Lapidary Works of Art, Gemstones And Minerals

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Date of the auction: 21.05.2019

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Rock Crystal Quartz Reverse Intaglio Carved Sculpture By Bernd...

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Emblematic of the distinctive style of the world-famous lapidary artist, Bernd Munsteiner, this is a monumental piece, carved from a single specimen of rock crystal quartz. The face is smooth polished as are the two sides to provide a view into the "inner world" of the

Lot #: 808W

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Published Gemstone Carving of a Dancer from the Marlezonski Ballet

By Svetlana Sediych For the House of Fabergé Jewelry Salon St. Petersburg, Russia Perhaps the greatest sign of the skill of the lapidary artist is in the execution of the white glove which holds the white handkerchief--cut from the same piece of rough--the handkerchief is moveable upon touch. The

Lot #: 812

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Ruby-in-Zoisite Fish Carving in Rock Crystal Bowl by Luis Alberto Quispe...

Depicting an marine-scape, comprising six carved ruby-in-zoisite fish a top a scene of "sea weed" rendered in gold vermeil rising from a bowl carved of light smoky quartz. Measuring 6 1/2 x 6 x 4 1/2 in

Lot #: 824

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Blue Quartzite Carving of Dolphins

Carved of from a single specimen of natural bright blue Brazilian quartzite with the dolphins integral to the waves. Raised on a removable mineral base, on a shaped black onyx plinth. Height 9 3/4 in

Lot #: 825

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Serpentine Carving of Two Lizards

Beautifully carved from a single specimen of Chinese serpentine, the rich hues of the mineral perfectly suited to the subject of reptiles. Raised on a base of black basalt carved and shaped to suit the outline of the specimen. Height 10 in

Lot #: 826

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Amethyst and Banded Agate Carvings of a Pair of Penguins

Designed as a companion pair, these carvings make imaginative use of the mineral with the amethyst geode centers forming the stomach of the penguin and the banded agate section forming the head, feet and offspring. Raised on wood bases. Height of each: 16 ¾ in

Lot #: 827W

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Gemstone Carving of a Cheetah

Comprised of fossil-bearing marble, carved into the form of a cheetah, the spots of the marble ressembling the cheetah's spots. Length 11 1/2 in

Lot #: 828

Estimate: US$1,800 - US$2,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Three Sphalerite Carvings

The first, a carved figure of Buddha, weighing 143.5 carats, height 3.2 cm; the second, an owl, weighing 85.0 carats, height 2.6cm; and the third, an elephant, weighing approximately 207.0 carats, length 4.3 cm.(3

Lot #: 829

Estimate: US$900 - US$1,200

Date: 21 May 2019

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Antique San Diego Tourmaline Carving of a Horse on Wooden Stand

Old Chinese carving depicting a recumbent horse with small monkey at his feet, carved of fine quality hot pink tourmaline having a good degree of transparency. Weighing approximatley 614.0 carats (122.8 grams) and measuring 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in

Lot #: 830

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Very Large Green Apophyllite

Poona, India Green apophyllite, a potassium calcium silicate, in association with calcite and orange stilbite forms a large decorative specimen. Measuring 18 x 11 x 16in

Lot #: 832W

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 21 May 2019

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Beryl var. Emerald

Chivor, Colombia A single complex crystals consisting of multiple conjoined sections. Having excellent, well-saturated vivid green color, good transparency and a lustrous termination. Weighing approximately 25.48 carats (5.1 grams) and measuring 20.18 x 15.92 x 11.33 mm

Lot #: 833

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Beryl var. Aquamarine

Shielova Gora, Adon-cholon Range, Merchinsk Gem Mine, Nerclinsk, Chitinskaya, Oblast, Tranbaikalia, Easter Siberian Region, Russia A large cluster of double-terminated aquamarine crystals, comprising numerous slender vertical crystals conjoined and with three to four crystals in a horizontal

Lot #: 834

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Beryl var. Aquamarine

Brazil This fine single, hexagonal crystal, with a lustrous termination and striated sides and a rich sea greenish blue color with excellent transparency. Measuring 2 x 1 3/4 x 3/4in

Lot #: 835

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Very Large Beryl var. Heliodor

Walodarsk Wolynskii, Ukraine A mineral classic, this very large single crystal is exemplary for its hexagonal habit. The faces having complex, stepped growth and the transparency is very high, particularly for the species of Beryl. This offering would make a notable addition to any serious mineral

Lot #: 836

Estimate: US$55,000 - US$75,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Celestite

Madagascar A classic geode of vug form displaying excellent hound's tooth formation crystals of bright blue color having very good luster. Weighing approximately 15.8 lbs (7.2 kilos) and measuring 10 x 5 1'/2 x 6 in

Lot #: 841

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 21 May 2019

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Corundum Crystal

near the town of Prilep, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia The Ottoman Turks actively mined the only known European rubies at this location for nearly 300 years after their conquest of the region in the year 1389. Due to the mainly opaque nature of the ruby from this locality most of the

Lot #: 844

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Ruby Crystal

Somalia A complex cluster of conjoined hexagonal crystals of bright red color with minor translucency. Measuring 2 x 1 1/2 x 1 3/8 in

Lot #: 848

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Immense Star Sapphire Cabochon

Orissa, India A table top or cabinet specimen, this very, very large cabochon has predominantly blue body color with some brown visible to the center and a clear pattern of color zoning visible. An indistinct star can be seen on the apex. Weighing approximately 10,908 carats (2181.6 grams) and

Lot #: 849

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Ruby-in-Fuschite

John Saul Mine, Mangari, Voi, Kenya A bright red cluster of intergrown ruby crystals having dramatically contrasting vivid green fuschite associated. Measuring 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in

Lot #: 850

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Sapphire Crystal

Brazil Of flattened form, this large hexagonal crystal of sapphire is typical for those originating from Brazil. Weighing approximately 8612 carats (1722 grams) and measuring 5 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/2 in

Lot #: 851

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 21 May 2019

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Corundum Crystal

Dattaw Mine, Mogok, Burma A multi-color sapphire variety of Corundum, with conjoined crystals having hues of blue, purple, pink and orangey-yellow, with a glossy natural luster. Weighing approximately 940.0 carats (188.0 grams) and measuring 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 in

Lot #: 852

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Blue and White Sapphire

Kono, vic. Sefadu, Sierra Leone A large single crystal, capable of standing on its own, weathered and worn smooth by the elements, displaying blue and white color banding. Measuring 4 1/2 x 3 x 3 1/2 in

Lot #: 853

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Ruby Crystal

Borderlands of Kenya, Uganda A large, slightly amorphous mass of purplish-red ruby. Weighing approximately 808.0 carats (161.7 grams) and measuring 3 x 2 x 1 1/2 in

Lot #: 854

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Melanophlogite Pseudomorph on Blue Chalcedony

Namibia Comprising blue inter-grown cubic crystals with white overgrowth. Measuring 4 x 3 x 2 in

Lot #: 855

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Rare Jewel-like Dioptase

Mindouli, Pool Department, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) This is a rare form of dioptase of botryoidal form, most likely a cast over another mineral, entirely covered with jewel-like crystals of vivid emerald green color. This is a mineralogically and aesthetically important specimen. Measuring 4

Lot #: 856

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Epidote

Prince of Wales Island, Alberta Comprising a large single crystal with a group of smaller conjoined crystals, and tiny associated quartz crystals. Well-terminated and with good luster and characteristic deep blackish-green color. Measuring 2 x 1 x 1 in

Lot #: 857

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Large Yellow Fluorite

Yillabona, Asturias, Spain A large specimen with a mound formation, entirely covered in bright yellow cubic crystals having excellent luster. Measuring 12 x 7 x 5 in

Lot #: 858

Estimate: US$900 - US$1,200

Date: 21 May 2019

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Pyrite Specimen

Peru A impressive and highly decorative specimen comprising numerous inter-grown, lustrous crystals of pyrite. Measuring 10 x 9 x 5 in

Lot #: 859

Estimate: US$700 - US$900

Date: 21 May 2019

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Amethyst Crystal Point

Maraba, Brazil A single large hexagonal crystal point which shows a good termination that is well-defined. Strength of color is the other distinguishing feature of this large cabinet-sized specimen. Measuring 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 4 in

Lot #: 860

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Rhodochrosite "Pincushion"

Wessels Mine, South Africa A pincushion cluster of beautiful, lustrous pinacoidal-form strawberry-red crystals in a mound formation. Measuring 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 3/4in

Lot #: 863

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Native Copper on Wooden Base

Knowlton Amygdaloid, Caledonia Mine, Ontonagon County, Michigan Collected in the 1950s, this robust, copper ore shows excellent crystallization and arborescent form as well as a nice patina. Height 11 1/2 in

Lot #: 872

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Silver in Matrix Specimen

Imiter, Zgrounder, Quarzazate, Bleida, Morocco The virgin white quartz displays fine dendritic crystallization of silver. Measuring 3 x 2 x 1 ¾ in

Lot #: 873

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 21 May 2019

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Purple Non-nacreous Pearl--"Quahog Pearl"

Mercenaria mercenaria Northern Quahog clam species Coastal waters of the North Atlantic A bouton pearl characterized by a purple color graduating to a lighter purple at the base, undrilled. Weighing approximately 20.85 carats and measuring 15.84 x 11.29 mm

Lot #: 874

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Large, Lavender Non-nacreous Pearl--"An American Quahog Pearl"

Mercenaria mercenaria Northern Quahog clam species Coastal waters of the North Atlantic Described by Linnaeus in 1758, the Quahog pearl does not come from an oyster but rather a thick-shelled edible member of the clam family. Depending on their size they are sometimes marketed as "littlenecks" if

Lot #: 875

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Multi-strand Natural Pearl Necklace

Pinctada mazatlanica Baja California A fifteen strand torsade necklace consisting of graduated cream/white and iridescent purplish/pinkish grey and grey/black, mixed size pearls graduating from 6.3-6.7mm to 1.6mm, completed with a 14K yellow gold clasp. Total aggregate weight 436.5 carats (87.3

Lot #: 876

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Non-nacreous Pearl and Diamond Ring

Melo melo South Pacific Centering on a pastel orange Melo melo pearl, weighing approximately 4.0 carats in a two-tier surround of nearly 0.64 carats of diamonds, mounted in 14K yellow gold, size 8

Lot #: 877

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Drop-shaped Non-nacreous White Pearl

Tridacna gigas or "Giant Clam" Pacific Ocean Having excellent drop shaped form and a sharp, flame pattern iridescence. Weighing approximately 5.76 carats and measuring 12.78 x 8.25mm

Lot #: 878Y

Estimate: US$900 - US$1,200

Date: 21 May 2019

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White Non-Nacreous Pearl with Exceptional Flame

Tridacna gigas or "Giant Clam" Pacific Ocean Of oval outline, having great translucency and an exceptional flame pattern iridescence. Weighing 10.09 carats and measuring 12.32 x 10.29mm

Lot #: 879Y

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Drop-shaped Non-nacreous White Pearl

Tridacna gigas or "Giant Clam" Pacific Ocean This fine drop-shaped pearl has excellent flame pattern iridescence. Weighing approximately 6.39 carats and measuring 12.18 x 8.31mm

Lot #: 880Y

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Orange Non-nacreous Pearl and Diamond Brooch

Melo melo South Pacific A drop-shaped pearl, weighing approximately 10.26 carats, accented with diamonds, mounted in 14k yellow gold. Height 2 3/4 in

Lot #: 881

Estimate: US$4,500 - US$6,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Large Amethyst

Brazil A beautiful emerald-cut stone with excellent proportions, having a grape violet hue, as well as excellent transparency and luster. Weighing approximately 71.33 carats and measuring 28.48 x 21.95 x 16.03mm

Lot #: 882

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Rich Violet Amethyst--"A Member of the 100 Carats Club"

A well-cut cushion-shaped amethyst of deep violet hue, having excellent transparency and luster. Weighing approximately 111.42 carats and measuring 34.04 x 26.95 x 18.38mm

Lot #: 883

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Large Amethyst--"A Member of the 100 Carats Club"

This very large oval-cut amethyst possesses excellent clarity, luster and a rich violet hue. With a brilliant cut faceted crown and overall checkerboard faceting on the pavilion. Weighing approximately 206.5 carats and measuring 44.69 x 34.76 x 23.68 mm

Lot #: 889

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Apatite

Afric This spectacular stone is faceted as a Portuguese cut circular brilliant which best displays the fire and brilliance of this gem quality stone. Weighing approximately 23.30 carats and measuring 16.8 x 12.38mm

Lot #: 891

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Large Aquamarine Cabochon--"A Member of the 100 Carats Club"

Brazil A sugarloaf cabochon with a high dome, this large aquamarine has well-saturated color and would be suitable for mounting as a pendant. Weighing approximately 102.25 carats and measuring 27.44 x 25.49 x 17.05mm

Lot #: 896

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Green Beryl and Aquamarine Necklace

Brazil Comprising 25 polished beryl beads of both green beryl and aquamarine, weighing altogether 700 carats, many of octagonal outline, completed by a diamond-set 18K white gold ball clasp, length 17 1/2 in

Lot #: 897

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Golden Beryl

An elongated hexagonal-cut heliodor of exceptional beauty having excellent clarity and luster. Weighing approximately 27.70 carats and measuring 23.22 x 16.33 x 10.92mm

Lot #: 898

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Very Fine Aquamarine

Brazil Optically clear, with stunning luster, this beautiful aquamarine was cut from a single large water-clear crystal of astonishing size. Of suitable size for mounting as a pendant or to be retained as a collector's specimen to be admired. Weighing approximately 65.22 carats and measuring41.56 x

Lot #: 899

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$10,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Green Beryl--"A Member of the 100 Carats Club"

This is a world-class green beryl which has been expertly cut into a pear-shape to best display its high degree of clarity. The leaf-green color is exceptionally attractive. This is an important stone which could form the centerpiece of any large gemstone collection. Weighing approximately 498.12

Lot #: 900

Estimate: US$12,000 - US$15,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Exceptional Aquamarine--"A Member of the 100 Carats Club"

Espiritu Santo, Brazil This stunning aquamarine is in a class by itself due to the combination of large size, exceptional luster and exceptional clarity. Faceted as a cushion-shape the stone is not too large to be worn as a pendant, but could also be retained as a cabinet piece to form the

Lot #: 901

Estimate: US$80,000 - US$100,000

Date: 21 May 2019