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18th century Italian sunburst decorated with calcite crystals on a calcite crystal base in matrix of sphalerite.
The 18th century gold leaf sunray originally part of a halo or sunburst motif in an artistic depiction in a historic church.
The calcite crystal is from Elmwood Mine in Tennessee. It is an example of the world’s finest crystallized calcite. With the unusual formation of sphalerite, it is unequaled by those from any other part of the world (featured in American Mineral Treasures, pg. 337). These minerals are formed from the chemical precipitation of calcium carbonate and zinc. The minerals are essentially deposited on the walls, floors, and ceiling of the geological caverns of the zinc mine. It is known for producing some of the most superb various examples of calcite, fluorite, and sphalerite with exceptionally large and sharp calcite clusters.
The 18th century Italian sunburst and calcite crystal in sphalerite are put together in a sculptural form - creating historic and contemporary work of old and new.
Size: 13" high x 6" wide x 3.5" deep