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    Amazonite

    Microcline var. Amazonite & Quartz var. Smoky
    Jack Rabbit Mine, Crystal Creek, Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

    "A plate of dark colored amazonite crystals with smoky quartz crystals growing from it. X Robert Bartsch specimen. Bob collected the specimen and spent several years cleaning and repairing it. It is the best one we found during a summers worth of digging. The scale under the specimen is an inch with a rule at one cm."
    - Rock H. Currier

    Rock and Bob operated a claim that Bob had figured out wasn't covered by surrounding claims. (Clever, Bob was! Oops!) They took out some 13 pockets and spent months, and years, cleaning them up like street urchins headed for dancing school. The Amazonite is very fine but it is the Smoky Quartz that makes the piece. It was hard to find specimens that weren't trashed when the pockets collapsed. That's why Bob hung onto this one - he only kept specimens that he personally self-collected. Since he doesn't need it now, and neither does Rock, it's up for auction - a one-of-a-kind trophy from a couple of die-hard field collectors who were lifelong friends. As Rock stated, this specimen has been repaired and restored, just as many (if not most) of the region's Amazonite and Smoky Quartz specimens usually are.
    Overall Measurements: 11.8 x 11.8 x 2.8 inches (30.0 x 30.0 x 7.0 cm)

    Provenance: Collected by Bob Bartsch, Ex. Robert Bartsch Collection [RHC #9296, acquired 2015]
    MinID 22T-DED

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]




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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    26th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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