Erythrite With Skutterudite
Bou Azzer Mine, Atlas Mtns., Morocco
Miniature, 5.7 x 3.7 x 3.0 cm
Ex. Charlie Key
A very elegant, deep purple cluster of solid erthrite with minute crystals of skutterudite mixed in, from the late 1960s finds that set a new standard for this species aside from the old localities in Germany. This piece is made up entirely of crystallized rosettes, grown one upon the other to form this sculptural shape. Specimens of this style, from the original find, are recognizably different from modern specimens found in 2002-2004. There is usually some historical value to be added in to the price of these specimens when they turn up, but we have instead priced this as we would a similarly-sized modern specimen: based simply on quality, size, and aesthetics.