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Gypsum with sand inclusions ("Desert Rose") viewBack to SPECIAL POST TUCSON LARGE CABINET MINERAL SPECIMEN LIQUIDATION AUCTION - Ends Thursday, February 22, 2018

near Oued Souf, ("City of a Thousand Domes"), El Oued Province, Algeria
  • Starting Time:2/15/2018 07:00:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:2/22/2018 07:00:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size Description:18.2 x 6.7 x 5.6 cm

Description:This piece is a wonderful large cabinet sized display specimen of the well known "Desert Rose" Gypsum specimens from Algeria. The piece is a well-crystallized somewhat stalactitic group of tabular Gypsum crystals that have formed "rosette"-esque groups that are completely enveloped / included by sand from the Sahara Desert. The majority of the specimen is damage free, save the base where it was contacted, and only a few imperfections here and there. This is a very large specimen of the material, and I bought this piece directly from the man who mined it in Algeria, which is why I have a bit more specific locality than "Sahara Desert" like we're used to seeing with these specimens. Classic material from the north-central African desert.

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