Väyrynenite (very rare gem crystal)

Shengus, Haramosh Mts., Skardu Dist., Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Thumbnail, 1.3 x 0.3 x 0.1 cm
Start Time: 12/14/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/21/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $142

Item Description

Väyrynenite for many years was found in dark, and often cryptocrystalline examples. This very rare manganese beryllium phosphate mineral has only been found in just over a dozen localities around the world. It was named for the former professor of mineralogy at the Technical High School in Helsinki Finland, Heikki Allen Väyrynen. Recent discoveries in Pakistan and Afghanistan have given collectors the what are surely the finest examples of the species extant, with not only brilliant richly colored crystals, but GEM quality material to boot! This piece is from the find in May of 2016 in Pakistan. I bought this one directly from a good source in Peshawar and at the time I was thrilled to get my hands on it, but it got lost in the shuffle, and I just re-discovered it in my inventory. The piece shows a vivid salmon orange-pink hue, but it's also lustrous, sharp and TRANSPARENT! The termination is slightly etched, but not damaged as far as I can see with magnification. With that said, the fact that we not only have a good crystallized example of a super rare phosphate, but to have one with such amazing color and clarity is a big deal. If you've ever wanted a piece of this material, do not miss out.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$142 12/21/2023 4:34:57 pm (CST)
$132 12/21/2023 4:34:57 pm (CST)
$110 12/21/2023 1:08:35 pm (CST)
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$90 12/19/2023 3:16:02 pm (CST)
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$70 12/19/2023 12:13:23 am (CST)
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$44 12/15/2023 3:17:26 pm (CST)
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$25 12/15/2023 10:31:46 am (CST)
$20 12/15/2023 10:31:46 am (CST)
$15 12/15/2023 10:15:02 am (CST)
$10 12/15/2023 4:03:56 am (CST)
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