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Charoite (polished sphere and base) viewBack to FINE MINERAL COLLECTION and INVENTORY LIQUIDATION AUCTION (set 2 of 2) - FEATURING SPECIMENS FROM THE KAY ROBERTSON COLLECTION - end Thursday November 29th, 2018

Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia
  • Starting Time:11/22/2018 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:11/29/2018 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:N/A
  • Size Description:4.6 cm (sphere)

Description:Charoite gets is name from the Charo River in Russia, which is near the type locality fo rthe material. The best known material is from Russia, and forms as a result of the alteration of limestone under intense heat and pressure. The unique alkali-rich Nephiline in Charoite gives it the unique purple color. These pieces are almost always opaque, but the color and banding is what draws collectors. This material is relatively new to the market as it was only introduced to the west in 1978. Typically, Charoite has mutlicolor banding and swirling which mixes purple and white, and this is a great example of said material. This is a beautiful matched set featuring a 4.6 cm polished sphere of Charoite sitting on a 5.5 x 5.2 x 1.1 cm base. Very attractive and a great addition to any lapidary or Russian mineral collection. Valued at $600 retail.

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