New York auction showcases crystals, minerals and specimens

Kambaba ‘Healing Sphere,’ estimated at $300-$350

Kambaba ‘Healing Sphere,’ estimated at $300-$350

NEW YORK – Who hasn’t looked at a curve of earth and thought, “I wonder what’s under there?” We’ll never know the names of the humans countless centuries ago who first plunged crude tools, and probably their fingers, into the soil over and over and over again, just to see what might lurk beneath. Some of those ancient diggers reaped unfathomable rewards, discovering weird and wonderful rocks that glistened, gleamed, and sparkled. Our fascination with such treasures has never waned. If anything, it’s only grown stronger.

On June 29, starting at 7 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host a 459-lot sale of Natural Crystals, Minerals, and Specimens. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

One lot of note is described as a Kambaba “Healing Sphere,” estimated at $300-$350. The precise nature of the sphere’s healing properties are not described, but its origins are remarkable. Kambaba jasper is a stromatolite–a clump of algae that became a fossil. It’s found primarily in South Africa and Madagascar. This handsome example has a green surface speckled and dotted with black and weighs 1,461 grams, or a little more than three pounds. It also nestles prettily and comfortably in the palm of your hand.

Aesthetic phantom fluorite specimen, estimated at $350-$400

Aesthetic phantom fluorite specimen, estimated at $350-$400

Also of interest is an aesthetic phantom flourite specimen estimated at $350-$400. This sizable natural formation, which weighs almost eight pounds, features several angular protrusions and outcroppings. It is guaranteed to hold your gaze as you turn it in your hands, watching how it changes, almost becoming a new piece with every rotation.

Australian tiger eye specimen, estimated at $500-$600

Australian tiger eye specimen, estimated at $500-$600

A final standout is a specimen of Australian tiger eye that carries an estimate of $500-$600. Weighing almost nine pounds, the example sports a ruddy, warm palette inflected with browns, blues, and even subtle touches of gold coloration. It assumes the shape of a rising flame, and striations along either side of the piece, when it is posed vertically, enhance the flame-like effect.

 

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