purple Hydroxylherderite

Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 11.7 x 10.8 x 7.0 cm
Start Time: 02/21/2010 6:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/04/2010 6:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

Lustrous, translucent, VERY 3-dimensional herderites to 3 cm are strung along the top of this feldspar like grapes. It is a most unusual matrix specimen for this species - and such nice purple crystals rarely occur on matrix, for that matter. NO REPAIRS! The largest crystal has a single small ding on one upper edge as shown in the close-up (which shows it as head-on as possible to be blunt about it - it is not so obvious in person!)- but displayed properly with a slight tilt, that is not really noticeable from the display face (see whole picture, first shot). Tilted a bit forward, you can see in the later photo the 3-dimensionality of the crystals, and how isolated each crystal is - just smartly perched on the feldspar matrix. The muscovite is a very unusual, interestig, contrasting association. A NEW FIND for this famous old gem district. This is a very fine and rare matrix purple herderite for the price, and its big and unrepaired as well. Valued $1800-2500

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