Linarite with minor Caledonite
Mina Dos Adrianas, Zapaltar Mining District, Copiapo Province
9.3 x 5.6 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
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.
Bright lustrous Linarite crystals on a contrasting matrix. From the Grand Reef Mine, this specimen has numerous species on board. The Gearksutite is is present as porcelaneous green masses. Linarites are very sharp and transparent with typical vivid color. A modern USA classic locale, this is a mid sixties vintage specimen.
Linarite with Fluorite
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
7.7 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A rich electric blue Linarite that has grown on top of several green-blue Fluorite crystals. From the Blanchard Mine which was a fine source of both minerals though they were not often together. The Fluorites reach to 1 CM and some are almost fully encrusted while others are clearly exposed. Close exam shows the slender habit Linarites on the Fluorite are translucent and glow brightly when backlit. Fine color and a USA classic locale, collected in 1977 by Les Hitchings.