Phosgenite (Fluorescent) on Galena
Monteponi Mine, Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy
Miniature, 4.2 x 3.0 x 3.0 cm
Ex. Giancarlo Fioravanti
An exceptionally large, and finely formed, Phosgenite crystal on Galena from the Monteponi Mine. This Italian classic is extremely difficult to obtain in gem crystals, and virtually unobtainable in a specimen as glassy and gemmy as this one, with such a fine termination. You could actually cut this superb crystal into rare gemstones! The 4.2 cm crystal is well-terminated, with fine lustrous faces, and it is close to being doubly-terminated. There are natural contacts on the bottom and back. It is undamaged. The crystal has a yellow fluorescence, which is actually strongest in the upper centimeter - the gemmiest portion of the crystal. A great, aesthetic specimen. Better even in person, where you can really appreciate the luster and gemminess that is hard to capture with camera. Ex Muzzoni collection, 1970.