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    PROUSTITE
    Dolores I Mine, Chañarcillo, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile

    A desolate spot in the Atacama Region of Chile produced what are arguably the finest Proustite specimens ever found, along with some Native Silver specimens of world-class renown. The best of the Proustites, like this one, show sharp, tooth-like crystals possessed of deep wine red color and a luster that is adamantine and mirror-like in reflectivity. The largest crystal is a complex one some 2.1 cm in length and in very fine condition. There are some areas of contact on the backside and a few broken crystals on the edges of the display side, but they do not detract from the specimen. Very little material from this locality escapes onto the market these days, due to its high desirability. Chañarcillo was shuttered many years ago, and the locality has now returned to the deep silence of abandoned places. This piece is accompanied by a custom acrylic base.
    Overall Measurements: 1.72 x 1.09 x 1.21 inches (4.38 x 2.79 x 3.09 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Luis Leite [Hoppel #D1199]


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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