Euclase (FAKE)
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">Locality: Mina Nova, Minas Gerais, Brazil <br /><br />c. 1 1/2" long <br /><br />This relatively crude fake appears on this website to illustrate that even advanced collectors can become the victim of a fake mineral specimen. In this piece, a real euclase crystal has been glued onto a rock matrix and the glue job disguised with rock particles. <br /><br />This piece was formerly in the miniature collection of Brian Shelton. Although he lived in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, he was one of the world's biggest mineral dealers in the 1980's. During just one year of this decade, he sold over $1,000,000 worth of mineral specimens to a European client. In early 2000, Shelton consigned part of his miniature collection to Tony Pauley who reconsigned this piece to Terry Enright of Melbourne. Terry resold this piece this me and I sold it to Gene LaBerge at the 2000 Tucson Show. <br /><br />The piece remained in the LaBerge collection for years before the collection was sold to Dan Weinrich. Dan resold this piece to me in late 2009. Hence, I bought this specimen a second time. I only became aware that this piece was manufactured in 2016 when the piece was checked by personnel at "Mile High Mineral Lab" in Denver, Colorado. <br /><br />In this true story, at least five advanced collectors saw this piece and did not detect that it was a fake.  Many fakes do in fact circulate around the mineral specimen market and are sometimes never detected. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia </p>
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