Olivenite on Quartz - classic Cornwall
Wheal Carpenter, Fraddam, Gwinear-Gwithian
5.1 x 3.9 x 4.1 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
new year 2021
Well-crystallized Olivenites are protected in a shallow vug lined with Quartz crystals. In excellent condition, ex Don Shultz collection. The Olivenites are deep green, glassy lustrous and many are doubly terminated. From Wheal Carpenter according to the original label, this is a small mine that operated sporadically from 1792-1855. We have never seen another example from this locality. This specimen is similar to other Olivenites from this region, though the crystals here are a bit larger than others we have seen.
Olivenite, Conichalcite and Azurite
Christiana Mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavreatiki
Attiki Prefecture Laurion District,
3.5 x 3.1 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Olivenite in very well formed free standing crystals and radiating clusters are well protected in a colorful vug. The cavity is lined with bright blue Azurite prisms and surrounded by light green Conichalcite in discrete balls. In excellent condition, there is no damage found even with high magnification, and the color contrast is vivid. From the ancient locality of Laviron, one of the oldest known mining regions of Europe, this is a recently found (2012) specimen from the collection of Chris Spiromitros. Very impressive under magnification but also attractive as a small miniature display piece.
Olivenite- well xl'd
5.5 x 3 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
A really good Cornish Olivenite with fine color and contrast to the matrix. There are several other Copper secondaries on the Quartz matrix that add nice color. The crystal druze is sizable and in excellent condition. Classic old material that displays well.