Sulfur on Aragonite
Agrigento (Girgenti), Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 6.1 x 3.4 cm
Ex. Dr. Peter Bancroft
Have you noticed how hard it is to find a great sulfur specimen, today? The Sicilian mines have been closed for years and the old pieces, like this one which is particularly fine because of the aesthetic arrangement of crystals, are hard to obtain. It is a fragil emineral and so you assume that many old ones are simply destroyed over time. This one is not only aesthetic, but of superb quality as well: with the wonderful, rich, lemon, color. These sulfur crystals, the largest of which measure 3.0 cm across, are well formed, translucent and lustrous. They color contrast nicely with the underlying druse of white aragonite. This almost pristine specimen is certainly one of the best I have seen recently. AND IT IS MUCH BETTER In PERSON. There are "decent" sulfurs and then there are truly outstanding specimens. This one, for the size, is outstandign and a worthy part of any serious collection. And the color...also much better in person!