Mibladen, Morocco
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.0 x 4.0 cm
This specimen looks at the same time both flower-like and machinelike, with complex hoppered faces running its length. The large crystals are 4 cm across, front to back, but the best viewing of the piece is this way - with the gear-like edges of higher luster facing at the viewer. It is a mesmerizing effect, all the more so because there is no damage to distract the eye. The luster on these faces is extremely high, and internal reflections or orange and yellow hues clearly leap out. One of my favorites of the miniatures in this pocket. Joe Budd photo.