Wodginite epitaxial on Cassiterite (rare) Richard Hauck Coll.

Lavia Jabuti, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Toenail, 3.0 x 1.8 x 0.8 cm
Start Time: 05/12/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/19/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Superb, razor-sharp, and lustrous epitaxial growth of wodginite over cassiterite. Aesthetic, rare, and world-class. This is an important specimen from a small find, of the early 1980's, that really surprised people. These crystals consists mainly of wodginite that has grown epitaxially over a decaying core of twinned cassiterite that is now barely present at all. The wodginite from this find is superb - unusually lustrous and sharp compared oto the mineral from other localities. These are VERY hard to come by. I am told that the pocket was only the size of a basketball and the find limited to some dozens of specimens. This one, at over an inch, is one of the larger pieces and is quite significant. Ex Richard Hauck Collection # 658. Dick got this from Richard Gaines, who analysed them, and handled most of them at the time. Similar pieces have recently sold for around $1000.

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