Fluorite on Pyrite (ex Dave Bergman Collection)

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
Miniature, 4.6 x 3.7 x 3.1 cm
Start Time: 01/20/2022 9:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/27/2022 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

The Huanzala Mine in Peru has produced some of the most attractive and impressive Fluorites from all of South America. The mine has produced beautiful colors of Fluorite and they are top quality in terms of luster, gemminess and well-formed crystals. This miniature specimen dates back to the early to mid 1970s, and features highly modified crystal groups of Fluorite (a combination of cube, octahedron and dodecahedron faces) which are nearly colorless (a very pale green color) with excellent transparency sitting atop small, sparkling, metallic, golden Pyrite crystal matrix plus minor grey-black Sphalerite. It is certainly one of the better Huanzala Fluorite specimens that I have had to offer in a while, and I can't find any major damage with the naked eye. The largest cluster of crystals on the specimen measures 3.3 cm across. Priced at $800 in the inventory. From the collection of Colorado mining legend Dave Bergman. Dave is now retired, but among other things, he was the foreman and primary person in charge of recovering specimens at the famous Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado during the late 1970s. He is also the maternal grandfather of Brian Kosnar. See Dave's photo mining at the Sweet Home on page 58 of Peter Bancroft's book "Gem and Crystal Treasures".