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    Nikolaevsky Mine, Dal'negorsk ,Tetjiuche, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Krai, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

    Just as there are non-conformists among people, there are also such things among mineral specimens. Violating any standard 'norms' for Sphalerite, this charming number involves what can best be described as a 'black rose' of stacked, co-planar crystals forming a shining mound, some 2.125 inches (5.5 cm) across and 1.19 inches (3 cm) high. The "Black Rose" sits on a gray-black matrix surrounded by small colorless, Quartz crystal clusters. The upside of the matrix bears a powdery, yellow coating of unknown composition. A secondary Sphalerite group is situated on one side of the matrix as well. Excellent condition and very aesthetic.
    Measurements: 5 x 3.8 x 2.6 inches (12.6 x 9.65 x. 6.65 cm).

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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