An elongated floater specimen of apatite on siderite. The apatite crystals are of characteristic Panasqueira quality, all brilliantly lustrous and transparent - in parts even gemmy! Some minuscule edgewear and a damaged patch at the lower left periphery lowers the price on this otherwise remarkably fine specimen. The Panasqueira Mine is know as one of the very best apatite locales worldwide, which you can very well see on this lovely miniature piece.
Another very fine galena on matrix. The crystal is surrounded by many small crystals of quarz, what looks very lovely. The quality of the galena is better than shown on the pictures, having pretty good luster and it is free of damage. Much better in person!
It is very hard to find a good sceptre quartz from alpine regions! This fat crystal is impressive, has a very clear sceptre shape, great luster and clarity. It is a perfect fit for every alpine collection, but also easy good a enough to be placed in a worldwide collection because of its great quality.
The shape of this specimen is absolutely unique! I named this piece "The Sailing Ship" which is clearly visible on the photos! The specimen consists of two beautiful barites, one of them looking like the bloom a rose, and the upper part of the matrix is covered by very nice crystals of quartz! A perfect fit for every collector of Berbes or barite, or just to loosen up a collection of fluorites!
While you can see the red and green colors even in low light, the full extent of this tourmalines beauty is only revealed with direct illumination. This tourmaline is a wild beauty of chaotic structure with a deep red core played about by bright green and orange. There is no damage to be found here, except at the bottom side. Unusual aesthetics combined with superb quality makes this an attractive and appealing choice!
The matrix is fully coverd by modified grown fluorite of pretty nice quality, which is better in person then visible on the photos and the video. Especially the crystals in the middle area are glassy and have a great luster! Very impressive in person!
While the main view of this piece is a fabric of stacked cubical fluorite crystals, the backside is etched all over and thus shows a more amorphous shape. As this is a floater that's free of damage there are different ways to display this fine piece. The fluorite is mainly colorless with clouds of dark purple that nicely show through the transparent outer layer. A great example of Alpine fluorite in perfect condition.
White sparkling quartz with superb luster forms this lovely little specimen. The larger crystal to the left is in fact a 4.6 cm doubly terminated crystal that's completely flawless. To the right is a twin crystal pair of matching quality. In the center of this piece is a contacted but re-crystallized and undamaged zone. The quartz has some internal cracks and milky zones but is without any damage and nicely attractive all around!
Most stunning about this beautiful piece is the very intense purple color that's revealed at backlight illumination. Even at low light the fluorite radiates an amazing glow that stands in stark contrast to the snow-white quartz matrix. The aesthetics is that of a blooming flower, 3-dimensional and vivid. The fluorite as well as the matrix is crystallized all around and free of damage. The surface is slightly etched but still shows its natural, stepped grown character. A striking piece of great color, aesthetics and quality!
This is a highly unusual shape even for a gwindel. Almost round like a disc this marvelous crystal is perched on a small quartz cluster. From a crystallographic view this is a closed gwindel variety with a left hand twist that is laterally attached to the supporting quartz. It is completely clear and free of internal cracks, has good luster and a not too strong smoky color. The condition is perfect. There is one single chip but which seems older and already started to reheal. Aside of that there are only contacts at the back, nothing serious. A striking and absolutely unique specimen from the Swiss Alps!
One single, massive pyrite dodecahedron of exceptionally bright luster and sharp development! The crystal is a complete floater without any damage or even abrasion. It is modified on the backside but the front is distinctively defined and impressive! Among the plentitude of pyrite that is being found in Peru, this crystal stands out in its simplicity, built from only the best of ingredients: bright luster, sharp edges, fine striations and a complex dodecahedral crystal shape!
Reduced to the essentials, this miniature smoky quartz quindel offers a perfect outline, a distinct twist and a clear crystal body with only some internal cracks at the bottom third. This whole specimen is virtually flawless with great luster on all sides and an intense grey-brown color. A lovely piece with no downsides!