Baryte on Quartz
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 4.1 x 4.0 cm
Pohla Mine, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Ex. Herb Obodda
When one says the terms "golden Baryte" the collector can think of several localities, but these robust, sharp, chisel-shaped crystals from this old, important Silver mine have always been the historic standard to which others are compared. This well-trimmed small cabinet specimen features numerous crystals to 3.6 cm long, all on a crystalline Quartz matrix. The specimen displays 360 degrees, with the gemmy and lustrous crystals in very good condition. They were collected on and off over the Cold War years and stashed. After a brief flood to the western market when the Wall fell, they dried up. I had thought they were contemporary at the time, but this was mistaken. In fact, most are older production form the early to mid-1900s from this centuries-old mine. It is a tremendously aesthetic example of this old classic!