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Sulphur on Aragonite Matrix # IS02

In the span of over the last 50 years, I am only the third privileged mineral collector to posses this stunningly, impressive, and vintage specimen. Previously it was in the collection of Franco Lazzari, and before that in the collection of De Pasquale. When it came to be in my own collection several years ago, this was the first time that this well preserved beauty actually ever left its homeland -- ITALY!

Besides the sheer natural beauty of this piece, it is quite significant historical speaking. Regarding the early finds from the classic locality of the (now defunct) Cozzodisi mine, this one came out in the late 50's, and entered De Pasquale's collection by 1960. This is clearly documented provenance on the original label.

If you are aware of the history of quality Italian Sulphur specimens from the Cozzodisi mine, then you certainly know how difficult they are to procure these days. Case in point regarding this specimen, which has stayed in a total of only three personal collections for over 50 years! So needless to say, they tend to stay put in collections, thus making them difficult to acquire.

The aesthetic balance, and arrangement of large, medium, and smaller sized crystals on the Aragonite/Bitumen Matrix is stellar. They all possess a very rich, lemon yellow color, with complete terminations, and full of distinct facets. Several of the crystal sizes are quite large, with the biggest measuring at a whopping 3.5 cm across! Typically speaking, a gemmy luster is more prevalent in the smaller crystal size. However, there is still quite a rich luster and gemmy translucency, even within the larger crystals!

Offered now for the serious and discerning collector, this magnificent & quite rare cabinet size specimen will be a focal point in any collection. Truly a masterpiece that is in a class of its own!

Listed below are several pictures to give you the best representation of this one-of-a-kind jewel. Please enjoy looking, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Dimensions in cm: 12.0 x 10.0 x 6.0
Largest crystal in cm: 3.5

COZZODISI MINE:
Casteltermini, Agrigento Province
Sicily
, Italy

Specimen # IS02

Custom Base Included
SOLD


Sulphur on Aragonite matrix # IS01
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This very fine large cabinet specimen comes out of my very own personal collection, and now I am (reluctantly) making it available to you. Parting with your own specimens as you know, can be quite difficult! It's just that I have another similar quality Sulphur specimen, and recently made the decision to part with this one.

As you can see there are some really whopping crystals on matrix. The Cozzodisi Mine was closed in the 70's, and this beauty was collected several years before then. Initially, part of my hesitancy in letting this go is that as you may well be aware of, it is very difficult to find specimens of this caliber from this locale.

The orthorhombic crystals are well defined, deep lemon yellow color, and quite lucent. What also makes this piece so unique is that the multiple Sulphur crystals are on a matrix of Aragonite, which in turn is wrapped around a core of Sulphur matrix! Please note the bottom photograph.

With the mine being closed decades ago, most of the older aesthetic pieces quickly worked their way into collections where they seem to remain for some time. Here's your chance to own a superb specimen from a very famous, but now defunct locale.

Dimensions in cm: 17 x 9.0 x 6.0
Largest crystal in cm: 3.5

COZZODISI MINE:
Casteltermini, Agrigento Province
Sicily
, Italy

Specimen # IS01

SOLD


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PLEASE NOTE: All of the photographs are not to scale. Some are enlarged to give you an accurate and an in depth view of all the details for you to see. Please always refer to specimen size in all my listings for the actual size, as this is what the final price is based on. Although picture colors can vary slightly from browsers to computers, I go to great lengths in photographing all mineral specimens with complete color accuracy, without any retouching whatsoever! My photo studio lighting consists of 4800K fluorescent lighting, which simulates the wavelengths of daylight. In some cases for a different effect I have utilized regular incandescent lighting to provide a different effect. If a specimen has knowingly been repaired, I will always disclose this information to you.