Very striking, esthetic, sharp and sizable Azurite with deep color and areas of Malachite alteration. In excellent condition and with textbook quality form. Despite all the many Azurites from Tsumeb over the past century, such fine examples have always been highly prized and are rarely available. Much better in person.
An exceptional Tsumeb specimen that is both esthetic and really different. Ex. Sussmann Collection, this has the form of blocky Cerussite crystals that are fully encased in smaller Anglesite crystals. Some of the Anglesite shows inclusions and overgrowths of Malachite and Linarite. The Azurite crystals are the finishing touch and these are very fine, electric blue and with top luster. The whole displays very well, the color contrast is excellent and I have never seen this style presentation in any other Tsumeb piece.
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
6.4 x 5.6 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
The Milpillas Mine finds are now justly famed as the greatest and largest Azurite discovery ever made. There were many habits, some from just a single small pocket. This specimen is a type that was not common, well-formed euhedral crystals scattered on a contrasting matrix. Super bright luster, sharp and partly gemmy these are is excellent condition too.
An extremely large (over 3-1/2 inches) single compound crystal of Azurite is partly altered to a silky green Malachite, yet still has large areas of deep blue. Somewhat blocky and crude but with strong and clear form this is an impressive piece and one of the largest single crystal pseudos that have come from this prolific location. Esthetic and with strong display presence, this was mined in 2011. A very good value.
Azurite with minor Malachite
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oujada-Angad Province, Oriental Region,
7 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A cluster of highly lustrous sharp Azurites to 3.4 CM in size with scattered accents of green Malachite. From the 1980 vintage finds at Touissit, this is a very eye-catching and attractive example. The largest crystals are in excellent condition chipping and contacts do exist however that can not be seen from the main display angle. The luster is glass-like, far better than most Touissit pieces.
Azurite with minor Malachite
Tongshan Mine, Guichi Dist., Chizhou Pref.
7.4 x 6.7 CM (cabinet)
A big, bright blue sparkling specimen with Azurite crystals densely packed on the display faces. The copper deposits in this area of Anhui province have been mined for thousands of years, probably the longest continuous operation on earth. Small scale mining lets specimens escape the huge crushers that are used elsewhere. Very attractive and affordable.
Copper Queen Mine , Bisbee, Cochise County
10x10x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
A superb, classic locality piece with fantastic esthetics and rich color. This is essentially all Azurite with a tiny bit of malachite on the reverse side, and numerous micro crystals several of the classic species the locality is famous for. This specimen is composed of well-crystallized Azurite in several habits up to 1 CM in size. This stands without aid and is very 3-dimensional. The condition is exceptional as this example is clearly very old, likely from the heyday of the mine in the later 1800's. Rare to find in this condition and quality!
Changmenshan Copper Mine, Jiulang
8.5x8.5 CM (cabinet)
A very well developed almost spherical aggregate of blocky azurite crystals up to 1.4 CM and some smaller flattened rhomb forms. This piece is also encrusted with many lemon yellow micro crystals of an unknown mineral (awaiting analysis we will send results if you wish). Quite attractive and a good value.