Malachite Psudo after Azurite
stock #Alec 3-375
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
12.4 x 7.3 CM (cabinet)
An impressive larger piece with great form and silky luster. Individual crystals to 4 CM long show the shape of the original Azurites fully replaced by rich green Malachite. From the now finished finds at Milpillas, this is already a classic, yet still affordable.
Good Malachite psuedos were never common here, but the good ones were some of the best ever found anyplace. This is a really fine example.
Calcite enclosing Chalcopyrite
Faraday Mine, Farady Township, Bancroft District, Hastings County
5.5 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
Ex Joe Stachura. From the one time find about 30 years ago, this is a killer example of this esthetic discovery. A glass clear calcite (optical grade) encloses a garden like array of bright Chalcopyrite in many forms. The impact and condition are great, some minor rough spots exist as seen on the photos but this is still far better than most. Rare to find on the market, these are treasured pieces unlike anything else!
Azurite and Mottramite
stock #Alec 5-046
4.6 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
An intense and fine miniature! Superb esthetics and in perfect condition, this has bright glassy lustre and fine color contrast. Tsumeb produced lots of Azurites, but a very small percentage were this good. For the size this is about as pretty as an Azurite can get. A real bargain for this closed, classic location!
EX. Ernie Schlichter. Bornite is not a rare mineral but in good crystals it is is super rare! The best have come from Kahzakstan, and this is an esthetic and above average example with sharp crystals reaching 2.3 CM on contrasting matrix. Displays great with excellent patina of Blue-Black-Silver hues. By naked eye the condition is quite fine, there are chips found with magnification and typical hairline cracks are noted as seen in the photos. This is in great condition overall for such a delicate mineral, and very attractive for this usually drab specie!
Cuprite (gem) on Plancheite
Katanga, Central Area, Katanga Copper zone
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.2 x4.0 CM (miniature)
Sharp, gemmy crystal cluster perched on matrix. The largest crystal is 1.5 CM across these glow bright red when backlit, shown here in "normal" lighting. A quite esthetic and pretty small specimen of a classic find.
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
13.6 x 6.5 (cabinet)
Sharp fadden quartz with large single crystal rising out of a "haystack" base of quartz. Few specimens of this size are undamaged. This is in perfect condition and display well from any side.
Amethyst phantom (Brandburg)
Goboboseb Mts., Brandberg area,
7.5 x 1.9 CM (cabinet)
Sharp, lustrous beautiful Amethyst phantom. Some minor Lepidocrocite, the quartz is especially sharp and clear. A very affordable, fine Brandburg from the Goboboseb.
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Cananea
5.2 x 3.5 CM (small miniature)
Sharp lustrous blue crystals sprinkled over a whitish matrix. Far better in person, the Azurites have brilliant color. Affordable and a great value for such a cute piece! The Millpillas mine is finished working in the oxidized zone where these are found. Great value.