Apatite on Quartz
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Castelo Branco District,
4.5 x 2 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
A very choice piece, this is a glass clear quartz crystal hosting several purple gem Apatites. The quartz is perfectly terminated, overall sharp and impressive in person, in very fine condition. Strong magnification reveals some tiny Siderite crystals. The Apatites have some slight zonation and have top luster. Not a typical Panasqueira specimen, and far more esthetic than average.
HOLD Azurite w. Malachite
stock #HOLD 17.1-AX-3-052
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
4 x 2.9 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
Esthetic Milpillas Azurite with a fine sharp, lustrous large main crystal nicely perched atop. From early finds vintage 2007, this displays great and the architecture is especially attractive. Milpillas is now famed as perhaps the greatest source of Azurites in history, which is saying a lot. There are many good pieces on the market and the prices vary from incredibly cheap to seven figures. Finding a fine yet affordable specimen that will stand out from the crowd is not easy. This is that sort of piece.