Phosgenite- complete complex crystal
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
3.8 x 2.5 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
An excellent, well formed complex Phosgenite from Touissit, Morocco. Ex Charles Noll collection, this is crystalized all around, nearly all transparent gem clear and with an elaborate shape. Touissit Phosgenites are only rarely available, they are regarded as some of the worlds best. Much less common on the market than the Sardinian Phosgenites, these were only discovered shortly before the mine closed for good. This is in fine condition as seen, which is also very rare with this delicate and brittle mineral.
A very large, vividly fluorescent and nicely zoned Phosgenite crystal dominates the sizable matrix. Other areas of Phosgenite are noted on the piece but the main crystal is 4.6 CM across and presents well. What may be an old repair is noted, if so it is not affected by acetone testing and may be a natural crack. Much of the crystal is transparent to translucent and has the classic flat morphology noted from this ancient locale. Even if repaired (the price assumes this is so and is adjusted) this is a choice example and has a very nice presentation. This could also be trimmed to a killer miniature but that would remove many vugs of smaller crystals so we have left this intact. Ex Ara Dildilian and William Haladyz collections, clearly a very old piece.
stock #Alec 16-196
Monteponi Mine, Iglesias, Carbonia
4.4 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
A real prize winning miniature! (First Prize miniature catagory at MTL Mineral EXPO). It is impressive, esthetic gemmy and has classic form, from the most classic locality, Monteponi. An older specimen from this long closed mine, it is composed of 3 main intersecting crystals. Close exam finds very minor chipping mostly just on the base and backside, it can be displayed "eye clean". For this delicate mineral it is "virtually perfect". From an older collection, this quality is simply not for sale today. An older collection number is on the reverse side, it can be removed if that side is to be displayed. Choice!