A striking combination of fluorite and siderite on a high quality quartz crystal. The quartz shows brilliant wet-look luster and a water clear interior at the termination while further down there is some dark clinochlore coating. One of the quartz' main faces holds a lovely mix of white siderite and purplish fluorites the largest of which reaches 1.4 cm on edge. The whole thing is in best flawless condition and very attractive all around!
Two short prismatic and highly lustrous vesuvianite crystals are perched on a rust brown matrix. The vesuvianite is sharp and of dark brown color that is hard to illuminate but shows some gemmy patches along the surface! Associated with the vesuvianite is some sparkling feldspar and small vesuvianite side-crystals. The aesthetics of this piece is definitely striking and extremely well developed. All crystals are in perfect condition and beautiful in their own mysterious and elegant way!
Closed gwindel specimens are extremely rare and even more so in such exceptional quality and color! Characteristic for the locale the quartz shows warm brown color, encased in a surface of beautiful structure and brilliant luster. The crystal is encompassed by several smaller smokies, held together by a flat quartz aggregate that is completely crystallized on the backside. The whole specimen is damage-free with only some peripheral contacts but which are hardly visible. An absolutely striking and gorgeous closed gwindel specimen!
The largest pyrite on this specimen is 2.8 cm on edge, cubical and nicely lustrous. It is in combination with smaller pyrite crystals and a coating of colorless quartz crystals that covers around half of the piece and provides a great contrast!
The overal condition is great with only some minor edgewear. An appealing miniature specimen from the important Mundo Nuevo Mine!
A marvelous tourmaline with lepidolite from Paprok in Afghanistan! The piece is a real jewel of uttermost perfection and incredibly beautiful design! The multi-colored tourmaline is highly lustrous and gemmy with especially well quality towards the termination! The completely flawless crystal is attached to a well proportioned piece of appealing purplish lepidolite which sums up to a just lovely tourmaline matrix piece!
This epidote specimen is from a recent find in the western Pakistani Mountains that revealed a completely unique and highly aesthetic "bow tie" shape. Sprays of dark green, lustous epidote form this sharp clusters in a just lovely way.
Several of those "bow ties" are stacked upon each other to for this sculputresque specimen that strikes with a very catchy shape. The backside is partly covered in small white calcite crystals and minimal byssolite.
The piece is a floater and in very good condition with only some peripheral contacts that are not visible from the front. A superb specimen for the find and this mineral in general!
This sculpturesque tourmaline specimen is comprised of two crystals, connected with some feldspar. Both crystals are gemmy with a beautiful color change from green to pink at the top. The termination is very well cut with multitude of faces! The lower crystal, around 1 cm in diameter, holds the second crystal like a ballet dancer which creates a nice aesthetics overall! This is a fine miniature from Paprok, that shows no damage whatsoever. Both crystals might have been broken long time ago but are rehealed with even some feldspar covering the fracture surface.
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!
This marvelous piece has a just striking outline and is, aside of some inconsiderable contacts, in perfect condition. While the frontside is all just pyrite, the backside is nicely covered in hundreds of small sphalerite crystals. A beautiful sight all around. The specimen is 3-dimensional and sparkling all around. A lovely little eye-turner!
Perfect aesthetics is a combination of many different aspects. Color contrast is one of them, in this case the contrast of dark purple fluorite on a white calcite matrix. The balance of crystal size and supporting matrix linked with their arrangement is another vital issue, perfectly solved on this fine specimen. At last there is the quality in all its facets. This fully transparent fluorite cluster shows amazing luster, striking color and a gentle, intriguing surface structure. The whole specimen is in exceptional condition with only some peripheral damage on the matrix. A perfectly picturesque fluorite specimen of impressive quality!
When searching for Swiss amethyst specimens mindat.org shows me exactly 10 pictures. A sign for the sheer rareness of this mineral in Switzerland, as most Alpine amethyst comes from Austria. This scepter amethyst is out of the famous find at Fieschergletscher, made by Kaspar Fahner. The intense purple color is unique for this locale and absolutely fabulous. This cluster of colorless quartz and amethyst is appealingly aesthetic with a distinctive outline and good color contrast. An incredibly rare piece and utterly beautiful!
The Gerstenegg cleft is a huge cleft, found in 1974 in the course of power plant construction works. Now preserved as a natural monument and exhibition cleft, it yielded a number of high class quartz and pink fluorite specimens back in the early 80s.
This specimen holds a dominant, water-clear main crystal that is sharp and shows a rudimentally termination at the bottom. The crystal is embedded in a natural cluster of quartz and feldspar that makes for a nice background. With no damage all around, this is an outstanding specimen from this long closed collecting locality!