Fluorite on Quartz ex. Ed David Coll.

Kavalerovo Mine, Kavalerovo, Primorskiy Kraj, Siberia, Russia
Large Cabinet, 15.8 x 10.4 x 8.3 cm
Start Time: 02/25/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/10/2009 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Kavalerovo is a small mine north of Dalnegorsk. Minerals from here ar emuch more uncommon to the market, and are quite distinct as you can see. Neverhteless, they are often confused for Dalnegorsk when I nfact they should be worth quite a further premium for the rarity and difference of style. Ed David specialized in Russian minerals in his collection sold to me in 2005, and long enjoyed owning this important locality fluorite specimen. However, it used to be a lot bigger and mmore unwieldy... Here now you have 1.4 kilos of quartz matrix, crystallized no less, with THREE dramatic, translucent, complex fluorite crystals to 4.5 cm sitting in a row, perfectly balanced in the middle. This is the result of a gutsy move on the part of a friend of mine who trimmed this for me, splitting off a fourth crystal which was disjointedly sitting far away from the others, and removing in the process about 3 pounds more matrix that was attached and made this piece too darned big and clunky originally. Now, the result is worthy of any fine collection of fluorites, Russian minerals, OR worldwides without having to justify making spoace for a rock the size of a dinner plate. It is one of only a relative few I have even ever seen for sale, from this district to the north of its larger cousin. Valued $3000-4500 ex. Edward E. David collection

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