Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

Pyrite and white calcite inclusions
Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
45.5cm x 47cm x 10cm - 40.6kg

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This large size freeform comes out of a massive block from Afghanistan, the source of lapis for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the later Greek and Roman. Lapis Lazuli was found on the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun and was used as a pigment for painting until the 19th century.

Rock Crystal

Rock Crystal

Water and gas inclusions

Madagascar
40cm x 26cm - 21.6kg

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This superb polished specimen features delicate lavender, milky and colorless crystal and rare water and gas inclusions. The Greeks originally named Quartz "Krystallos", meaning ice, but this soon became the word used for all crystals.

Sandstone “Gogotte” Helmet

Sandstone “Gogotte” Helmet

Oligocene (33.9 - 23 million years)

Fontainebleau region, France

24cm x 16cm

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A Gogotte is a concretion burried in fine and pure white silicate sand bassins. Those found in France are known as the finest and most sought after. This specimen's close to perfect symetrical features make it a prize collector's item. Truly one of Mother Nature's wonders...

Flawless Crystal Sphere

Flawless Crystal Sphere

Brazil
Cut and polished in Switzerland
12.3cm - 2.757kg

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A rare and perfectly clear crystal or quartz sphere is another must-have object for a Modern Cabinet of Curiosities. It has an extremely strong focus and obviously must not be let in direct sunlight! The world's largest flawless crystal sphere is in the NHM in Washington DC, weighs 48.5kg and has a diameter of 32.7cm.

Lava Sphere

Lava Sphere

Vesicular basalt

Madagascar

Diametre: 29.5cm

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Basalt is an extrusive igneous (volcanic) rock formed from the rapid cooling of basaltic lava exposed at or very near the surface. This specimen contains "Swiss Cheese" type holes that result from gas bubbles which did not get a chance to pop before the lava cooled down and were preserved as vesicles.

Jet Sphere

Jet Sphere

Siberia, Russia

Diameter: 12cm

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Jet, also known as "Gagat" or "Black Amber", is a product of high pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago (Araucariaceae family). Jet is found in thin veins underground which makes it rare to find spheres much larger than this specimen.

Amethyst Cluster

Amethyst Cluster

Basin Creek "The Catalan",
Artigas, Uruguay
24cmx24cm

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Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz and was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians. Uruguay is the source of some of the finest amethyst gems known today, typically displaying a rich velvety look and a deep purple colour.

Rhodochrosite Stalactite

Rhodochrosite Stalactite

Capillitas Mine, Argentina
A rare polished cross-section slice of a large stalactite
23cm x 23cm x 0.5cm

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Also known as Inca Rose, Rhodochrosite is the national stone of Argentina and was one of the most revered stones in the Incan Empire. This unusually large cross-section reveals its distinct waves and brilliant bands of bright pink color found in no other substance on the planet.

Malachite

Malachite

Democratic Republic of Congo
33cm x 20cm

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Malachite is a secondary copper mineral and was crushed as a green pigment since ancient times. The Greeks and Romans fashioned vases and sculptures from malachite and wore it as amulets to ward off evil spirits and illnesses. Later the Russian Tsars used it as a decorative stone.

Banded Flint Triptych

Banded Flint Triptych

Ilza, Poland
23cm - 19cm - 15.5cm

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During the Neolith Period (5000-3500 years ago) flint was mined for the production of tools. A beautiful set and a perfect example of this mineral's very graphic patterns of beautiful earthy cream and taupe tones.