Talnakh Cu-Ni Deposit, Noril'sk, Taimyr Peninsula, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia
Miniature, 4.5 x 2.9 x 1.8 cm
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A significant miniature display specimen of the spectacular platinum mineral Sperrylite, featuring a cluster of sharp and super shiny crystals perfectly perched on a pedestal of matrix. Sperrylite is the only platinum mineral that forms big, beautiful crystals - and the bigger they get, usually the more deformed and crackled, as well. It is uncommon to find such a freestanding crystal group like this, as they are normally frozen in the matrix. It is even more uncommon to find a crystal of this size that retains sharp edges and faces without developing cracks as it grew. The large crystal in this group measures 1.7 cm in maximum dimension with the other intergrown crystals averaging a few millimeters across. The glistening, complex isometric crystals are a bright, metallic silver-gray and sharply formed. Tiny black associated crystals might be magnetite (we have been told some of them analysed as such, in the past, but have not checked this one). The mirror-like Sperrylite crystals sit atop a bronze-black, massive sulfide matrix of magnetic Pyrrhotite/sulfide mix. This is a significant, sharp display-quality specimen that presents a sparkling silver platter, so to speak, on a silver platter to the eye. This would be from the early production released to the western market, in the mid-1990s, when the Russian government allowed legal export for sale of some of their platinum reserves and sent specimens to the Tucson show with an armored escort, for sale. As a final point, although this makes for a stunning display miniature, it could easily be trimmed down in size and made into a full, balanced, even more imposing, competition-killer thumbnail specimen measuring perhaps a full inch tall, and with the single large crystal well balanced atop a smaller matrix.