Quartz included with ''Chlorite'' with Amethyst scepters (RARE locality specimen)

Dayu Co., Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 05/09/2024 8:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/16/2024 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $270

Item Description

A really cool and incredibly hard to find specimen from Dayu Co in Jiangxi, China featuring a group of sharp, lustrous, prismatic Quartz crystals that have a distinct green hue from inclusions of "Chlorite", but what really sets the piece off is that several crystals feature light purple Amethyst scepter terminations(!), which I cannot recall seeing ever before from this area. I've seen a few Amethyst scepters from Daye in the past, but nothing like this piece. The largest crystal measures 4.7 cm long, and most of them are in fine condition. If you collect Quartz specimens or minerals of China, this is something rare and distinctive that you are not likely to find anywhere else on the market.
The piece comes to us from the collection of Dr. Stephen Smale, who personally acquired the specimen in China, and his hand-written locality note accompanies the piece.
Along with amassing one of the finest private mineral collections in the world, Steve is a renowned mathematician. His accomplishments include being awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 along with being the awarded the Wolf Prize in mathematics in 2007. You can read Steve's bio on the Mineralogical Record website ( https://mineralogicalrecord.com/biographies_labels/smalestephen/ ) or on Wikipedia.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$270 05/12/2024 8:33:01 am (CDT)
$260 05/12/2024 8:33:00 am (CDT)
$250 05/12/2024 8:32:38 am (CDT)
$240 05/12/2024 8:32:38 am (CDT)
$200 05/12/2024 8:32:17 am (CDT)
$190 05/12/2024 8:32:17 am (CDT)
$160 05/12/2024 8:32:04 am (CDT)
$150 05/12/2024 8:32:04 am (CDT)
$110 05/11/2024 10:18:03 am (CDT)
$100 05/11/2024 10:18:03 am (CDT)
$60 05/11/2024 10:17:38 am (CDT)
$50 05/11/2024 10:17:38 am (CDT)
$20 05/10/2024 3:12:28 pm (CDT)
$15 05/10/2024 3:12:28 pm (CDT)
$10 05/09/2024 8:41:13 pm (CDT)