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    Konder (Kondyor), Aldan Shield, Ayan-Maya district, Khabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

    Discoveries of Gold and PGM's (Platinum Group Metals) in the placers derived from the zoned alkali-ultrabasic Konder massif of far-eastern Russia, led to extensive mining operations starting in 1984. While most of the PGM's were and are recovered as anhedral grains, there are occasional crystals that also appeared in the placer concentrate. One of those specimens is here and in the form of two interpenetrating cubic crystals of Platinum, the largest of which measures ˜ 1cm across. All crystals from this locality show some edge rounding and a satin metallic luster, and this example is no different. Some also have Gold coatings, just as this one does. Condition is excellent. No matrix as would be expected. It weighs 3.2 gms.
    Overall measurements: .38 x .25 x .312 inches (1 x .6 x .75 cm).

    Provenance: The Rocksmiths [Hoppel # D0230]

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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