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International Minerals 20

VA9 - Hematite - 1800€
Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy
Size: 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.7
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Elba Island is one of the great classical localities of Europe and has produce a great many different minerals over the centuries. While, as type locality of elbaite, Elba is primarily known for fine tourmaline specimens, many other great mineral specimens have been unearthed there.<br>This is an exceptionally aesthetic example for a high class hematite specimen with white contrasting quartz needles at the periphery. The hematite comes in metallic black, blocky and sharp crystals, beautifully arranged like a bouquet of flowers. The condition is flawless, aesthetics and quality speak for themselves. A brilliant little specimen from Elba Island!

SB6 - Gold on Quartz - Sold
Eagle`s Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
Size: 4.1 x 3.7 x 3
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Atop this snow white quartz matrix naturally grows some bright yellow gold like moss on a dry rock. Typical for the locale this specimen shows best quality and a striking contrast! While the quartz physically outweighs the gold on this specimen it is also the perfect base that much emphasizes this precious metal and leads the view to its fine crystallization. A just lovely specimen with no damage or any other downsides!

SO104 - Fluorite - 1500€
Annaberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Size: 8.2 x 5.9 x 3.2
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The unusual color combination of this aesthetic fluorite specimen is quite intriguing especially when lit from the back which brings out the intensive purple phantoms that rest inside these honey-yellow fluorite cubes. This is a formation of several stacked cubes of fine translucent quality. The sides and bottom are contacted but not broken. There is minimal edgewear present but nothing really bothering. A lovely piece of outstanding color!

TB5 - Atacamite - 9500€
New Cornwall Mine, Kadina, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia
Size: 4.2 x 4.1 x 2.5
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The New Cornwall Mine near the town of Kadina in South Australia is famous for world class atacamite having produced some of the worlds finest specimens of this rare mineral!<br>This is an exceptional group of sharp, deep green and lustrous crystals nicely arranged in a fanning pattern. While the backside is a little overcrusted the front perfectly shows the blocky atacamite. Some contacts are present aroud the base but no damage!Absolutely stunning in size and quality!<br>Have a look on our video for a full 360° image!

TA20 - Tetrahedrite and Pyrite with Quartz - 350€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 9.6 x 9.5 x 5.3
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A towering paragenesis of tetrahedrite on pyrite and quartz. The largest tetrahedrite crystal at the pieces center has an impressive 3 cm on edge, is sharp and - unlike some other tetrahedrite on this specimen - is free of damage. The crystals sit on golden pyrite cubes with nice bevels and striations. Some white and sparkling quartz at the base provides for a great contrast and overall aesthetics.<br>Not overall perfect but a worthy locality piece of great composition!

AK6 - Scheelite on Quartz - 630€
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 6.2 x 3.5 x 2.8
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While commonly orange, yellow or brown, this perfect single scheelite crystal shows a distinct purple coloring that radiates from the highly lustrous surface. The sharp crystal shows five out of six possible tetrahedal tips and is beautifully attached to a white, sparkling quartz crystal that is a floater and completely flawless! Absolutely spectacular in quality and aesthetics! The little tetrahedrons you can see upon the scheelites faces are small chalcopyrite crystals. Absolutely rare and a 100% lovely in person!

ST13 - Dioptase - 8600€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 6.1 x 5.8 x 2.5
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This is a small cabinet dioptase of perfect Tsumeb-aesthetics. All crystals are in flawless condition, sharp, super-lustrous and with just wonderful deep green color. The largest crystal on this piece is 2 cm long and 1.2 cm thick which is totally staggering in person. Even more so as the white calcite matrix provides a beautiful contrasting background. All crystals are isolated and thus well emphasized and visible. Superb quality meets highly appealing composition! Only one small part of the matrix is stabilised. EX Wally Mann collection

DK13 - Fluorite - 4850€
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Size: 10 x 9.1 x 5.5
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Beautiful purple color and very best aesthetics are combined on this spectacular piece of best Elmwood fluorite! Several intergrown cubical fluorite crystals sit on a small piece of matrix, sparkling with quartz and dolomite. The fluorite strikes with particularly good clearity and stunning purple color, especially strong along the edges. The backside is contacted but fully re-crystallized and shows no damage at all! <br>A wonderful specimen from one of the worlds leading sources for high class fluorite!

AK7 - Crocoite - 3800€
Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
Size: 10.3 x 9.7 x 8.8
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The 3-dimensional aesthetics of this crocoite specimen is just outstanding and utterly appealing! The very dark brown and contrasting matrix forms a perfect base for an artfully arranged composition of crocoite crystals up to around 6 cm in length and 0.5 cm thick! The crystals show a very intense orange-red color and great luster as is rather outstanding for this mineral. With no visible damage, best quality and intriguing aesthetics, this is a true highlight from the worlds most famous crocoite mine!

PB147 - Pyrite with Quartz - 4800€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 8 x 6.4 x 5.9
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From all the many pyrite crystals I have seen to date this is without question one of the very, very best!<br>Golden luster brightly shimmers all over the mirroring surface that especially strikes with beautiful bevelled edges and fine striations! The crytal is free of any damage and protrudes freely from a perfectly balanced white quartz matrix. The overall aesthetics is breathtaking and clearly defies the just-a-pyrite-attitude you might have come across. Every mineral has its masterpieces and pyrite is no exception! Have a look on our video for a better look on this beauty!

FJ47 - Dravite - 2300€
Nadonjukin, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
Size: 7.3 x 1.8 x 1.6
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From the spectacular recent find of chrome dravite in Nadonjukin, a small village in the northeast of Tanzania. A single pocket has produced some of the greatest crystals ever found with incredible emerald green color, bright luster and a fantastic gemmy quality! This crystal is a real stunner, that impresses with fantastic luster and breathtaking color that goes from bright green to a mix of green and brown at the lower half. See the pictures? That's exactly it, no exaggeration!<br>The whole crystal is clouded at the inside but still easily lit with some backlight. The termination is a pointed pyramid with no damage at all. These crystals are a must for any collector of fine gem mineral!

AT70 - Tetrahedrite on Quartz - 270€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 6.3 x 5.5 x 3.3
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A relatively large and sharp tetrahedrite cluster sits in the middle of a nice spray of white quartz crystal. The coronal shape reminds me of some cristmas decoration that beautifully centers on the main attraction, the metallic tetrahedrite. The crystals are largely intact, only small abrasions are to be found at closer inspection. The surface has a thin grey coating that covers the otherwise mirroring tetrahedrite. A rare specimen of very catchy, 3-dimensional composition!