Raspite With Stolzite (Type Locality)
Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 6.3 x 3.5 cm
Raspite is an extremely rare species, a dimorph of Stolzite. This is the type locality for the species. This particular specimen is a large, beautiful display piece with butterscotch-yellow crystals of stolzite (to 8mm) all over its display face - they are so gemmy and squarish that they look like yellow wulfenite! This is an EXCELLENT display piece for the species, for stolzite. But even more rare, and more valuable here, are the large associated raspite crystals. The doublet crystal, perhaps twinned, is standing vertically exposed and is 1.2 cm long! It is decorated with litlte stolzites for color contrast. A second, lesser raspite cluster exists elsewhere on the specimen. For the species, this is one of the best I have known of for sale. It is from the old workings, undoubtedly, at this old mine. I am told it should have been found prior to the 1950s. Recently the specimen was in the collection of tungstate collector Stretch Young, of Austin, Texas. It came from an old collection.