This specimen presents isolated, intense yellow crystals of sufur 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 centruy. 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
ex. Howard Belsky
A sharp 3.6-cm-across crystal of lemon-yellow sulfur of the purest hue and most intense saturation is perched on a really unusal matrix of contrasting dark calcite. The sulfur crystal is fairly translucent and extremely sharp. The matrix is a multigenerational mix of small dogtooth calcites (naturally colored dark by petroleum inclusions), perched on calcite replacement of an earlier generation of large, hexagonal aragonite crystals. This cabinet specimen is a rare combination and style, from the collection of Howard Belsky. Joe Budd photos
ex. Les and Paula Presmyk
Rarely do you see a loop-de-looped stalactite like this, that has turned back in on itself. Elegant and attractive for its slight blush of green color (due to copper runoff in the mines), this is a really interesting piece, visually. Complete all around. from the Arizona collection of Les and Paula Presmyk. Joe Budd Photos.
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