Calcite on Chalcedony

Nashik, Maharashtra, India
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 7.3 x 3.9 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/29/2022 6:40:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A beautiful and highly aesthetic specimen from Nashik featuring wonderful "jewel"-like GEMMY soft golden colored rhombic crystals of Calcite measuring up to 1.1 cm, sitting on a group of sparkling Chalcedony that resembles some kind of aquatic life, like a sea coral. A couple of the Calcites are so gemmy that you can see the Chalcedony directly inside the center of the crystals. There is a bit of damage, so the piece is not 100% pristine, but it's a very sculptural and eye-catching display specimen, and a cool non-zeolite piece from the Deccan Trap of India that would make a great addition to any collection. Valued at $1,500-$1,800. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#22 IN), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection over the next two to three years through our various platforms.