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International Minerals 24

RE243 - Amethyst with Hematite - Sold
Moonlight Mine, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Size: 9.4 x 6.8 x 4.4 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! The color on this specimen is somewhat more open compared to other specimens with less hematite to reveal the purple amethyst. Still, dots of red hematite are spread across the whole specimen and cumulate towards the pointed terminations of the amethyst pyramids. The overall condition is near perfect with only minimal issues on one or two tips. A marvelous, sparkling specimen from the Thunder Bay area!

RD619 - Cavansite on Heulandite - Sold
Wagholi, Poonah District, Maharashtra, India
Size: 7.1 x 5.2 x 3.8 cm
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This specimen is of nice small cabinet size and presents a gorgeous landscape of bright turquoise cavansite on white heulandite. The whole specimen is in best condition with contacts only on the backside but most parts being beautifully crystallized. For a better look on all sides, please have a look on our video! The color is a little brighter than you can see in the picture, more to the turquoise side. All in all this is a sparkling specimen of great color and contrast!

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!

FQ14 - Quartz Faden - Sold
Tole, Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan
Size: 11.2 x 7.8 x 6 cm
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This fascinating specimen is exceptionally 3-dimensional which you can easily see in our video! Sparkling luster, glassy crystals and a complex architecture make this floater specimen something exceptional in person! The white thread (or “Faden”) is distinctly visible and runs from bottom to top like a spine. The whole specimen is in very good, near flawless condition with only one damaged small crystal on the lower backside but which is hard to see because of the sheer flood of beautiful details and sparkling crystal faces! A marvelous specimen of high quality and best aesthetics!

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!

PB163 - Pyrite with Galena - Sold
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru
Size: 5.2 x 5.1 x 3.7 cm
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A stunningly beautiful combination of golden lustrous pyrite with small galena crystals that are set on the pyrite like decorating metallic flowers! The pyrite is totally brilliant and sharp with very fine striations and bevelled edges. The single galena crystals reach a little over 1 cm in diameter and are similarly well developed and in great condition! Overall there is only some minor damage, most parts are pristine and beautiful! A very unique and aesthetic specimen in person!

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!

JW1 - Tourmaline on Quartz - 6800€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 9.7 x 6.5 x 5.4 cm
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This unusually fine tourmaline on quartz is totally impressive! A group of intergrown tourmaline crystals with flat terminations vertically protrudes from a quartz cluster. The quartz is transparent with highly lustrous pyramidal faces and frosted prism faces. Except for one single chip on the lower part of the quartz, it is complete and unharmed all around with doubly terminated crystals and a recrystallized backside. The tourmaline itself is bicolored, an opaque dark green at the lower half and a lovely transparent lilac towards the termination! It has a visible length of 4.2 cm though it continues through the quartz right to the bottom. The tourmaline has a couple of small restaurations but which is hardly visible at all and totally acceptible on an aesthetic quality-specimen like this!