A fantastic gold specimen of classy aesthetics from the famous Eagle`s Nest Mine in California. It shows just the right proportion of white quartz matrix and shiny crystallized gold. This piece is perfect all around with freely protruding branching gold. The matrix is interveined with gold which is nicely visible at its bottom and sides. A brilliant piece of considerable size and decent elegance.
Two transparent fluorite cubes of light blue color with sharp purple edges and great luster on all sides are perched on a lovely white calcite matrix. The larger crystal is around 1.7 cm on edge and provides a look right through to the matrix. This is a highly aesthetic fluorite specimen with no considerable damage from the famous Yaogangxian Mine in China.
A coral-shaped aragonite specimen of snow-white quality and brilliant 3-dimenional aesthetics. At the backside there is some smaller damage present but all crystals at the front are totally perfect. A beautiful piece from the classic locale of Laurion.
To directly get to the point: The color of this azurite specimen is just fantastic! At direct illumination you see a sheer fireworks of sparkling crystal faces and vibrant blue color. The quality is absolutely amazing and a good example for the stuff that comes out of Milpillas Mine. Prominently sitting on a piece of matrix with some smaller spots of malachite really benefits the overall aesthetics. Some very minor edgewear is barely discernible over the blindening beauty of this great piece!
This brownish dolomite matrix supports a highly aesthetic blossom-like cluster of limpid tabular barite. I love the striking composition as well as the high crystal quality of brilliant luster and perfect transparency. The whole cluster is in very good shape with only one smaler chip that is visible at closer view but fortunately does not distract the perfect outline and the general beauty of this piece. Highly attractive and of sparkling quality.
360° of bright red proustite on matrix, sparkling and powerful. The beginning of this century marked a period of proustite mining at Imiter Mine. Hundreds of fire-red crystals, up to around 0.6 x 0.3 mm in size are covering a nice rust-brown rock to shape a quite amazing 3-dimensional landscape. Imiter Mine might not be known for the largest specimens but the quality is stunning. This specimen is a floater of very good condition and strikingly aesthetic!
One single azurite of dramatic size protrudes from a nice piece of matrix that is very much typical for the locale. The azurite is quite dark but reveals its deep blue secret at backlight illumination. Some green malachite mottling, apparently a beginning pseudomorphosis, gives a nice accent to this striking piece. There is some slight wear present but no acutal damage. This is an old piece, as you can see on the enclosed label. Stunning and beautiful in person!
Bright red-orange vanadinite crystals are perched on a snow-white barite matrix like cherries on a cream pie. This stiking piece lives from the intense contrast these colors provide but also from high luster on gemmy crystals in a size range from a few millimeters up to staggering 2.1 cm! The piece is virtually free of damage, aside some smaller contacts or almost invisible edgewear. Also the bottom is nicely crystallized. This is a piece of overall good quality and appealing aesthetics!
This cabinet size specimen is a nice combination of tetrahedrite on a beautiful dark matrix covered in dolomite and quartz. At some spots you can see some orange wulfenite but which unfortunately is not very well preserved. Most striking about this piece is the large 2.5 cm crystal that literally stands out of this landscape-like surface. The combination of quartz and pinkish dolomite makes a very 3-dimensional visual support for the dominant tetrahedrite. A very appealing piece in overall good condition that is a rarity for the famous Tsumeb Mine.
A small pearl and a sparkling one! Absolutely brilliant luster shines on this gemmy crystal of utter beauty. Its star-like shape is just exceptional and visible from all sides. A piece that exceeds its physical size by far. Being free of any visible damage, this specimen is a real jewel!
It's looking at me! Two virtually perfect spherical clusters of prismatic stibnite crystals are perched on a brown matrix like eyeballs. At direct illumination a mesmerizing blue shimmer is revealed. The shape of this specimen is absolutely unique and - if you ask me - outstandingly brilliant! Coming from a very old find there have only been few pieces of this exceptional spherical shape. All of those short prismatic crystals are in perfect shape, sharp and lustrous. A high-class piece and a real classic!
The sheer amount of top-quality augelite on this important piece is just amazing! Augelite of this brilliance has only been found at the Mundo Nuevo Mine in Peru, but such a richly loaded piece is rare and dramatic even for that standard. The single isolated augelite crystals reach a size of around 1.3 cm and are embedded in a sparkling white matrix of glassy and gemmy colorless quartz. This is definitely a premium piece of exceptional quality, best condition and outstanding size!