Sphalerite & Quartz
    Shuikoushan Mine, Shuikoushan Ore Field, Changning Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

    Sphalerite has such a love affair with Iron that only rarely can you find a Sphalerite specimen low enough in Iron to show decent color: the usual color is almost black. This specimen displays an attractive brownish-red hue after you get past the brilliant, almost metallic, adamantine luster. The rounded shapes are typical of twinned crystals, which is why the forms shown by the crystal groups exhibit a wide assortment of shapes and angles. The shining Sphalerite groups are partially embedded in a gray matrix covered by thousands of tiny needles of lavender Quartz. The specimen was found around the year 2000, and nothing, this lustrous or "gemmy," has been seen since. Overall condition of the specimen is pristine with no visible damage.
    Overall Measurements: 5.0 x 4.0 x 2.4 inches (12.6 x 10.2 x 6.1 cm)

    Provenance: Ex. Dr. Raul & Helen Madrid Collection

    Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
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