Wulfenite - USA Classic
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
1.7 x 1.7 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
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.
Chrysocolla fingers with Quartz coatings
Ray Mine, Ray District, Dripping Springs Mountain, Pinal county
3.6 x 2.1 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2021
A cluster of Chrysocolla "fingers" with perfect, undamaged tips from the Ray Mine,(Arizona, USA). Sometimes called stalactites, that is not technically correct as there is no central canal or hole in the middle. This has excellent turquoise color and a pearly luster. Close exam shows the thin layer of Quartz that is like a skin over the Chrysocolla. It is very hard to find such perfect examples with all the fingers intact. A colorful and classic USA copper specie.
Wulfenite with minor Mimetite
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
5.3 x 3.4 x 1.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Late Summer 2021
Delicate and fine windowpane crystals of Wulfenite stand up from the matrix in a complex array. Very sharp, intense color and with glassy luster, the Wulfenites are all fully transparent. A few tiny balls of Mimetite are present but they are minor in comparison to the Wulfenite. In incredible condition which is amazing given the fragility of the crystals. From the final specimen recovery operations at the Rowley. This can be shipped safely (not recommended however for international orders). If requested we can hand deliver at a major mineral show. Much better in person, the bright luster is hard to fully appreciate on a computer screen.
Malachite pseudo after Azurite - USA classic
Sacramento Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mtns, Cochise Co.
3.8 x 3 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Late Summer 2021
A textbook perfect pseudomorph that has the exact form of the original Azurite crystal fully altered to a velvety Malachite. A few tiny bits of Cuprite and Copper are seen with strong magnification on the gossan matrix, but overall this is all about the very fine Malachite. A classic US specimen from the Sacremento Mine at Bisbee, we are told this is from a pre 1929 collection but there are no old labels. Certainly no specimens of this quality have been found for many decades, and will not be seen again.
An excellent and very colorful example of a Calcite with blood-red Cuprite (variety Chalcotrichite) included in Calcite crystals. Calcites from Bisbee were sometimes included by Copper minerals, often Malachite, and colored by these inclusions. This is a sizable example of this quite rare and prized red Calcite from the Campbell shaft at Bisbee. There are cleaved crystals at the outer edges but the main red Calcites are in good condition overall. The matrix is a solid ore and has a few areas of micro Cuprites on it as well. The Calcite crystals are up to about 1 CM. Most Bisbee minerals seen in displays are green or blue, bright red specimens are uncommon and really stand out. These old Calcites are just about never available except from the breakup of old collections.
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.
HOLD Chrysocolla stalactitic with Quartz
stock #HOLD 21.1-210
Ball Park Bench, Ray Mine, Scott Mountain, Pinal County
2.2 x 2.6 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
Early summer 2021
A very fine thumbnail of Chrysocolla fingers coated with translucent to transparent Quartz. Fine form and vivid color in this cluster. From a recently re-found stock of specimens from the 1978 find at the Ray Mine, this is a choice example with a fine quality rarely available. Classic for Arizona and the USA this piece is from the Ball Park Bench find. The Quartz is a clear overgrowth that is translucent and gives a very special look to the blue forms. The form, condition, luster and color are first rate for the specie and for the locality. All the fingers are perfect with no damage.
Slender and very elongated fingers of Chrysocolla with both bright blue and greenish-yellow colors. Delicate forms that are remarkably all in perfect condition and undamaged. Impressive form and color in this cluster of translucent Chrysocolla. From a recently rediscovered old stock of the 1978 find at the Ray Mine, this is a choice example of a quality rarely available. A classic for Arizona and the USA this piece comes from the Ball Park Bench find. Unlike most other pieces in the find this has minimal Quartz present but there is an outer skin of greenish Chrysocolla and Quartz mix that gives a very unusual appearance. Unique and choice.