Valdres, Oppland, Norway
Miniature, 3.3 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm
Ex. Marc Weill; Robert Nowakowski
This is an insanely large and beautiful anatase crystal, which for a black species just impresses most people for their sharp form and luster. Crystals of this size and stature have come out only rarely. While I am aware of a few this size and larger in private collections, they are jealously hoarded by the colelctors who risk life and limb to obtain these from the frozen mountains here, and seldom even seen at all - let alone for sale. This is a major piece that came out of a small find by two strahlers in the late 1990s, and was sold into the Marc Weill collection around 2003. It was then in the Robert Nowakowski Collection for many years. The specimen is complete all around, although has the best luster on two frontal display faces and the top termination. Still, the camera lights reflect off of it, giving it a mirror-silvery sheen in the photos when in person it is really jet black and shiny. Joe Budd Photos.