Gypsum (doubly-terminated GEM crystals)

Cavnic Mine, Cavnic, Maramureș, Romania
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 7.2 x 6.3 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/29/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A highly aesthetic and eye-catching small cabinet sized display specimen from the famous Cavnic Mine in Romania featuring a doubly-terminated (multi-terminated) group of very sharp, lustrous, GEM quality, colorless prismatic crystals of Gypsum dramatically perched on a matrix covered with little Quartz crystals. Fine quality all around, no major damage anywhere that I can find, only a few tiny blemishes. Gypsum is such a soft mineral that it's often bruised when the miners collect pieces underground, but this one is notably fine in terms of damage. A fantastic example of these beautiful Gypsum specimens from this famous Romanian locale. Valued at $2,500 in the inventory. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#61 RM), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection over the next two to three years through our various platforms.