Aragonite (''floater'' specimen - 2023 find)

Los Molinillos - La Vacariza, Minglanilla, Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Toenail, 3.2 x 3.1 x 2.6 cm
Start Time: 11/16/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/25/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $111

Item Description

This specimen comes from a brand new discovery in 2023. Around the world, Aragonite is typically found in white, grey or colorless crystals, but the pieces from various localities around the city of Cuenca in the mountains of east-central Spain can often show a rare PURPLE color. For reference, according to, Aragonite was named, "for the type locality, the village of Molina de Aragón, Spain, and not the province of Aragón, a mistake made by several later writers". So the history of this species is directly tied Spanish localities. Chemically, Aragonite is calcium carbonate, like Calcite, but it forms at a lower temperature. This piece is a beautiful example of these historic and well-known specimens featuring a pair of sharp, lustrous, translucent pseudo-hexagonal (they're actually cyclic twinned groups) crystals of Aragonite showing a combination of smoky-golden hues on the edges and gorgeous saturated purple tones in the centers of the crystals. The piece is a complete "floater", crystallized all around with not point of attachment or any damage that I can see. There is no iron oxide staining or inclusions, it's clean and beautiful. We picked up a very small parcel of these specimens, and only have a few to offer in the auctions going forward, so don't miss out as we don't know when pieces of this quality and color will be found again. A wonderful display specimen of this classic and iconic material. Please note that although we don't have confirmation on this particular specimen, it's a safe assumption that these pieces have been repaired or at least stabilized to keep them from falling apart.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$111 11/25/2023 6:41:32 pm (CST)
$101 11/25/2023 6:35:33 pm (CST)
$97 11/25/2023 6:35:33 pm (CST)
$60 11/25/2023 1:23:11 pm (CST)
$50 11/19/2023 11:27:36 pm (CST)
$45 11/19/2023 6:46:09 pm (CST)
$40 11/19/2023 6:46:04 pm (CST)
$35 11/19/2023 6:46:04 pm (CST)
$30 11/19/2023 11:12:06 am (CST)
$25 11/19/2023 1:37:45 am (CST)
$20 11/18/2023 11:00:49 pm (CST)
$15 11/18/2023 8:44:26 am (CST)
$10 11/17/2023 11:23:10 pm (CST)