A sweet miniature antique Bisbee specimen. Well formed crystals to 2.3 CM on both sides of a matrix plate showing perfectly the form of the original Azurite prisms. These Malachites have a nice velvet texture and are in perfect condition. This was part of a small stash found in 2015 in an estate sale at an Arizona miners home, wrapped in 1920 era newspapers. The family of the miner confirmed he worked in the Sacremento shaft of Bisbee and the habit matches perfectly with other specimens of that vintage.
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
3.3 x 3.2 x 3.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A nice pretty small miniature Red Cloud Wulfenite matrix with a free standing main crystal that is a deep red-orange. The standing crystal is damage free, this is an esthetic small piece that could be trimmed to fine thumbnail if wanted. From a small scale mining attempt in 2017. The matrix is not the crumbly sort and has many small Calcite crystals scattered as well.
Bright green rounded crystals of Smithsonite are clustered on botryoidal mounds over the face of this matrix. Wet luster and fine form with a distinctive hue, a choice older 79 Mine Specimen. This has zones of accicular Aurichalcite crystals and Calcite that add contrast and interest. In excellent condition and a very colorful Arizona Smithsonite. Even better in person.
Aurichalcite with Hemimorphite
79 Mine, Hayden, Banner District, Gila County
4.7 x 4 x 3.8 CM (miniature)
An outstanding Copper specondary specimen, a miniature Aurichalcite from the famed 79 Mine. The condition is exceptional and the display impact is also top notch. Some of the best Aurichalcites ever found came from this small mine years ago but are not often available in this quality. In incredible undamaged condition, remarkable for such a delicate specimen. A few small clear balls of radiating Hemimorphites add a nice contrast too. Brilliant color and luster give this a great display impact much bigger than the size. Really far better in person.
An attractive combination specimen from the remarkable finds at the Christmas mine. This is the type locale for Ruizite and one of the best locales for Kinoite. There are several vugs that are hold very tiny Ruizite in reddish balls. and much larger bright blue Kinoite mostly of covered by clear Apophyllite crystals. By eye it also looks like there is a few areas of Apacheite (powder blue) but this is not confirmed.
Rosasite on Smithsonite with Calcite
Silver Bill Mine, Gleason, Dragoon Mts. Cochise County
4.3 x 3.8 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
Spheres of blue Rosasite scattered on Smithsonite and some Calcite. A good locality piece that is especially fine under magnification. The Silver Bill mine has a long history but is not very well known outside of Arizona. It has been a source of Wulfenite and other species as well as Rosasite.
Amethyst - scepter
Fat Jack Mine, Bradshaw Mountains, Yavapai County
5.2 x 2 x 1.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Late Summer 2018
A very sharp, clear, light hued Amethyst scepter in flawless condition from the Fat Jack. Some wispy zoning is noted as is a multi stepping just below the head. We do not see many of these available and almost none with this clarity and undamaged condition. Outstanding, fine Arizona Amethyst.
Mimetite on Wulfenite
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
1.7 x 1.2 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
Clear widow-pane Wulfenite crystals are the matrix for Mimetite in bright red balls. A small but striking thumbnail from Rowley mine collected during the final efforts there before it was shut down. Delicate and with brilliant color there were not many found like this, and the habit is unique to this one occurrence.