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International Minerals 24

KU3 - Tourmaline - 3900€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5.8 x 4 x 2 cm
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Finding such exceptional specimens that combine pure textbook aesthetics with superb crystal quality and such beautiful colors is extremely hard on the market! This specimen strikes with lovely and very rare ocean-blue and lavender color! The tourmaline is translucent to transparent, lustrous and with very nice bevelled edges at the termination. Around its base there is some white albite which is very important for the overall aesthetics and upgrades the image by several levels! A dark green core towards the bottom adds some contrast as the final component to visual perfection! The crystal is comple and free of any damage! A real marvel of exceptional quality and beauty!

FA173 - Cumengeite on Boleite - 800€
Santa Rosalía, Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Size: 1 x 0.9 x 0.7 cm
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Boleite is an extremely rare halide mineral that has almost exclusively been found in the type locality Boleo in Mexico and comes as indigo blue cubes on matrix or in this case as a floater crystal. The 6.5 mm on edge cube is lustrous blue with gemmy patches. Most special however ist the tetrahedral cumengeite that is set on each of the six square faces. Cumengeite, another halite, is also exclusive to Boleo but is even much rarer. The combination of those two species is equally stunning and classic. A specimen that could only come from this legendary locale! The composition is very well defined and in best condition. Best thing to do if you hold this piece in hands is to grab a loupe and have a very close look on the shiny surface, the distinct crystallization and the green side mineral - probably atacamite - that surrounds the tetrahedral cumengeite. Really a fantastic little specimen if you have a sympathy for rarities!

MA28 - Chalcopyrite and Galena on Sphalerite - 250€
Turt Mine, Turt Negresti-Oas, Oas Mts, Satu Mare Co., Romania
Size: 9.5 x 8.1 x 4.3 cm
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This is a marvelous paragenesis of chalcopyrite, galena and sphalerite that is rather characteristic for the Turt Mine in Romania where it was found. The specimen is crystallized on all sides with one 2.5 cm contact on the side but no damage! The sculpturesque shape with starkly contrasting association is aesthetic in its very own classic sense! Have a look on our video for a better all-around impression and a better 3-dimensional feeling!

SU5 - Topaz - 950€
Fazenda do Centro, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Size: 14.7 x 8.5 x 5.2 cm
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This etched topaz comes from the staggering 2017 find near a farm in Fazenda do Centro, Brazil. The exceptional and rather spectacular pocket yielded a number of skeletal topaz of different colors that are absolutely unique in the world! The floater crystals of this new pocket are of unusual shape due to heavy 3-dimensional etchings and razor-sharp etches! This specimen is champagne-colored and of sweeping aesthetics! It is totally etched all around, a complete flaoter without any damage except for very minimal wear. The topaz is transparent with a lustrous, sparkling surface that fascinates with rich details! Have a look on our video to see the intriguing shape of this marvel!

FA97 - Vanadinite and Barite - 650€
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Size: 12.1 x 7.8 x 6.3 cm
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Mibladen, the world's leading source for high class vanadinite! No other locality has produced such a rich selection of vanadinite specimens of quality and beauty! This specimen is an exceptionally fine piece that shows dark cherry-red crystals of gemmy quality on a vibrant matrix. White tabular barite and dark brown rock is covered in a black, heavily contrasting coating. This 3-dimensional landscape hosts a large number of vanadinite crystals in a size range of almost immeasurably small up to 1.5 cm in diameter. Apealingly beautiful for its particularly nice composition and in superb condition all around, this is a remarkable specimen!

TV1 - Liddicoatite - 1600€
Tsarafara, Sahatany Valley, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 3.3 x 2.9 x 1.7 cm
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This liddicoatite with matrix is just spectacular for its superb quality! Unlike most liddicoatite specimens, this is not just a loose crystal but it is associated with some white mica and feldspar which adds a great deal to the overall visual impact! The tourmaline itself is striking indeed! Gemmy through and through – even limpid to the most part! It is super-lustrous all around and with a pyramidal termination that is absolutely fascinating and perfectly developed. At the base there are two attached side-crystals, equally perfect in quality and design! Given some light, the tourmaline reveals nice colors: raspberry red on bottom and top with a golden brown zone at the center. Very easily lit right to the bottom! About damage: there is none, even the underside is encrusted with feldspar!

PB104 - Augelite with Quartz - 1200€
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 11 x 10.4 x 4.8 cm
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This excessively rich specimen shows everything the Mundo Nuevo Mine got so famous for in the last couple of years! The vivid matrix of glassy quartz needles is home for some fantastically bright augelite crystals of intensive apple green color, superb luster and best gemmyness! The largest visible augelite is around 1.3 cm in total. The color is just like on the pictures, no exaggeration here! The overall condition is great with some contacts on the matrix but all augelite crystals being perfect. Size and composition of this sweeping specimen are exceptional for this rare mineral and very much appealing in person!

GN511 - Epidote - 950€
Ras Koh Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 5.5 x 4.1 x 2.4 cm
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I have seen many pieces from that locale that are just too tightly packed and chaotic but this one is very clearly defined: A couple of smaller epidotes prominently hold a 4.7 cm large single bow-tie atop that is of absolue perfection! Also the smaller crystals are flawless with only some minor contacts near the base and only on the backside. The whole piece is practically a floater of sharply developed, highly lustrous, jet-black epidote that shows particularly sweeping aesthetics!

MF4 - Tourmaline - 360€
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm
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A doubly terminated tourmaline of cherry red color holds a second likewise doubly terminated transverse crystal of matching quality and color. At the termintions the color changes in parts to olive green, the center is getting darker towards the lower end of the specimen. The translucent crystals need some backlight illumination to reveal their beauty that lies behind the semigloss, striated surface. The composition of this piece is totally unique, combined with good crystal quality and without any damage.

LA13 - Opal - 580€
Khorixas, Namibia
Size: 6.1 x 4.4 x 1.5 cm
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This specimen of "tridymite crystobalite opal" is out of a unique pocket of crystallized opal that was opened in spring 2014. While most of this mineral is for cutting only, this pocket provided the market with a limited amount of crystallized botryoidal opal. This specimen shows most intensive turquoise blue color in contrast to some white zones and orange limonite cumulated betweent the opal "grapes". There is some damage present but as this specimen is one of only a few pieces, this has to be acceptable. This is a extremely rare collectors specimen of Opal-CT!

ZA348 - Amethyst with Hematite - 55€
Moonlight Mine, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Size: 3.7 x 3.1 x 1.4 cm
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This is no ordinary amethyst specimen like the ones from Brazil or Uruguay but it sparkles with blood red hematitet inclusions just below the surface. Amethyst of the "Thunder Bay style" is exceptionally beautiful for the strong colors: intensive purple amethyst studded with deep red hematite! This little specimen is quite lovely with best luster and intensive colors! There is some minimal wear but all in all the condition is just fine. A beautiful little jewel from the lesser known Moon Light mine in the Canadian woodlands!

RK105 - Azurite - 1700€
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
Size: 6.8 x 4.7 x 2.1 cm
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Let's get directly to the point: The color of this azurite specimen is just fantastic! At direct illumination you see a sheer fireworks of sparkling crystal faces and vibrant blue color. The quality is absolutely amazing and a good example for the stuff that comes out of Milpillas Mine. Prominently sitting on a piece of matrix with some smaller spots of malachite really benefits the overall aesthetics. Some very minor edgewear is barely discernible over the blindening beauty of this great piece!