a combination of short prismatic crystals at the base with thin sail-like quartz plates along the upper side. These “sails” have originally been thin coatings on calcite which later on dissolved, leaving only the quartz. Very beautiful and elegant!

LO799 - Epidote - 310€
Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 4.2 x 2.7 x 0.4 cm
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Epidote from the Alpine type clefts of Pakistan are a well known species that impresses with gemmy quality and a multitude of different shapes!
What catches the eye is the great transparency and the delicate character. The almost two-dimensional specimen is nicely shaped, virtually flawless and of superb quality!

CM16 - Dioptase on Calcite - 1550€
Guchab-Rodgerberg area, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Size: 8.8 x 7.6 x 5.5 cm
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We all know the great dioptase specimens from Tsumeb which entered the market in the 1970s. But this specimen is much older as the enclosed label from the collector Russel Jones indicates who optained the piece in 1939, when Tsumeb was still unknown. This specimen is a beautiful small cabinet piece by any standard, no matter where it is from. It has sharp crystals to 1.2 cm smothering a matrix coated with calcite. The crystals show blueish green color and sparkling luster, nicely contrasted against the white calcite and quartz coated matrix. Some damage is undeniable but not distractive on an old classic like this!

BK08 - Fluorite on Quartz - 520€
Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 7.8 x 6.8 x 4.8 cm
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Another fluorite of high quality in combination with white quartz and barite! The piece is looking gorgeous from the front! Though, the crystal has some cleaves in the back, which is luckily not visible from the front! Therefore the piece is much lower priced and cheap for what it looks like! Very nice in person.

KB66 - Titanite - 2400€
Amertal, Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.1 x 4.1 x 4 cm
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This is in fact a brilliant piece of Alpine titanite on matrix. It might not be the kind of "textbook" composition most people are into nowadays, but then this in nature and what incredibly beautiful crystals nature is able to yield! The main titanite is embedded in grey-white adularia, is 2.4 cm long and doubly terminated. The color is a mossy green but gets amber-brown to the terminations. A stunning twin crystal, nicely presented on a characteristic Alpine matrix. Further to the right is a side-crystal that looks just like a smaller version of the main crystal. All over this specimen is nicely crystallized and free of any damage - only some contacts at the backside. A natural piece of highest quality!

VE2 - Apatite - 3200€
Mohmand District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Size: 6 x 5 x 3.3 cm
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Two very well developed apatite crystals are stacked upon each other, distinctively showing the hexagonal crystal shape with sharp-edged bevels. Both crystals are glassy and in best shape, with beautiful hexagonal surface structures. One major feature of this apatite is the uncommon color which is a light yet definitely lovely violet that gives way to a darker greenish towards the right side, where byssolite inclusions reach into the crystals. This right side is generally rougher - maybe originally contacted - but all crystallized and perfect. An outstanding piece of great quality and aesthetics!

AC10 - Tourmaline - 1500€
Laghman Province, Nuristan , Afghanistan
Size: 6 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm
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This tourmaline from Afghanistan is of highest quality, gemmy, limpid and lustrous. The color is a slight blue with a pink termination that is flawless and perfectly modified, showing nine sharp faces. This is a textbook crystal of exceptional elegance and beauty!

GS115 - Tourmaline - 3500€
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 11.2 x 8.2 x 7.5 cm
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A number of colorful tourmalines are cluttered across the front face of a translucent pyramidal quartz crystal. With this rather chaotic look it might not be for everyone but it definitely is a rewarding specimen that features unusual aesthetics and high quality tourmalines! Especially the two larger crystals impress with brilliance and gemmyness and bright colors! Adding some light brings out the deep emerald green core, the gemmy yellowish zone and the bright strawberry red towards the termination.
There are a couple of repairs but all main crystals are complete and in very fine condition.

PB71 - Calcite on Galena - 500€
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
Size: 11.8 x 11 x 8.4 cm
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The heavy matrix of modified octahedral galena shows excellent metallic luster and sharp crystals up to 2.4 cm in diameter, associated with chalcopyrite and smaller white chalcite. Atop this towering matrix stand several white calcite scalenohedrons up to 5.5 cm long. The outer layer of these crystals is partly transparent and allows a view to the white translucent phantom that lies around 3 mm below the surface. All main crystals are in perfect condition, only the matrix shows some contacts at the back. This is an imposing piece of good quality all around!

BK59 - Fluorite - 550€
Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 7.6 x 6.6 x 2.8 cm
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Another piece of high quality and great aesthetics! The color is ver nice and more reddish in person!