Frizington, Cumberland, England
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 6.0 x 3.5 cm
Ex. Giancarlo Fioravanti
The superb blue Frizington Barytes from the mid-to-late 1800s are true classics. The largest crystal here (6.4 cm) is doubly-terminated, while all the crystals have particularly fine, super-gemmy, terminations. The luster is outstanding, and the grey-blue color, tinged with Hematite dust for red highlights, is both delicate and dazzling in its own way. The aesthetics are truly superb, and it displays vertically or horizontally. The overall form and shape hides the fact that the left/bottom edge of the largest crystal has actually been contacted (another crystal was attached there), although it is hard to spot in the overall 3-dimensional frontal presentation. This piece is that good, that if perfect, it would command several times higher a price. As it is, it still displays wonderfully and looks like it should cost far more. It is a truly classical example of these fine old specimens, in just the right size!

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