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Lot 6: AZURITE SPECIMEN
by I.M. Chait
May 16, 2010
Beverly Hills, CA, USALive Auction
Azurite has been known since at least the time that Pliny the Elder described it as kuanos ("deep blue", the root of the English "cyan") and its incredibly strong coloring meant it was used as a pigment for many centuries. But it is at its most beautiful in its natural form, as in this fine example: the highly-textured surface scintillates with tiny crystal points on a bed of green, blue and dramatic orange-red, one side a carpet of botryoidal forms in an unbroken, sparkling deep blue. A lovely collector's specimen, it measures 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches.