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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!

KR11 - Phenakite - Sold
Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria
Size: 2.8 x 2.4 x 2.2 cm
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A single ball of gem clear phenakite in absolute perfection! The floater is super lustrous on all sides with beautiful surface structure. Its interior is completely colorless and virtually free of impurities or cracks. A perfect marvel of considerable size for this rare gemstone mineral!

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!

XO1 - Tourmaline with Lepidolite - 950€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 5.3 x 2.9 x 2.3 cm
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Two bright green tourmalines are sticking out from a lovely matrix of lilac lepidolite which privides a very nice color contrast! Both crystals are gemmy and lustrous but show differend terminations: while the larger 4.2 cm crystal has a pointed pyramidal termination, the smaller one is flat but with an unusual surface structure. The overall condition is near-perfect. Only one side-crystal on the base is broken but which doesn't much concern as the focus is of course on the protruding main crystals. Very nice in person and with a 3-dimensional character!

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!

TN311 - Fluorite on Orthoclase and Hyalite - Sold
Bergsig Farm, Omaruru, Erongo, Namibia
Size: 6 x 2.5 x 2 cm
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A straight white orthoclase carries several beautiful green fluorite crystals as well as some opal of the transparent hyalite (or opal-AN) variety which combines to this absolutely dramatic aesthetics! The single orthoclase is perfectly developed and flawless. On its front face are some glassy green fluorite crystals of polyhedral shape. At its right you will find a crust of transparent hyalite, an upgrade in mineralogical respect. This is a strikingly beautiful paragenesis all around! Ex Fabian Wildfang collection

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!