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Lot 22: HALITE
by I.M. Chait
May 16, 2010
Beverly Hills, CA, USALive Auction
The best water clear Halites like this one come from the Wieliczka Mine in Wieliczka, Malopolskie, Poland. This mine is one of the oldest salt mines in the world and was mined from the 13th century until the end of the 20th. The mine is famous for the carvings the miners made on the walls, saline lakes and for the cathedral and chapels carved out of salt deep underground. Completely translucent, a slight texture to the outer surface softens the passage of light through the stone and the absence of color emphasizes the uncannily regular cuboid form of the interlocking crystals to create a lovely and fascinating display piece, 8 1/2 x 5 x 4 1/4 inches.