Calcite with hematite-included phantoms
- Red Phantom Pocket, Sweetwater Mine, Reynolds County, Missouri
- Small Cabinet, 9.7 x 6.7 x 6.6 cm
- Start Time: 03/21/2009 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
- End Time: 04/07/2009 7:15:00 pm (CDT)
- Auction Closed
This is a rarity! I have seen only 3 from this pocket turn up again in the last several years. The find is called the ;'red phantom pocket" for pretty obvious reasons, and I think it was in the late 1980s if I recall correctly. This small pocket featured stunning red-phantomed crystals due to hematite inclusions, found in a mine famous for monocolored yellow and shades-of-yellow calcites. This is a superb cluster, with a major crystal nearly 7 cm tall, and complete all around. The luster is very wet-looking and good for the pocket and the mine both. This is a major American classic, rare in this quality or any quality for that matter; and of excellent showiness. Valued ???? The funny thing is, I recently obtained this from a European collection...i would have thought few made it overseas before being grabbed up by the US collectors here.