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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Have a look on our video for a full 360° image!
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.
Not overall perfect but a worthy locality piece of great composition!
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!
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!
From all the many pyrite crystals I have seen to date this is without question one of the very, very best!
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!
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!
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!
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!
The classic manganite from Ilfeld in Germany are considered to be the best of this species which becomes obvious when you look at this very specimen! The black and white contrast is absolutely top on this well balanced piece. A snow-white barite cluster at the right more and more gives way to metallic black manganite the more left you look. From this complex black and white cluster one single manganite crystal emerges. It is around 1.8 cm long, 1.4 cm thick and of uttermost perfection!
The whole piece is in best condition with a cut bottom, which was usual at the time this piece was found, some hundred years ago. A European classic of great aesthetics as our video very well shows!
This is a very fine Pakistani fluorite of outstanding quality and aesthetics!
The piece features a stunning etched fluorite that is 6.7 cm (!) across and totally clear! Sure, you cannot see directly through the crystal due to the etched surface but even low illumination expands through the crystal and lets it shine as if it had its own magic inner light!The fluorite shows best pink color and sits on a matrix of silvery muscovite with sheets measuring up to 1.6 cm across. There is only one tiny issue at the lower right side but which is ridiculously insignificant on a stunning and exceptional piece like this!
Are you interested already?Then have a look on our video which reveals the true majesty of this incredibly aesthetic fluorite!
Hematita is better known for its alexandrite appearance, but in recent years some very fine topaz finds have been done. This specimen has the straight and sharp frame of a cut gem, with a limpid body that has only very few internal cracks. The surface is highly lustrous and shows a lovely structure. With some contacts and minimal edge-wear this piece is not perfect but in very good condition still and of high quality and aesthetics!