Azurite -Jackstraw crystals
Kerrouchene, Kenifra Province
6.3 x 4.6 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
Slender Azurite crystals in a jumbled mass with electric bright color. With many fine Azurites available now from several world localities, most collectors have a few at least. However this delicate slender habit from Kerrouchene is quite different and has a unique esthetic. These do stand out. All of these crystals are translucent at the ends, with backlight they really glow. This is not photographed with backlight to give a good sense of the look in a typical display, however with some modern lighting the effect is far more impressive. In very good condition overall, there is some contacting mostly on the back and a few small imperfections.
Azurite -rosette nodule
4.6 x 4.4 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
From the brief attempt to reopen the great Tsumeb mine for specimen extraction this is a fine example of a rosette nodule. From the 5.1 sublevel of the west 4 stope this specimen shows unusually large crystal blades and classic radiating form that is much more distinct than were most that were found. In fine condition, complete and quite unlike most of the Azurite from Tsumeb.
Milpillas Azurite with well defined crystals having top luster and electric blue color. Far more striking in person, these crystals show the curved faces that are distinctive from the last pockets found. All are clustered in a complex array and the specimen displays well from many angles. In exceptional condition, a few bits of Malachite are present but this is nearly pure deep blue Azurite. Thanks to the large finds that were preserved from this mine it is possible to find superb Azurites for a a cost far less than it was 10 years ago which is not at all normal in the mineral world.
A perfect 360 degree ball of crystallized Azurite from the ancient mining area of Daye, China. A top thumbnail with beautiful form and simple esthetics. In incredible condition with no damage seen by naked eye or 10X magnification. Ex Larry White collection, he obtained this in 2004 when these were more available. They are now uncommon and never in this quality. We know of a few larger specimens but never quite so perfect and complete.
An extraordinary, esthetic Tsumeb Azurite with crystals in compound clusters much like flattened rosettes and curved prisms. Presents well from all sides and in perfect, undamaged condition. Similar in some ways to a few specimens we have seen with this habit from the famed Easter pocket, this piece is not attributed to that find but reportedly is from an older discovery. Far better in person, the blue is an intense deep hue that is almost impossible to render on a computer screen.
Cerussite on Azurite
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb deposit, Rudnyl Altai
5.2 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
The fantastic finds of Cuprites at Rubtsovskoe was huge news a few years ago, and made the region famous. Recently some very attractive Azurites have turned up but only a few associated with Cerussite. This example has a reticulated cluster well placed on contrasting crystallized Azurite. Excellent color and form, a fine addition to any copper suite and will fit well with the Cuprites and coppers that are so well known from here.
3.1 x 2.7 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A choice early Azurite from Tsumeb formerly in the Johannson collection obtained in trade with Harvard before 1933. Thick rectangular blades in a mass on minimal matrix. Excellent luster and a somewhat unusual form, this has some chipping and some rehealed areas that can hidden by angle of display. The edge modifications and faces on this Azurite are very unusual for Tsumeb and in fact for any locality.
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
3.7 x 2.2 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
A nicely perched deep azure-blue crystal on contrasting matrix. The habit is typical from Milpillas in the early finds and looks fine from several angles. Milpillas was such a productive locality when the Azurites were found that they are still very affordable. This piece is well above the average for quality and esthetics as seen. No damage but some small contacting that is not on the logical display angles. Very choice luster, sharp and with very bright color especially when well lit.