Riemvasmaak, Orange River, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm
An elegant, complete-all-around, stalactite-like cluster of fluorites that is an unlikely survivor among so many larger and heavier pieces to be collected. This piece is topped by a 1.8-cm crystal (1.8 cm on edge, 2.5 cm across diagonal) that is among the most gemmy and transparent crystals here. This is more obvious in person. The piece is 100% totally pristine, and is so sharply crystallized you can cut fingers on the edges. Small flecks of golden pyrite, perhaps 0.25 mm in size, decorate some crystal edges but are internal, included within, on close inspection. These little sparkling golden flecks provide a cute accent. Overall, despite its smaller size than most pieces of this pocket, its one of the more standout pieces and perhaps gram for gram the finest I have (and pricier because of this fact). Comes with custom carved lucite base for display.