Smoky Quartz (fine quality) (ex Kay Robertson Collection)

El Dorado County, California
4.7 x 2.1 x 1.6 cm
Start Time: 09/17/2020 8:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/24/2020 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $226
Winning Bidder: bbop

Item Description

When I first picked up this specimen, I immediately thought it was from the Swiss Alps. Imagine my surprise to see it was from California! The quality combined with the rare locality make it a significant and beautiful example of what is a common species. The piece is not only very sharp, well-formed and lustrous, but shows textbook crystal from with a beautiful hexagonal pyramidal termination and a couple of "left handed" rhombohedral faces where the prism meets the termination. Additionally, the crystal is essentially 100% WATER CLEAR, with a beautiful rich smoky golden-brown hue. The base is contacted where the piece detached from the pocket wall, but it is still a very fine example of Quartz, and would make a wonderful addition to any suite of gem crystals, California minerals or worldwide Quartz specimens. Ex Kay Robertson Collection (#9063). Kay was a prominent California collector, who specialized in European classics. She nearly lived 100 years from April 1920 - March 2020. See the article in the March-April, 2007 Mineralogical Record ( https://www.mineralogicalrecor... ), and the 50+ page article in the German Magazine "Mineralien Welt" November-December 2017.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
bbop $226 09/24/2020 6:13:53 pm (CDT)
cookieman $216 09/24/2020 6:13:52 pm (CDT)
cookieman $185 09/24/2020 5:21:39 pm (CDT)
bbop $175 09/24/2020 5:21:39 pm (CDT)
bbop $130 09/24/2020 4:34:25 pm (CDT)
amphipolis $120 09/24/2020 4:34:25 pm (CDT)
amphipolis $87 09/24/2020 3:58:08 pm (CDT)
djwall1957 $77 09/24/2020 3:58:08 pm (CDT)
djwall1957 $50 09/23/2020 8:49:44 am (CDT)
tillyfoster $45 09/23/2020 8:49:44 am (CDT)
tillyfoster $40 09/20/2020 3:42:28 pm (CDT)
Colours8 $35 09/20/2020 3:42:28 pm (CDT)
tillyfoster $30 09/18/2020 6:33:27 pm (CDT)
mmcdade $25 09/18/2020 6:33:27 pm (CDT)
mmcdade $10 09/18/2020 1:26:16 pm (CDT)