Hematite Pseudo after Magnetite
stock #18. AX-19-437
Payun Volcano, Altiplano de Payun Matru
4.2 x 2.2 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
The form of these Hematite pseudos is simply incredible. This is a complete floater, no damage or contacts, sharp, metallic luster and very well detailed. One of the best mineral finds of the past several years the Payun Volcano mineralogy is fascinating and the morphology of the better crystals like this is exceptional.
This quite attractive Psuedomorph has a lot of good provenance, ex Ed Swoboda, Carter Rich, George Loud, and William Hladyz. The shape of the large Aragonite crystals are sharply preserved and the color looks much like an Agate more so than Chalcydony. This is almost a perfect floater and despite a few very minor chips that are not easy to find the condition is still very fine overall. Classic older Pseudomorph not often available and rarely in anything close to this quality and esthetic.
Capillitas Mine, Andagala
4.3 x 4.5 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
Post Tucson 2015
A deep, rich red Rhodo showing the fortification structures and crystaline interior of the knob. From the famed Capillitas deposit, this is a vintage specimen from the 1960's that shows the older very deep red not seen in recent finds.
Distinctive hexagonal sixling aragonite form are fully pseudomorphed by quartz in this esthetic arrangement. A few small broken crystals serve to show the internal agate form that has replaced the Aragonite. A classic and complete true Pseudomorph, this material is no longer available, it has been found sporadically for several decades. This has the most sharp detail and best crystal arrangement that I have seen.