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 $1,000,000 and transcends categories such as size.

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Rose Quartz on Smoky Quartz Sapucaia Brazil Irv Brown

Rose Quartz on Smoky Quartz
Sapucaia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
14.0 x 9.5 cm


Living up to its name, a rose pink wreath of rose quartz surrounds the sharp, lustrous terminations of numerous smoky quartz prisms in this fabulous specimen from the famous Sapucaia Mine in Brazil. The sheer depth of color along with the crystal size and form of the doubly-terminated rose quartz combines to make this piece one of the top examples of its kind in the world. Rose quartz specimens of this quality were found for a limited time beginning in the late 1950's and are highly coveted by collectors.

–Key Attributes: Color, Aesthetics

Thomas Spann photo


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