The Greek Collection of Christos Spiromitros
Jan 15, 2024 - We truly admire locality-based collections that do justice to a place and show changes in production through time, that honor both a country and the diversity of minerals of any one location. Laurium is an ancient and important mining district that historians rank as one of the most important sources of the raw material for early western civilizations, and responsible for much of the silver of Ancient Greece and the Alexandrian Empire. These mines have been delved for thousands of years, literally! The mineral treasures of the mines were largely destroyed for the raw materials they contained, until only recently. Christos Spiromitros is a local greek dealer and has been hand on there for decades, grew up in the area and collecting in the mines himself. He saved something special from each pocket he handled and from most modern pockets as well, trading with others as he could. A choice eye for aesthetics and a love of the location led to exhaustive and unusual documentation on which mine and date of discovery. This collection, almostly uniquely, well documents in particular the last 20 years of dangerous exploration of underground tunnels going back to unknown eras, from one of the people who was there firsthand. He sold us his personal collection during COVID, from which a selection of the majority is presented here.
- Smithsonite-Cu, Aurichalcite, Malachite ps. Azurite
- Sounion Mine #6, Lavrion, Lavreotiki, Attica, Greece
- Small Cabinet
- 5.5 x 4.1 x 2.5 cm