Sturmanite (gemmy!) (ex David Burgess Collection)

N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4 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: $305

Item Description

A really fine quality and classic Sturmanite miniature featuring electric golden-yellow color crystals with sharp, lustrous faces sitting on matrix. The crystals are incredibly gemmy for the species and show a rarely seen tabular (compressed) habit. Nearly every crystal is damage free, and they look beautiful up close. The largest Sturmanite measures 6 mm across. The combination of the color, luster and gemminess makes this a very attractive and worthwhile Sturmanite from this classic locality. Valued at $750. These pieces are becoming more and more difficult to find, especially in showy, well crystallized specimens such as this. From the worldwide collection of David Burgess (1951-2016). David was a prolific species collector from Newington, Connecticut, and the namesake for the extremely rare cobalt arsenate species Burgessite, which he discovered.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
vanguardmellophone $305 02/13/2019 12:20:52 pm (CST)
minerals1075 $295 02/13/2019 12:20:52 pm (CST)
vanguardmellophone $285 02/10/2019 2:08:11 pm (CST)
nominether $27 02/08/2019 4:12:19 pm (CST)
banska $10 02/08/2019 5:40:24 am (CST)