Calcite with Stilbite (rare association)

Verkhnii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Cabinet, 11.2 x 6.5 x 4.3 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/29/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

An unusual association specimen from the Verkhnii Mine in Dalnegorsk, Russia featuring peach colored twinned rhombohedra of Calcite measuring up to 2.3 cm which are associated with white "sheaves" of Stilbite (a rare associated mineral to be found at Dalnegorsk) along with opaque, lustrous white blocky crystals of what I believe to be Apophyllite. I can't honestly say I've never quite seen a piece like this, but the information in the collection catalogue states that this is a Calcite from the Verkhnii Mine (spelled "Verkhneye"). A really cool and certainly different kind of specimen than what one is accustomed to seeing from Dalnegorsk, so don't miss out. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#263 RU), 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.