Cabinet, 11.9 x 4.3 x 1.9 cm
Irai, Alto Uruguai region, Rio Grande do Sul, South Region, Brazil
Irai was known for these superb, gorgeous calcites, and then the supply seemed to dry up. There were hardly any available at the last year's Tucson show, and they were overpriced, so we bought none. Then, to our surprise, we found a cache of new specimens with one dealer at the small Spring Denver Show last year, and cherry-picked all the best ones, and sold them. Then they disappeared again - until finally, a contact brought us the only specimens we saw at this year's Tucson Show, and we bought the entire lot - the good, the bad and the ugly - in order to get the good ones - like this one! This is a very unusual doubly-terminated "spike) with a bit of matrix and an attached crystal that serve as a perfect natural base should you wish to display it at the preferred angle (45 degrees, with the "base" at the bottom - sorry it was not photographed that way!). 11.9 x 4.31.9cm