Sulfur on Aragonite (Fluorescent)
Agrigento (Girgenti), Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy
Miniature, 4.6 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm
Ex. Giancarlo Fioravanti
Sulfurs of any significant quality are very hard to find these days. The Sicilian mines have been closed for years and the old pieces, like this one which is particularly fine because of the aesthetic arrangement of crystals, are hard to obtain. This one is not only aesthetic, but of excellent quality as well, with the wonderful, rich, lemon color. The largest Sulfur measures 3.1 cm across, and all are well-formed, translucent to gemmy, and lustrous. They contrast nicely with the underlying druse of white Aragonite. The Aragonite also has a very attractive pink fluorescence. The bottom of the specimen is completely covered with lustrous, quite gemmy, Sulfurs. This nearly pristine specimen is certainly one of the best I have seen recently, AND IT IS MUCH BETTER In PERSON. There are "decent" Sulfurs and then there are truly outstanding specimens. This one, for the size, is outstanding and a worthy part of any serious collection. And the color... also much better in person!