Connoisseur's Corner               

In this regular feature, we will display an elite specimen and discuss its merits as a masterpiece. We firmly believe that a masterpiece can cost $100 or $100,000 and transcends artificial categories such as size.

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Herkimer Diamond Quartz New York

Quartz "Herkimer Diamond"
Herkimer Co., New York, USA
5 x 4 cm

- Irv Brown Collection
- From a 19th century European collection

Perched perfectly on a bit of matrix, this stunning "Herkimer Diamond" specimen deserves a place among the Mineral Masterpieces with its pristine, sharp edges and water-clear transparency. Note that most of the apparent "inclusions" are reflections of the matrix or of other crystal faces. This specimen formerly belonged to a European collector during the 19th century. Part of the allure of this piece stems from the contemplation of how the specimen made the trip across the Atlantic—who shipped it? At whose request?

–Key Attributes: Crystal Perfection, Transparency, Aesthetics

Thomas Spann photo


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