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International Minerals 39

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.

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!

AN315 - Dioptase and Chrysocolla and Quartz - 580€
Carbonera Mine, Near Nazca, Ica Dept., Peru
Size: 8.7 x 6.1 x 3.2 cm
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A nice display of gemmy green dioptase on a chrysocolla covered matrix. The chrysocolla covers the whole of the front face as well as some of the sides, where the rock matrix must have had cracks before it was worked out. Ranging from white to a light turquoise this is a nice background. The dioptase crystals are single isolated, translucent and sparkling with some micro crystals which is rather characteristic for the locale. The largest dioptase crystal is 1.3 cm long. All crystals are in perfect condition.

AE238 - Epidote - 130€
Tormiq valley, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 3.5 x 2.8 x 0.8 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 smaller specimen is composed of several short doubly-terminated crystals and is in very good condition with only small issues. Nice shape and quality!

OG312 - Anatase - 8800€
Zard Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 5.7 x 4.6 x 1.9 cm
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The main anatase on this specimen is of overwhelming quality and size! Prominently set at the top of a beautiful matrix this crystal has a stunning size of 1.8 x 1.2 cm which means it's exceptionally massy. It is completely flawless and has the most striking luster all around. At strong cold ligth from the back another striking detail emerges: gemmy tanzanite-blue color of best clarity!
This uniquely marvelous crystal is set on a matrix of sparkling quartz with several anatase side-crystals.
Aeshtetics and crystal quality of this high class specimen are both breathtaking and unique!

SP17 - Spinel - 750€
Pyan Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm
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The single flawless spinel crystal of gemmy pink color is set on a sparkling white marble matrix. The octahedral crystal has the characteristic surface structure thats absolutely marvelous in combination with the wet look luster that's all around the crystal.
Some direct light really is appreciated as it brings out the vibrant pink color this spinel is filled with. It's a superb crystal with a size of 1.5 cm on edge on a beautiful well proportioned matrix!

CU872 - Tourmaline with Albite - 650€
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan
Size: 4.9 x 4.3 x 2.2 cm
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Stak Nala is known for its wonderful and characteristic tourmaline/albite combinations, often composed in sweeping and beautiful ways.
This specimen is a textbook example that has everything right: Two main tourmaline crysals in a distinctive "V"-arrangement are accompanied by bright white albite and a single book of silvery mica. There is no damage or other downsides. The tourmalines are dark forest green to almost black but show a layer of fresh green at the terminations which is rather typical for the locale.

PB32 - Augelite with Quartz - 950€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 2.4 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm
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This amazing thumbnail specimen is basically a single augelite crystal of significant size for the mineral and remarkable quality. The sharp augelite shows fresh apple green color, bright luster and very good clarity. Set on this augelite is a lovely quartz developed as a japan-law twin.
The composition and aesthetics of this specimen are absolutely unique and stunning and perfect for every collector of fine thumbnail sized minerals!

XR618 - Epidote - 1700€
Ras Koh Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 6.8 x 5.1 x 4.3 cm
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Very well developed "bow tie" habit epidotes are three-dimensionally arranged on a nice contrasting quartz matrix. The individual crystals are in very good shape. Some are contacted but most are perfectly well and undamaged. The quartz matrix is rather unusual for epidotes from this locale and makes this specimen special. The epidotes are opaque but highly lustrous and appealing!