Three verdelites are parallel and stepped grown here! The crystals have a beautiful green color, very fine luster and are highly glassy! The termination is well pointed and at the lower area of the cluster is grown into some lepidolite. The smallest crystal is repaired once, what is fully acceptable on a piece like this. Free of damage and a perfect fit for the advanced collector!
Five elongated quartz crystals are fanning out like shiny white fingers. Especially the largest crystal is heavily supported by black sphalerite which provides the perfect contrast and spectacular aesthetics! The single quartz fingers are at closer inspection clusters of hundreds of small crystals which makes for a fantastically lovely surface. A sparkling, 3-dimensional sculpture that is perfect on all sides and rich in so many beautiful details!
This wulfenite specimen is from a younger find a couple of years ago. The crystals are loosely distributed about the red-brown matrix which gives this a very special appearance. The somehow blocky, almost cubical wulfenite crystals are honey-colored, translucent and in excellent condition. In between the wulfenite there is some green mimetite. A beautiful 3-dimensional piece of eye-catching wulfenite crystals on appealing contrasting matrix.
A prominent outline, stark contrast between smoky quartz and adularia and a staggering crystal quality are united at this fabulous piece. Especially the main quartz, protruding at the very center, shows beautiful surface structure and a intensive red-brown core, a color you rarely find at smoky quartz specimens. Great composition and outline make for an attractive specimen that sparkles with brilliant surfaces. Some smaller damage is evident but the overall condition is fine with no major breaks. A small chip to the main crystal is not visible from the front. The bottom of this fine piece is nicely crystallized with adularia and grass-green epidote, characteristic for Val Giuv.
A large cluster of brilliant scalenohedral calcite that is crystallized on all sides. Only the bottom is contacted, the rest is all complete and in near perfect condition. Several doubly terminated crystals, the largest of which is 12.5 cm long(!), are sitting atop a more massive but evenly sparkling calcite body. The mostly transparent crystals are milky white at the inside but intensively orange-brown "cognac" colored at the completely gemmy edges. An imposing, characteristic specimen for the famous Elmwood Mine, one of the worlds best localities for high class calcite!
This fluorite is pretty untypical for the location and actually I was surprised when I saw it the first time. Though, I had no other idea on my own! I got this in trade from Martin Gruell, a well-known and educated collector of fluorites in Austria, who has confirmd the location. It has great aesthetics and shows very intense purple color under lights! Except a small contact, it is pristine all around!
The thick, blocky stibnite crystals on this specimen are quite characteristic for the Cisma Mine. Still, this classic old European piece has exceptionally fine aesthetics. The metallic black stibnite is gracefully arranged on a contrasting white barite matrix of perfect proportion. While the backside is somewhat contacted, the front is completely unharmed and nicely crystallized all over. Very 3-dimensional and statuesque!
A nicely balanced combination of pyrite and galena that stands out in a very beautiful and aesthetic way. Holding it in hands it immediately emanates a worthy feeling of high quality and appealing looks. While the golden pyrite is straight and harmonic, the galena is excessively modified and magnificently fascinating. Smaller white calcite crystals are adding nice accents. This specimen has no visible damage at all. An incredibly nice choice!
A very well balanced matrix-piece of utter brilliance that impresses with superb luster and best crystal quality as is typical for Cavradi quartz. The composition of water-clear quartz on harmonious grey matrix is absolutely awesome and classic. The main crystal, vertically protruding from this fine piece, is 5.7 cm long, perfect all around and elegant. The backside of the matrix is cut but the impressive main view offers a distinctly natural appeal with many side-crystals of matching quality. A brilliant piece in person!
Two flawless smoky quartz crystals of brilliant quality protrude from a matrix of nested quartz crystals, adularia and some rock. The piece is quite 3-dimensional and full of details. What might appear a bit untamed and wild at the base inevitably leads the view to the two main crystals which act as a calm and harmonious anchor. Very attractive in person with some green chlorite at the terminations. These two crystals are absolutely super!
Size, color and perfection of this single spinel crystal are rather spectacular! The octahedron is complete and virtually flawless - consulting my loupe I find only very small chips that are insignificant and hard to identify. The crystal has no contacts and is lustrous on all eight faces. The interior needs some backlight but when provided with that it reveals a deep cherry-red color that is unusually satiated. A large and dominant marvel of pure elegance and with it's very own mysterious appeal!
Another piece of high quality and great aesthetics! The color is ver nice and more reddish in person!