Kerch, Crimea Peninsula, Crimea Oblast, Ukraine
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.6 cm
Ex. Rock Currier
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This is an important AND aesthetic example of this rare phosphate species, found at its best in the world only inside fossil clams at this large, commercial phosphate deposit in the Ukraine. No other phosphate locality in the world hosts these Anapaites form in such a large size and this specimen has some of the largest, pristine clusters of the species we have seen. It was obtained by the late great Rock Currier on one of his many travels, and kept in his collection for decades because it is just so damned beautiful compared to most of the others. Over a dozen translucent, apple-green Anapaite aggregates are perched, and largely isolated, on a Goethite matrix. Two of the slightly elongate aggregates are beautifully intergrown clusters of lustrous and scintillating, almost glowing, Anapaite that measure 1.7 and 1.3 cm from end to end. The other smaller clusters are between 2 and 9 mm in maximum dimension and contrast well with both the underlying gray-black manganese oxide and Goethite background. This is an exceptionally rich and aesthetic small miniature of this very rare phosphate. Rock's personal label info is meticulously painted and written on the bottom. As a note, they mined through the part of the deposit where these were found - there won't be more. So they are best of species, beautiful, and sadly no more.