Ilvaite, Calcite, and Quartz, on Hedenbergite

Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Miniature, 4.8 x 4.3 x 2.7 cm
Start Time: 09/23/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/30/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $525
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Dalnegorsk (now closed) has produced a plethora of fabulous specimens representing a variety of mineral species, but one of the most prominent is Ilvaite. These Ilvaites are considered to be the best of species in terms of shape and luster, in this size range (China gave us bigger and more expensive ones, but these are still more aesthetic and lustrous, generally). The main Ilvaite here is 2.3 cm tall, and it rises majestically from the Hedenbergite matrix. The luster is so superb, and the form of the crystal so fine, that it stands like a shining black beacon, even better than the pictures can portray. In combination are 5 mm Quartz crystals and a marvelous 2 cm bouquet of white Calcite crystals that have an excellent orange fluoresence. Ilvaite from the late 1980s/early 1990s finds at Dalnegorsk still sets the standard for specimens of this species, at least in this size range. This is a unique cluster, and I make no apologies whatsoever for completely adoring it. And yes, it is even better in person. Sometimes simple things of quality and beauty capture the imagination, and this wonderful miniature is such a piece...not so subtly, either. It really has style.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $525 09/28/2021 5:38:44 am (CDT)
Private Bidder * $500 09/28/2021 5:34:13 am (CDT)
whisper * $500 09/28/2021 5:34:13 am (CDT)
whisper $460 09/27/2021 9:57:53 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $450 09/27/2021 9:57:53 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $410 09/26/2021 5:40:05 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $400 09/26/2021 5:37:57 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $400 09/26/2021 5:37:57 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $360 09/26/2021 5:36:56 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $350 09/26/2021 5:36:56 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $310 09/26/2021 5:35:14 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $300 09/26/2021 5:35:14 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $260 09/26/2021 10:02:32 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $250 09/26/2021 10:02:32 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $210 09/26/2021 9:24:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $200 09/26/2021 9:24:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $177 09/25/2021 7:21:04 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $167 09/25/2021 7:21:04 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $160 09/25/2021 7:20:33 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $150 09/25/2021 7:20:33 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $110 09/25/2021 7:14:08 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $100 09/25/2021 7:14:08 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $90 09/25/2021 7:12:25 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $80 09/25/2021 7:12:25 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $75 09/25/2021 7:11:58 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $65 09/25/2021 7:11:58 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 09/24/2021 7:04:51 am (CDT)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.