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Auction Description for I.M. Chait: NATURAL HISTORY AUCTION
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The Estate of Marina Louise Schreyer of Switzerland, featuring a large Collection of Minerals, Spheres and other Lapidary works; A private East Coast Collection of Fossils and Lapidary works; including a Complete Dinosaur Head, Ammonites and a large Amethyst Geode mounted as a table; The Magnificent Dueling Saber Cats: Fossil Saber-Tooth Cats from South Dakota; forever locked in combat from a private Los Angeles Collection; Collections of Lapidary works of Art and Petrified Wood from multiple American Estates; A fine selection of Meteorites and Extraterrestrial material from the Moon and Mars; as well as a collection of Space Memorabilia from a private Los Angeles collector The first completely Three-Dimensional Flying Dinosaur ever to be offered at I.M. Chait; spectacularly mounted as if in flight Various other Fossils, Minerals, Meteorites, Gemstones and even a complete collection of Fossilized Dinosaur Dung; including quite possibly the world's longest piece of Fossilized Dung ever offered for sale
Sale Notes:
Preview: July 22 - 25, 11am - 5pm and Saturday July 26, 10am until auction start.

NATURAL HISTORY AUCTION

by I.M. Chait


359 lots with images

July 26, 2014

Live Auction

9330 Civic Center Drive

Beverly Hills, CA, 90210 USA

Phone: +1 (310) 285 0182

Fax: +1 (310) 285 9740

Email: chait@chait.com

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NATURAL SELENITE CRYSTAL

Lot 1: NATURAL SELENITE CRYSTAL

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Description: NATURAL SELENITE CRYSTAL Mexico This is a fine natural specimen of the crystalline gypsum, selenite. A large crystal with superb clarity and form, its surface is finely ridged with the regular parallel lines of the crystal habit, and offset by a contrasting patch of rust-red matrix rock at the base, approximately 13 x 8 1/2 x 6 inches overall and weighing approximately 16 lb.

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NATURAL EMERALD CRYSTAL

Lot 2: NATURAL EMERALD CRYSTAL

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Description: NATURAL EMERALD CRYSTAL Muzo Mine Columbia Emeralds are prized for their rich green color, caused by the presence of chromium in the beryl stone or, as is usually the case with Columbian examples, vanadium. This wonderfully regular hexagonal-section crystal rod boasts a lovely ocean green color, the partial translucence allowing a glimpse of the fascinating inner structure, approximately 1 3/8 x 9/16 x 6/8 inches and weighing approximately 83.58 cts.

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NATURAL FADEN QUARTZ CRYSTAL

Lot 3: NATURAL FADEN QUARTZ CRYSTAL

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Description: NATURAL FADEN QUARTZ CRYSTAL Pakistan This fascinating specimen is a natural crystal of "faden" quartz, a descriptive term for crystals with a thread-like zone running through the interior, from the German word for "thread". This is caused by breakage, healing and regrowth in the crystals, resulting in the entrapment of fluid and gaseous inclusions forming the visible "thread". This is a well-defined crystal growth of good translucence throughout, measuring approximately 14 x 5 3/4 x 5 inches and weighing 1.72 lb.

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NATURAL PURPLE SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL

Lot 4: NATURAL PURPLE SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL

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Description: NATURAL PURPLE SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL Sri Lanka Sapphires from Sri Lanka are prized for their quality, and particularly for the strength of the purple color often found there. This fine-sized specimen has well-defined terminations at each end, a soft matte luster, and a beautiful pale mauve translucence, approximately 1 6/8 x 1 x 1 1/2 inches, weighing 87.5 ct.

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AQUAMARINE CRYSTAL CLUSTER

Lot 5: AQUAMARINE CRYSTAL CLUSTER

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Description: AQUAMARINE CRYSTAL CLUSTER Pakistan Aquamarine means literally "water of the sea" and these beautiful beryls have long been revered, thought to provide safe protection to mariners. The finest, most pristine specimens have the appearance of long columns of clear blue-green water and are highly sought-after by collectors the world over, and many of these finest crystals come from Pakistan. The present example is a lovely little specimen comprising several distinct and robust crystal rods, all with a delightful translucence and beautiful pale blue-green coloring, dotted at the base with a few silvery platy muscovite crystals, approximately 3 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches overall and weighing 2.59 lb.

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NATURAL HELIODOR CRYSTAL

Lot 6: NATURAL HELIODOR CRYSTAL

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Description: NATURAL HELIODOR CRYSTAL Tajikistan Appropriately named "gift of the sun", heliodor is the yellow-green variety of beryl, and therefore closely aligned with emerald, morganite and aquamarine. This striking cabinet specimen is an excellent example of slender, regular form, comprising three well-defined rods locked together, and boasting a wonderful golden-yellow color. The superb clarity at the tip shades into a fascinating mass of interior crystal growth, sitting on a base of botryoidal quartz, 1 3/4 inches high overall by approximately 1 x 3/4 inches, and weighing 76.1g.

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NATURAL TOURMALINE CRYSTAL

Lot 7: NATURAL TOURMALINE CRYSTAL

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Description: NATURAL TOURMALINE CRYSTAL Brazil The distinctive colors of this elbaite tourmaline are most often formed by exposure to the radioactive decay of potassium-40 in the immediate environment, which imparts the vivid pink coloring seen here. This fine specimen is of good size and form, comprising three interlocked rod-like growths, shimmering and semi-translucent over most of the surface, with small areas of attractive soft bubblegum-pink opacity, and enlivened by a generous patch of soft sea-foam green, approximately 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 inches overall and weighing 1.9 lb.

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QUARTZ CLUSTER WITH RED HAUSMANNITE

Lot 8: QUARTZ CLUSTER WITH RED HAUSMANNITE

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Description: QUARTZ CLUSTER WITH RED HAUSMANNITE China A dramatic forest of good-sized quartz crystal points, this impressive natural sculpture makes for a striking and unusual display piece, the clear quartz rods attractively mottled with black manganese inclusions but more dramatically offset by the blushing red presence of manganese oxide hasmannite, approximately 13 x 13 x 9 1/4 inches overall, and weighing 26.5 lb.

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LARGE LAPIS LAZULI IN THE ROUGH

Lot 9: LARGE LAPIS LAZULI IN THE ROUGH

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Description: LARGE LAPIS LAZULI IN THE ROUGH Afghanistan Comprised of cobalt-blue lazurite, white calcite, and shimmering pyrite, lapis lazuli from Afghanistan has been prized since ancient times. Even in its natural state it proves itself to be a highly aesthetic stone, as demonstrated by this fine large specimen, the strong blue of the lazurite emerging from an opaque milky-white matrix, approximately 12 x 13 x 10 inches, and weighing 96.5 lb.

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LARGE BI-COLORED TOURMALINE SLICE

Lot 10: LARGE BI-COLORED TOURMALINE SLICE

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Description: LARGE BI-COLORED TOURMALINE SLICE Zambia From a single large crystal of watermelon tourmaline, this fine slice has been cut and brought to a high-polished finish. The nickname comes from the strong and distinct pairing of colors: deep pink and vibrant green, visible here with fine translucence, measuring approximately 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1/2 inches and weighing 1.59 lb.

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AQUAMARINE WITH SCHEELITE AND MUSCOVITE

Lot 11: AQUAMARINE WITH SCHEELITE AND MUSCOVITE

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Description: AQUAMARINE WITH SCHEELITE AND MUSCOVITE China A lovely conjunction of three contrasting minerals, this fine cabinet specimen comprises a mass of silvery platy crystals of muscovite as a bed to the pale yellow translucent crystals of scheelite, and a mass of gorgeous soft blue-green aquamarine crystals, with one particularly clear and well-formed example protruding dramatically from the rest, approximately 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches overall.

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FINE RUBY CLUSTER

Lot 12: FINE RUBY CLUSTER

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Description: FINE RUBY CLUSTER Vietnam The rich purple red of this fascinating little specimen is immediately identifiable as ruby, represented here by a cluster of well-formed and richly-colored crystals from Vietnam, approximately 1 x 1 1/4 x 3/4 inches overall, 76.5 ct.

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NATURAL ROSE QUARTZ CLUSTER

Lot 13: NATURAL ROSE QUARTZ CLUSTER

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Description: NATURAL ROSE QUARTZ CLUSTER Pittora Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil The lovely soft pink-mauve coloring of this delightful cabinet specimen indicates rose quartz, here forming a fascinating mass of small crystals in a conjunction of flowering spray formations, rising to a distinct point and making for a most attractive specimen, approximately 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches and weighing 1.19 lb.

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NATURAL ZINCITE CRYSTALS

Lot 14: NATURAL ZINCITE CRYSTALS

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Description: NATURAL ZINCITE CRYSTALS Silesia, Poland This remarkable cluster is a natural growth of zincite crystals, a rare zinc oxide formed by accident by the zinc smelters of Silesia in Poland: cracks in the smelter walls allowed just the right conditions for zincite crystals to form on the inside of the smoke stacks, with changes in temperature and air pressure inside the furnace creating conditions to support spontaneous growth of these crystals in air vents and chimney channels. Amazingly detailed, delicate, and varied in form, this specimen also displays a dramatic variety of colors, from soft blue-gray, to pale yellow-green, with numerous crystals of golden orange and a delightful deep orange-red. A highly aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 10 x 15 x 5 1/2 inches overall, and weighs 32 lb.

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AMETHYST STALACTITE CLUSTER

Lot 15: AMETHYST STALACTITE CLUSTER

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Description: AMETHYST STALACTITE CLUSTER Uruguay This large and dramatic piece comprises a cluster of amethyst stalactites, each bristling with well-defined little crystal points blushing with a pale violet color and rising from a rocky matrix base, approximately 9 x 15 x 11 inches overall, and weighing 38 lb.

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NATURAL SPESSARTITE GARNET CRYSTALS

Lot 16: NATURAL SPESSARTITE GARNET CRYSTALS

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Description: NATURAL SPESSARTITE GARNET CRYSTALS Brazil Spessartite garnet is a manganese aluminum type of garnet, prized for its strong orange color. This lovely little cabinet specimen exhibits the excellent hopper crystal habit of criss-crossing rods and steps, and glows with a lovely deep orange-red translucence, enlivened by a small sprinkling of tiny white quartz crystals, approximately 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches overall and weighing 403.5 ct.

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FINE NATURAL HEMIMORPHITE

Lot 17: FINE NATURAL HEMIMORPHITE

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Description: FINE NATURAL HEMIMORPHITE China Hemimorphite is a rare zinc silicate found in only a handful of locations around the world. This is a wonderful example of good size and excellent color, a lovely vibrant sky blue, the richly textured botryoidal form glittering all over with reflective points, and attractively dotted around the edge with traces of chalky white calcite matrix. A highly aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 7 x 11 x 9 inches and weighs 19.5 lb.

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NATURAL GARNET WITH MUSCOVITE

Lot 18: NATURAL GARNET WITH MUSCOVITE

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Description: NATURAL GARNET WITH MUSCOVITE Pakistan Muscovite, or mica, is a fascinating mineral typically found in platy crystals with a lovely silvery metallic sheen, as here. This fine cluster on a milky-white quartz matrix is further enlivened, however, by the presence of a large and well-formed crystal of garnet, approximately 1 1/8 inches wide, with a perfect four-sided pyramidal structure and lovely deep rich brown-red coloring. A fine combination cabinet specimen, it measures approximately 3 x 4 x 3 1/2 inches overall and weighs 1.72 lb.

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AQUAMARINE SPRAY

Lot 19: AQUAMARINE SPRAY

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Description: AQUAMARINE SPRAY Pakistan This dramatic natural sculpture comprises a towering matrix of opaque and soft translucent gray quartz crystals, dramatically offset by rod-like inclusions of rich black manganese. The centerpiece, however, is a wonderful spray of aquamarine crystal rods 3 inches long, with beautiful clarity and soft blue-green coloring, making for a highly aesthetic specimen approximately 6 x 5 x 3 1/2 inches overall and weighing 2.23 lb.

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SUPERB RHODOCHROSITE CRYSTAL MATRIX

Lot 20: SUPERB RHODOCHROSITE CRYSTAL MATRIX

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Description: SUPERB RHODOCHROSITE CRYSTAL MATRIX Thanksgiving Day Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado This excellent specimen is from one of the most classic locales in North America, the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado, whence some of the finest rhodochrosite crystals in the world have been extracted, including the 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch "Alma King", considered the finest and most valuable mineral specimen ever found on these shores. The mine first opened in 1873, and the first miners would trade the rhodochrosite crystals they found for drinks in the local saloon. It has been closed and opened many times in its history, but has remained dormant since 2004, making these specimens increasingly hard to come by, and especially such fine examples as this one. This superlative specimen was extracted from the famed Thanksgiving Day pocket and boasts several superb crystals of excellent size, form and color, nestled on a bed of smaller rhodochrosite crystals and tiny white rods of quartz, on a rocky matrix dashed with shimmering golden pyrite, approximately 4 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches overall and weighing 1.98 lb, presented on a perspex display stand.

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LARGE AQUAMARINE CRYSTAL

Lot 21: LARGE AQUAMARINE CRYSTAL

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Description: LARGE AQUAMARINE CRYSTAL Pakistan This impressive crystal comes from one of the finest locations for aquamarines in the world, in Pakistan. A single large specimen, it exhibits a fine strong blue color and excellent definition, dramatically dashed with platy crystals of silvery muscovite, measuring approximately 9 x 6 x 4 inches overall and weighing 10.48 lb.

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APOPHYLLITE CRYSTALS ON STILBITE

Lot 22: APOPHYLLITE CRYSTALS ON STILBITE

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Description: APOPHYLLITE CRYSTALS ON STILBITE India The wonderful sprays of regular cubic crystals displayed here are the phyllosilicate apophyllite, with a lovely delicate green coloring, nestling in perfect harmony of shape and color in a mass of creamy white platy crystals of stilbite, making for a highly aesthetic specimen, measuring approximately 5 x 5 x 6 1/4 inches and weighing 3.75 lb.

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NATURAL CALCITE, STILBITE AND APOPHYLLITE SPECIMEN -

Lot 23: NATURAL CALCITE, STILBITE AND APOPHYLLITE SPECIMEN - "THE CROWN"

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Description: NATURAL CALCITE, STILBITE AND APOPHYLLITE SPECIMEN - "THE CROWN" India This superb specimen has been nicknamed "The Crown" for its remarkably delicate, crescent-shaped form and rising central section, a most beautiful and fantastical headpiece. The finely-textured, coral-like calcite and stilbite matrix has a lovely soft pink color, bursting all over with well-formed little crystals of apophyllite, their opaque whiteness tinged with a beautifully harmonious soft green coloring. An unusual and highly aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 8 1/4 x 11 x 7 inches overall and weighs 4.83 lb.

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NATURAL HIDDENITE WITH TRIPHANE CRYSTAL

Lot 24: NATURAL HIDDENITE WITH TRIPHANE CRYSTAL

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Description: NATURAL HIDDENITE WITH TRIPHANE CRYSTAL Afghanistan This is a fine large specimen of hiddenite, a form of spudomene first discovered in North Carolina in 1879. The fine clarity and jacaré texture of one end shades to a fascinating mass of inner crystal growth at the other, all in a gorgeous soft yellow-green color. This is dramatically offset by the natural addition of a large 3 inch long milky-white triphane crystal point, another spudomene variety, clustered with a smaller point and a fine spray of semi-translucent platy crystals. An unusual and attractive cabinet specimen, it measures approximately 7 x 4 1/8 x 4 inches and weighs 5.12 lb.

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AMAZONITE WITH BLACK TOURMALINE

Lot 25: AMAZONITE WITH BLACK TOURMALINE

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Description: AMAZONITE WITH BLACK TOURMALINE Brazil This beautiful natural sculpture is a large and impressive specimen of relatively rare amazonite, left in a natural, unfinished state to display the diversity of its well-defined planar surfaces, from the finely textured milky-white dusting to the rich blue-green faces of semi-translucence. Most dramatic of all, however, are several faces completely carpeted with clusters of tiny and delicate needle-like crystals of rich black tourmaline, making for a large, impressive, and high aesthetic specimen approximately 23 x 13 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches.

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RARE COVELLITE IN SMOKY QUARTZ

Lot 26: RARE COVELLITE IN SMOKY QUARTZ

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Description: RARE COVELLITE IN SMOKY QUARTZ Brazil At first glance this specimen of elestial quartz seems seems to have the lovely smoky effect you would expect from some of the best material from Brazil but upon closer inspection you see brilliant flashes of pink inside. This phenomenon is the result of tiny Covellite inclusions inside of the crystalline clear Quartz areas which are close enough to the surface to be seen. The metallic mineral Covellite is usually a deep blue, but it appears here in the form of breathtaking fiery pink flashes. This supernatural effect has earned the material the nickname "Pink Fire Quartz". The present specimen measures approximately 18 1/4 inches high and the lower portion has been polished into a natural flat base with a beveled edge.

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NATURAL TANZANITE CRYSTAL

Lot 27: NATURAL TANZANITE CRYSTAL

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Description: NATURAL TANZANITE CRYSTAL Tanzania Tanzanite is a variant of zoisite first discovered in the Mererani Hills of northern Tanzania in 1967, near Mount Kilimanjaro. The most striking thing about this fine and large single crystal is the typically gorgeous deep blue color, showing almost complete translucence at one end, with well-defined ridges of crystal habit, approximately 1 1/2 x 1 x 3/4 inches overall, and weighing 213 ct.

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NATURAL SMOKY QUARTZ TWIN CRYSTALS

Lot 28: NATURAL SMOKY QUARTZ TWIN CRYSTALS

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Description: NATURAL SMOKY QUARTZ TWIN CRYSTALS Brazil An impressive natural sculpture, this large specimen comprises a distinct but interlocked pair of twin smoky quartz points. The deep rich brown color of the tips shades dramatically to pale gray and white at the base, with well-defined crystal growth and attractively craggy appearance across the whole surface, approximately 21 x 12 x 9 inches, and weighing 89.32 lb.

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LARGE CLEAR QUARTZ POINT

Lot 29: LARGE CLEAR QUARTZ POINT

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Description: LARGE CLEAR QUARTZ POINT Brazil A fine and large quartz crystal point, this has been brought to a gleaming polished finish to display the glorious mass of interlocking crystal planes within, refracting with rainbow flashes and making for a highly aesthetic specimen approximately 19 1/2 x 8 6/8 x 6 inches, and weighing 54.5 lb.

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SMOKY QUARTZ ENHYDRO POINT

Lot 30: SMOKY QUARTZ ENHYDRO POINT

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Description: SMOKY QUARTZ ENHYDRO POINT Brazil A dramatic polished natural sculpture, this fine quartz point is tinged with pale smokiness and is filled with fascinating intersecting planes of interior crystal habit, rising to a craggy, multi-terminated point. Most fascinatingly, however, there is visible a tiny, moving bubble of water near the base, a rare occurrence, where the stone has incredibly grown around a water deposit and trapped the liquid inside, liquid so ancient that it can actually be of use in studying the prehistorical atmosphere. A dramatic and aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 17 x 9 x 8 inches and weighs 60.5 lb.

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POLISHED QUARTZ FREEFORM

Lot 31: POLISHED QUARTZ FREEFORM

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Description: POLISHED QUARTZ FREEFORM Madagascar This fine multi-faceted quartz freeform is from the abundant mineral beds of Madagascar and typically superb in its almost complete clarity. Where crystal habit detail is visible within, however, it is in the form of lovely soft clouds and a dramatic plane with dazzling rainbow refraction and, at one end, a highly aesthetic speckling of black manganese inclusions, approximately 8 3/4 x 7 x 4 1/2 inches overall, 15.5 lb.

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FINE RUTILATED CITRINE POINT

Lot 32: FINE RUTILATED CITRINE POINT

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Description: FINE RUTILATED CITRINE POINT Brazil This excellent desk piece is a single good-sized crystal of citrine, with a fine tip, rich smoky coloring, and superb clarity. This last allows a splendid view of the fascinating interior, fairly bursting with uncanny, delicate rutile needles of titanium dioxide and rocky matrix inclusions. A particularly aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 8 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches and weighs 11.55 lb.

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CLEAR QUARTZ CRYSTAL EGG WITH IRON

Lot 33: CLEAR QUARTZ CRYSTAL EGG WITH IRON

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Description: CLEAR QUARTZ CRYSTAL EGG WITH IRON This is a fine and large specimen of quartz crystal of exceptional clarity, carved into the shape of an egg and brought to a high-polished finish. The interior is enlivened by a few fascinating planes, clouds and dashes of crystal growth, dramatically edged with the vivid orange that denotes the presence of iron, making for a delightfully and attractive display piece, approximately 7 x 5 inches and weighing 8.75 lb.

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QUARTZ CRYSTAL VASE

Lot 34: QUARTZ CRYSTAL VASE

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Description: QUARTZ CRYSTAL VASE Brazil Of octagonal form at the top, tapering to a square foot, this attractive vase has been finely fashioned from a single piece of Brazilian quartz, beautifully and naturally patterned with the crystal's interior structure, and enlivened by a few tiny but dramatic vivid red and yellow inclusions, standing 8 6/8 inches high and 4 6/8 inches wide at the top and weighing 5.12 lb.

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SMOKY QUARTZ FREEFORM BOWL

Lot 35: SMOKY QUARTZ FREEFORM BOWL

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Description: SMOKY QUARTZ FREEFORM BOWL Brazil From a single piece of fine Brazilian smoky quartz, this lovely bowl has been fashioned in an elongated freeform shape, the fine clarity dramatically offset by numerous finely textured coral-like inclusions of rocky matrix, and brought to a high-polished finish, approximately 3 1/2 x 14 x 8 inches, and weighing 11 lb.

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RUTILATED SMOKY QUARTZ SPHERE

Lot 36: RUTILATED SMOKY QUARTZ SPHERE

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Description: RUTILATED SMOKY QUARTZ SPHERE Brazil This remarkable sphere boasts not only excellent clarity, but is also filled to bursting with a mass of delicate acicular rutile inclusions. These rutiles are crystals composed primarily of titanium dioxide and they transform the fine quartz into a superbly aesthetic object, further enlivened by a couple of planes of interior crystal habit, and brought to a high-polished finish, 4 1/2 inches in diameter and weighing 4.5 lb.

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MASSIVE AQUAMARINE SPHERE

Lot 37: MASSIVE AQUAMARINE SPHERE

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Description: MASSIVE AQUAMARINE SPHERE Brazil Fashioned from a single massive piece of Brazilian aquamarine, this gorgeous sphere has the serene appearance of some distant oceanic planet, the soft blue-green of the highly polished surface streaked with concentric bands and soft cloudy patterning of crystal growth, a massive 16 1/2 inches in diameter and weighing 239.5 lb.

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LARGE RUTILATED QUARTZ SPHERE

Lot 38: LARGE RUTILATED QUARTZ SPHERE

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Description: LARGE RUTILATED QUARTZ SPHERE Brazil This large and beautiful quartz sphere has been brought to a high-polished finish, the better to display its fascinating interior. Amidst the dramatic planes of crystal growth, it is filled with a mass of particularly enormous rutile crystals, needle like inclusions mainly composed of titanium dioxide, making for a highly aesthetic display piece 8 1/8 inches in diameter, and weighing 26 lb.

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ORPIMENT SPHERE

Lot 39: ORPIMENT SPHERE

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Description: ORPIMENT SPHERE Russia Orpiment is a vivid yellow arsenic sulphide usually found in volcanic fumaroles or hot springs. A good-sized piece has here been fashioned into a lovely little sphere and brought to a high-polished finish to display the rich golden yellow color and dramatically contrasting forest green, in swirling cloud-like patterns that make for a highly aesthetic objet, 5 inches in diameter and weighing 7.7 lb.

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QUARTZ SPHERE ON BLUE CALCITE LIGHT BASE

Lot 40: QUARTZ SPHERE ON BLUE CALCITE LIGHT BASE

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Description: QUARTZ SPHERE ON BLUE CALCITE LIGHT BASE Brazil This fine 10 3/8 inch diameter sphere has been fashioned from a single large piece of Brazilian quartz of superb clarity, beautifully patterned with the intersecting planes of interior crystal growth, and flashing with rainbow refractions. Most dramatically, however, it is presented on a towering, tapering hexagonal-section stand of soft blue calcite, inset with a light to bring both the upper section of the stand and the sphere itself to gorgeous, glowing life, 42 inches high overall.

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LARGE CITRINE SPHERE WITH LIGHT BASE

Lot 41: LARGE CITRINE SPHERE WITH LIGHT BASE

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Description: LARGE CITRINE SPHERE WITH LIGHT BASE Brazil A single large piece of fine Brazilian citrine has here been fashioned into a gorgeous sphere of excellent clarity, allowing a fascinating view of the dramatic mass of intersecting planes of crystal growth within, and tinged with a lovely soft yellow color. Brought to a high-polished finish, it measures an impressive 12 1/2 inches in diameter, weighing 101.2 lb, and is presented on a tapering square-section base of sandy yellow travertine marble with a light fixture inside to bring the sphere to glorious, fiery life.

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LARGE DOUBLE-TERMINATED SMOKY CITRINE POINT ON LIGHT BASE

Lot 42: LARGE DOUBLE-TERMINATED SMOKY CITRINE POINT ON LIGHT BASE

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Description: LARGE DOUBLE-TERMINATED SMOKY CITRINE POINT ON LIGHT BASE Brazil A wonderful natural double-terminated point, this fine citrine boasts a warm soft color rising to a rich smokiness at the exposed tip, and bursting with a riot of interior planes and clouds of crystal growth, approximately 33 x 12 x 8 inches and weighing 155 lb, presented on a black marble base designed to cover the second termination, with a small backlight fixture on a poseable arm, to bring the crystal to dramatic, fiery life.

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MASSIVE LAPIS LAZULI FREEFORM

Lot 43: MASSIVE LAPIS LAZULI FREEFORM

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Description: MASSIVE LAPIS LAZULI FREEFORM Afghanistan This exceptional sculpture has been fashioned and polished from one single massive piece of finest Afghan lapis. Lapis lazuli has been prized since ancient times - beads of it have even been found at Neolithic sites in the Caucasus. It was favored by the Egyptians, who considered it sacred to the goddess Isis, and used it for making amulets and scarabs. Cleopatra used ground lapis for her eye-shadow, and it was used to color the eyebrows of the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun. In later times, it was ground to provide the tempera pigment ultramarine, usually reserved for the most important figure in religious paintings, especially the robes of the Virgin Mary. This superlative specimen boasts the richest deep blue coloring, generously flecked, streaked and clouded with contrasting milky white calcite and glittering silvery pyrite. Of dramatically craggy, mountainous form, it measures approximately 37 x 24 x 6 inches and weighs over 300 lb, presented on a tapering rectangular-section marble base.

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ELESTIAL ENHYDRO CITRINE CRYSTAL WITH LIGHT BASE

Lot 44: ELESTIAL ENHYDRO CITRINE CRYSTAL WITH LIGHT BASE

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Description: ELESTIAL ENHYDRO CITRINE CRYSTAL WITH LIGHT BASE Brazil A fine large piece of elestial Brazilian citrine, approximately 13 x 11 x 7 inches, is here presented on a marble base with inset light to bring the crystal to dramatic, magical life. The interior is fascinatingly patterned with crystal growth, whilst the outside boasts both smooth planar surfaces, and the elestial element of aesthetic clusters of small terminated crystal growths interlocking to form a beautifully textured surface. Most fascinating of all, perhaps, is that deep within the crystal can be seen a small pocket of water, trapped as the crystal grew millions of years ago and preserved for all eternity within the stone.

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QUARTZ WITH ANATASE ON LIGHT BASE

Lot 45: QUARTZ WITH ANATASE ON LIGHT BASE

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Description: QUARTZ WITH ANATASE ON LIGHT BASE Brazil A dramatic natural sculpture, this is a remarkable single specimen of fine Brazilian quartz tinged with a ferric orange and remarkably included with the distinct bluish crystal anatase, a form of titanium dioxide. One side has been left attractively rough, aesthetically dotted with rust-brown matrix rock, whilst the other face has been brought to a gleaming polished finish to create a window into the beautifully clear interior, dramatically lined with unusual slender forms of stalactitic growth projecting inwards towards the center. A highly aesthetic piece, it measures approximately 11 x 9 x 9 inches and weighs 42 lb, brought dramatically to life by a light fixture set into the irregular pentagonal-section marble base.

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POLISHED JADEITE FREEFORM

Lot 46: POLISHED JADEITE FREEFORM

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Description: POLISHED JADEITE FREEFORM This large and beautifully patterned freeform is of roughly triangular section, highly polished to display the sweeping oceanic bands of deep forest and apple greens, and contrasting milky white, approximately 14 x 11 8 inches and weighing approximately 90 lb, presented upright on a wooden stand carved around the edge with rows of traditional currency taels motif, and the Chinese characters for "May you have a prosperous household".

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NATURAL BLUE ARAGONITE

Lot 47: NATURAL BLUE ARAGONITE

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Description: NATURAL BLUE ARAGONITE China Aragonite is most usually found as a colorless mineral, or tinged with only a slight blushing; here, however, is a highly aesthetic specimen with an unusual and wonderfully rich duck-egg blue color across its entire surface, fascinatingly textured with botryoidal growths and large sprays of feathery, needle-like crystals. A highly attractive and unusual display piece, it measures approximately 11 x 10 x 5 inches and weighs 22 lb, presented upright on a carved and lacquered Chinese-style wooden base.

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LARGE MALACHITE FREEFORM

Lot 48: LARGE MALACHITE FREEFORM

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Description: LARGE MALACHITE FREEFORM Democratic Republic of Congo A massive specimen of fine Congolese malachite, this is bursting all over with the marvelous color and patterning characteristic of the copper carbonate mineral, with fine concentric circles and parallel bands in all shades of green, to a rich almost-black, brought to a high-polished finish on one side, and left with an attractively natural finish on the other, approximately 11 x 11 x 9 inches, and weighing 79 lb.

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MALACHITE FREEFORM BOWL

Lot 49: MALACHITE FREEFORM BOWL

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Description: MALACHITE FREEFORM BOWL Democratic Republic of Congo A beautiful freeform bowl has here been fashioned from a single good-sized piece of fine Congolese malachite, with a shallow concave depression, and brought to a lovely high-polished finish. The surface bursts all over with the distinctive colors and patterning of the stone, fine concentric circles of stalactitic and botryoidal sectioning in all shades of green, from a deep forest color to the palest ocean foam, approximately 3 1/2 x 9 x 8 1/2 inches, and weighing 13 lb.

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RAINBOW FLUORITE GUANYIN

Lot 50: RAINBOW FLUORITE GUANYIN

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Description: RAINBOW FLUORITE GUANYIN China Natural bands of deep bottle green and rich royal purple enliven this fine and large carving of the Chinese goddess of compassion, Guanyin, holding a small willow branch in one hand, and an upturned flask of tears in the other, brought to a beautifully high-polished finish, and standing 11 1/8 inches high.

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