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Fine Gems, Opals, Lapidary Arts and Natural History / Museum-sized, Spectacular Calcite on Amethyst--The Cathedral

Lot 3267
Museum-sized, Spectacular Calcite on Amethyst--"The Cathedral"
17 May 2022, 10:00 PDT
Los Angeles

US$80,000 - US$100,000

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Museum-sized, Spectacular Calcite on Amethyst--"The Cathedral"

Artigas, Uruguay
While the mineral association of calcite with amethyst is not uncommon, such a spectacular crystal habit as is displayed by the present example places it into the realm of world-class specimens. The geode is richly lined with large, lustrous violet and grape-hued amethyst crystals. Dramatically perched at the center is a calcite crystal cluster of architectural form. Resembling the French Gothic masterpiece of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, the calcite appears to emit a luminous and ethereal internal glow. Such a stunning specimen is sure to present a dramatic visual centerpiece to any room and is worthy of consideration of the most serious mineral collection. Measuring 21 5/16 x 15 3/4 x 14 1/4 in (54 x 40 x 36 cm)

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Accompanied by a custom-fitted base measuring 36 x 30 x 26 in.

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