This is one of only several dozen large bluecaps to come out of the infamous find by Bill Larson in 1972, which put the Tourmaline Queen back on the map and incidentally jumpstarted modern specimen mining as well. I confirmed the origin of the piece with him, to be sure it really was one of the famous few. If a knowledgeable collector had to name the 5 most famous finds in the history of collectible minerals in this century, this pocket from 1972 would be among them (along with the Jonas Mine Rubellites, and a few other incredible one-off hits). The chance to own a MATRIX specimen from this pocket (unrepaired by the way!), is one that only several dozen folks will ever get. The chance to own a CABINET-SIZED matrix piece from this pocket, of good quality, is one that perhaps less than a dozen collectors will ever get. Most major pieces went into musuems, or into the collections of prominent buyers at the time, and have not yet come to market again....or never will. This piece was one that I found in a small private investment collection assembled in the 1970s, unprepped since the day it was found and attached to a massive piece of quartz which preparator Sandor Fuss was able to trim off for me without losing the crystal in the process. The entire quartz attached to the tourmaline survived the trim intact! It was a miracle - if it had broken, I would have cried. But, here it is, unrepaired and pristine on the front and sides. It is actually even complete around back, although the quartz is contacted where an attached broken quartz crystal and the underlaying matrix back there was removed. That flat-looking left side is in fact a natural face, not a sawmark (and you can see small pink tourmalines there as well!). The piece in person sits up nicely somewhere between the angles shown in the top and lower-left photos but really all angles are pretty good, from the front or right side of view, depending on your own taste. The tourmaline itself measures 9 x 5 x 4 cm in size. Comes with custom lucite base for easy display.
A total freak of the pocket, this single piece with rounded purple fluorite covering a single fat quartz point!
ex. Dr. Gary Hansen
Not much of a sales pitch for this - ugly rock, cool history and locality! The thin layer of green pyro coats large quartz crystals. This is a famous find, once noted in literature I am told. It was clearly found at the same time and owned by the same person as the following specimen. There was only one old paper label noting the collection date, for the two pieces together. This piece DOES have an original catalogued label as shown, though, which in sequence is very close to the label number shown below (within 13 specimens!), so my assumptions above are certainly validated, i think. The dated paper label goes with the next specimen but the buyer of this specimen will also get a photocopy.
ex. Dr. Gary Hansen
A gorgeous cluster of dusted green pyromorphite draped over milky quartz crystals! Obviously, a historic specimen from a fairly uncommon locality. (old Obodda label)
ex. Dr. Gary Hansen
A very rare old locality specimen, that I am told is of quite some age. It is very attractive, with a burst of broccoli-looking pyro growing in the middle of clear quartzes!
ex. Dr. Gary Hansen
A uniquely balanced and simply gorgeous specimen that is really not so much a pyro as an association piece. It is quite dramatic, and the color is really MORE intense than shown. I am told by English dealers who have seen it (and wanted it) that it is as uniquely composed a specimen as I think it is. It is shown here not fully cleaned.
A CLASSIC combo for the locality, with greenish apatite perched upon lustrous, sharp quartz crystals!
WOW! What a combo! This piece features a quartz tip perched perpendicularly on Arsenopyrite ! The quartz is broken and rehealed on the back faces, and pristine in front. it displays magnificently and is most unusual!
Two fat yellow apatite crystals to 2.3 cm are perched on a clear, lustrous quartz point...exceptional combo specimena dna a very rare example of yellow apatite from the locality. In person, they are colored pretty much as shown in the closeup photo...a beige-yellow color characteristic but quite rare from the locality.
A really interesting quartz crystal showing "terraces" as it terminates, with setback crystal faces that are unusual. From the right side shoots out a little spray of bright arseno crystals....very interesting combo piece!
A very attractive specimen featuring a 1.75-cm blue-purple apatite hanging off the side of a quartz cluster. The apatite is translucent and very lustrous. The piece is pristine on the front though it has a natrual break and partial reheal on the BACK of the larger quartz termination. The piece sits nicely on its own!
This material, I am told, came from one pocket in the late 1970s. I have seen only 3 specimens for sale out there. All 3 i have seen feature very unusual wheat-sheaf-like apatite crystals of a pastel yellow hue, in association with small crystals (2-5mm) of faintly blue topaz in association, as this one does scatterred about ! This is an excelleent example of a rare association and with the quartz in the middle is a striking combo piece from an important and now-defunct locality.
(NOTE: Not a Hansen piece, but one I have had from another collection that fits in well here)
A 12 cm quartz crystal elgantly straddles a large plate of bright arsenopyrite! The quartz itself is dusted with small siderite crysatls
This really interesting piece shows clear, vibrant inclusions of pyrite INSIDE of the quartz crystal. (some breach the surface so the could be analyzed). It is an unusually large and elagant quartz piece for the locality by any standard ! The crysat is draped with white dolomite on the top and back.
weight = 1/3 kilo or 11 troy ounces This important gold specimen is one of those real rarities you couldn't dream of making better if you could cast the darned thing. The COLOR is phenomenal - unusually pure and golden without the slight darkness that some large golds from this mine can possess. It features a truly arborescent cluster of upright gold crystals, very elegant in form, perched atop quartz matrix. It is not repaired or molded in any way. This is 100% natural! Specimens of this size and quality are VERY , VERY RARE. This particular piece was sold over 25 years ago and has resided in a private collection overseas ever since...and I can tell you that such specimens were then and certainly are now extremely uncommon on the market (i know of just a few of this magnitude). This beast weighs in at 336 grams or 1/3 kilo, which is equal to about 12 ounces or about 11 troy ounces (gold standard weight).
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