Hematite pseudomorph after Magnetite (excellent) (ex Dr. Barratt Phillips Collection)

Payún Matrú volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matrú, Agua Escondida District, Malargüe Department, Mendoza Province, Argentina
Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 6.9 x 4.7 cm
Start Time: 02/09/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/16/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Pseudomorphs are one of the most popular subcategories for mineral collectors, as they are such a unique occurrence in nature. Some of the most distinctive and fine quality pseudomorphs in the world are the beautiful examples of Hematite after Magnetite from the Payun Volcano locality, which lies just outside of Patagonia in southern Argentina. These gorgeous specimens have been coming out sporadically over the last 20 years or so. I never get tired of seeing them as they continue to surprise us with the gorgeous forms and geometric shapes. The Hematite has replaced the stunning sculptural form of the original octahedral Magnetite crystals to create this desirable and beautiful pseudomorph. This eye-catching specimen has good luster, impressive, razor-sharp, faces and a beautiful metallic silvery-grey hue on the surface. The largest individual crystal measures 3.7 cm across. Priced in the inventory at $4,500. No major damage that I can find, only a few minor imperfections. From the collection of Dr. Barratt Phillips.

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