Grand Reef Mine - Graham County
4.1 x 2.9 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
A miniature from the Grand Reef Mine hosting milky white Cerussites with the habit that looks much like a doubly terminated Quartz. The Cerussites are on a typical druzy Quartz matrix and are in very good condition. A nice locality piece, the Grand Reef Mine is well respected as a source of some uncommon Lead secondary minerals.
Twined Cerussites contrast with an unusual matrix of small dark purple Fluorites. The Cerussites have a few blue inclusions but are mostly whitish. The matrix has several small zones of Caledonite and Linarite. Grand Reef has produced some excellent Lead secondary minerals and is a modern classic locale. This piece looks nice by naked eye but with strong magnification the details are very impressive.
The Linarites of the Grand Reef mine are very much sought after and not just by Arizona collectors. This specimen main vug (3.5 CM across) is packed with lustrous free standing crystals that reach over 1.2 CM. Zones of Caledonite and other secondaries are scattered about as well. This is a fine example of this relatively rare and delicate mineral from this great location. Damage is minimal (hard to see without magnification) since the crystals are well protected in the vug. This could be trimmed smaller, but I like the context of the mineralized matrix as is.