Hematite Stalactites
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 6.0 x 4.7 cm
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

This is a very elegant and unusual cluster of stalactites made of hematite, that look just like chalcedony in the overall form and nature of the growths. The piece is certainly very old, as it came out of the Gerald Herfurth collection (he started his collecting in the 1940s). The dealer/collectors Cal and Kerith Graeber had kept it for their own Mexican collection as the Herfurth collection was disbursed; and only later sold it to Dave Stoudt. I purchased the Stoudt Mexico suite recently. This remains, to me, a particularly interesting Mexican mineral specimen. If it were "said to be" English, with the prices seen on those older-still pieces, this could fetch a multiple of the price. Joe Budd photos

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