Azurite (GEMMY crystals) with Malachite

Christiana Mine, Mercati mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion Dist., Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece
Ex. Christos Spiromitros
Miniature, 4.3 x 4.1 x 3.8 cm
Start Time: 12/07/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/14/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $625

Item Description

Lavrion is one of the most well-known localities in the world, for its tremendous history and plethora of secondary minerals found in the area. While Azurite is not rare from Lavrion, crystals of this quality are exceedingly hard to find, especially in eye-visible examples. The crystals on this piece are not micros as they measure up to a full 1.0 cm, and they have formed in a gorgeous "fan"-like development, showing amazingly high luster with intense midnight blue color in reflected light, but when they are backlit, they GLOW with superb gemminess and a vivid ultramarine hue. Associated velvety green aggregates of Malachite can be seen on the piece as well, and the added oxidized matrix on the base of the piece completes this beautiful display piece While there is some damage, many of the Azurites are in superb condition. This is not what one typically would expect from Lavrion, as the quality of the Azurites is about as good as you'll see from anywhere. You could expect this kind of quality from places like Bisbee, Touissit or Tsumeb, but a Christiana Mine Azurite like is much rarer, and notably more desirable. Keep in mind that nearly all of the Azurites from this mine are either opaque, or the gem quality crystals are micros, so a piece like this is truly impressive in terms of crystal size and quality in my mind. I put a lot of value into this one, as we seldom see any of this quality.
The piece was mined in 2017 and comes from the collection of Christos Spiromitros

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$625 12/14/2023 5:51:26 pm (CST)
$600 12/14/2023 5:51:26 pm (CST)
$565 12/14/2023 5:50:44 pm (CST)
$540 12/14/2023 5:50:44 pm (CST)
$420 12/14/2023 5:27:34 pm (CST)
$410 12/14/2023 5:27:34 pm (CST)
$340 12/09/2023 10:20:40 pm (CST)
$330 12/09/2023 10:20:40 pm (CST)
$310 12/09/2023 4:32:33 pm (CST)
$300 12/09/2023 4:32:33 pm (CST)
$225 12/08/2023 5:04:38 pm (CST)
$215 12/08/2023 5:04:38 pm (CST)
$109 12/08/2023 4:54:42 pm (CST)
$99 12/08/2023 4:54:42 pm (CST)
$60 12/08/2023 12:59:35 pm (CST)
$50 12/08/2023 12:59:35 pm (CST)
$15 12/08/2023 10:51:56 am (CST)
$10 12/08/2023 8:35:59 am (CST)