Descloizite (fine crystals)

Berg Aukus Mine, Grootfontein, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Ex. Marcella Watson
Small Cabinet, 5.3 x 4.3 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 01/18/2024 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/25/2024 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $165

Item Description

There is no doubt that the finest crystallized specimens of Descloizite in the world were found at the famous Berg Aukus Mine in Namibia. These world-class pieces are superior both in their crystallization and often size to any other examples ever found. These pieces have set the standard of excellence for this zinc analogue of Mottramite. It is because of Berg Aukus that we know how good Descloizite crystals can actually get. This large miniature / small cabinet sized piece features excellent individual crystals, which are notably sharp and distinct, with an elongated prismatic, almost "chisel"-shaped habit measuring up to 1.3 cm, with a dark brown hue. There are also some translucent reddish-brown "spear"-shaped crystals on the piece as well, so there are two distinctly different habits and colors of Descloizite present. The "chisel"-shaped crystals are oriented into beautiful stacked groups that rise above the underlying matrix. No major damage that I can find, but there are a few nicks I can see with the naked eye. Very attractive and certainly highly displayable. Classic material, and not nearly as common on the market as they were 30-40 years ago. From the collection of Marcella Watson, accompanied by a label from Les Presmyk / DeNatura

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$165 01/25/2024 6:40:02 pm (CST)
$155 01/25/2024 6:40:02 pm (CST)
$110 01/25/2024 5:24:54 pm (CST)
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$75 01/25/2024 1:15:02 pm (CST)
$65 01/19/2024 7:40:19 am (CST)
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$27 01/18/2024 11:39:34 pm (CST)
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$10 01/18/2024 9:27:32 pm (CST)