Dolomite on Quartz (ex Rich Kosnar Collection)

Banska Stiavnica (Schemnitz), Banska Stiavnica Co., Banska Bystrica Region, Slovakia
Cabinet, 10.3 x 9.5 x 5.8 cm
Start Time: 11/26/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/03/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

The most aesthetic, dramatic and showy specimen of Dolomite on Quartz that I have handled from this INCREDIBLY historic mining district. Banskíç ?tiavnica has been mined for Gold and Silver as far back and nearly 1000 years ago (11th Century). Incredibly enough, this was operating in the 1990s, and produced an incredible amount of classic display specimens that made Slovakia one of the great mineral producers in the history of European mining. This particular specimen hosts dozens of very sharp, "pearly", lustrous, slightly curved rhombohedra of off-white color Dolomite sitting on prismatic, milky Quartz crystals with minor associated sulfides on the base of the piece. The displayability combined with the superb quality of the piece make it a wonderful display piece. This specimen was once part of the famous Richard A. Kosnar collection, who specialized in European classics. Valued at $1400 in Rich Kosnar's collection catalogue.

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