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On eof my personal favorites of the entire lot, this tree-like specimen fetures a literally arborescent, canopy-like cluster of solidly intergrown crystals spraying up from matrix. The crystals are exceedingly sharp and reach 1.5 cm in size. In person , this has silky/velvety texture to it, and is incredibly appealing.
A large, sculptural 3-dimensional specimen that is very elegant in overall composition, with crystals to 2.5 cm linked one to another from top to bottom. It is more sharp and 3-D in person, and one of the finer pieces in this size range for the robust size of the crystals in an elegant arrangement. I love these freestanding clusters with robust crystals atop, as the style is very different from anything found before in Mexico or Tsumeb, and thus distinct for this new mine.
A very nice large plate with crystal of 2.5 cm at the apex, and sharp, velvety crystals to 1.5 cm covering the rest of the plate - which is actually solid malachite, all around. Tilted back for optimal display, it presents a series of foothills leading up the peak at back, and is very colorful overall because of the shimmering reflections from all the velvety-textured crystals.
Unusual fat and elongated crystals to 2.5 cm , spraying up from matrix, make this a miniature quite distinct from most others here. Only a few crystals in the find had this particular habit, and this piece has the balance to show it off well. The crystals spray out in 3 dimensions, much more obviously so in person.
A dramatic piece that features unusually sharp crystals stacked one upon the other to the apex, with more robust, curving crystals in the lower left as a pedestal. This is a very dramatic, 3-dimensional specimen that like many from this mine, is nearly freestanding and has quite a different look to it than a cluster of crystals from Tsumeb would have, in the way they are assembled so elegantly together to make a sculpture.
A beautiful plate with sharp crystals literally sticking out at you and every which way, very dramatic for the price!
One of the finest miniatures in the lot, this piece features a sharp and undamaged cluster with crystals to 3 cm, arranged like a flowery rosette atop a small bit of matrix. The top crystals are complete around the back, as well. It is a super quality. The velvety texture on this piece is SUPER, top quality for the pocket. This could pass as a Tsumeb piece, in terms of overall crystal form and size, except that the matrix is wrong!
The 3-cm-long, doubly-terminated crystal in the middle has a slight, graceful curvature to it. The crystals are emplaced on a thin plate of white matrix , which throws off a sharp contrast to the velvety green malachites. Overall a very 3-dimensional specimen, much more so in person.
Sharp crystals with excellent color and velvety shimmer, to just under 2 cm, form a dramatic and 3-dimensional specimen with crystals shooting out towards the viewer and upwards as well. A dramatic miniature, totally classic for this find!
A fine small cab specimen with sharp, pointed crystals "flying" or splaying out fomr the common core, very dimensional and aesthetic in person. These large crystals, to 2.5 cm, and their style, evoke the famous old classic malachites that once came out of Zacatecas in the 1970s. This particular crystal and specimen style was very rare in this pocket, and this is the largest and bet example of it we have.
An adorable miniature with stunning contrast between the doubly-terminated , robust crystal dominating the piece, and the velvety, chatoyant, brighter green malachite on which it sits. Very unique in its style, this is a choice miniature by ANY standard but particularly elegant for this locality or any piece from Mexico
This piece is stunning, in person. It consists of an unlikely cluster of seemingly "heavy" crystals perched one atop another on a natural pedestal of massive malachite at the base. The crystals are sharp and actually curvaceous for lack of a better word. They don't curve, but the overall arrangement gives the illusion of curvature. It is unlike anything from Tsumeb and is a style quite distinct from this mine, which i like very much. In person, its really just a dominating piece, one of the best of the pocket to my eyes.
Only a very few specimens came out with this green-on-green look to them, with sharp bladed crystals literally popping up off malachite-colored matrix. The contrast in both color and texture is striking, making this miniature the most dramatic of the lot for my taste. These crystals are razor-sharp, to 1.3 cm in size. NO damage at all on the display face, only to a few crystals hanging off the back end and not facing out anyhow. In person, this is much more 3-dimensional than the photo appears.
A KILLER small cab with a razor-sharp 2 cm crystal showing tsumeb-style chatoyance, perched atop a jackstraw cluster of other crystals. This cluster is more gracile than robust, though it looks thick in the photo. Of all the pieces here, this is the one that could be most mistaken for Tsumeb.
A truly outstanding sculptural specimen with excellent 3-dimensionality, curving in upon itself visually as the crystals lead the eye to the crevasse in the middle; and this in turn only serves to further emphasize the larger crystals (to 2.5 cm) hanging in the air above it! The large crystals atop are robust and totally different from Tsumeb in style, making this a very distinct specimen. Outstanding quality all around, this is a floater as well.
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