A single ball of lemon yellow brucite in nice glassy quality is set on a small piece of rock matrix. The backside has a contact but apart from that the crystal is flawless. Very straight forward aesthetics and brilliant quality from the game-changing 2015 finds in the Killa Saifullah District!
Among the classic high quality hematite from Elba this surely is the king! Over 15 centimeters of 3-dimensionally arranged hematite, playfully associated with small white quartz needles shows the wonderful aesthetics of a coralreef with vugs and caves and towering crystals all around. The whole specimen is in best condition and presents a richness of sharp, mirroring crystals. A real stunner in person!
With massive size and bright colors this is a majestic doubly terminated tourmaline specimen of highest grade! The translucent crystal shows satiated pink color with a sharp zone of ocean green near the termination which looks absolutely gorgeous! The upper termination is flat and somewhat frosted. The bottom termination is highly lustrous and also flat but with a bevel at one edge and with a small intergrown quartz crystal. The overall condition is just exceptional with only very limited edge-wear.
Absolutely fantastic, elegant and vibrant in person!
This excellent topaz is from the unique find at Fazenda do Centro. It is completely gemmy and lustrous and shows a sweeping etched shape all around! There is minimal damage present but which is hardly visible at all because of the incredibly rich play of sparkling surfaces on all sides. The beautiful shape, the outstanding quality and overall very good condition make this a brillinat specimen from this spectacular one-time find!
A glassy, mulitcolor tourmaline with open colors and a flawless rhombohedral termination. The lower half is translucent with orange/pink color. Up from there it gets increasingly gemmy and the colors switch from white to different shades of green and pink at the termination. The back of the crystals has some white feldspar and a small tourmaline side-crystal attached to it. Absolutely brilliant crystal of multicolor tourmaline!
A single well shaped pyrite cube is set at the center of a lovely quartz/pyrite matrix. The main crystal is very dominant with no competition for the prime spot on this fine specimen. It has 1.8 cm on edge, is lustrous and flawless. The matrix itself is a very beautiful one as well. A lovely combination of white quartz and golden pyrite that really impresses at close view. Absolutely beautiful specimen with well defined aesthetics and in best condition!
An exceptionally beautiful specimen of rich orange spessartine on dark smoky quartz, sitting on white feldspar. Charming like a 3-dimensional landscape the feldspar is evenly covered in spessartine up to 6 mm in diameter. One smoky quartz is dominantly sticking out at the center which adds a lot to the overall aesthetics. There is no damage to this piece only some peripheral contacts. Also the larger smoky quartz is all complete and flawless with only two or three almost imperceptible contacts from missing garnets. This combination is stunningly beautiful in person. Stark contrast meets brilliant crystal quality!
Two exceptionally sharp single isolated garnets are set on a nice grey piece of rock matrix associated with some quartz micro-crystals. The larger crystal has 1.4 cm in diameter which is above average for the locale. Both crystals are extremely sharp, perfect, highly lustrous and show nice gemmy patches that glow dark red at direct illumination. A wonderful and beautiful specimen altogether!
This opal specimen is out of a unique 2014 find that yielded a small number of these rare opal variety. The striking turquoise Paraiba-color is caused by copper and catches the eye instantly. Analysis identified this mineral as the extremely rare tridymite crystobalite opal (Opal-CT).The opal is grown over a shard of glassy smoky quartz. The periphery is broken - quartz as well as opal - but considering the extreme rareness of this material this is unavoidable. A very rewarding specimen from a unique find!
A single 3.5 cm long tourmaline stands out from a vivid cluster of tourmaline, lepidolite and albite. The main crystal is completely gemmy, flawless, nicely terminated and with beautiful green and pink colors. The matrix is also in very good condition with only one broken crystal but the rest being all intact and unharmed. A very unusual and delicate piece from this important locale!
An appealing heart-shaped double fan of epidote in very best condition all around. Countless epidote needles are clustered to form this unusual sculpture. With only small contacts and nice sparkling luster especially on the many small terminations this is a unique specimen of intriguing shape!
What once was a massive azurite crystal is now completely replaced by silky green malachite while still showing the original well defined crystal shape. As a patchwork of different shades of green this specimen appears vivid and elegant and is in very best condition! The backside shows brown and white residues of a porous matrix. A marvelous pseudomorphosis from the classic mines of Tsumeb!