Diopside from this locale is well known but this specimen about doubles the size of what's possible! With over 10 cm in length and intensive forest green color this crystal is a real stunner. The elongated crystal is highly lustrous from bottom to top with a nice pyramidal termination. It is part gemmy, part opaque but no matter how you turn it, there is always a flashy emerald green part to reflect the light! Very impressive in size and quality!
This distinct gold specimen is out of the famous 2015 find in Mato Grosso. Best color, filigree growth and a vibrant sheen are trademark for this locale and are main feature of this very specimen. As most of those specimen this piece is a floater and very much 3-dimensional in shape. Beautiful and elegant growth patterns are visible all over the gold and make for a absolutely staggering elongated sculpture that looks like an artfully carved pillar. Beautiful and marvelous!
This little jewel impresses with stunning quality and beauty! The brookite is well developed, sharp, lustrous and with a gemmy deep red color that is absolutely outstanding and much more appealing than the usual brown crystals! The main brookite is doubly terminated and accompanied by a smaller crystal and some quartz around the base. A small ding on the edge greatly reduces the price on this otherwise amazing little specimen!
This lovely sky-blue single crystal tourmaline has quite the presence, supported through glassy quality, luster and most importantly the intriguing termination. Like a crown atop the otherwise uniform crystal the termination is of intensive pink color with a complex architecture and best gemmy quality! The whole specimen is in best condition and really an attractive beauty!
Another very nice group!
This is an outstanding piece from a rare wulfenite find in Mežica, Slovenia. The crystals of carrot-orange color are perched on a beautiful piece of limestone that offers a stark contrast. Some of the crystals are prettily covered with a crust of calcite as if covered in snow. Most special about this specimen is the bipyramidal habit of the wulfenite crystals as is extremely rare! We have in fact seen quite some pieces from this find but specimen of such exceptional elegance are few and far between. A fantastic piece, highly attractive and of superb quality!
This is a wonderful exemplar of the rare mineral bastnäsite. The crystal shows a satiated oragnge-brown color and is limpid. The termination is complete and undamaged. Also the bottom is crystallized and despite a contact at the lower backside there is nothing to worry about at this specimen. A rare marvel of superb quality!
Elba Island is one of the great classical localities of Europe and has produce a great many different minerals over the centuries. While, as type locality of elbaite, Elba is primarily known for fine tourmaline specimens, many other great mineral specimens have been unearthed here. This pristine hematite, embedded in a nest of fine white quartz, is a shiny example for a recent find producing such high quality classics. The main crystal is like a dark, shiny pearl, aesthetically centered between white quartz needles and a massy black hematite slab. The metallic luster has a red tinge to it, revealed at closer inspection under direct downlight. This is a great hematite specimen that is in overall well condition. Yes, there is a dinge at the main crystal (not as dramatic as it might look at first glance) that drops the price here but if you can live with that, you will be delighted by the excellent aesthetics of this wonderful piece!
Sparkling and contrasting, mirroring and sharp, classy and dashy! This combination of jet-black hematite, glassy quartz and some fire-red rutile is just fantastic in person! Like a nest the brilliant, clear quartz crystals are arranged around the mirroring hematite plates. The hematite is up to 2.7 cm in diameter and completely flawless. Tiny red rutile, a little over 2 mm in length, are typical for the locale. A highly attractive piece of best quality that is simply timeless!
This tourmaline is embedded in a single translucent quartz crystal of some yellowish color that very much emphasizes the multicolor tourmaline! It is 6 cm long and displays fine color zoning from bottom to top: The lower third is a very dark green or blue. The middle section turns from apple-green to white and pink. Top third is a bright turquois, completely gemmy and almost free of internal cracks. The whole crystal is lustous and charming with a superb pointed termination. There is no damage to be reported. Cracks in the tourmaline are held together by the quartz protects the crystal and keeps it whole. Unusual, distinctive and beautiful as a piece of art!
Pure elegance, combining marvelous colors with beautiful shape and bright luster is the stunning nature of this tourmaline specimen. The termination is nicely modified and offers a great view with mirroring faces and fine structure. The tourmalines color changes from pink to turquoise at the center and back to pink at the termination. It is free of damage with a rehealed bottom. A wonderful and classy piece of remarkable character.
A panel of glassy, sharp and very well developed barite freely protrudes from a small piece of dolomite matrix. The piece has a much more 3-dimensional feeling than the picture would suggest so for a better view I recommend our video! The crystal - or rather the two crystals, as those are in fact two parallel panels - are of best quality, highly lustrous on all sides and with only one rehealed chip at the gap between the crystals. With 4.5 cm length the barite is remarkably large for the locale and dominant on the specimen. Absolultely appealing in person!