SOLD Wulfenite on Mimetite
stock #SOLD 17.1-165
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
1.7 x 1.5 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
Small but intensely red and orange, lustrous, and in outstanding condition, this is an excellent thumbnail of Rowley Wulfenite. The Rowley Mine has been closed for decades but had some sporadic attempts to work some areas for specimens. This specimen was from the last of those small scale mining efforts. This is a modern classic, immediately recognizable and unlike any other Wulfenite from other locales. The display impact of this tiny specimen is far larger than the size would suggest.
Sharp, lustrous wet-looking Wulfenite crystals cover a large matrix face. Fine early specimen from the famed Los Lamentos finds, this one is late 1960s era. The crystals have the deep orange color that is indicative and most desirable from this locality. The shape of the crystals (cube like blocky habit) is also classic from this locality. This is in fine condition overall with dozens of crystals in perfect shape and only a few tiny spots of chipping that are not obvious in any normal display.
Wulfenite with Mimetite - classic USA
Mammoth -St Anthony Mine, Tiger, Mammoth District, Pinal County
3.4 x 2.8 x 3.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Free standing Wulfenite crystals with complex forms on a yellow-orange mass of tiny Mimetite clusters and balls. From the legendary Tiger area, these long closed mines are one of the most revered mineral localities in the USA. An older specimen from the L. Sweetman collection with handwritten label. Some damage and edge roughness exists so not for perfectionists but the main crystal is in fairly good condition and is a nice example of this habit. At one time Wulfenite was mined as a molybdenum ore here, the only place in the world where this was done. Tons were crushed and very little survived.
Wulfenite - classic USA locality
79 Mine, Hayden, Banner District, Gila County
3.7 x 2.3 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
Yellow window-pane type Wulfenite crystals sprinkled with colorless Calcite in an attractive array. From the famed 79 Mine, long closed but still a sporadic source of fine mineral specimens. In excellent condition as seen, the Wulfenite is 1.7 CM diagonal, 1.4 CM across the top edge. Displays very well from the front side as shown, the back is also nice but not as attractive. Could be trimmed to a fine thumbnail if desired. A choice Arizona Wulfenite that is transparent, undamaged and with glassy luster.
Wulfenite on gossan matrix
79 Mine, Hayden, Banner District, Gila County
4.1 x 2.8 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
Classic Arizona locality specimen that is a distinctive and in fine condition. Cute miniature featuring a rosette-like cluster of orange Wulfenite crystals on a contrasting gossan matrix. A few very small additional Wulfenites scattered about are the clear windowpane type and add a little sparkle to the dark host rock. The 79 Mine is famed for a host of important specimens that have trickled out over the years; the Wulfenites took several forms and are an important part of the Arizona mineral heritage. This could easily trim to a fine thumbnail but to me it is fine as is.
Wulfenite covered by Quartz with Hemimorphite
Finch Mine AKA Barking Spider Mine, Keystone Gulch, Chilito, Hayden area
6.3 x 3.7 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
One of Arizona’s most distinctive Wulfenite localities, the Finch Mine, (also called the Barking Spider Mine), produces this type of epimorph. The Wulfenite here is encased in druzy Quartz crystals but the color of the orange crystals below is seen through the colorless Quartz. A sprinkle of Hemimorphite is noted but the main focus is the tabular Wulfenites on contrasting vuggy Quartz matrix.
Wulfenite - USA Classic
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
1.7 x 1.7 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
New Year 22
Brilliant red single Wulfenite crystal perched on a small bit of matrix. In excellent condition, no chips or damage, the color and luster are both top. Classic specimen from the last mining of this iconic locality, just a nice, clean thumbnail that shows why this mine became a legend in the mineral world.
A rich specimen with five species well-represented and perhaps a few other micros as well. The front surface has a a cluster of windowpane habit Wulfenites resting on a mix of Hemimorphite and Rosasite on Malachite. Aurichalcite balls are also found on several areas of the specimen. A nice multi-specie piece from the now classic 79 Mine, this is in fine condition and looks incredible under the microscope too. This specimen comes from from the Les Hitchings collection, he obtained this in 1977.