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Azurite
stock #AX-24-392
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
7.1 x 5.1 x 3..4 CM (cabinet)
price: $650


Sharp, highly lustrous Azurite crystals in a cluster on a contrasting reddish matrix. An early find Azurite specimen at Milpillas that is rather different in habit from later material. In excellent condition, clean and with bright "electric" blue crystals that are up to 1.6 CM and translucent to transparent. This mine is certainly a modern classic locality, and is now closed. During the short working life of the mine it became the world's greatest source of fine Azurites. The many diverse styles, habits and forms continue to make Millpillas a highly collectible locality. This is both a pretty, choice piece and a rather different esthetic. Excellent value.

Malachite replacing Azurite with Dolomite etc.
stock #21.1-329
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
4.6 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $650
Late Summer 2021

A super well-composed specimen with two main Azurite crystals one partly and one fully replaced by Malachite. Touissit is famed for its great Azurites the Malachite replacements are not as often seen. This piece with the largest crystal 3.1 CM tall dominating the matrix looks fine from all sides. No damage and very good contrast to the matrix. The largest crystal has an unaltered termination of lustrous blue Azurite, while the larger prism faces are a velvety chatoyant green Malachite. A few sharp Dolomite crystals also add contrast. At a high magnification a little Brochantite is seen along with some primary Malachite crystals, so this is certainly a complex miniature. The last operations closed in 2002 here, but the most important shafts which were the best specimen sources closed earlier. In a short period, this locality gained worldwide fame as one of the best sources of exceptional Lead and Copper minerals. These are prized today.

Azurite and Malachite - 'electric'
stock #AX-3-178
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
5.9 x 3 x 1.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $880
Late Summer 2021

Sharp, translucent, lustrous and a vivid blue, perfect Azurites on a thin matrix plate. From one of the first finds at Milpillas, this is in perfect condition and has a little contrasting green Malachite. Milpillas produced many variations of Azurites over several years that were often dazzling. There were so many it was often overwhelming. Sadly all that is over, the mine is gone forever and now the better specimens are gaining greater appreciation. Really striking in person, a choice and glassy cluster with no flaws.

Azurite stalactites with Malachite and Hematite
stock #20.FC-119
M Ssici, Ainif County, Tinghir Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
10.4 x 6.4 x 6.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $1650
Early summer 2021

Incredible color and esthetics from the amazing find of 2010 at M'Ssici (Morocco). Since then only a small find in 2017 produced any specimens those with a very different habit. This cluster of stalactitic growths is encased by small sparkling crystals and rosettes of bright blue Azurite with some small Malachite balls. The matrix is a mix of green Malachite and red Hematite gossan. The Malachite is replacing textbook sharp Azurite crystals and rosettes. Excellent condition, the blue stalactites are standing up to 5.5 CM tall above the green. This locality produced many specimens of Azurite encrusting Quartz crystals but very few pure (hollow) stalactites where there is no inner Quartz crystal. In terms of color intensity, form and condition this is one of the best pieces and is far better in person.

Azurite on Malachite
stock #AX-3-045
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
3.7 x 2.6 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $1350
new year 2021

From the great finds at Milpillas, this is a very fine small miniature in perfect condition with excellent esthetics. The Azurite crystals stand up from the contrasting green Malachite which covers a thin shard of matrix. These are translucent on the edges with a brilliant blue. A few tiny spots on the Azurites show Malachite alterations and the overall luster is very bright. With a close exam or under magnification the crystals are seen as compound prisms made from aligned crystals in an almost rosette structure. This piece is more impressive in person, and has a lot of display impact for its size. When Milpillas was active it produced lots of good Azurite and also a few really great pieces. Finding an above average specimen with rich color contrast in perfect condition (and at a fair price) was never easy. This is that sort of piece.

Azurite
stock #AX-3-104
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
2.7 x 1.6 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $300
new year 2021

A highly lustrous, bright deep blue cluster of Azurite crystals showing complex edge and face modifications. In excellent condition as seen this has a few tiny bits of Malachite alterations but is nearly all brilliant Azurite. From early finds at Milpillas, this is unusual since the crystals are complete, doubly terminated and without any matrix.

Azurite with Malachite
stock #15.1-974-(SM3480)
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
3.9 x 3 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $450
new year 2021

Perfect prismatic Azurite crystals, the largest 2.8 CM long and doubly terminated. All are composed on an esthetic cluster on a matrix of small Malachite crystals. This is a 360 degree specimen, it displays well from most any angle. The Azurite is also translucent on the edges and, overall, the form and luster are excellent. Ex Charles M. Noll and Jimmie DuFoe collections, this dates back to the "golden age" of the Touissit Mines, which are still famed as one of the greatest Azurite localities of all time. Previous labels are included.

Azurite, Malachite etc
stock #20.1-280
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Meknes-Tafilalet Region,
6.2 x 4.4 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $430


Brilliant Azurite crystals up to 2.5 CM on a mixed matrix of Dolomite and Malachite. The Azurites are sharp, flat habit with steep tapering terminations some being very pure, gemmy transparent while others are partly altered to Malachite and are opaque. In fine undamaged condition, from the great finds at Touissit in the 1970's, this displays well and is nicer in person too.