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International Minerals 38


TI635 - Amethyst - 450€
Priozersk, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
Size: 3.1 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm
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This lovely specimen has two interlocked crystals that are up to 2 cm long and with amazing quality: Glassy, razor sharp amethyst with intensive purple color! They are in best condition and nicely set on a well proportioned piece of rock matrix. An absolutely gorgeous piece as you can well see in our video!


CI7 - Pyrite with Quartz - 1850€
Huayllapon Mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Peru
Size: 10.9 x 9 x 6 cm
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Most pyrite specimens are relatively uniform with similar crystal sizes and habits. This piece on the other hand is something very special! Atop this cluster of pyrite and quartz stands a single, around 6.5 cm large pyrite that strikes with size, brilliance and unusual development alike! The predominant crystal form on this piece is the dodecahedral pyrite, modified in many ways. The main crystal is much more elongated and contorted which makes it intriguingly appealing! All in all this is a floater without any noteworthy issues and of exceptional aesthetics!


OZ1 - Tourmaline - 470€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm
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What this single tourmaline crystal has to offer is uttermost brilliance, sharpness and very nice colors! The tourmaline is completely glassy from bottom to top where it ends in a sharply cut polyhedral termination. Absolutely lovely in person!


RL486 - Galena with Quartz and Siderite - 3500€
Neudorf, Harzgerode, Harz Mts, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Size: 6 x 4.6 x 3.4 cm
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Galena from Neudorf counts among the European top-classics and are featured in the most important mineral museums around the globe! This is one especially bright, brilliant, well composed specimen of classic galena with quartz and siderite that shows a single isolated galena on a contrasting background of brown siderite and pristinely white quartz. The whole piece is in outstanding condition and of marvelous textbook aesthetics!
The single galena is set right at the dividing line that separates the white quartz on the left from the amber brown siderite on the right. This special composition adds a kind of "yin and yang" aesthetics that is unique and absolutely amazing in person!


PB139 - Pyrite - 900€
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
Size: 9.5 x 9.2 x 6.1 cm
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The special thing about this pyrite specimen are the exceptionally well formed crystals. The predominant shape is a hybrid of cube and octahedron, all very well developed, sharp and in very best condition. Characteristic for the locale are some small quartz and sphalerite crystals that you can find attached to the pyrite main crystals. Our video grants a good look on the three-dimensional shape and the bright luster this specimen has to offer!


PP660 - Rose Quartz - 850€
Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.2 x 5.6 x 2.1 cm
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This rose quartz specimen has a unique circular shape with sparkling crystals fanning out from the center. The crystals show very nice pink color but around the outline there are white microcrystalls atached which makes for a totally unique and beautiful picture! The condition is very good with only minimal contacts but no damage. Absolutely outstanding and remarkably attractive!


PB28 - Augelite with Quartz - 1000€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 8.7 x 4.8 x 6 cm
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This is a wild mix of green augelite and white quartz from the Mundo Nuevo Mine, famous for the worlds best augelites. Among the number of small scale specimens we have seen from the locale this one stands out with a size of 8.7 cm in total. The largest augelite is 2.2 cm long and part of a augelite aggreagate of intensive apple green color. The crystals are sharp and undamaged and with very nice luster. The quartz comes as white to transparent elongated crystals, some of which show japan-law twinning. The overall condition is very good, even the backside is crystallized with quartz micro-crystals.


UK3 - Phlogopite - 450€
Pyan Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 10.9 x 7.4 x 8.2 cm
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Large transparent brown phologopite crystals with contrasting white marble. The main crystal is stunning 5.5 cm broad which is really gigantic for the mineral! It is very easily lit, has a warm brown color and is complete all around. Some crystals on this specimen are in fact cleaved (not so the main crystal) but which is not so obvious and doesn't compromise the overall aesthetics. This is a remarkable specimen for this rare mica variety!


CA778 - Vanadinite - 8700€
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Size: 16.5 x 13 x 5.2 cm
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This piece is really something special for the material that shows brilliant, sharp and gemmy strawberry red crystals with superb luster! The whole specimen is complete and undamaged with crystals richly distributed about front, back and just everywhere in between! The matrix is a solid rock that is partly covered in white barite which is a very attractive background for the gemmy vanadinite crystals!
Among the many pieces that have come from the locale in Mibladen in Morocco, this really stands out for its exceptionally high quality and the beautiful aesthetics!


SU11 - Topaz - 1250€
Fazenda do Centro, Castelo, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Size: 14.7 x 12.3 x 7 cm
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This large and heavy etched topaz is quite dominant with a bright glassy interior! At the base it has an interesting structure that looks as if some thin tabular mineral was grown into the topaz but it might as well be some form of dissolving pattern. The upper two thirds of the crystal are clear and with lovely etchings and beautifully structured surface. On the negative side this piece has a damage on the left side (you can better see that in the video) as well as some abrasions. Despite this issue this is still a very impressive exemplar from this spectacular one-time find!


SW458 - Tourmaline with Lepidolite - 4200€
Chia Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 7.3 x 4.9 x 4.5 cm
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This very fine tourmaline specimen was part of a new find at the Chia Mine near Sao Jose do Safira. What’s special here is the exquisite quality and intensive color of the tourmaline! A deep cherry red core is coated by a layer of striking emerald green which defines the color-play of this piece. Additionally there is pink lepidolite present adding much to the beauty of this specimen!
The overall condition is very good but there are a couple of well done repairs. A very striking piece in person that offers great quality and nice aesthetics!


VK574 - Stibiotantalite - 650€
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
Size: 1.5 x 0.9 x 0.5 cm
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Stibiotantalite is an extremely rare antimony tantalum niobium oxide that usually comes as dark brown to reddish crystals, often opaque and unattractive. In some exceptional cases however stibiotantalite develops well defined crystals with bright gemmy yellow color!
This crystal is exactly that and despite the rather small size it is an impressive piece for the material that shines with great crystal quality and a superb and flawless termination!