Henderson Mine, Chibougamou
3 x 2.3 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
An esthetic cluster of shining Cubanite crystals all showing classic twinningset on just a sliver of matrix. The Henderson Mine at Chibougamou has been closed for many years, it was the only source of these fine, sizable Cubanite crystals. The largest crystal in this cluster is is 2 CM across, and sits well on top of the specimen. Close exam shows some minor bruising, contacts and natural cracks, so this is not for perfectionists, but as Cubanite is a very delicate mineral this is in relatively fine condition. and far better than average. Some areas that look like damage in the photos are on inspection fully intact and crystalized with a rough texture. The metallic luster is excellent and has a nice patina. These are a modern classic and somthing of a "holy grail" for most collectors, the starburst twinning habit is especially desirable. An excellent value for the quality.
Unusually large, sharp lustrous and very well defined Cubanite. Although Cubanite has been found at several locales in the world, the only source of fine crystals was the Henderson Mine, now long closed. There will never be any more of these which are by far the worlds best Cubanites. This specimen has a super dispaly face with very sharp striations and clear twinning. Some contacting on the back but the front displays very well. Specimens of this quality can only be had from old collections being recycled, and this size is almost never seen.
Small but sharp, complete and in fine condition, an excellent twinned Cubanite from the famed Chibougamau Mine. This is a floater, complete on edges and displays fine on either side. The Golden luster is two toned on one side that adds an interesting contrast. The worlds best Cubanites came from Chibougamau more than 20 years ago, none since. In good condition overall though micro chips on a few edges can be found with magnification, this is a very brittle mineral. Examples this intact were always rare, and larger examples are always expensive. This small piece is a super compromise and much less costly than larger specimens.
Cubanite twinned crystals
1.6 x 1.2 x .4 CM (thumbnail)
A sharp and lustrous thumbnail in exceptional condition. Clean twinned crystals with classic form and bright striations. Classic material from the Henderson #2 mine at Chibougamou which has been closed for years but once produced the finest Cubanites ever seen. Good value for form and quality.