Passionate about mineralogy, amateur prospectors, collectors, we decided to make a living from our passion, and from 1991 we exhibited in French and European mineralogical fairs. We developed a large clientele of aesthetic, amateur and professional collectors.
It is with the soul of a collector that we exercise our profession, and we devote a lot of time to the research and purchase of minerals in an extremely selective way. Our mineralogical quest is demanding and directed by a search for perfection, aesthetics, rarity, quality, all these criteria which make an exceptional piece. Nature in its sublimated art.
We have the desire and the duty to satisfy our clientele, among which the world’s greatest collectors, so we have to obtain the best and for that to go in search of it.
For us, end of the 20th century marked the beginning of a life of travel.
For twenty years, we spent spring and autumn across different parts of Asia, going to all the mining sites that were accessible to us.
We found the very heart of our passion.
In the north of Pakistan, we regularly visited the valleys of Shigar, Hunza and Nagar, which shroud a prestigious mineralogy (topaz, aquamarine, garnet, tourmaline …). And our long hours spent on roads and dirt tracks were sometimes well rewarded.
From Pakistan we went to China, where we visited several provinces with mining sites in operation (Hunan, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Xinyang… Back then many small mines were exploited in an artisanal way, which allowed us to acquire many pieces nowhere to be found today. Due to government regulations and depletion, many of them have now closed.
Also, Burma, Vietnam, India, passing from one country to another, in order to always have the opportunity of a beautiful discovery…
All those years of traveling have enabled us to assemble a fine selection of mineralogical items that we offer for sale. Some of these quality specimens are now difficult to find on the market.
Those years have been rich in experiences and knowledge and today we are happy to make them available to you and to support you in your collecting process.
In this time of health crisis, unable to exhibit at trade shows, we started selling online on different platforms to maintain contact with our customers. Given the success we have enjoyed and the strong demand from our customers, but also from new collectors, we have decided to create this website and to perpetuate this way of working.
Reproducing a specimen as close as possible to reality is a permanent challenge. The photographs are taken without saturation, with neutral calibration of the screen and a white balance "Nikon Natural Auto: guarantee of more precise and natural colors, close to those visible to the naked eye", and slightly accentuated contrast for more detail. We recommend watching them on a computer screen (with a natural / neutral setting) rather than on a smartphone, which tends to saturate the colors.
We select flawless pieces, however, in the event of zoning, fractured crystals, cleavage, contacts, small dings on the tip of the crystals, these are stated in the description, and a close-up photo of this area is provided.
Though few pieces are on video (for fluidity of display and page loading speed), we can provide you videos of the specimens, preferably by Wetransfer to allow high-definition files). We provide one video in neutral, natural light (avoiding direct sunlight) and one with an LED spotlight. Even if a clear picture allows you to see every detail (and defect) of the sample (generally avoid any purchase based on a blurry photo or video: if it is blurry, it means that there is a defect!) , ask us for a video as well, it allows to better understand the volume of the specimen.
We are here to help, so do not hesitate to contact us for any information or advice, whether you are a collector or a beginner.