Hessite With Sphalerite
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 3.7 x 2.8 cm
Botes Mine, Siebenburgen, Transylvania, Romania
Ex. Dr. Mark Feinglos
This is an exceptiopnally large specimen for any Botes material, to have survived. It consists of a very interesting mix of battleship-grey hessite crystals growing amidst black sphalerite, and has hessite of excellent quality (all the complex, sharp crystals in the pictures). You get a lot of visual impact for the buck, though, something hard to "get in hessite" nowadays. This piece is certainly over 100 years old, if not 200. I have handled only a half dozen nice hessites in 2 decades, and this would rank near the top of the lot of them. Moreover it is aesthetic, and unusually attractive to the non-hessite-lover as well. Ex Dave Bunk specimen