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Mixed Minerals



FB44 - Quartz - 860€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 11.1 x 6.2 x 4.3 cm
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Three elongated Tessin habit quartz crystals are arranged at this specimen to form a distinctive, catchy outline. The crystals are lustrous and clear with some hematite inclusions. The cluster is in overall very good condition despite some inconspicuous chips at the side crystals termination. The quartz sits on a small piece of matrix, a mix of pericline and iron oxide. Definitely an aesthetic specimen all around!


RK390 - Liddicoatite with Quartz and Albite - 2800€
Tokambohitra, Sahatany Valley, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 7.2 x 4.3 x 3.1 cm
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This highly aesthetic combination of Liddidoatite and Albite on smoky quartz has been just recently found together with just a hand full of other fine pieces. It is a floater of very high quality - lustous quartz, a mossy green tourmaline with a orange to pink termination and snow-white cleavelandite which adds a striking contrast. Cleavelandite by the way occurs only on this very specimen and clearly sets it aside from the rest of the pocket. Some rough edges on liddicoatite and quartz are probably contact induced rather than damage. A truly outstanding piece of fabulous and unusual aesthetics!


RR27 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 1850€
Val Strem, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.9 x 4.5 x 1.7 cm
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As a rare mineralogical feature this specimen is a half open, half closed smoky quartz gwindel of superb quality. This specimen is even a floater which makes it utterly unique. Unfortunately at the bottom right corner there is a small damage that luckily is not visible from the frontside. Aside of that, this piece is in perfect condition, free of cracks and completely limpid. Truly outstanding!


DK24 - Quartz Sceptre - 180€
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.2 x 1 x 0.8 cm
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Yes, its small, but what a lovely specimen this is! The sceptre head prominently rests on the thinner body and impresses with great quality: superb luster and a colorless, transparent crystal. What at first sight looks like some impurities inside the crystal is in fact mostly due to the phantom of the original crystal that has been overgrown by the sceptres head. This is a small beauty that seems to exceed its physical size by far!


PA20 - Titanite on Albite - 1750€
Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 4.8 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm
 
 
 

This specimen has the best aesthetics you can look for. The crystal of this specimen has a remarkable size of 1.2 x 1.2cm and is 0.5cm thick.There is some very tiny edge wear on the back of the crystal, but this does not detract the specimen at all and is not visible from the front side.


GS04 - Quartz Gwindel - 1260€
Bassin d`Argentiere, Mont-Blanc massif, Haute-Savoie, France
Size: 4 x 3.5 x 1.4 cm
 
 
 

What a beautiful closed gwindel from France! This is the first specimen of this kind which I have got, and it is not from Switzerland. It has a very nice coating of chlorite, what looks very nice in person and highlights the special shape even more. Except for the bottom it is completely free of damage. For a gwindel of this type, the size is really good. A gwindel of this caliber is very hard to get and a perfect fit for everybody who is looking for quartzes and alpine minerals.


AT06 - Quartz Gwindel - 1960€
Val Giuv, Sedrun, Vorderrhein, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8.2 x 5.6 x 3 cm
 
 
 

A gorgeous combination of a regular smoky quartz and a very good gwindel from the recent find made this summer in Val Giuv. This specimen has a very good color, luster and is in a very good condition all around. Also the bottom side which is not visible on the photos is crystallized very well with a clear surface.


PB109 - Pyrite on Quartz - 4500€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 11.1 x 8.5 x 5.7 cm
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This piece is absolutely matchless! Two cubical pyrite crystal are stacked upon each other like father and child. Both crystals show very fine striations, modified corners and great luster. Both are almost perfect with just some tiny, almost invisible chips. The whole composition of this piece is a wonderful interplay of white quartz crystals, pretty and unharmed all around, with those superb pyrite crystals harmonically set in the middle. A world class specimen and definitely one of the very best to have come from the Mundo Nuevo Mine!


FA142 - Hematite with Rutile - 1400€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.6 x 4.3 x 1.4 cm
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What a great, shiny piece! Large plates of hematite up to 3 cm in diameter are stacked together, showing mirroring metallic luster on many facets. The narrow edges reflect the light in catchy tempering colors. Backside and the front are matchingly beautiful while at the back there is one single chipping worth mentioning. As is characteristic for Alpine hematite there are small fire-red rutile crystals on the hematete's surface the largest of which is 0.5 cm long. All in all this is a fantastic piece in great condition with only some peripheral damage at the bottom that do not compromise its overal visual splendor!


GA8 - Gold - 8800€
Serra do Caldeirão, Pontes e Lacerda, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Size: 3.8 x 2 x 1.5 cm
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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 sculpture. Lovely and marvelous!


FB55 - Smithsonite - 12500€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 14.2 x 10.9 x 6.4 cm
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A world-class smithsonite specimen of sparkling blue-green crystals on matrix. The smithsonite has rare scalenohedral shape and completely covers the matrix. Gemmy clear, razor sharp and superbly lustrous. Of all the mines worldwide producing smithsonie specimen, Tsumeb Mine was without question the greatest and best, with smithsonite being in turn one of its most prestigious minerals. Crystal shape, color, quality and sheer size combine to this imposing, breathtaking specimen!


PT1 - Topaz - 2800€
Teixerinha mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 8.1 x 7.4 x 5.8 cm
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While most comparable topaz specimens come from Xanda Mine, this brilliant ice blue topaz is out of the Teixerinha Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. And it is absolutely stunning in person! The topaz is a massy twin crystal, sharp and glassy, with lustrous faces and some etching at the left side. The right side is partly covered in yellowish mica, adding some nice contrast. There are some broken patches at the lower backside which lower the price on this piece but fortunately those are not at all visible from the front. Our video shows a better view on luster and gemminess of this piece - the color on the other hand loses a little and is stronger in person. All in all this is a marvelous topaz specimen of great visual impact!