Fluorite ("phantom" cubes) on Quartz (ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection)
- Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
- 7.8 x 6.0 x 3.7 cm
- Start Time: 02/07/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
- End Time: 02/19/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
- Auction Closed
A classic and a staple from the Yaogangxian Mine. The Fluorites from this locality are some of the most distinctive, eye-catching and highest quality examples from any Chinese locality. This particular piece hosts a few beautiful, razor-sharp, highly lustrous, GEMMY, green and purple "phantom" cubes measuring up to 2.3 which are wonderfully isolated and aesthetically perched atop translucent white / colorless Quartz crystal matrix. The Fluorite appears to be damage free to the naked eye on the display side, though when I looked closely with a loupe I could see a few imperfections. Overall, it's very difficult to obtain pieces of this quality with such excellent aesthetics and balance. The piece displays wonderfully and really stands out as a fine example from this famous mine. Valued at $1,750 in the inventory. Ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection. Along with amassing one of the finest private mineral collections in the world, Steve is a renowned mathematician. His accomplishments include being awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 along with being the awarded the Wolf Prize in mathematics in 2007. You can read Steve's bio on the Mineralogical Record website ( https://mineralogicalrecord.com/labels.asp?colid=671&page=1 ) or on Wikipedia.
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