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Natural tricolor tourmaline in pink, purple, and black, estimated at $2,500-$3,000

Crystals, minerals and semiprecious stones add luster to July 27 sale

Natural tricolor tourmaline in pink, purple, and black, estimated at $2,500-$3,000

Natural tricolor tourmaline in pink, purple, and black, estimated at $2,500-$3,000

NEW YORK – It’s not just gold that lies in them thar hills. A startling number of treasures lurk beneath the surface of the Earth, including crystals, minerals, and semiprecious stones, and to be frank, you might like them more than gold. Some of these beauties have tough, rugged surfaces that challenge carving tools, while others yield to the merest brush of a fingernail. They take every shape you can imagine and some you can’t, and a select number boast colors that would make a rainbow look dull and uninspired. You can see it for yourself on July 27, as Jasper52 presents a 686-lot Natural Crystals, Minerals & Specimens sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Kambaba ‘Healing Sphere,’ estimated at $300-$350

New York auction showcases crystals, minerals and specimens

Kambaba ‘Healing Sphere,’ estimated at $300-$350

Kambaba ‘Healing Sphere,’ estimated at $300-$350

NEW YORK – Who hasn’t looked at a curve of earth and thought, “I wonder what’s under there?” We’ll never know the names of the humans countless centuries ago who first plunged crude tools, and probably their fingers, into the soil over and over and over again, just to see what might lurk beneath. Some of those ancient diggers reaped unfathomable rewards, discovering weird and wonderful rocks that glistened, gleamed, and sparkled. Our fascination with such treasures has never waned. If anything, it’s only grown stronger. Read more