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International Minerals 22

KS3 - Tourmaline - 950€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.5
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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 - 5900€
Shigar valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 8 x 5.4 x 3.9
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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!

DI3 - Gold - 3800€
Serra do Caldeirão, Pontes e Lacerda, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Size: 3.7 x 1.6 x 0.7
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A superb hoppered gold from the spectacular finds in Pontes e Lacerda! The specimen is perfect all around, a floater of best yellow color and great luster. The architecture is quite captivating: While the left side is constructed of distinctive hoppered fish-bone structure, the right is more arborescent, more rounded and more fluent. A Yin-Yang-type of specimen that really impresses with perfection!

MI1 - Dioptase on Calcite - 1600€
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Tsumeb, Namibia
Size: 10 x 9.2 x 5.7
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Gemmy green dioptase crystals, sparkling on a bed of white calcite! The characteristic Tsumeb rock matrix forms a 3-dimensional background for an intriguingly beautiful picture of highest class dioptase. The dioptase is sharp, superbly lustrous, vitreous and of best green color! All crystals are in perfect condition! This is a specimen of very best quality and stunningly attractive aesthetics!

KI3 - Liddicoatite on Albite - Sold
Antsira Mine, Sahatany Valley, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 7.1 x 7 x 4.3
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This is a lovely albite matrix with two gemmy and colorful liddicoatite crystals atop! Both crystals are flawless, highly lustrous and show distinct color zonation, ranging from pink to white, green and pink again at the flat termination. The larger tourmaline on this piece is around 2 cm long and 1.8 cm thick. The overall aesthetics is absolutely stunning with brilliant quality and in very best condition. The pristine combination of liddicoatite and white albite is something really special - extraodrinarily beautiful and extremely rare, particularly developed in such intriguing beauty! A lovely piece in perfect small cabinet size!

RK233 - Prase - Sold
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 6.3 x 3.1 x 2.1
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This is a characteristic piece from Serifos Island in very best condition! All crystals are just perfect on all sides which makes this a brilliant little specimen!<br>The intensive green color, caused by acicular actinolite inclusions, is easily lit through the translucent crystals. The surface has a nice waxy luster. Perfect in shape and quality!

PF1 - Tourmaline - 680€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4.1 x 1 x 0.8
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!