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    Amethyst "Skunk"

    Quartz var. Amethyst with Epitaxial Amethyst & Goethite on Calcite "Skunk"
    Andre Jachetti Mine, Artigas, Artigas Department, Uruguay

    "A wonderful "skunk". A 35 cm curved plate of dark amethyst crystals with a 12 cm pale yellow brown scalenohedral calcite crystal growing up from the amethyst and black stripes of goethite running up three sides of the calcite and up the center of the black goethite stripes run smaller stripes of amethyst crystals. One of the best two know from Artigas as of 2003. The other good one is also in my collection. Sort of like "My second car is also a Porshe [sic]"
    - Rock H. Currier

    Rock had a thing for these, and why not? Their exotically weird appearance fit right in with Rock's twisted sense of esthetics, as well as humor. We have yet to hear a convincing explanation for the formation of the striped areas that obviously had some reason to form where they did. 'Aliens' are as good as any other explanation that we've heard. This was a cover piece for Rocks & Minerals magazine. Included in the lot is the cover proof along with a copy of the magazine issue itself. Here's your chanced to get: "skunked."
    Overall Measurements: 13.8 x 6.7 x 6.7 inches (35.0 x 17.0 x 17.0 cm)
    Offered at no reserve

    Provenance: RHC #5920, acquired 1990
    Publications: John S. White (2013) Mineral Mysteries: "Skunks" and Related Phenomena, Rocks & Minerals, 88:4, 368-372. (2003) Chips from the Quarry, Rocks & Minerals, 78:4, 213-215. (1997), Cover, Rocks & Minerals, 72:2.

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    26th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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