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Spangolite with Quartz
stock #21.1-543
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
New Mexico, United States
6.6 x 4.6 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $440

Bright, vivid blue-green crystals of Spangolite contrast with a drusy Quartz block. The Spangolite is prominent and presents well on the matrix. A choice older specimen of this colorful and rather uncommon Copper mineral not often seen as non-micromount display specimens. Crystals are easily visible with naked eye, this is an attractive display example from Bingham. Older labels included from several collections, among these are Danilo Rolando, Ch Dubois and Sandro Maggia.

Linarite with Fluorite
stock #15.1-041
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
New Mexico, United States
7.7 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
new year 2021

A rich electric blue Linarite that has grown on top of several green-blue Fluorite crystals. From the Blanchard Mine which was a fine source of both minerals though they were not often together. The Fluorites reach to 1 CM and some are almost fully encrusted while others are clearly exposed. Close exam shows the slender habit Linarites on the Fluorite are translucent and glow brightly when backlit. Fine color and a USA classic locale, collected in 1977 by Les Hitchings.

Spangolite with Brochantite - classic USA
stock #19.1-920
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
New Mexico, United States
7.4 x 5.3 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $480
new year 2021

A very rich, sizable specimen of the uncommon Copper Sulfate Spangolite from the famed Blanchard Mine. The Spangolite is covering a quite large area with a few small zones of Brochantite crystals. The mineralized zone on this piece is much larger than the usual tiny patches. This piece has substantial areas of sparkling blue Spangolite with hundreds of tiny, gem clear crystals. The hard rock matrix gives a nice jagged contrast to the mineralized faces. Ex John Buckley collection, this is a far, far better than typical specimen from this classic and well-respected locality. This is one of the very few pieces that looks fine on a display shelf and also amazing under a microscope.

Copper crystals - elongated spinel twins
stock #19.1-798
Santa Rita, Grant County
New Mexico, United States
3.2 x 1.7 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $290
new year 2021

A pure mass of Copper, fully crystallized with a red patina and very sharp. Twinning is clearly seen as are the extended edges and hoppering on some crystals. No damage, a nice large thumbnail from the Santa Rita Mine of New Mexico.

Copper - branching crystals
stock #20.1-305-(LW1019)
Santa Rita, Grant County
New Mexico, United States
3.3 x 2.6 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $65
new year 2021

A complex branching Copper specimen composed of many small crystals in stacked or aligned arrangements. Good patina, the color ranges from a dark that is almost black to a red copper hue. A multitude of tiny crystals in many divergent habits are best appreciated under magnification.

Spangolite with Brochantite, Barite etc
stock #19.1-450
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
New Mexico, United States
8.2 x 6.3 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $140
Spring 2020

A complex specimen with a mix of bright blue Spangolite crystals in several patches mixed with Brochantites. The Spangolites are sharp and gemmy under good magnification, the matrix is quite colorful and more rich than typical from this great USA locality. Typically Spangolite is a micro mineral in most collections, this has enough good coverage to be visible by naked eye but certainly far more beautiful under magnification.

Copper- arborescent and spinel twin crystals
stock #AX-10-905
Santa Rita, Grant County
New Mexico, United States
8.5 x 2.4 x 1.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $350
Spring 2019

Chain-like stack of arborescent and spinel twin crystals from New Mexico. Ex collections of Buck Keller and William Hladysz, this has just a hint of matrix adhering, but is mostly a sculptural tower of Copper. No damage and with a nice patina, this is an older piece that predates the Chino mine find that became famous in 2001. This piece almost certainly came from the Chino mine zone too, but that is not recorded on the previous label and we do not like to attribute without certainty. The Chino is a huge pit that has now encompassed other smaller mines, so many details of locality have gotten lost over time. A very nice copper from anyplace.

Fluorite -unusual form, classic locale
stock #18.1-448
Mex-Tex mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Soccoro County
New Mexico, United States
6.3 x 6.1 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $360
Late Summer 2018

A rounded highly etched crystal mass that seems to have grown on a flat surface (Barite?) and later come off. Translucent to transparent, this is a multi hued piece and multi stepped as well, this has tones of green, purple and blue. Ex Hitchings collection, obtained in 1967. An unusual piece, the front display surface is finely detailed and remarkably in excellent condition. The back is cleaved and in part re-crystalized, none of which is visible on display. A very attractive Fluorite, better in person, this is not typical for the locale, there is also a dusting of small Quartz crystals that add some sparkle. With any backlighting this glows a good green to purple.