Very fine gemmy Scorodite crystals in several vugs on a blocky Quartz matrix makes for an attractive cabinet display piece. From the Hemerdon Mine (Devon, England) this locality has produced some of the best Scorodite in Europe. This is a particularly rich piece. The area has a long history with intermittent mining operation since before 1854 but currently inactive. In very good condition the crystals were well-protected in the cavities of the matrix. Most of the Scorodites are a deep blue but a few do show a green color as well.
Scorodite with Pyrite
Baishiding Mine, Zhongshan Co, Hezhou Prefecture
4.6 x 3.6 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
New Year 22
Bright gemmy blue and purple Scorodite mixed with Pyrite on a Scorodite matrix. The matrix looks brown in some lighting but the color is from inclusions inside many small Scorodite which are both massive and crystalized. The main crystals are very defined, lustrous and have a very intense color. Overall in fine condition exam with 10-20X magnification finds some tiny rough areas but no serious damage is seen by naked eye. From the find at Henzoh almost 10 years ago, we have not seen any Scorodite from China since, it seems this was a one time find. Scorodite is known from many localities but only a few have good, sizable, bright crystals like these and those are never common.
A hefty cabinet-sized Scorodite specimen with very lustrous crystals from the earlier find at Mina Ojuela. At first glance the Scorodites look dark almost black but under strong lighting they are a dark transparent blue with a few green and yellow-green crystals mixed in. Unlike many Scorodites from Ojuela this does not have a crumbly matrix, this is a solid piece with no hint of degeneration. An excellent value, this piece from the earlier find in the 1970's is very different from the 2015-16 find, and these are rare on the market.
Oumil Mine, Bou Azzer, Ouarzazate
5.3 x 4.4 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
A good clean vug of densely packed Scorodite crystals from Bou Azzer. The crystals reach 6mm but most are smaller. The color is mostly green but a few blue-purple prisms are seen on some edges. From finds about 12 years ago, this is a very good representative specimen with good coverage.
Scorodite on Pyrite
3.1 x 2.6 x 2.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
At first glance this looks like a mass of pyrite with a little bright blue Scorodite crystal. With closer examination it is nearly all Scorodite with a coating of pyrite. The bulk of the "matrix" is yellow, brown and blue- green Scorodite crystals up to 1.6 CM. Everything is covered with sparkling crystals of Pyrite that hide most of the underlying crystals. In undamaged condition, this is from the one time find at Henzoh about 5 years ago. There have not been more found since then. A very good value for one of these!
A nice sized vug of rich gemmy blue Scorodites in a hard (not crumbly!) matrix. Micro brownish spheres are noted that are reputed to be Beudantites but look much like Carminites to me, either way, a nice addition. In excellent condition, with magnification it is possible to see through the very clear blue crystals to the brown matrix below! A Mexican classic, these are rare on the market and this is a good example.