Spruce Claim (Spruce Ridge), Goldmyer Hot Springs, King Co., Washington, USA

    It would be a rare collector of fine minerals who has not seen the distinctive combination specimens from the Spruce Claim in King County of Washington. The best of these combine a number of water clear and beautifully formed Quartz crystals getting cozy with sharply defined Pyrite crystals. One of the superior examples of this association is this one featuring several equant pyritohedrons up to 2.25 inches (5.86 cm) across, sharing space with approximately 30 colorless and transparent Quartz prisms up to 1.75 inches (4.47 cm) in length. One of the Pyrite crystals has grown up and around several Quartz prisms including a doubly-terminated one. The Pyrites possess a microscopically thin layer of iron oxide on parts of the crystal faces producing a golden coloration not normally seen in Pyrite. With the minor exception of two breaks to peripheral Quartz crystals, condition is otherwise excellent. This is a much better specimen than is normally seen from this locality.
    Overall Measurements: 4.3 x 3.8 x 2.4 inches (11 x 9.6 x 6.1 cm)

    Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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