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Pyromorphite on Coronadite - classic locale
stock #19.1-817
MMM Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
11.4 x 7.5 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $800


A large and rich cabinet sized Pyromorphite on Coronadite from Broken Hill. A classic locality and a classic association from this iconic mine. The matrix is very three dimensional, a botryoidal black background for hundreds of very lustrous olive green Pyromorphites. Under the Coronadite is massive Galena and a little Cerussite that is not seen from the display side but adds a heft to the specimen. In exceptional condition, very hard to appreciate in photos but an excellent classic in person.

Chrysocolla after Malachite after Azurite with Wulfenite, Goethite.
stock #8.AE-1073
Whim Creek Copper Mine, Whim Creek, Roebourne Shire
Western Australia, Australia
11.7 x 6.3 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $780
Late Summer 2021

Crystallized Azurite rosettes replaced by Malachite which is partly to fully replaced by Chrysocolla. A modern classic find from Whim Creek, this is an especially choice specimen with a stout stalactitic Goethite matrix. A few small Wulfenite crystals are also noted on the matrix as are more recent tiny balls of Malachite. In fine condition. The rosettes vary in color from blue-green to green and are in both clusters and isolated balls. All the rosettes display very good crystal forms that faithfully show the original Azurite structures. These were found over 30 years ago and often in cabinet sized specimens. A modern classic.

Pyromorphite with Stolzite
stock #21.1-275
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
5.8 x 4.3 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $425
Late Summer 2021

A rich, classic Pyromorphite specimen with several areas of orange Stolzites in tiny crystals. There are two generations of light and darker brown Pyro crystals reaching over 3 CM, all are quite glassy. As can be seen there are a number of broken crystals though several are complete. The Pyromorphites are in a jumbled mix resting on a small zone of matrix where the Stolzites are located. The Stolzite and some of the lighter Pyromorphite are fluorescent in long to mid range UV. The damage on this piece keeps it from being far more costly, but it is still an attractive Australian Pyro, the damage can be minimized by display angle. Nearly every Broken Hill piece we have handled has had at least some tip damage on close inspection, it seems they grew in small voids where extraction was difficult due to contact with the pocket walls. These crystals are all transparent to translucent with bright luster. This still looks quite nice but not for perfectionists. However with the Stolzites added this is a rare and desirable association.

Pyromorphite on Malachite
stock #0589-JM-3764
Brown's open pit, Rum Jungle
Northern Territory, Australia
9.5 x 4.7 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $480
new year 2021

An older Rum Jungle specimen (1970 vintage) that is quite different and with far more vivid color than recent specimens. Ex. John H. Marshall collection, this has very lustrous bright green Pyromorphites and some small brown crystals as well. The Malachite is almost invisible on the front face except in a few nooks, it is much more well-defined on the back and sides where it forms fibrous crystals.

Bustamite, Calcite, Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite etc.
stock #13.1-283
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
2.1 x 1.8 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $90
new year 2021

A cute thumbnail with the focus being one larger crystal of Bustamite. The specimen also includes some very tiny Spessartine as well as the Sulphides listed above. The Bustamite has the typical crude or melted look on some edges but is distinctly terminated and well-defined. Broken Hill is a famed locality that is on every short list of world class deposits and is certainly a classic.

Pyromorphite on Malachite
stock #21.1-008
Brown's open pit, Rum Jungle
Northern Territory, Australia
5.8 x 4.1 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
new year 2021

A fine example of Rum Jungle Pyromorphite with sharp and well-defined crystals set on a darker Malachite matrix. The Pyromorphite on this specimen is so dense that the Malachite is almost fully hidden and is only visible through small gaps and on the edges. In excellent condition, the color and luster are better in person too. This remarkable locality has been flooded for some time now, this piece is from the last successful specimen extraction, and is a super example of top quality from the "Pizza Pocket".

Cassiterite on Quartz
stock #8.AE-1048
Elsmore Tin Mine, Elsmore, Gough Co.
New South Wales, Australia
9.1 x 8.2 x 5.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1850
new year 2021

An exceptional specimen of top quality gemmy Cassiterite crystals scattered on a wide Quartz crystal. A classic Australian locale where mining began in 1871, this piece is the best I have seen personally and is a fine Cassiterite from any place. The crystals all show twinning, some are contacted but not broken, and all are super lustrous. Crystals are up to 2.3 CM across. The Quartz crystal is broken and contacted on the backside, the front has some edge contacts and rough areas but nothing distracting from the bright Cassiterites. These look black without strong light, but when well lit, they are a golden brown color, translucent to transparent and contrast well with the Quartz matrix.

Pyromorphite
stock #8.AE-1059
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
7.3 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
new year 2021

Bright yellow-green crystals of Pyromorphite on a contrasting manganese oxide matrix. In excellent condition overall, the previous label calls the matrix Galena, but this is incorrect. Broken Hill is perhaps the most famed, classic Australian mineral locale. Many types of Pyromorphite have been found there over many years, most being a distinctive brown or white color. The yellow, and especially the green colors, are more rare and sought after.