Metatorbernite - superb miniature circa 1970s

Kolwezi mining district, Lualaba, DR Congo
Miniature, 4.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 cm
Start Time: 06/23/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/30/2022 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Current Bid: $1,705
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Item Description

Metatorbernite specimens from the Musonoi Mine are classics from the heyday of uranium mining at this famous deposit, when specimens came out mainly through Belgian exploration geologists and dealers in the 1950s-1970s. Brilliant, emerald green, bladed crystals, to nearly 2 cm on edge are clustered on the top of a sliver of contrasting gray matrix. It is a gorgeous specimen with great presentation and separation to the crystals, and top luster and color saturation. This is from the best pocket of the material (early 1970s) which they called "Green Wulfenites" for the windowpane look and the crystals are also translucent along the edges. This locality is unique for crystals this good! A stunning miniature that could sit next to fancy gem crystals and other species quite nicely as it sits up proudly on matrix. This is an immediately recognizable find, and a stunning miniature with quality, crystal size, and condition all at the top - would be hard to find a better one. Any other find, from anywhere, falls far short of these in beauty. Valued $2000-2500. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz, who bought it from us in the 1990s.

Bidding History

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Private Bidder $1,705 06/25/2022 7:16:47 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,655 06/25/2022 11:47:16 am (CDT)
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