Miniature, 3.4 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm
Husky Mine, Elsa, Yukon, Canada
These exceptional and uniquely colorful specimens were collected in 1977 by Joe Weinholtzner at this remote location. Rumour (and truth!) has it that nearly all were stored in a coffee can at the time and kept that way for decades. Though many were sold at the time, a number of fine pieces were kept back and these came to market 2 years back. The stephanite crystals, of which this is the largest and best that I have seen for sale from the locality, have been previously very scarce on the market in any size. MORE IMPORTANTLY, the condition of the top specimens recently turned up has been kept amazingly pristine because they were stored by a collecting partner at the time separately from the main lot, which literally went en masse into the coffee cans where they jumbled around for decades! The specimens feature a very attractive purple/blue/red/green iridescence, which sets them off from other worldwide localities for these species. The mine is defunct and despite searching, no more have been found here in 25-plus years now. This phenomenal specimen is one of the very best Husky pieces I have ever seen for sale. MINIATURE-SIZED STEPHANITES ARE ALMOST UNHEARD OF FROM THE LOCALITY and this is an exceptionally aesthetic and colorful crystal cluster of Stephanite, much rarer than the polybasites from this locality! The color is spectacular: a metallic mix of iridescent purple, red and blue hues (much more obvious in person than the pictures indicate). This compound crystal is remarkably pristine and complete all around. It's 30 mm on the diagonal, from tip to tip, above the waist. However, under high power I can see a repair line (it's at the waist) that is invisible otherwise (our surmise is that an internal air bubble popped when in shipment and snapped it cleanly there. There is no damage at the site of the repair and if I did not tell you, you literally would never know of it, it is that clean.. Gram for gram, these beautiful Canadian specimens are, in many opinions including my own, the finest and prettiest stephanites on the planet! This particular specimen was judged significant enought to warrant the need for clearance by the Canadian government for export and thus comes with documentation that it was cleared for export as cultural property.