Mauldin Mountain, Montgomery County
5.1 x 3.3 2.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An isolated, distinct hemisphere of Wavellite on contrasting matrix. A USA classic from Mauldin Mountain, the sphere is composed of tightly packed crystals that have a nice sheen in person. In excellent condition, the color is a little deeper than the photos show. An older specimen, these Wavellites are considered by many as the best from the USA and yet still quite affordable for a nice piece.
Quite old German specimen of Wavellite spheres on slate matrix. The balls of Wavellite are up to 1.4 CM across are translucent and most have a amber brown color. A few broken spheres show the radial structures well and the color of those is a golden greenish hue. A few tiny spheres are nearly black as well. This is a choice piece that has been in the USA for over 60 years, (ex TL Baskin and Dick Hauck with old labels) but is probably far older. The slate outcrops of the Langenstriegis were productive in the mid to late 1800's and these classics are almost never seen on this side of the Atlantic.
Dug Hill, Avant, Garland County
6.5 x 3.8 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Early summer 2021
Wavellite balls are well-formed with most of each sphere protruding out from the matrix. In excellent condition as seen, these balls under strong lighting have noticeable sparkle. Most spheres also have a good apple green color though a few show a whitish alteration in spots. An American classic, this is an excellent example, far better than typical and with balls up to 1.4 CM which is also much larger than typical. Wavellite is a fairly common Phosphate worldwide but these better Arkansas specimens are quite exceptional for the specie and most collectors agree these are the world's best.
La Caridad Mine, La Caridad, Nacozari de Garcia Municipality
8.7 x 3.6 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
Early summer 2021
A nearly pure Wavellite specimen with minimal matrix, the Wavellite is in fibrous layers surrounding an open vug. The vug surface is a lemon-yellow carpet of botryoidal Wavellite that with good lighting has a wet-look luster. An unusual style and habit that is unlike most any other Wavellite in the entire world. From long ago finds at the La Caridad Mine, we have not seen any new material available for decades, only from older collections like this piece.