Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm
Musonoi Mine, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Ex. Dr. Marvin Rausch
These are classics from the heyday of uranium mining in these famous deposits, when specimens came out mainly through Belgian exploration geologists and dealers in the 1950s-1960s. This piece was sold by Belgian dealer Eric van Dievoet to Marv Rausch in 1984. It then was in the Rausch collection for 25 years until I bought the piece when it was dispersed. These used to be nicknamed "green wulfenites" for obvious reasons! Brilliant, emerald green, bladed crystals, to 2 cm in length, of metatorbernite totally cover their matrix. It is a gorgeous specimen with unusual poise and separation to the crystals, and top luster and color saturation. They simply do not make them like this anymore! Ex. Dr. Marvin Rausch collection.
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