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International Minerals 30

FA123 - Hemimorphite - Sold
Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
Size: 4.6 x 3.8 x 3.1 cm
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This is pristine white and lustrous hemimorphite, constructed as a almost complete wheel. That shape is quite straight forward yet unusually nice in person! The wheel is set on a small piece of rusty red matrix, associated with smaller hemimorphite crystals. A very attractive specimen that's in very best condition!

NE9 - Aquamarine with Schorl and Feldspar - 3700€
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 7.7 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm
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The main 4.7 cm aquamarine crystal is a completely glassy, decently blue and with a complex, frosted termination. It is set on a pristine white feldspar matrix with associated aquamarine side crystals and black schorl at the backside. The piece is in fact a floater with chloritizations at the bottom. There are some contacts present but especially the aquamarine including the side-crystals is all perfect and complete! Nice aesthetics, high crystal quality and near flawless perfection!

LD013 - Spessartine on Feldspar - 1850€
Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Size: 5 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm
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Composition and crystal quality and overall aesthetics are absolutely amazing on this magnificent garnet specimen! One single spessartine crystal, 2.8 cm in diameter and of cherry red color, is set atop a contrasting white feldspar floater. To fatten things up even more there is a complex doubly terminated schorl at the garnets backside. Absolutely beautiful in person! At the spessartines front tip you can see an old and re-heald chip but which is the only small issue on this otherwise perfect and super-aesthetic specimen!

CM11 - Chalcopyrite with Quartz - 240€
Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Maramures Co., Romania
Size: 11.9 x 8.1 x 3.2 cm
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A combination of golden chalcopyrite up to around 2 cm in diameter and some cubical pyrite on a contrasting background of white quartz. All is very nicely developed and in best condition. A classic from this centuries old mine!

SO113 - Tourmaline - 6800€
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 7.3 x 4.1 x 2.8 cm
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Deep strawberry red color, topped by a zone of satiated green strikes as the heart of this fabulous tourmaline specimen! The thick single crystal is gemmy and highly lustrous on all sides with nice striations and small attached side-crystals. Right beneath the mirroring flat termination is a very thin zone of intensive pink color that adds a surprising visual effect when seen from the side. Absolutely stunning in person! There is some minor edge wear present but the overal condition is very close to perfect!

FA152 - Skeletal Quartz - Sold
Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 5.3 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm
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This exceptionally glassy skeletal quartz is a lovely exemplar from Pakistan that you could easily mistake for an Alpine piece. It is completely perfect and shows very best luster on all sides. Some iron oxide adds a golden color to the otherwise colorless crystal. Very nice and of uttermost perfection!

SO38 - Rutile on Quartz - 650€
Kapudzhukh Mt, Zangezur Range, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan
Size: 7.6 x 4.5 x 3.9 cm
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Two sharp and lustrous rutile crystals are set on a white to orange quartz matrix. The crystals are opaque black with only very small patches of red here and there. Both are well developed, sharp and near-flawless with size of around 2 cm in diameter. Very nice specimen for this rare material!

BK42 - Fluorite on Barite - 800€
Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
Size: 5.3 x 5.2 x 2 cm
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A beautiful combination of fluorite and barite with great aesthetics! The intensively purple and glassy fluorite comes as well developed cubes with elegant bevels. The crystals are flawless and also crystallized at the back. White tabular barite forms a wonderful base for the fluorite and makes this an aesthetic highlight of perfect proportion and high quality!

PB112 - Pyrite - Sold
Racracancha mine, Tinyahuarco district, Pasco Province, Peru
Size: 13.6 x 11.3 x 10.4 cm
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Large and very precisely defined pyrite crystals are beautifully arranged on this heavy specimen. The pyrite shows best golden luster and very nice bevells and striations all over. The larger main crystals are set on a landscape of smaller cubes which makes for an elegant mix. There is no matrix per se, only massive pyrite and smaller crystallized pyrite at the bottom of the specimen. A stunning piece of high quality pyrite in aesthetic composition!

LA12 - Opal - 360€
Khorixas, Namibia
Size: 6.4 x 4.6 x 3.7 cm
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Found in spring 2014 this specimen is a fine example for the extremely rare species of Opal-CT (tridymite crystobalite opal). The striking turquoise Paraiba-color is caused by copper and catches the eye instantly. The main view is impressive for its strong color and the sheer rareness of this material. Absolutely outstanding on an international level!

KI017 - Schorl - 750€
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
Size: 8.1 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
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Never would I have thought that a single crystal schorl could be as fascinating and unique as this very specimen! Unlike most crystals this is not just a plain prism with some striations but much more a complex stack that looks as if it was constructed from many smaller parts with only the upper half being more straight forward. Jet black color, superb luster and the richness in details provides and elegant and somehow mystic feel to this impressive crystal. The hexagonal shape ends in a bevelled flat termination. Very beautiful in person and really something special for the material!

SK39 - Barite - 220€
Băiuț, Maramureș, Romania
Size: 8.8 x 7.6 x 4.8 cm
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It's a typical tabular barite specimen composed of translucent crystals with a waxy luster. The somewhat blueish crystals show yellow inclusions of what might be limonite. A nice piece in overall very good condition!