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PB167 - Pyrite with Sphalerite and Calcite - 650€
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
Size: 6.3 x 5.8 x 2.4 cm
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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!

RK428 - Quartz - Sold
Erzwies, Gastein Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 22 x 10.6 x 7.5 cm
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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!

BK41 - Fluorite - 230€
Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 7.5 x 4.4 x 3.3 cm
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Another very nice group!

WS01 - Wulfenite - 2200€
Mežica (Miess), Slovenia
Size: 19.5 x 15.2 x 3.7 cm
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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!

RK89 - Bastnäsite - 450€
Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Size: 2.2 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm
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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!

SO44 - Calcite - Sold
Irai, Alto Uruguai region, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Size: 15.2 x 11.8 x 6.4 cm
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Large scalenohedral, milky calcite crystals are artfully arranged in a star-shape, set on a grey and copper-green matrix, dotted with small white calcites. The calcites are in best condition, translucent and in very well defined shape. A distinctive eye-catcher from the basaltic terrain of Iraí.

FB42 - Hematite with Quartz - 1800€
Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy
Size: 7.1 x 6.7 x 4.6 cm
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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!

BT7 - Quartz - Sold
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.2 x 9.2 x 4.8 cm
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A cluster of several quartz crystals, chaotically arranged but of nice quality and widely free of damage. Even the backside is fully crystallized, as are all contacted or broken faces. The terminations of some of the crystals seem a little rough but at closer view there is no fresh damage to be detected. The matrix at the background is a nice agglomeration of calcite and quartz. As a small gift you will find a red rutile, around 3 mm in size. This is a fine piece of very good crystal quality and an appealing 3-dimensional look!

BL56 - Hematite with Quartz - 1950€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.8 x 5.5 x 4.8 cm
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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!

LU1 - Tourmaline with Quartz and Feldspar - 4800€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 8.2 x 6.1 x 5 cm

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!

AC08 - Tourmaline - 2850€
Laghman Province, Nuristan , Afghanistan
Size: 7.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm
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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.

PB151 - Barite - 380€
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
Size: 5.5 x 4.7 x 3.4 cm
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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!