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International Minerals 22

KS3 - Tourmaline - 950€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
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This is a striking, rather stocky crystal with some lovely lepidolite arount the base and over parts of the backside. The crystal shows marvelous quality and a beautiful color-change! The translucent tourmaline shows intensive pink color at the lower half and a light water-green towards the top. Its termination is a perfect pyramit, sharp and with brilliant luster! Overall you don’t see the slightest damage, even the bottom is fully rehealed! Have a look on our video which nicely brings out the brilliant luster and colors!

NE10 - Aquamarine on Feldspar - 4400€
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 8 x 5.4 x 3.9 cm
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That's how aesthetics is done! The single aquamarine crystal, intensively blue and glassy, is set on a beautiful surroundings of snow-white feldspar and contrasting black schorl. With a crystal length of a little over 5.5 cm the proportion is just right to optimally support this remarkable main aquamarine. The top zone is transparent and lustrous, capped with a flat yet somewhat modified termination. The lower parts are translucent with the same brilliant luster, some attached side-crystals and overall a little more color. The whole specimen is in fact a floater with no damage at all. Superb aesthetics, perfect condition and a prominent main crystal of great quality!

PF1 - Tourmaline - 680€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4.1 x 1 x 0.8 cm
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A complex, pristine tourmaline specimen that combines several crystal, all with sharp cut terminations and lovely open colors! The gemmy crystals display distinct color zoning, from pink to green, white and pink again at the termination. Very lovely and in flawless condition!

PY4 - Pyromorphite - 2900€
Yangshuo Mine , Guilin, Guangxi Province, China
Size: 4.8 x 2.6 x 2.2 cm
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Bright atomic green color on rather large, lustrous crystals of pyromorphite. As a perfect floater this piece is absolutely stunning. The shape of a green flame, mechanically built from well defined hexagonal prisms! The crystals are translucent to even transparent in some parts, are sharp and all complete without any flaws! The Yangshuo Mine has produced some of the finest pyromorphite specimens the world has ever seen and this specimen is a dramatic exemple for the superb quality of this famous locale!

SA2 - Fluorite - 1300€
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 12 x 7.4 x 4.7 cm
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An amazingly beautiful group of water-clear fluorite cubes with fresh blueish green color. The crystals vary in size with the largest crystal at the center reaching around 4 cm even though this is kind of hard to measure exactly due to some modified edges, rounded faces and crystals that are stacked upon and grown into each other. Absolutely marvelous and with impressively large crystals for the locale! The surface is largely of best luster without any abrasions or the like. The fluorite is grown on a thin piece of feldspar that is crystallized with tiny pink fluorite at the bottom. The periphery shows some minor contacts but is mostly just perfect. A compact piece of elegant beauty!

MI6 - Barite - 3500€
Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumberland, Cumbria, England, UK
Size: 10.2 x 9 x 3.3 cm
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Barite from Cumberland is an old-time classic and this piece totally shows us why! A large and dominant crystal of blue barite sits on the red matrix which makes for an unusual and very appealing color combination! The barite itself is perfectly developed on all sides, is in best condition and has quite intensive light blue color. Through the partly transparent barite you can see the red hematite coating that covers the backside. Hematite and - especially at the fully crystallized backside - Dolomite microcrystals are rounding out the piece. A beautiful specimen of superb quality and wonderful aesthetics!

SP22 - Spinel - 6800€
Pyan Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 5.9 x 4.8 x 4.4 cm
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A single spinel crystal of dramatic size and gemmyness is set atop a white marble matrix. The marble emphasizes the striking cherry-red color of the spinel and provides for a calm, supportive ambience. The octahedral spinel is only attached to the matrix on a small patch, the rest is all free and visible. The surface has brilliant luster on all sides with subtle, attractive etchings. Deep cherry-red color radiates from the high quality crystal even at low illumination. Amazin glassy quality and stunning color, crystallized as a single spinel octahedron!

AM1 - Quartz Faden - 3850€
Zhob District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 20.5 x 7.5 x 6 cm
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This is a dramatic, highly aesthetic quartz faden sculpture from Paprok! This outstanding piece is a staggering 20.5 cm large and beautiful all around! The shape is a combination of many quartz crystals of differing size, clustered together along a central thread, the so called “faden”. The quartz on this spectacular piece is of absolutely best quality. Glassy crystals with brilliant luster and free of even the smallest chips or abrasions!

KU1 - Tourmaline - 4700€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 7.3 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm
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Rich open colors, good size and a brilliant design make this tourmaline a real stunner! The crystal is semi-transparent at the bottom, where the color is a rich pink. The further up you look the glassier and more transparent it gets! The color changes about halfway up, first to a layer of white and then to an intensive glassy apple green! A small patch at the tip is pink again which puts just the cherries atop the icing! Most spectacular is the sharp, multifaceted termination that is unusually well developed! The whole specimen is perfectly flawless all around and highly lustrous. A stunning textbook tourmaline crystal!

IF6 - Hematite with Quartz - 580€
Lechang Mine, Shaoguan, Guangdong Province, China
Size: 16.1 x 13.5 x 8.5 cm
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This is a very impressive and rich specimen of hematite and quartz that is impressively large and full of pretty details! Clusters of fanned out tabular hematite form a 3-dimensional landscape, studded with a number of glassy, colorless quartz crystals. The hematite is dark grey and provides a perfectly contrasting background for the quartz. The larger quartz crystal sits at the very center of the piece and draws the attention right to it! All around this piece is in very good condition with some peripheral contacts but no damage to any of the main crystals! The bottom is cut, the rest is just pure nature! Have a look on our video which reveals the full 3-dimensional quality of this piece!

GB5 - Tourmaline - Sold
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 3.2 x 0.8 x 0.6 cm
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A lovely twin tourmaline specimen of brilliant quality and nice open colors! The two crystals are not quite parallel - they show a slight yet aesthetically important v-shape that leads to two sharp cut pyramidal terminations. The gemmy crystal displays distinct color zoning, from pink to green, white and pink again at the termination. Very lovely and in flawless condition!

RQ9 - Tourmaline - 7500€
Veadinho claims, Marilac, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 5.3 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm
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A lovely group of two color-intensive tourmaline crystals with superb polyhedral terminations. The piece has an interesting history as it was on display in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, from where it went to the auction in 1999. See the attached front cover from the auction catalogue where the specimen is depicted - though in a very bad light allover. Rest assured that the color in reality is intensive and deep as you can see it in our picture! The tourmalines have very best luster all around and are completely free of damage. The terminations are uniquely well developed, pyramidal habit made of a multitude of small faces. Absolutely impressive and marvelous in person!