GEM-GRADE YELLOW CALCITE CRYSTAL-FILLED FOSSIL CONCH SHELL
Okeechobee County, Florida, USA
PERIOD: 1.81 million years - 10,000 years ago
Fossils that have been
formed or filled with gem grade minerals are amongst the rarest and most
beautiful of all. The highly uncommon geological occurrence
of a well-preserved fossil formed out of stunning gemstone grade
minerals is why these specimens are so passionately coveted by both
fossil and mineral fanciers, alike. They make up the
rarest of fossils and almost always sell for several thousands if not,
tens of thousands of dollars.
south Florida, there is a gravel shell pit that this strange phenomena
can be found - crystals in fossils! The occurrence of
calcite-lined shells is this site's hallmark but the calcite ranges from
a light coffee color to a drab burnt honey hue. Intense yellow
gem-grade specimens such as this are not found at the mine but have been
found in the same formation of a nearby undisclosed site.
A fossil of this quality,
completeness with crystals of this clarity and intensity is no less rare
than finding fine grade gemstones of any type from any site in the world
- actually rarer since this is a perfect crystal specimen AND a
This is a
species gastropod fossil from the last North American Ice Age
Period. The entire shell's internal cavity has been fossilized
with the whorl and inner chamber filled with bright lemon yellow
gem-grade calcite crystals. Nearly the entire shell has
been completely replaced with translucent glowing calcite as seen in the
above images. Busycon was a predatory marine whelk that fed
mainly on bivalves by attaching itself to its prey with its foot and
slowly rasping a hole in the shell of its unfortunate victim.
Whelks can move great distances and can go against tidal currents with
the use of its powerful foot.
This specimen was part
of an extremely limited find that was made by the quarry geologist NOT
at the working mine but at a location nearby that is not part of the
commercial operation. This find was very limited, discovered and
collected in the early 1980's and specimens of this nature have never
been located since. This color and quality certainly does not
occur at the working quarry. Of the few rare examples that have
hit the market, prices have exceeded $1000. The color and lack of
crystal damage on this beauty easily top those $1000+ examples. This
is the only one we will ever offer
as it was a rarity unto itself for us to even acquire it.
If you want a stunning and rare mineral AND fossil specimen all wrapped
up in one, you could hardly find a more affordable and yet beautiful
example. Guaranteed NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION. This beauty is AS FOUND!
The deposit that this
prize specimen was collected from offers
an abundance of well-preserved fossil marine shells. Its coquina
matrix dates to the Pleistocene and is part of the 'Nashua Formation'
being composed of cemented marine fossils with calcite.
INCREDIBLE SPECIMEN - BOTH GEM AND FOSSIL - ULTRA RARE
SMALL BUT LEGENDARY FIND - GEM-GRADE FOSSIL !!!
OF THE BEST OF A HANDFUL OF SPECIMENS COLLECTED BY QUARRY GEOLOGIST!
x 1.5" wide
Item - One Only