Mimetite -classic, modified hexagons
Mount Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill
4.1 x 4 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
A fine Mimetite cluster on a gossan matrix, from the classic old finds at Mt Bonnie. These are still considered some of the worlds great Mimetites, and this piece shows the most desired flattened hexagons with modified edges. Fine luster, undamaged condition and with a bit of zoning. This could be trimmed to a thumbnail of competition grade but we like it as is. Ex Charles Noll, Nick Carruth, David Crawford and others (unattributed labels). No other localities since this find has produced this style of Mimetite, it is quite distinctive.
Pyromorphite on Malachite
stock #11.1 -W51
Brown's open pit, Rum Jungle
10.4 x 7.2 CM (cabinet)
A fine, large specimen from the epic 2010 find that was the mineral discovery of the year. A very rich example of the "emerald pocket) the matrix has numerous malachite spheres scattered on a bed of deep grass green velvety malachite. The surface is covered with hundreds of sharp olive green to lemon green Pyromorphites. Bright luster and in great condition, this has a striking color contrast. Well better than average for this find, and it now seems that there will be no more. Very attractive and destined to be a classic.
From the personal collection of Paul Melville one of the discoverers, this is a killer for this find. The best specimen I was able to obtain in trade with Paul from his display at Tucson. Brilliant color (typical for the best of Emerald pocket pieces) and a rolling landscape like form help this stand out. Pristine condition and far better in person. The densest coverage of pyromorphite is preferential on certain zones which helps make it look "topographic". Since this find the mine has been flooded and 9 months of intensive pumping have failed to re open it. The best of these are certain to be classics and appreciate well!