DJ17-02
Djurleite
$6,500.00
Ait Agmane, Bou Azer District, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 4.8 x 4.0 cm
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An important small cabinet piece from recent finds, early 2016. Perched high on a greenstone matrix, the tabular crystals are matte lustered with a grayish-green color and reach 3.4 cm across. (The color may be due to slight oxidation on the surface, and less heavy cleaning on this piece). Djurleite is similar to but much rarer than chalcocite. Horizontal growth striations may be indicative of incipient hopper formation at the edges, giving many crystals a man-made machined-like look, and making them much more interesting visually. Outstanding small cabinet piece, that destroys almost any other previously known examples of this species! A world class find that resets standards for this rare sulfide species, from the remote Moroccan mountains. These were held back for a year to see if more would come out (and they did not). At Tucson, this was such a shock to the market, that all sold quickly from the single source dealer. No more have been found in a year, and the quality of this single pocket is such that another seems very unlikely. Multiple analyses (including the Paris National Museum) have confirmed the identity as Djurleite, not chalcocite, from early specimens leaked out at Munich. I bought as much of the pocket as I could, surely a majority, for our online customers.