It's actually four tourmaline crystals, glassy and pleasantly green, that are embedded in this beautiful albite matrix. The longest crystal is 5.5 cm long and 0.5 cm thick. Its color changes from a luscious green to turquoise at the tip. The main crystal is free of any damage and is not repaired, which is a rare thing at fragile pieces like this one. I love the aesthetics of this specimen as there are so few good matrix-pieces available on the market.
The village of Calumet on the upper peninsula of Michigan is a historic mining site mainly for copper, but is also known for silver and other minerals. This old piece from 1963 is a massy yet graceful example for the impressive specimens coming from Calumet. Sharp silver crystals are embedded in a landscape of rugged, massive silver. An imposing piece of size and very fine silver color that almost physically emanates its unique historic charm!
A very compact and characteristic smoky quartz group from Uri. The quartz is limpid, lustrous and shows very fine surface structure. All larger crystals are totally free of any damage with perfect pointed terminations or chisel terminations. There is one damaged side-crystal but which is at the very back of this specimen and not visible from the frontside. The bottom is all contacted, not broken. A beautiful piece all over in very good condition!
This is in fact a quite astonishing piece at closer inspection. Have a look at the main crystal (also in our video) and you immediately get stunned by the brilliant luster, the water-clear bright blue crystal and its neat purple phantom. The fluorite is a cube with modified edges, accompanied by a second smaller cube of matching quality. The matrix is a dark contrasting combination of quartz encrusted with tiny pyrite and muscovite. The major issue about this piece is a broken quartz side-crystal that is visible at the lower main view. Fortunately there is nothing to worry about the fluorite that is completely intact and of pristine quality. An appealing specimen from this famous locale.
Elegance and charm are radiating from this piece as is typical for the famous locale of Veracruz. Several high-class amethyst crystals are nested on a grey matrix cluttered with small white quartz crystals. The amethyst shows lovely purple color in marvelously gemmy, elongated crystals. There are no flaws worth mentioning here on this piece of utter brilliance. The nice 3-dimensional character as well as the sparkling luster are main actors in our video, so go on and have a look!
A strinking combination of transparent long prismatic quartz supporting a cluster of grey-brown octahedral scheelite crystals, covered in signal yellow stolzite. While there are some abrasions visible, exposing the scheelite, there is no actual damage to be found here. This is a massy, 3-dimensional piece and a good example for the famous and utterly unique 2014 find at Mundo Nuevo Mine. At the bottom and the backside you see accessory hübnerite crystals, also typical for the locale. Highly attractive and rare, this is a unusual combination-piece of great importance.
A brilliant glassy tourmaline crystal of elegant blueish color with pink at the termination and the bottom. The multifaceted termination shows excellent luster. While the backside is contacted - which actually adds a very welcome structure - with some chips at the edges, the front is perfect, clear and nicely striated. A charming single crystal tourmaline of very good quality.
The juicy green color of this fine specimen instantly reminds me of a sweet exotic fruit, waiting for me to have a good healthy bite. The brilliance of this very lively specimen is just spectacular and directs the visual focus to the combination of apple green fluorite and white to pale yellow scalenohedral calcite that sit atop the fluorite structure like a cap. The fluorite is a 3-dimensional cluster of water-clear cubical crystals stacked upon each other. A very fresh piece that is beautiful on 360° and free of any damage. Highest crystal quality and unique aesthetics are combined to an absolutely stunning piece!
This is a 3-dimensional floater of typical "tunnel"-character. Lustrous, translucent white calcite is accompanied by smaller amounts of chlorite, feldspar and some tiny pyrrhotite crystals. There might be some insignificant edgewear present but you have to actually search for those tiny flaws on this otherwise striking piece. Vertically arranged this piece reminds of a sculpture, a distinct and lovely calcite specimen of high quality and unique aesthetics.
This classic bismuth specimen is full of character. Like a highly detailed sculpture, nicely crystallized and glinting with tempering colors this mushroom shaped specimen shows its own unique aesthetics. The rareness of the element bismuth makes this piece with a size of 5.5 cm in length even more an impressive piece. All sides are covered in sharp bismuth crystals leaving nothing to worry about. You are looking for a great piece of crystallized bismuth from the classice locale of Schlema? Then have a good look on this one!
A monumental, bulky, alpine type diopside specimen showing marvelous luster and deep green color on a doubly terminated crystal on matrix. The main crystal is almost 7 cm long with a square profile of 1.5 x 1.3 cm, strongly reminding me of an Egyptian obelisk. Due to this extraordinary thickness backlight is blocked entirely but at direct illumination you can make out the typical dark green color. This whole piece is a floater, the matrix is covered in small diopside crystals and chlorite on all sides. Absolutely stunning in size and quality this specimen is totally unique!