Spangolite with Brochantite, Barite etc
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
8.2 x 6.3 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
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.
Old specimen collected by Les Hitchings in the early 1960 period. In remarkable condition a plate of matrix with very three dimensional and well positioned highlights. The Galena is especially choice, sharp and shows the typical alteration to Anglesite on the surface in unusually sharp well defined crystals. These are also Fluorescent bright yellow. The Fluorite shows well the stepped growth structure that is distinctive from this locale which is nearly spherical. In several spots on the matrix are tiny balls of Rosasite that while not very large add a touch of color on close exam. Great esthetics, a classic locale and in excellent condition.
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.
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
5.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Kelly Mine Smithsonite with the most desirable wet look luster and good blue color. Ex Hitchings collection this is in fine condition a few of the outer edges show where this was removed but all the display surface is perfect clean and undamaged. A few areas of the white mottling are present which adds a nice contrast. This is a pre 1970 specimen. These have become American classics and there is no other Smithsonite worldwide that has just this look, color and luster.
Fluorite -unusual form, classic locale
Mex-Tex mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Soccoro County
6.3 x 6.1 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
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.
Quartz - pseudocubic form
stock # 18.1-102A
Artesia, Eddy County
2.6 x 2 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
A sharp and complete crystal of the very rare "pseudocubic" habit Quartz, which is also very large for the form. The form is more correctly a skewed cube with overdeveloped rhombohedral faces that are not at 90 degrees but can look like it from several angles. No damage. This was incorrectly attributed to a small Arizona find but it is now confirmed as a very choice New Mexican specimen.
An unusual and esthetic pale Amethyst that is scepter-like but with ten terminations on the cap. Some colorless secondary growths are evident and the condition is quite choice, the only damage is at the bottom or base where this wqas removed. Collected some decades ago by Paul Yung, this is a clean, odd but attractive US Quartz. The color is a little deeper in person.
Dundasite with Allophane
Juanite Mine, Magdalena
5.8 x 4.2 x 4.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
A vuggy matrix hosts balls of crystalized Dundasite (white acicular needles in spheres) and bright blue and green Allophane. From the Juanita mine, in the famed Magdalena district of New Mexico, this is a moderately rich specimen that has several zones with tiny Dundasite balls. We do not see this material very often, this older piece was in the Hladysz collection.