Cassiterite with Albite and Muscovite

Merekski ore dist., Bureya Massif, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 6.5 x 3.7 cm
Start Time: 11/26/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/01/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

The tin deposits at Merekski have produced some very fine Cassiterite specimens, such as this small cabinet piece, but mining and preserving them into the Western market has always been problematic. Spread out across the matrix, the gemmy, clove-brown Cassiterites have appealing, complex forms that are highlighted by their incredible luster. Backlight them just right, and they blaze with a sparkling, deep-orange fire. The largest Cassiterite is 1.3 cm, and the crystals sit on the matrix along with Albite and Muscovite. Not many of these have survived the difficult extraction, so quality pieces like this, with such aesthetic crystals, are treasured. Unusual!