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International Minerals 39

FJ37 - Morganite and Quartz on Cleavelandite - Sold
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
Size: 8.4 x 5.8 x 4.4 cm
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A single hexagonal morganite crystal is nested between glassy quartz crystals and white albite of the cleavelandite variety. The morganite has a diameter of 2.4 cm. It is gemmy and lustrous with a nice pink-peach color. Apart from a small chip on the underside it is flawless and very well developed. The supporting quartz is also in best condition, the albite has some wear but is a very nice addition to the overall aesthetics. It's a characteristic and very attractive specimen for the locale!

JN879 - Emerald and Quartz - Sold
Panjshir, Afghanistan
Size: 2.7 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm
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This thumbnail specimen displays the most charming aesthetics and brilliant crystal quality! The 1.1 x 0.5 cm emerald is gem green, lustrous and flawless. A remarkable jewel that is associated with a towering quartz structure that's unusually shaped but equally perfect. Absolutely superb little emerald specimen from the Panjshir province!

LZ062 - Topaz - 750€
Fazenda do Centro, Castelo, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Size: 10.9 x 7.2 x 4 cm
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This topaz from the important one-time find in Fazenda do Centro has a very special shape! It has a very deep natural gap right in the middle without getting too fragile. The backside is completely flat which means there was another crystal which either detached or dissolved. Shape, quality and condition are extremely good on this fine topaz as you easily can see in our video!

RH1 - Tourmaline - 10500€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 8.9 x 3.4 x 2.4 cm
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Striking colors, a sharp termination, great aesthetics and very good size all add up to this formidable specimen! The color zoning is truly exceptional with a major zone of open chrome-green that is capped by a fast shift to blue, white and pink at the tip. The termination is rather impressive, a sharp figure of good luster that very well shows the pink color. The backside carries a mix of smaller tourmalines and feldspar, all perfect, sparkling and 3-dimiensional. Most beautiful about his rock is surely the front face which has best luster, nice striations up to the top and gives great insight into the open colored, gemmy crystal. The condition is near perfect with only a minimal, completely invisible restoration along the termination.

NS023 - Epidote - 460€
Nauchas Farm 14, Gamsberg area, Windhoek Rural, Khomas Region, Namibia
Size: 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm
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Specimen quality epidote from this region is extremely rare so I considered myself lucky when I layed hands on this fine and highly aesthetic piece! One elongated crystal of dark epidote with bright luster and very sharp design stands out from an epidote-rich matrix of very good proportion. At direct backlight the crystal shows to be completely gemmy with stunning colors. Light from the back reveals a warm red-brown color while the light from the side brings out an intensive emerald-green! Absolutely stunning in person and in best condition!

HX344 - Epidote - 570€
Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 6.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 cm
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Epidote from the Alpine type clefts of Pakistan are a well known species that impresses with gemmy quality and a multitude of different shapes!
This specimen stands out through the exceptional quality of the main crystal which shows very best transparency, superb luster and a well cut termination. The whole specimen is in best condition with only minuscule abrasions here and there.

AE781 - Tourmaline - 7500€
Pyingyi Taung, Male, Singu Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 4.8 x 3.9 x 2 cm
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In 2018 a tourmaline pocket has been opened in the Pyingyi Taung region, somewhere close to the village Let Pan Hla, and the found specimens by far outshine all previous finds of this mineral in the region! The intensive cherry-red color as seen in the pictures is not exaggerated at all and best sparkling luster even emphasizes the pristine quality and aesthetics! The main crystal on this specimen is prominently set amidst smaller side crystals of matching color and quality. The crystal is absolutely amazing not only for its juicy color but mostly for the sharp cut termination, a modified polyhedral pyramid of uttermost luster! Apart from some peripheral contacts this thing is absolutely flawless, highly aesthetic and of uncanny quality!

RF225 - Pyrite - 730€
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
Size: 5.2 x 3.8 x 3 cm
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It's an appealing exemplar of this mineral that shines with exceptional aesthetic! The largest crystal on this specimen has a diameter of 2,3 cm and is prominently set at the very top. While the size is not quite imposing, it’s the sculpturesque composition that makes this piece so special! Golden pyrite crystals are stacked upon each other, associated with some cream-colored dolomite. The pyrite comes as modified and striated cubes in very best condition and quality! The three-dimensional composition is stunningly elegant and beautiful in person!

HS022 - Anatase on Quartz - 1100€
Zard Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 2.5 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm
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A single doubly terminated and sharp anatase crystal horizontally lies across the tip of a transparent quartz with chlorite inclusions. The anatase is 1.6 cm long, sharp and flawless. At direct illumination it shows nice transparency with brown color towards the terminations. The surface is partly frosted, partly lustrous and has a single clump of rust-brown limonite atop. Very fine aesthetics in best condition!

AT69 - Tetrahedrite and Pyrite - Sold
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 5.9 x 4.5 x 3.3 cm
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This is a cluster of interlocked sharp metallic tetrahedrite in association with pyrite. The largest tetrahedrite is 2.9 cm on edge. The cluster sits on some golden shining pyrite. The backside is largely broken but the main view is in excellent condition. A characteristic paragenesis from the Mundo Nuevo Mine with dominant tetrahedrite crystals of considerable size!

FY613 - Aquamarine - 9500€
Medina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 7.1 x 2.5 x 2 cm
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A near perfect doubly terminated aquamarine of intensive ocean blue color that is characteristic only for the Medina pegmatite field. The surface has slight etchings which creates a superb beautiful structure with best luster! Towards the terminations the prism is slanted and etched which gives a very special appearance to this outstanding crystal! With gemmy interior, great luster and overwhelming color this is a brilliant aquamarine in excellent condition!

BY279 - Brucite - Sold
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 8.7 x 4.9 x 2.1 cm
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The most striking aspect about this mineral is without question the color. But while many specimens tent towards pale yellow to almost colorless, this very specimen stands out and presents the most vibrant lemon yellow you could wish for. It is a sweeping sculpture of pure brucite with some grey rock matrix that adds contrast and additional beauty. The condition is outstanding too with no damage at all. Very attractive and outstanding in person!