Seminário Farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    This mine originally dated to World War II when the war effort needed optical Quartz for use in radios, but the Quartz was deemed to be too included and the mine was abandoned. Then, with in the mid-1980s, raconteur Rock Henry Currier, along with his partners Ed Swoboda and Osorio Neto, reopened the mine. It was fairly primitive to start with, as supplies had to be carried in by pack animals - there were no roads into the site, only trails. Their efforts paid off, and they hit a bonanza! They found massive profusions of wonderfully clear Quartz crystals with stunning green phantom inclusions. The vast majority of the crystals were polished for the decorator market - as most of the crystals had damaged terminations or faces that were too cloudy to see through. There were the few crystals like these: natural Quartz prisms with fine inclusions. All of these Quartz points are in fine condition, with only very minor nicks on some faces.
    Overall Measurements: 3.8 x 0.9 x 0.72 inches (9.8 x 2.3 x 1.83 cm); 3.87 x 1.32 x 1.06 inches (9.83 x 3.36 x 2.71 cm); and 4.63 x 1.03 x 1.0 inches (11.77 x 2.63 x 2.54 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Hoppel #D1034, #D1035, #D1036

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    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Hollowware/Pottery/Glass, Large (view shipping information)

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    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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