Liroconite - superb, classic British
Wheal Gorland, St Day, United Mines, Gwennap. Camborne, Redruth-St. Day
6.2 x 4 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Post Tucson 2022
Often described as a holy grail specie, Cornish Liroconite is certainly the epitome of a rare, classic, beautiful and highly desired mineral. Bright, sharp and vivid blue crystals are nestled in five vugs of various sizes on tall sides of the matrix. The great finds of this mineral in England are very old, most going back to the late 18th century and ending in the mid 1800's. This piece is certainly very old, probably well over 150 years and comes from the type locality (Wheal Gorland). The crystals have superb color and are in excellent condition. Liroconite has been found at a few other localities worldwide, but never in fine display quality or large crystals. It is worth noting a small recent find of the mineral in China that had drawn a lot of interest, but none had large or well-developed crystals. These Cornish specimens are still the greatest and most coveted on the planet.