New Malachite Find from Mexico!|
These specimens came from one narrow pocket vein, in mid-June of
2008. I bought them literally the day after they were mined, and run
up from Mexico to show me. I fell in love with the lot and bought them
all, small to large! It is the largest pocket of uniformly good
quality malachite that I have yet seen over the last year or so of
specimen production here, and bodes well for the future. However, each
pocket here is really quite different; and malachite seems to actually
be more rare than azurite at this locality. The photos do not fully
capture the complex 3-dimensional form of so many sharp intergrown
crystals and color both, in some cases, so they are more bright and
velvety in "texture," in person.
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LARGE CABINET specimen, one of only several recovered in pristine condition! This plate is complete all over its surface and in person is much more appealing than a photo can show, because of the complex 3-dimensional surface (see lower-left closeup for a good idea of what the texture is, as well). For that matter, a large plate this size with so many sharp crystals isn't common from anywhere, but for Mexico its pretty unprecedented. For wahtever reason, the azurite and malachite deposits here have seldom produced large specimens of any quality. A major showpiece, in a case.
Sharp crystals to 2.5 cm in a rich, 3-dimensional cluster. The larger crystals above overhang, but do not block, view of the sharp terminations beneath. MUCH better in person!
Only a very few specimens have these splayed, fat crystals. This one features two cmplexly surfaced sharp crystals to 6 cm, intergrown. It is a very 3-dimensional piece in person. There is som eminor bruising on the large left crystal, but the lighter green spots on the righthand crystal seem to be a second generation of microcrystallized , lighter colored malachite, atop naturally stepped terminations.
A very displayable small cab with a surface covered in sharp crystals to 2 cm, sticking out at you. In person, its MUCH more velvety in texture and sharp in appearance. The cluster atop, freestanding and shooting off into space, adds a dramatic fluorish. A fine piece at a fair price, I think, for a good plate under $1000.
A VERY dramatic small cabinet specimen, with curving sculptural form and superb crystals at the apex of the piece. They have bright color, velvety lustre, and super terminations. The freestanding cluster atop, complete all around, is about 3.5 cm long.
A very sculptural and elegant cluster featuring a floating 3 cm crystal hanging off the top, actually doubly-terminated. The whole piece has a very high quality color and lusre, almost shimmering as so many crystals reflect in the same angle at you. MUCH better in person!
A stellar miniature with extremely good aesthetics in that a domiant crystal measuring 2.5 cm pops straight up into the air from the "shrubbery" at its base. The crystal is terminated and complete all around, and overall its one of the more dramatic miiature sized specimens, thus.
A jackstraw cluster of sharp bladed crystals to just over 1 cm, artfully arranged into a thin plate. Very nice for the price but mostly cheap because its just so hard to photograph to look like its worth more (which it is) !
This is a ridiculously sharp miniature with a 2.5 cm doubly-terminated crystal perched delicately in a cluster of smaller crystals, SUPER SHARP, and complete all around. It is elegant as you could ask for.
This is probably the single biggest robust (complete) crystal of the lot, a single large crystal with a shimmering , almost metallic looking skein on the surface. It REALLY leaps out at you, and is quite different in appearance from anything I've ever seen from here or from Tsumeb. Complete and pristine, this is one that is DEFINITELY worth a look in person if tempted from the pics.
This pocket produced many vertically dramatic specimens, it seems. After trimming off the clunky matrix at the base, this one really has ended up one of my favorites, and looks like a tree with dramatic, robust crown atop a stalk of robust crystals. The large crystals atop are very 3-D, and terminated all around. It is stunning, in person.
A jackstraw cluster of crystals , intergrown, shooting every which way! The terminations are sharper-than-usual for this pocket, more steeply terminated than most.
A sharp piece with crystals to 2.2 cm in a cluster that is perched upon matrix infused with malachite, and so colored a lighter green. The contrast visually is much better in person, as this is a very 3-dimensional specimen, hard to photograph. A small bit of calcite is attached to one malachite crystal tip, and otherwise all those crystals in the rosette atop are showing full terminations.
A beautiful miniature composed of a number of stout crystals to 2.5 cm, intergrown like a sculpture. VERY aesthetic and 3-dimensional! It is pristine and complete all around, as well. Although not expensive, this is actually one of my favorites of the miniatures in the lot, just a stylish specimen.
A major showpiece, in a case, this is a CABINET-sized specimen, one of only several recovered in pristine condition! This plate is complete all over its surface and in person is much more appealing than a photo can show, because of the complex 3-dimensional surface (see lower-left closeup for a good idea of what the texture is, as well). For that matter, a large plate this size with so many sharp crystals isn't common from anywhere, but for Mexico its pretty unprecedented. For wahtever reason, the azurite and malachite deposits here have seldom produced large specimens of any quality.
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