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Chrysocolla - druzy sprays
stock #RET 20.1-325
Inca De Oro, Chanaral
Atacama Region, Chile
8.3 x 7.9 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
Pre Tucson

Colorful, sparkling sprays of radiating Chrysocolla filling a vug in ore. The drusy Quartz covers the Chrysocolla and there is a zone of light blue druzy as well. In fine condition, this deposit has been exhausted for many years these Chrysocolla are modern classics.

Pyromorphite
stock #8.AE-888
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture
Guangxi Province, Chile
4.8 x 4 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
price: $330
Pre Tucson

Apple-green Pyromorphite in fine condition from the classic Daoping mine finds of the early 2000 era. This specimen has 4 different habits of unusual crystallization form present and almost none of the common styles. An excellent specimen for a serious suite of Pyromorphites or for odd habits and rare forms. Elongated spindles, stretched wave forms and others are present. In fine condition, this is nicely attractive on a shelf but amazing and complex when examined closely or with magnification.

Mimetite - old find, unusual color
stock #5.1-159
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
Guangdong Province, Chile
4.8 x 2.8x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $390
Fall 22

From the early finds at Pingtouling which were famous for bright yellow Mimetites, this is a deeper orange hue. The mine was flooded and collapsed more than 20 years ago, but the size and quality of these lustrous crystals helped them to become modern classics. This thumb-like matrix is covered by fine crystals on all sides, and the condition is excellent. The crystals all have a wet-look luster. These have become scarce and this color is even more uncommon.

Atacamite with Libethenite and Hallyosite
stock #22.1-442
Mina La Farola, Cerro Pintado, Tierra Amarilla, Copiopo Province
Atacama Region, Chile
12.1 x 5.9 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $280
Fall 22

An older, sizable and well-crystalized specimen of Copper secondary species from this less well-known mine in Chile. Ex. collection of John Roger Mitchell, who obtained this piece in 1983. Such material is impossible to find today, this is both a choice display piece and a remarkable specimen under magnification.

Pyromorphite
stock #8.AE-887
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture
Guangxi Province, Chile
3.8 x 2.7 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $200
Post Tucson 2022

A vibrant green thumbnail of lustrous Pyro crystals from the famed Daoping Mine (Guangxi, China). In fine condition as seen, this is just a bit too large to be a thumbnail though it could perhaps be trimmed, it looks fine as is. Close exam shows the crystals are more apple green near the bottom and become a bit more yellow green near the terminations. This piece is early 2000 era specimen which was the most productive time for these super bright greens which made the locale famous in the mineral world.

Murdochite, Aurichalcite, Caledonite, Malachite Zincolibethenite?
stock #8.AE-949
Mina Dos Adrianas, Zapaltar Mining District, Copiapo Province
Atacama Region, Chile
8.7 x 6. x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $220
Post Tucson 2022

A large, very rich and complex specimen loaded with secondary species and a feast for the eyes under the microscope. The dominant specie is the Aurichalcite seen on almost every surface of the specimen, but sizable areas of Murdochite are also easily noted. The Murdochite is in tiny crystals on dark botryoids. Other species are noted including Caledonite and what seems to be Zincolibethenite but that is not confirmed. Some blue green rhomb crystals are also noted that may be Aurichalcite on or in Calcite. The piece looks fine as a display item or could be made into dozens or maybe hundreds of Micromounts. An unusually well mineralized specimen from the noted Mina dos Adrianas in Chile.

Linarite with minor Caledonite
stock #8.AE-835
Mina Dos Adrianas, Zapaltar Mining District, Copiapo Province
Atacama Region, Chile
9.3 x 5.6 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $300
Early summer 2021

A sizable, rich and vividly colored Linarite from the small, little known Dos Adrianas Mine. Several other species are present as well in the Quartz matrix including micros of what looks to be Libethenite. However the main interest here is the Linarite, a crust of deep blue crystals in a dense mat. The deeper vugs have some more isolated crystals as well, best seen and appreciated with magnification. Pretty specimen from a locality that is rarely seen on the market.

Chrysocolla - drusy
stock #21.1-010
Inca De Oro, Chanaral
Atacama Region, Chile
6.3 x 3.6 x 1.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $250
new year 2021

Bright blue and with a sparkling druse of Quartz over the display face. Sawn on back it seems this was being fashioned into a jewelry item but was left unfinished. Displays well and the color is an excellent blue, with some green hues seen under strong lighting. The Chrysocolla finds from Chile was a major source of fine specimens for many years. These are no longer available and they have begun to increase in price quickly for choice pieces.