Sulfur, Alum-(K)
El Desierto mine, San Pablo de Napa, Daniel Campos Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Cabinet, 11.9 x 7.9 x 5.4 cm
This is one of the most striking Sulfur specimens from an amazingly gemmy batch of specimens that came out last year (2008) from this contemporary Sulfur find. This excellent piece has isolated, gemmy, canary-yellow crystals on the starkly contrasting, alum-covered matrix. The finds of beautiful crystallized sulfur in Bolivia came at a great time, when old specimens from Sicily have become really hard to get, and only a trickle is coming from Russia. The crystals on this plate are particularly gemmy; not opaque bright yellow, but transparent and jewel-like.