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International Minerals 27

SE160 - Tourmaline - 6800€
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 14.3 x 8.5 x 6.3 cm
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Atop this brilliantly sparkling matrix of white albite studded with green tourmaline stands one dramatic sculpture of gemmy green tourmaline with a raspberry red tourmaline crust. This main crystal is repaired but all complete and with a striking "antenna" protruding from the flat termination. This antenna shows the exact same structure as the larger crystal: A gemmy green core with a red zone at the termination and the outer layer. A crust of countless small tourmalines coveres the left and backside of the main crystal, the right is smooth and lustrous. Great design and fantastic quality make this specimen a marvel of exceptional character!

PB106 - Pyrite with Sphalerite - 280€
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru
Size: 6.9 x 6.1 x 4.7 cm
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Cubical pyrite crystals of best golden color, brilliant luster and fine striations are clustered to form this sweeping structure! The top side is largely covered with a layer of grey sphalerite crystals like ash settling down on a rocky surface. The contrast of shiny metallic luster with the grey sphalerite is quite catchy and nice. Apart from some contact at the backside there is no damage to report. An appealing piece from the famous Huanzala Mine!

QM552 - Boleite - 4800€
Santa Rosalía, Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Size: 5.2 x 4.7 x 3.7 cm
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The impressive 1 cm main boleite cube is single isolated at the center of a characteristic brown matrix. The crystal is opaque and shows a dark blue color with small gemmy patches of bright cobalt blue. The whole crystal is sharply defined and free of damage. A second crystal with a bit over 0.5 cm on edge is hidden at the back as you can see in our 360° video. Size and perfection of this specimen from the type locality are outstanding and extremely hard to get on todays market!

AZ535 - Epidote - 3450€
Ras Koh Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Size: 6.9 x 4.2 x 3.2 cm
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Bow ties, stacked upon bow ties, constructing a sweeping sculpture of superb luster and intriguing aesthetics! The epidote aggregates are highly lustrous, jet black shapes that are very much characteristic for a recent find of this unique type of epidote! This unusually fine specimen is a complete floater without any damage all around. The backside is marked by some white calcite. While this calcite is only peripherally visible from the front, it adds a certain touch, emphasizes the outline and adds some contrast. Stunning aesthetics and very best quality are piled up to construct this fabulous exemplar of bow tie epidote!

DQ730 - Tourmaline - 7700€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 10.2 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm
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This Paprok tourmaline unites everything we look for in a high class specimen! Nice combination of colors, great luster, a sharp pointed termination and even small side-crystals, all found in this crystal of remarkable size! The tourmaline is gemmy from bottom to top, almost transparent and displays an amazing color zoning: Orange at the lower half, deeply emerald green in the middle and strikingly pink at the terminal zone. The termination itself has a pyramidal shape, is lustrous and with a brilliant surface structure, all perfect and unharmed! All over, this specimen is flawless and nicely lustrous along the striated prism faces. Two small side-crystals near the bottom complete the picture. A marvelous tourmaline with no downsides!

IY959 - Apatite - 1750€
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.1 cm
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This apatite specimen from Alchuri shows totally lovely violet color that beautifully contrasts with the white quartz background! All crystals - the largest of which is 1.3 cm - are lustous, glassy and just brilliant! The overall condition is very well with only some damage on the smaller crystals but which is unavoidable on a elegant piece like this and not easily visible anyway! There have been only very few comparable piece coming from a single lot found around 4-5 years ago which makes this a well desired rarity among collectors! As a floater specimen it has a perfectly crystallized backside as well which you can easily see in our video! Ex Fabian Wildfang collection

FA241 - Dioptase and Shattuckite - 350€
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Size: 6 x 5.8 x 2.4 cm
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This thin piece of matrix of blue and orange, brown and white colors is folded like a protecting hand to hold a rich cluster of bright green dioptase, surrounded by shattuckite! The crystals are gemmy and lustrous, generously radiating their intensive open color! I don't see any damaged crystals here, even the smallest ones are in perfect shape. A nice beautiful specimen of appealing composition!

FU118 - Topaz and Quartz - 5800€
Mogok Township, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Size: 5 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm
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The architecture of this high quality topaz is absolutely mesmerizing! The super lustrous prism develops into a sparkling miracle of countless faces, bevels and sharp edges. Through these many windows you can see the gemmy champagne colored crystal body that shows best see-through quality from bottom to top! This outstanding crystal is set on a abeautiful quartz matrix/feldspar matrix that is in best condition all around and perfectly supports the main attraction. A spectacular miniature specimen of best quality and amazing design!

ZN707 - Galena - 1400€
Joplin Field, Jasper Co., Missouri, USA
Size: 12 x 7.5 x 8 cm
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A massive cubical galena crystal with a broad 6.4 cm edge right at the front is aesthetically set on a vividly shaped grey matrix with chalcopyrite microcrystals. The aesthetics of this specimen is one of a kind, straight forward and very much perfect. The single large crystal shows nice metallic luster and beautiful surface structure like a hand crafted iron cube. Very distinctive and appealing in person!

LS872 - Tourmaline on Quartz - 1250€
Karakana Mine, Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
Size: 5.9 x 4.4 x 3.3 cm
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Quality and aesthetics of this little jewel are absolutely outstanding and amazing! The indigolite is set on a quartz shard that’s completely crystallized on all sides - even the bottom! The 3,4 cm main tourmaline is stuck through the quartz floater with a perfect termination also on the bottom. It is perfectly gemmy and lustrous with a intensive blue color! The termination is somehow frayed yet perfect and without any damage! Very special is also the matrix which is translucent white and perfectly crystallized all around. Have a look on the attached picture for a view of the bottom face which is beautifully structured and highly lustrous! Our video nicely shows the 3-dimensional shape and the high crystal quality!

XU302 - Apophyllite with Stilbite - 4800€
Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Size: 10.1 x 7.6 x 5.2 cm
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A rich spray of ocean green apophyllite showing very best sparkling luster and great clarity is set on a snow white matrix of well crystallized stilbite! The quality on this specimen is just outstanding and miraculously all crystals are in perfect condition with razor-sharp edges! Set atop the apophyllite are single isolated stilbite crystals like sugar candy. Being completely free of damage this is an excellent specimen of great color, quality and aesthetics!

FA85 - Vanadinite - 225€
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Size: 7.5 x 6.3 x 4.2 cm
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A floater specimen of white barite completely covered in shiny red vanadinite. The vanadinite crystals vary in size from tiny microcrystals up to very nice crystals reaching 1.2 cm in diameter. The vanadinite has best mibladen quality with strong cherry red color and sparkling luster all around! The piece is in very good condition with some minor contacts but all major crystals intact and flawless!