Quartz var: Citrine (natural color)

Muli County, Liangshan Yi, Sichuan, China
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Cabinet, 14.2 x 5.7 x 4.6 cm
Start Time: 11/30/2023 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/07/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $269

Item Description

A gorgeous and showy group of sharp, lustrous, gemmy, well-formed, hexagonal prisms of Quartz, free of matrix, from a lesser-known locale in China. The color of the crystals might appear to be more of a smoky hue in reflected light, but when the piece is backlit, you can clearly see a soft golden-yellow shade, making this a very fine specimen of Citrine. Now some of you might be familiar with the heated Amethyst crystals from Brazil that are "cooked" in order to create a dark, almost orange shade of Citrine, but the color in this specimen is 100% natural, which is rare for Quartz generally. Even when you find natural Citrine specimens, the crystals aren't always great quality, so to find a piece with such beautiful aesthetics and virtually no damage (even the back of the piece is partially re-crystallized) is a real treat. There are tiny rhombic crystals of Calcite on the piece, along with a bit of massive Pyrite on the back as well. If you collect Quartz specimens, this is a very impressive example from a locality that I'm sure is missing from most collections. Don't miss out. Priced at $1,800.
From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#310 C), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection for the coming months/years through our various platforms.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$269 12/07/2023 6:40:03 pm (CST)
$259 12/07/2023 4:12:48 pm (CST)
$249 12/03/2023 10:10:34 pm (CST)