Schneeberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
The photos say it well, here! This large thumbnail is a stunning, display-quality piece with a 2 cm GEM proustite, perched on a natural pedestal of proustite. The major crystals are not only gemmy and deep red, but they are pristine. The piece is complete all around, and displays nicely from either side. With even the most minimal backlighting, you can see its ruby-red transparency. What I love about this most, as a competition-level thumbnail, is that the crystal habit is so distinct there is no thought that this is a Chanarcillo proustite, which is relatively more common and less valuable if the same size. The habit here is distinctive, and seldom seen in such quality. Although likely a very old specimen, it has been preserved well. ex Will Larson collection