Iktjabrsky Mine, Talnach Norilst, Krasnojars Region, West Siberia
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.9 x 1.5 cm
This is a rich example of this rare platinum-containing mineral from finds of the 1990s, no longer available today as fresh material. It is an extremely sharp and showy miniature, complete and displayable from ALL sides 360 degrees! The crystals are highly lustrous, and display several habits of cubic crystallization with edge modificaitons, including an elongated rectangular crystal to 1 cm. For the price, certainly, this is a bargain in the world of fine sperrylites. They just don't come in such aesthetic pieces, usually, and often are priced much higher for more sparse crystallization. This arborescent look, with stacked crystals forming a little tower, is unusual and dramatic! I have not seen such a good one, under $10,000, in 2 years now.