Gypsum with Calcite

Sokolovskoe Iron Mine, Rudny, Kostanay Region, Kazakhstan
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Large Cabinet, 14.2 x 12.8 x 6.0 cm
Start Time: 03/23/2023 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 03/30/2023 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This surprised us when we realized where it was from - a REMARKABLE Gypsum specimen from the renowned Sokolovskoe Iron Mine in Rudny. The lustrous and bladed Gyspums are sharp and aesthetic, with the largest being about 9 cm. What I find so exceptional, even beyond their beauty and sheer size, is that each has identical growth patterns with the crystal, yet each grew to have a different form. The tiny bit of contacting on one small edge detracts not at all from the fascination of the piece, and the gentle fluorescence of the Gypsums contrasts dramatically with the vivid and bold orange fluorescence of the Calcite veins in the matrix. Simply a great, large-cabinet specimen, with shocking crystallography perched on display!

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