Botesti, Zlatna, Alba, Romania
Thumbnail, 1.5 x 1.3 x 0.8 cm
Ex. Shields and Frances Flynn

Hessite is one of those Holy Grail species (for thumbnail, rarity, or silver collectors in particular), but the problem is that the good ones were found in the mid-1800s in central Europe, and few existed and even fewer exist today outside of museums. This is a very important and highly competitive thumbnail example of the species with an unusually large central crystal flanked by more typically-formed, machined-sharp crystals to the left. It is a full thumbnail with a big crystal, and yet elegantly complex with subtle details at the same time, making for a special piece.