Ilvaite and Quartz, First Sovietskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia, Mined 1996, Kalaskie Collection #82, Miniature 2.7 x 3.5 x 4.2 cm, $450. Online 6/14
Excellent miniature from mining circa 1995. This was one of the very early new Russian ilvaite that arrived to the U.S. marketplace after the Wall fell. I bought it at the Ste. Marie show in 1996 from Andras Lelkes, a well known Hungarian dealer very active in Dal'negorsk then. Choice with great luster and nice association with quartz. Tiny attachment point on base. Betty Kalaskie Collection #82.