Lot 2: STIBNITE SPRAY
by I.M. Chait
May 16, 2010
Beverly Hills, CA, USALive Auction
This lovely cluster perfectly exhibits the radiating habit of some stibnite specimens, with bunches of ramrod-straight crystals in distinct bunches, bursting from the host rock, shimmering with the characteristic black metallic sheen. Stibnite is a source of antimony (chemical element Sb), which is used in a number of industrial applications, including anti-friction alloys and lead-free solder, but in ancient times it was used as a mascara - Cleopatra's kohl. This is a fine collector's specimen, and measures 13 1/2 x 9 x 8 1/2 inches. This unusual Stibnite specimen may be from one of the mines in Maramures Co., Romania. Baia Mare (Nagybánya), Baia Sprie (Felsöbánya), or the Herja mine (Kisbanya).