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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
No, there is nothing wrong or exaggerated at the picture: this incredibly vibrant color is real! This large and impressive matrix of characteristic mica schist holds several brilliant emerald crystals that strongly contrast with the silvery background. The emerald is lustrous and gemmy but most outstanding is the intensive color that we have hardly ever seen on Habachtal emerald. Embedded in naturally broken matrix of just the right proportion, this is a fantastic piece of rarely seen quality!
I love the dramatic contrast of white quartz matrix and firing purple fluorite! The fluorite itself is all etched and shines from the inside, which is a mixture of dark purple, bright pink and some colorless spots. This whole piece is in excellent condition, highly aesthetic and of great visual impact!
These dodecahedral pyrite crystals have grown on a massive sphalerite matrix. The aesthetics of pyrite, sphalerite and calcite are combining to an astonishing sight on this specimen. The balance here is exceptional as black, gold and white are forming a harmonic union. Some of the side crystals show tiny chips but fortunately the larger main crystals are virtually perfect and of brilliant quality. An extraordinary piece of great combination!
Free of any damage, this cluster of pink fluorite is perched on a distinctly 3-dimensional matrix. I love the overall aesthetics of this piece as the matrix provides a nice contrast to the fluorite crystals and emphasizes their appealing charm. The crystals are complex and modified offering a deatailed landscape. A typical yet very much remarkable piece of pink fluorite from Zinggenstock!
A very massy single quartz crystal of striking luster and a distinct Alpine characteristic. It is translucent to transparent, especially the lower body is very clear. The shiny surface shows many details, stepped growth, striation and corrugated faces. The bottom of this quartz is mainly rehealed and holds some matrix fragment, a piece of pericline with iron oxide coating. Overall this is a remarkable piece in person that impresses with high quality and massive size alike!