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International Minerals 25



LD2 - Rubellite - 2200€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4.9 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm
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When I think of intensive pink color I have this very special specimen of rubellite in mind! The single crystal strikes with absolutely impressive pink color that is uniform throughout the whole crystal! And make no mistake, the color in the pictures is quite realistic! Have a look on our video for further assurance! This rather thick and solid rubellite is translucent to even transparent with great luster on all sides and a flat, frosted termination. The whole thing is flawless, even the bottom is not broken but contacted! It was found in Paprok, where rubellite is known but exceedingly rare when it comes to such color and perfection!


ME8 - Epidote - 1950€
Zhob District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 5.8 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm
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This epidote is an especially fine specimen that strikes with excellent quality and aesthetics alike! The very sculptural, fragile epidote is set on a small matrix of snow-white albite which adds much to the already striking aesthetics of this piece! There is no damage anywhere. Even the smallest, most fragile epidote needles are full intact. The fan-shaped epdiote clusters appear exceptionally attractive and make this a very much unique specimen of best quality and aesthetics from this intriguing recent find!


VE2 - Apatite - 3200€
Mohmand Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan
Size: 6 x 5 x 3.3 cm
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Two very well developed apatite crystals are stacked upon each other, distinctively showing the hexagonal crystal shape with sharp-edged bevels. Both crystals are glassy and in best shape, with beautiful hexagonal surface structures. One major feature of this apatite is the uncommon color which is a light yet definitely lovely violet that gives way to a darker greenish towards the right side, where byssolite inclusions reach into the crystals. This right side is generally rougher - maybe originally contacted - but all crystallized and perfect. An outstanding piece of great quality and aesthetics!


WK12 - Aragonite - 1500€
Lavrion District Mines, Lavrion District, Attiki Prefecture, Greece
Size: 24 x 14 x 9 cm
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Lavrion is one of the great classic European locales for aragonite and has produced many great pieces. Still, among all those specimen I have hardly every seen a specimen of a size and quality comparable to this very specimen! The main view is a great display of light blue aragonite that is absolutely amazing! The botrioidal shapes offer a very 3-dimensional landscape that beautifully shines in ordinary daylight. The rather intensive blue color is caused by copper salts inclusions and is uniform throughout the whole specimen. This sure is a dramatic aragonite of intensive color and great quality from of the minerals best sources!


FA57 - Fluorite - 450€
Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
Size: 13.5 x 9.1 x 3.5 cm
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A number of water-clear, colorless fluorite cubes up to 1.3 cm on edge are scattered about a nice sand colored matrix. This matrix is all natural with smaller crystals on all sides. Between the fluorite you will find some white calcite as well as some microcrystals of pyrite and galena. This is a very natural specimen, classic and without any damage. It was found in 2009 and part of the DI Wilfried Schlosser collection in Vienna (label included) for several years.


SK09 - Stellerite - 5000€
Rudny, Kostanay, Kazakhstan
Size: 6 x 4 x 2.5 cm
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With its stunning hight of 6 cm and strikingly bright orange color this stellarite specimen is definitely an important piece from this locale which has produced a significant number of stellarite in the early 1990s before it got depleted and the mineral almost vanished from the market. This specimen features two intergrown spherical clusters of lustrous, bright orange stellarite of superb translucent quality! The spheres are perched on a small piece of matrix that is covered in stilbite crystals. The aesthetics of this stellarite is absolutely gorgeous and there is no damage to report here!


MG28 - Liddicoatite and Londonite on Albite - 1500€ - On Hold
Ampanivana pegmatite, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Size: 7.1 x 3.9 x 3.4 cm
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This is an interesting and rich paragenesis of liddicoatite and londonite on albite which is extremely rare - especially when it comes to attractive and aesthetic specimens like this one! The albite matrix is like a boat, carrying passengers of red and green liddicoatite. At the very center you can see the single yellowish londonite crystal, all sharp and perfect. The liddicoatite is heavily encrusted with white feldspar microcrystals but still well enough visible to make this an intriguing specimen of contrast and variety! Very beautiful in person as you can much better grasp in our video!


CI4 - Pyrite - 2400€
Huayllapon Mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Peru
Size: 9.7 x 8.6 x 6.7 cm
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Special about this piece is the appealing composition on the one hand and the unusually well development of the single pyrite cubes on the other. Every single one of the intergrown brass-yellow crystals is beautifully striated, highly lustrous and with rich details and structures all around! This is definitely one of those specimens that are seen as more-than-just-pyrite but a superb mineral specimen of exceptional quality and beauty! The piece is in best condition with only some contact on the back and minor issues on the side-crystals. Nothing that would distract from the capturing, fascinating beauty of the main pyrite! Some small white quartz crystals around the basis add some contrast yet leaving the main attention to the pyrite. A sparkling specimen of best quality!


TA27 - Arfvedsonite - 1200€
Mt. Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
Size: 7.9 x 5.4 x 3.8 cm
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Much less known that the outstanding aegirine specimens from this remote locale are the not less important black crystals of arfvedsonite. With close to 8 cm this is a dramatic specimen for the rare mineral. Black prismatic arvedsonite crystal with small aegirine needles attached to its surface and contrasting cream-coulored orthocalse crystals on its basis combine for best textbook aesthetics. The floater has no visible damage which is impressive considering its long history! This classic piece has been in the collection of Dr. Reinhard Dallinger (label included) in Innsbruck from whom we were able to buy it. It has been published in an article on minerals of the Mount Malosa area in the Mineralogical Record 1994, Vol. 25 (issue 1), page 33. The specimen is also pictured in Eberhard Equit's famous work "The world's Mineral Master Pieces", 2002, page 153.


OT27 - Topaz - 1800€
Hematita, Antônio Dias, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm
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Gemmy, lustrous, sharp topaz with an elegant greenish tinge from Hematita! The locale is better known for its alexandrite appearance, but in recent years some very fine topaz finds have been done. This specimen has the straight and sharp frame of a cut gem, with a limpid body that has only very few internal cracks. The surface is highly lustrous and shows a lovely structure. The condition is near-perfect with only very minimal edge-wear. A brilliant little specimen of best topaz quality!


BL25 - Fluorite and Quartz - 700€
Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 15.7 x 15.6 x 10 cm
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Rich blue fluorite and sparkling colorless quartz shape this sweeping, natural landscape that is so full of details! The rather large and massive specimen is naturally broken around the bottom but is otherwise in surprisingly well condition. The fluorite has only some very minor edgewear, the quartz looks perfect wherever you look. The fluorite comes as nicely modified cubes of blue to purple color, depending on the illumination. the colorless or white quartz shows some coating here and there which adds color and visual debths to this already very 3-dimensional specimen. If you like an eye-catcher for your showcase that offers attractive architecture and great crystal quality for an affordable pirce, this might just be the piece for you!


NO077 - Morganite - 3000€
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
Size: 4.2 x 3.7 x 1.9 cm
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Color and clarity of this morganite are just exceptional! A real jewel that catches the eye immediately! Sure, there are much larger and more massive crystals out there but when it comes down to quality and beauty, this single crystal is hard to beat! We got the piece from the private collection of Gene Meieran which very much stands for highest quality standards! The crystal is perfectly developed all around and is associated with some small quartz at its base. A tiny chip on the left edge is the single issue on this specimen but which is not too easily visible and easily acceptible on a striking and marvelous specimen like this!