Silver

Silver

Price available upon request. $999,999.00
SKU:23076
Region: Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
Dimensions: 11.0 x 12.5 x 4.5 cm

Kongsberg Silver specimens have for centuries been among the most highly desired of all collectible minerals. Significant specimens of Kongsberg silver grace the majority of the world's major Natural History Museums and the top specimens in private hands are lusted after by collectors worldwide. The mines of the Kongsberg District yielded specimens possessing impressive size and remarkable aesthetics. According to Jean-Claude Boulliard, Curator at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, in his book "Mineraux remarquables" Kongsberg silvers "remain unparalleled to this day". He further shares, "In the eighteenth century, many of the most beautiful specimens of native silver were given by King Christian VII (King of Denmark and Norway from 1766 to 1808) to other European monarchs".
This Kongsberg wire-silver specimen has superb aesthetic appeal. Its silver wires exhibit a variety of thicknesses and lengths which have crystallized in an attractive "tree-like" form with minor calcite association. The silver specimen possesses a wonderful natural surface luster. This luster is partially subdued by a natural surface oxidation which is common to native silver specimens. Kongsberg silver specimens are historically significant; with most of the finest specimens having been discovered in the 1700's and 1800's. The mines of the Kongsberg District closed in 1957, sealing the "limited edition" status for Kongsberg Silvers. This exceptional specimen is unrepaired and was previously in the Matak Collection. The incredible sculptural form of this piece makes it a one-of-a-kind, natural work of art.

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