From a small and very unusual find, this is an unusual and esthetic combination piece. The powder blue spheres are perched on needle crystals of deep green Malachite for a very nice contrast. The blue balls are mostly in clusters but some are also well-isolated. No damage and displayable from any angle, this find was quickly exhausted, there has been no more found. A different and distinctive form for Shattuckite, this habit is unlike anything from any other locality.
Really different and super attractive. Balls of blue Shattuckite sitting on crystals of bright green Dioptase. The color and contrast are very fine, this is in superb condition. We have handled a few nice Shattuckite balls in the past year but they are always on Malachite, never like this on lustrous Dioptase. This was the only specimen we saw of this quality and condition. It is much more vivid in person too, a very unusual and striking piece that displays well from most any angle. From a recent find at the Onderra Mine (Namibia), we had hoped there would be more but it seems this was a one time find.
A remarkable and unusual secondary Copper piece; a hollow cast that shows the form of the original Anhydrite crystal that was replaced by bright blue Shattuckite. The Shattuckite is covered with a mint green layer of Plancheite making a nice contrast. The whole piece has the form of the original Anhydrite crystal and maintains a central void with the same shape. Reminiscent of the shape of Azurite casts from the Apex Mine in Utah, this is an even more rare replacement found just once about 20 years ago at the M'sessa Mine of the Katanga Copper Crescent.
A very fine and unusual miniature specimen that looks like blueberries on an evergreen bush. From a small recent find at Okandawasi (Namibia) in the Kaokoveld. This is composed of needle crystals of primary Malachite in a complex cluster. The Shattuckite is in powder blue balls with a matte luster and are perched on the branches. An unusual form and with very memorable esthetics for these Copper minerals.
A super attractive miniature from a small new find. This piece was selected from just a few pieces that came out recently as it has just great form and presentation. Aside from that one small lot I have not seen any others before or since. The Shattuckite balls are both isolated and in small clusters. From some angles these look like berries on an evergreen tree. The Malachite is all primary crystals with sharp acicular form. In excellent condition, displays well from all sides. A great Copper secondary specimen that is really different.
6.8 x 5.1 x 3 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
An esthetic and pure mass of the Copper Silicate Hydroxide - Shattuckite. Very good color in a three dimensional specimen. This has a sculptural form holding an open vug much like a vase. The inner surfaces are all a delicate botryoidal blue velvet and the edges show the fibrous structure as well. From the limited finds made in 2013-5 in the Kaokoveld, These were a significant discovery at that time, and remain as some of the best specimens ever for the specie.
Shattuckite with Malachite
11.2 x 6.4 x 5.1 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
An intense color, well-crystallized large Shattuckite with fine Malachite sprays and sparkling luster. One of the nicest of this style, this displays well from any angle, and the color is very much "electric". This find produced the best Shattuckites ever seen and this is an especially choice example. Much more three dimensional than most and with great display impact, in fine condition. On close exam many small doubly terminated Quartz crystals are seen that are a brilliant blue color from included Shattuckite and add a lot of flash. Compared to other fine pieces this is a great value.