Bright and lustrous Azurite crystals in a vug with scattered balls of blue-green Allophane and darker green Malachite. A few small Cuprite crystals are seen with good magnification as well. From the Kelly Mine (New Mexico) which is famed for its great Smithsonites, but also had some very nice Copper minerals which are less often seen. This was collected in 1966 by Les Hitchings and was #741 in his collection.
Delicate Barite (Baryte) blades in a complex cluster are partially coated by green Malachite. From the famed Kelley Mine which is well-known for its great Smithsonites. This specimen is special, it is the only one I have seen with Malachite, the Barite is very similar to some others from the locale but the Malachite is a very unusual addition and makes for a nice contrast. Some blades have rough edges but there are some perfect ones as well.
Smithsonite with Calcite
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
8.8 x 6.3 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A very pretty, classic Smithsonite from the famed Kelly mine. Nice wet look luster and three dimensional surface. In fine condition, undamaged on the display side, sawn on the back and sits well for display. These have become quite prized over the past few years and this is a particularly good value for this quality. The large knob that protrudes from the concave area is 3.2 CM across and has a few small Calcites on the surface.