BLEIBERGER SHELL MARBLE
In 1780 the famous mineralogist and naturalist Franz Xaver von WULFEN (after him the mineral WULFENIT and a rare flower, which grows only in the Himalayas and at the Carinthian Nassfeld, the WULFENIA, were named)
WULFEN called this OPALISING MUSHELMARMOR at that time ” KäRNTNER PFAUENSCHWEIFIGER HELMINTHOLITH”.
These materials were used to make objects of art and jewellery, including for the Russian Tsar’s court.
Already 3 years after the first discovery the deposit was exhausted and then nothing more was ever found.
The only place of discovery in the very extensive Bleiberg mining district (1,300 kilometres of tunnels !) was the OSWALDISTOLLEN.
We had already once a piece for sale – a little bit bigger around € 100.– – the piece went to Styria (as it turned out later – much too cheap) we had for this MUSCHELMARMOR still countless inquiries from all over Europe.
So, for this, probably last piece that we have once again available, we also set only a symbolic price, since there is due to the rarity, anyway no comparison prices, no one, really no one has even a small piece to offer. PITY, because processed as jewellery it would fetch similar prices as the famous AMMOLITHE from the AURORA mine in ALBERTA in CANADA.
Weight: 54 g ‘Dimensions: 5,5 x 5 x 2 cm The 2 last photos are the backside