Natrolite (''Pink Larimar'') (rare)

Nusa Kambangan, Central Java, Indonesia
Gems, 26.89 mm x 17.15 mm, 13.31 ct
Start Time: 01/04/2024 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/11/2024 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $60

Item Description

Here we have an interesting rarity from a discovery in mid 2020. These beautiful natural pinkish colored Natrolites came from a basalt deposit on the island of Nusa Kambangan in Central Java, Indonesia. Anybody who has seen polished Thomsonite from the Great Lakes of the United States can see an instant similarity with this new material from Indonesia. When it's polished, these Natrolites closely resembled the patterns seen in the famous Larimar stones from the Dominican Republic (which are actually Pectolite, another zeolite species). A quick analysis via Raman Spectroscopy revealed that these Indonesian gems are in fact Natrolite, which makes them the first of their kind that I've seen. Due to the similarity in style to Larimar, we immediately saw somebody apply the trade name "Pink Larimar", to this material, and then the term "Rhodatrolite," ("Rose Natrolite") popped up online. With that said, we're simply calling this material Natrolite, because that's what it is, and it doesn't need a trendy trade name to sell it, because Natrolite of this style and color is already rare and interesting enough. This "Triangle Cabochon" gem has a beautiful pattern on the surface, somewhat resembling a leopard print or tortoise shell pattern, but still uniquely distinct and different. In reflected light, the color is a "burnt pink" hue, but when the stone is backlit, it shows a beautiful creamy pink color. These are new, rare and interesting, and if you collect gemstones, it's a must have for your collection, because we don't know how many of them there will be going forward. The deposit could last for years, or it could dwindle as quickly as it was discovered. Priced at $266.20 retail.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$60 01/11/2024 11:18:06 am (CST)
$50 * 01/11/2024 11:17:49 am (CST)
$50 * 01/11/2024 11:17:49 am (CST)
$45 01/11/2024 11:17:44 am (CST)
$40 01/11/2024 11:17:44 am (CST)
$35 01/05/2024 4:04:05 pm (CST)
$30 01/05/2024 4:04:05 pm (CST)
$25 01/05/2024 3:16:47 pm (CST)
* 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.