Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
6.6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
An excellent electric blue Azurite from the modern classic locale of Milpillas. No damage, great esthetics and contrast with the matrix. Crystals reach 2.6 CM and are well placed. Some zones of the Azurites show alteration to silky Malachite which adds additional color flash. This mine has produced many fine pieces, but as the opertions are now finished with the Azurite bearing zone, these are already appreciating quickly.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
4.5 x 3.7 CM (miniature)
A excellent cluster of glassy, bright gem Vesuvianites from the now closed Jeffrey Mine. Modern Classics, good examples are now very scarce. A lustrous medium green piece in excellent condition that shows small zones of deep purple and dark emerald green. Expect these to appreciate well.
stock #ALEC 5- 063
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.7 x 2 CM (miniature)
Jeffrey Mine vesuvianites are modern classics, now that the mines are closed good examples are now very hard to find. This piece hosts fine, sharp, glassy gem crystals with bright yellow green color. very good quality and value!
stock #ALEC 4-294
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
6.2 x 4.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
The Erythrites of Bou Azzer are the worlds finest. They come out sporadically and the best examples are very much in demand. This is a very fine example, in perfect condition, with showy esthetics, sharp bright crystals and great color. Displays from several angles, a very good value on a contemporary classic!
Even if you have seen a lot of great classic English Barites, this one is something special! The Barite blades are sharp, glassy to 6 CM in size, with a pale blue-grey color and partly included by dark red hematite. Just that is enough for a fine collection, but what makes this exceptional is the bright gem clear Calcites that are also partly included by hematite encrusting selective faces of the Barite. Very esthetic, the main crystals are in perfect condition but some edge and base damage (from removal) is noted, it will not be noticed from most logical display angles.
A Tsumeb classic. Esthetic radiating cluster of sharp, free standing crystals that perfectly show the form of the original Azurites. Undamaged, with excellent velvet textures and deep color, the individual xls reach near 3 CM. As a good old Tsumeb piece, there are loads of micro crystals of several Copper secondaries, Cuprian Adamites and a scattering of Cerrusites as well. A rich display piece!
Wulfenite with Calcite
stock #Alec 2-016
Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos
8.4 x 6.9 CM (cabinet)
A fine and showy classic Los Lamentos specimen of lustrous butterscotch to orange wulfenite scattered on contrasting sparkling calcite. The Wulfenites are very sharp and glassy, reach 1.5 CM plus and are in some cases selectivly coated on the edges with a rind of calcite crystals. From an older collection, this is a less common style of Wulfenite for Los Lamentos, probably from the deepest zones. The major crystals are perfect damage wise, but some edge zones have minor damage showing. Despite this, for such a delicate, older specimen this is in exceptional condition and displays well.
A superb example of a very fine phantom quartz from this classic location. Pristine, damage free and optically clear main crystal (6 CM tall) is decorated with light green Prehnite balls and holds elegant, wispy phantoms. From every angle this displays well, but my personal favorite is looking straight down from the top (the C axis. The matrix block is sawn on the underside and on some edges, so it sits perfectly on its own. These are often collected using diamond saws to avoid damage. It is possible to further trim the specimen to remove all traces of the sawing, but for me it is fine as is. If you like good quartz, you will love this specimen!