Quartz with unusual iridescent coating (unique material)

Banska Stiavnica (Schemnitz), Banska Bystrica Region, Slovakia
6.5 x 4.6 x 2.6 cm
Start Time: 02/07/2019 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/14/2019 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $46

Item Description

A most unusual and really interesting Quartz specimen from this ancient mineral producing part of Europe. I'm told that these specimens were collected in 2008-2009, and they caught the attention of a lot of collectors and dealers in Europe. The piece hosts many sharp prismatic Quartz crystals which have a really eye-catching, bright copper colored iridescent coating of iron and manganese oxides to create a beautiful overall specimen. The crystals are mostly simple prisms in habit, but some show slight overgrowths on the terminations. A few of the broken crystals on the base reveal that the Quartzes are actually colorless and gemmy inside, so this is not an inclusion, but a complete coverage on the crystals to create a pseudo-"patina" that is almost unheard of for the species. The largest crystal measures 8 mm. If you're a Quartz collector, don't miss out on a piece of this unique and hard to find material. These pieces are no longer being mined, so if you want one, get one now.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
tmr $46 02/14/2019 6:16:59 pm (CST)
gazzas007 $37 02/14/2019 6:00:49 pm (CST)
private007 $32 02/14/2019 2:37:06 pm (CST)
tmr $10 02/09/2019 6:39:50 pm (CST)