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VT2 - Quartz - 1300€
Turbhorn, Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 16 x 6 x 4 cm
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A superb quartz specimen from the Binntal that strikes with incredibly good quality and the impressive size of 16 cm! The striated surface shows excellent luster, encompasses the tessin quartz habit and emphasizes the sharp contours! The tapering shape leads right up to the pointed and flawless termination! Around the middle section and the base you will find some mica which adds much to the already attractive design! Overall this glassy specimen is in very best condition. One broken side crystal at the base is the only small flaw, the rest is just pristine and perfect!

RY795 - Tourmaline - 2750€
Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 5.2 x 3 x 2.1 cm
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The Pala District sure is an important region when it comes to high quality tourmaline specimen. Characteristic enough this is an intensively pink exemplar of nice gemmy quality and with a sparkling luster on all sides! It is studded with some lepidolite and feldspar which turns this single crystal into a charming specimen of natural beauty! The overall architecture is that of two intergrown parallel crystals which is easily visibe when having a look on the flat but stepped termination. The condition is near-perfect, even the bottom is not freshly broken but completely re-healed. Definitely a stunner from this classic locale!

FA85 - Vanadinite - 225€
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Size: 7.5 x 6.3 x 4.2 cm
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A floater specimen of white barite completely covered in shiny red vanadinite. The vanadinite crystals vary in size from tiny microcrystals up to very nice crystals reaching 1.2 cm in diameter. The vanadinite has best mibladen quality with strong cherry red color and sparkling luster all around! The piece is in very good condition with some minor contacts but all major crystals intact and flawless!

DK19 - Bournonite - 1200€
Baia Sprie, Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 10.8 x 7 x 4.1 cm
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It is a rich piece of bournonite from Baia Sprie that shows a nice classic aesthetics! The individual cog wheel shaped bournonite crystals are set on a a massive black matrix. Between these crystals is some golden shimmering chalcopyrite which lightens up the dark, grim landscape and adds some life and contrast! A well shaped specimen with single isolated crystals up to 1,3 cm in diameter. It is in perfect condition with only peripheral contacts but no damage at all!

AM1 - Quartz Faden - 3850€
Zhob District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 20.5 x 7.5 x 6 cm
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This is a dramatic, highly aesthetic quartz faden sculpture from Paprok! This outstanding piece is a staggering 20.5 cm large and beautiful all around! The shape is a combination of many quartz crystals of differing size, clustered together along a central thread, the so called “faden”. The quartz on this spectacular piece is of absolutely best quality. Glassy crystals with brilliant luster and free of even the smallest chips or abrasions!

EP5 - Epidote - 300€
Ras Koh Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 4.3 x 2.3 x 1.6 cm

This epidote specimen is from a recent find in the western Pakistani Mountains that revealed a completely unique and highly aesthetic "bow tie" shape. Sprays of dark green, lustous epidote form this sharp clusters in a just lovely way.This specimen is a dominant epidote "bow tie" of considerable 3.8 cm in size. A second cluster at the side is broken yet re-healed at the backside, which is not visible from the front. The main cluster is very vell developed and highly lustrous on all sides!

PB55 - Augelite with Quartz - 650€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 6 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm
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This is a great and kind of unusual piece of augelite and quartz on matrix. The crystals are lifted from the matrix on stilts-like quartz needles. Anyhow, the main focus here is on the larger quartz crystal that protrudes on the rigth and the imressive 2.4 cm augelite both of which are perfectly flawless. The overall picture reminds of a steamboat or a locomotive with chimneys protruding from the top. This is an unusual piece with an exceptionally large and brilliant augelite in a really charming companionship!

TB21 - Quartz - 1600€
Hornspitze, Mitterbachtal, Ahrntal, South-Tirol, Italy
Size: 9.8 x 7.3 x 5.1 cm
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This is a spectacularly beautiful quartz floater specimen in person! A doubly terminated chloritized crystal horizontally lies at the base to support a crown of transparent crystals. Aside some re-crystallized contact at the back and an insignificant chip at the bottom crystal this specimen is in best condition with all main crystals complete and undamaged. This piece clearly speaks a language of elegance and pure splendour!

KU1 - Tourmaline - 4700€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 7.3 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm
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Rich open colors, good size and a brilliant design make this tourmaline a real stunner! The crystal is semi-transparent at the bottom, where the color is a rich pink. The further up you look the glassier and more transparent it gets! The color changes about halfway up, first to a layer of white and then to an intensive glassy apple green! A small patch at the tip is pink again which puts just the cherries atop the icing! Most spectacular is the sharp, multifaceted termination that is unusually well developed! The whole specimen is perfectly flawless all around and highly lustrous. A stunning textbook tourmaline crystal!

FU150 - Quartz Gwindel - 1500€
Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 5.2 x 4.5 x 2 cm
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Gwindel specimens are extremely rare for the Pakistani mountains especially in such perfect formation. This crystal shows the classic open gwindel shape with jagged sides and a structured front face. Unlike the great majority of Alpine gwindels which are of the smoky variant, this specimen is completely colorless and glassy. While it is not completely flawless it sure is in very good condition. One issue at the left side is mainly rehealed as is the bottom where it detached probably from another quartz. A classy quartz of the gwindel variant from an unusual locale!

PB143 - Pyrite ps. Pyrrhotite - 750€
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
Size: 9.1 x 7.8 x 5.1 cm
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Utterly attractive and intriguing, this is definitely a fine pseudomorphosis from the Huanzala Mine! It is a rare specimen of pyrite after pyrrhotite that is very well developed on matrix! The largest and most dominant hexagonal aggregate of pyrite reaches almost 4,5 cm in diameter and is 0,8 cm thick. It is surrounded by smaller pyrite crystals around its base and is set on a greyish white rock matrix which adds just the right degree of contrast. An overall very well balanced specimen of this rare pseudomorphosis!

FB51 - Chalcedony - 9000€
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia
Size: 15.5 x 12.5 x 6.8 cm
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A rather large amount of botryoidal chalcedony specimens from Sulawesi Island has entered the market in 2016. But as with every mineral, there are always a few individual pieces that exceed all others in quality and aesthetics. This is one of the very finest of them all!
A mass of intensively purple calcedony spheres is clustered on a greenish beige matrix which provides a fantastic background. This matrix is in fact completely covered in small chalcedony crystals as well but the different color makes for a brilliant contrast. The backside is fully crystallized and perfect, making this piece a floater.The chalcedony is of absolutely best quality considering color and the silvery shimmering surface. Admittedly there is a small contact at the front and a couple of damaged crystals here and there but the exceptional aesthetics and outstanding quality more than make up for that minor drawbacks. A large showpiece that presents itself as the queen of chalcedony!