Baryte, Quartz, Calcite
Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk; Tetyukhe; Tjetjuche; Tetjuche), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm
This is a rare treasure indeed, one of just a few specimens found in a freak pocket about a decade ago. It is from the personal collection of a Russian mineral dealer, that was privately sold at the show (name on purchase). The piece is PERFECT. It is undamaged, and complete all around. It consists of a doubly-terminated golden Baryte crystal, with gem terminations, perched on quartz matrix. It just about sits on its own, even. A 3-cm crystal of disc-shaped calcite sits adjacent to the upper Baryte termination, for accent. The Baryte itself measures 8 x 2.5 x 2 cm or so. In my years, I had ONLY SEEN ONE OTHER from this pocket before, ever! And this one blows it away....I am told it is one of the two best known. This is a rare gem crystal, a rare Russian piece, and just a superb aesthetic specime nby any standard. It is from the private collection of a dealer who was involved in early specimens coming out of Dalnegorsk. 10.4 x 8.2 x 4.9 cm