An exceptional Sicilian Aragonite specimen consisting of excellent, large, prismatic, hexagonal crystals, all emanating off of a Quartz stalactite. The crystals have a soft, pastel green color and very good luster along with terminations that are sharp and well-defined. Most remarkable, I think, is the unusual geometry. The Aragonites can be viewed and appreciated from numerous angles, and the piece can be realistically mounted in several ways. To add icing to the cake, the Aragonite has a uniform and quite sublime pink fluorescence. This is a good Aragonite from this historic locality, and it is in great shape overall. You just don't see elegant examples of these old classics on the market anymore, especially in such fine display specimens. Comes with a custom base.
Elegant cluster of gemmy to translucent Sulfur crystals, on a small amount of crystalline Aragonite. The Sulfurs have an excellent, very uniform lemon-yellow color, and the luster is very good. The largest crystal is 2.3 cm, and the individual crystals display nicely. There is a very small amount of bruising, but that is to be expected for Sulfur. A fine, aesthetic miniature, in elegant quality and the right size and price point for many collectors.
Between Levels 8 and 9, "Q" Trend, Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Miniature, 4.8 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm
This was a special pocket of intensely sparkling, daiquiri-colored adamite crystals, quite distinct from material more commonly seen from Ojuela. Aesthetically emplaced on sparkling white aragonite are these gorgeous spherical aggregates, to 1.4 cm across, of very lustrous and translucent, light, mint-green, adamite. Very pretty!
Spania Dolina (Herrengrund), Starohorske Mountains, Slovakia
Large Cabinet, 14.5 x 10 x 9.5 cm
Outstanding pseudo-hexagonal compound twins of Aragonite, with the largest crystal being an amazing 7.7 cm in length. These translucent to gemmy, white to clear crystals form sharp prisms with incredibly bright luster. They are generally sharp, with an occasionally stepped face. Remarkably clean from damage - these are exceptional crystals of Aragonite from one of the most classic old locales in Europe. Herb Obodda had a special suite of Herrengrund minerals assembled over decades of collecting, of which this was a part. Much better in person, as shooting monochromatic lustrous crystals is difficult! It was once owned by the great collector Clarence Bement, (1843-1923) (http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?colid=139), who paid $14 for this in the late 1800s, according to accession records (provided) from the American Museum of Natural History. This piece would have been in his collection when it was purchased by financier JP Morgan in 1910 and donated to the museum. Ex. Bement, AMNH. Great history, and a great piece.
Very aesthetic spray of slender Aragonite crystals, on matrix. The Aragonites range up to 5 cm long, they are distributed beautifully. This is from the famous find here (was it early 1980s?), and I have seen only a few for sale in the US in recent years. Granted, some have their tips missing, no surprise given the fragility, but overall the piece is in excellent condition, and both the visual light and the fluorescence is attractive. Fine overall aesthetics on an old classic.
This specimen presents isolated, intense yellow crystals of sulfur on stark white matrix of spiky little aragonite crystals. The crystals are to 3 cm in size, and pristine despite the age, and the softness of fragile sulfur crystals. This is a display-quality example of this CLASSIC material, now seldom seen in this quality for sale. A lot of more recently mined sulfur specimens was available briefly in the 1970s, and also some notorious fakes created around the same time. This piece, however, dates back firmly to a major multigenerational collection of Milan that was assembled in the second half of the 19th century. It has been confirmed as a valid historic specimen by Dr. Federico Pezzotta of the MUSEO DI STORIA NATURALE in Milan, which has an extensive comparative collection. Comes with custom lucite display base
This is a super rare collector's stone. When is the last time that you can remember seeing a faceted stone of Aragonite? With the exception of the Czech specimens, Aragonite is rarely found in facet grade material. This is the old, classic European locale for the species and crystals from this location come up in old collections only infrequently. This was cut from one such old piece. This stone is a wonderful, very slightly included gem with a "Pear" cut. These gems are very difficult to find these days, and stones this size are NOT common
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Small Cabinet – Maximum 9.4 cm
Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
Large Cabinet – Over 18.0 cm
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