Quartz var. Chalcedony ex. Hauck Quartz Coll.
- Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
- Cabinet, 11.5 x 9.8 x 6.0 cm
- Start Time: 06/13/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
- End Time: 06/23/2009 6:15:00 pm (CDT)
- Auction Closed
I normally do not deal in chalcedony, the sort of stuff you find in mass import dealerships sometimes. But, this is a special piece way beyond the normal quality level, one that came to me in the quartz collection of Richard Hauck (1000 pieces, all quartz!). The piece features an upright stalk or stalactite, perched in a pocket whose sides are a cast of the geode it must have filled. While I believe this to be natural, and not buffed, one can never rule out that the miners did a little bit of polishing on them. Nevertheless, this is jsut a superb example of quartz in this variety, and for the location. Similar dramatic pieces have sold in the Sotheby's auctions and other public natural history auctions for quite high prices, in the past. For me, as a collector, I consider this not just a decorator rock. It really is good enough that it transcends that designation we lump most chaldecony into.