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Cuproadamite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/3d31a.jpg]
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Thumbnail, 2 x .5 x .4 cm
Superb cluster of highly lustrous, almost gemmy, Cuproadamite. The major crystal is complete and terminated. It is difficult to see such sharp terminations on the secondary crystals, but that matters little. The main crystal, and overall aesthetics, are terrific! This is truly one of the best examples of this rare elongate admaite variety I have seen
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/adam08-01a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 4.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 cm
With only a hint of matrix at a few points on tha back, this is basically a floater. This sinuous specimen of glassy and gemmy, light limey-yellow, adamite, is composed of convergent crystals which end up forming rounded groups connected very delicately one to the other. VERY elegant and unusual new habit!
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/adam08-03a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 4.8 x 4.5 x 0.7 cm
From a minute amount of matrix, this adamite specimen grew into an exquisite, freeform piece of sculpture. The adamite is glassy and gemmy, with a light limey-yellow color. Just superb, and of a totally new habit form previous finds!
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/adam08-04a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.5 cm
A fairly significant specimen with robust, splayng crystals to over an INCH in size! Growing in a divergent spray, this specimen of adamite is glassy and translucent, with a yellow-green color. The largest crystal is 3.5 cm in length. These large, fat adamite crystals are probably the rarest habit, historically, for green-yellow adamite from here. I have seldom seen them so well formed, and this is definitely well formed with the large crystal perched in a cluster of smaller ones. make no mistake, amongst a crowd this is still important even though many more adamites have now been found - of different habits, though.
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/adam08-06a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 6.5 x 2.4 cm
Unusually discrete crystals, to 1.25 cm across, of glassy and gemmy, lime colored adamite are emplaced on a matrix of ocherous limonite. The crystals are unusually bright, even for adamite which is generally nice and sparkly even as an average. In person, teh lustre really will impress more than pics can convey.
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/adam08-07a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Cabinet, 9.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 cm
A thin, curving, crust of limonite is the host for a plate of intergrown crystals, to .5 cm in length, of glassy and gemmy, lime green colored adamite.
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/adam08-08a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 4.7 x 4.2 x 2.1 cm
This matrix specimen is composed of two rounded aggregates of translucent crystals of glassy and gemmy, lime green adamite. The "ball" widens to 3.0 cm across. One of the botryoids is a rosey-red color due to included limonite within the adamite, something i have only rarely seen before! When the specimen is turned over, the radiating pattern of the adamite is clearly discernible from the backside. From the front, however, it looks more like a mushroom with multiple terminations than a cluster of terminated crystals all culminating at the same distance, more or less. The association of the bright green atop, on the reddish adamite below, is striking and unique. Out of perhaps 1500 speicmens I saw, this was the ONE with such a habit I know of.
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/adam08-10a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.0 x 2.6 cm
Nestled in a vug of limonite are crystals, to 1.5 cm in length, of glassy and gemmy, lime-colored adamite. The single isolated 1.3-cm crystal is doubly terminated and stands starkly apart in its form and coloration (slightly paler, like pear-green). It is a very dramatic combination,and you do not usually see the two habits in combination on the same specimen.
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/adam08-12a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 4.1 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm
I do not use the word lightly - this is a "magnificent" cluster of glassy and gemmy, lime colored adamite, measuring 2.5 cm across. It has crazy, sick lustre to it, and is translucent. It is emplaced on a matrix of limonite. It is easy to discern the growth of individual crystals within the mass cluster. This is definitely a competition quality miniature adamite specimen that leaps out at you , on first glance. In a vote at the office, 4 out of jaded 4 collectors were impressed, what can I say!?
Cuprian Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/azmex08a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 5.2 x 4.9 x 2.3 cm
This specimen features several, glowing, translucent, lustrous, light, pastel-green, cupro-adamite crystals, to almost 2.0 cm across. THESE ARE A VERY RARE HABIT. Formerly in the private collection of the late Arizona, super collector, Tom McKee, and later in Evan Jones private collection. Great color and luster! In fact, it is most unusual to get large crystals in quite this hue.
Cuprian Adamite from Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cad-02a.jpg]
Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico
Thumbnail, 1.5 x .9 x 1.4 cm
This is a KILLER thumbnail of cuproadamite on minimal matrix of limonite. The well formed glassy and translucent crystal measures 1.5 cm in length. What makes this specimen quite literally world class is the color of the crystal, a rich, lime or emerald green, combined with the stunning lustre and translucency. I have seen previous pockets in collections, but never have I seen a crystal from Mapimi of this absolute quality before. Superb!
Cuprian Adamite from Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cad-05a.jpg]
Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.6 x 3.8 cm
Terra-cotta colored limonite is the matrix for a cluster of deeply colored glassy and translucent, emerald-green crystals of cuproadamite, to .8 cm across. The color contrast as well as the difference in texture is incredible in terms of aesthetics and most unusual for the material. The isolation of so many crystals, instead of the usual jumbled look, is also rar ein a piece of this size.
Cuprian Adamite from Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cad-07a.jpg]
Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico
Cabinet, 13.3 x 6.4 x 6.7 cm
A vuggy, multi layered, ocherous limonite has been filled with rosettes of sparkling, dark lime green cuproadamite crystals of small size but high sugary brilliance. With wonderful contrasting colors and textures, this specimen also gives us a look at a different habit of cuproadamite. In person, the piece would be rotated a bit up and shows more coverage than the photo leads you to believe (i.e. BETTER IN PERSON).
Cuprian Adamite from Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cad-14a.jpg]
Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 9.6 x 5.2 x 4.7 cm
Filling the cavities in the ocherous limonite matrix, this glassy and gemmy, emerald-green druse of cuproadamite, sparkles in any light. The color of the druse is a dark limey green and it is very pretty, sparkling even in little light.
Cuprian Adamite from Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cad-15a.jpg]
Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 4.2 x 3.5 cm
The color of this matrix cuproadamite, a lighter-colored but still strong mint-pastel green, suggests it might be from a different pocket than most of the others in this update but we DID see a few of these specimens only, and I suspect they formed at the edges of the pocket as they really are quite distinct, but the odds of two pockets being hit at once are so low I am skeptical. The crystals are glassy and gemmy and reach .2 cm across.
Cuprian Adamite from Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cad-16a.jpg]
Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 7.2 x 5.2 x 4.2 cm
A sparkling, gemmy, drusy crust of intergrown cuproadamite crystals smothers the contrasting matrix of ochre- colored limonite. The color of the druse is a dark limey green and it is very pretty, sparkling even in little light.
Cuprian Adamite from Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cad-17a.jpg]
Mapimi Mine, Ojuela, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 4.9 x 4.0 cm
A crust of sparkling, glassy and translucent, emerald-green crystals of cuproadamite, line the interior of a limonite vug. The largest crystals reach .25 cm across.
Adamite var. Cuproadamite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cktsu-27a.jpg]
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Miniature, 4.3 x 2.7 x 1.8 cm
Massive quartz is the host for this cluster of equant, lustrous, apple green, crystals of cupro-adamaite, 5mm across. Vivid coloration and extremely sharp "pseudo-octohedral" form mark this as a superb, competition-level miniature for this rare habit of the species !
Adamite var. Cuproadamite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cktsu-41a.jpg]
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Miniature, 5.3 x 4.4 x 3.3 cm
At first glance this specimen appears to be on matrix. However, almost the whole specimen is actually composed of equant, lustrous, apple green crystals, to .45 cm across, of cuprian adamite! Unusually rich and heft example of this rare varietal of adamite with dozens of sharp crystals!
Adamite var. Cuproadamite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cktsu-46a.jpg]
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Cabinet, 9.8 x 6.0 x 4.1 cm
Equant crystals, to .7 cm across, of apple green cuproadamite abound on this matrix. The crystals are very lustrous and the crystal size is very large for this particular habit. There is also a contrasting olive green coating of duftite in the background, carpeting the matrix. This piece is significant for the overall size of the coverage and of the crystals themselves.
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Adamite-OjuelaMine-Mexico-6cm-JB399-04.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 4.8 x 4.0 cm
Isolated, fat crystals of adamite are actually very uncommon, even here at this once-productive locality. Pieces like this, with a radial grouping of such crystals - never were common. The piece features over a dozen such robust crystals to nearly 2 cm tall, curling up and over the top of a knoll of gossan matrix. It is aesthetic, sparkly, and colorful. More than that, it is a rare and beautiful style that sticks out amongst more common crystal formations for adamite at this important locality. It is old, certainly pre-1980s, we think. Joe Budd photos
Cuprian Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Adamite-Cuprian-OjuelaMine-Mexico-58mm-JB425-05.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 5.8 x 3.5 x 2.4 cm
An oustanding, dramatic adamite from the Heck collection: this piece shows rich copper-induced green color and are isolated crystals to 1 cm. Seldom do you get such color saturation, let alone in good crystals and not jus tcarpets of drusy , small crystals. This is an old piece, probably from the mid-1980s heyday here. The Heck collection disappeared for a number of years through the 1990s and only turned up for sale just recently (and I happily bought it!). Joe Budd photos
Adamite var. Manganoan from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/SEPT1213f.jpg]
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 5.2 x 3.5 x 1.8 cm
Perched high on a matrix of manganese oxides host rock, are crystals of manganoan purple adamite to 2 cm in length. The crystals are lustrous, translucent, with rich purpley-pink terminations. A classic from the one-time find in 1981! Large robust crystals like this are uncommon on the market today, and this is a fine miniature with what most would consider to be rather large crystals.
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/2013-updates/RobC-DEN13/Adamite-OjuelaMine-Mexico-14cm-JB972-06.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Cabinet, 14.0 x 9.0 x 3.3 cm
Adamite is one of the old Ojuela classics of the 1970s-1980s, and although you still see occasional pockets produced today from this mine (still being mined for specimens on an artisanal basis), they are of a different style entirely. This is a sparkling, large plate of crystals of consistent color and very high luster that is in excellent condition! It is from the noted collection of Martin Zinn III, who specialized in Mexico classics in particular (sold in 2003). Joe Budd Photos.
Manganoan Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/heck/HECK091a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 3.7 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm
Perched high on a matrix of manganese oxides, are crystals of manganoan purple adamite to 1.25 cm in length. The crystals are lustrous, translucent, with mostly white bodies and gemmy, pinkish-purple terminations. A classic from the one-time find in 1981! The associated balls accentign the adamites are probably manganese
Adamite var. Manganoan on Goethite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/HECK207d.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Cabinet, 13.4 x 9.5 x 4.7 cm
A botryoidal crust of brownish-black goethite is host to a large, aesthetic cluster of lustrous and translucent, bi-colored mangan adamite crystals, to aVERY LARGE SIZE of 3.5 cm in length. The lower 80% of the crystals are ivory-colored while the gemmier terminations exhibit a lovely, light lavender color. This is one of the largest clusters of manganoan adamite I have seen from the incredible finds at Mina Ojuela in 1981-2. Although the color is not intense, it is present, and in this case it is present as an accent to the overall form and richness of the piece, lending purple highlights to unsuual white crystals. The crystals are sinuous and interesting, in and of their own. The contrast of the curving crystals which are sharply pointed on either end, with the rolling black hills of geothite matrix, really adds a lot to the specimen
Adamite (Cuprian) from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/HECK237a.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 4.9 x 4.5 cm
Nestled strikingly in a vug of ocherous limonite is a cluster of intergrown, lustrous and translucent, bright apple-green cuproadamite. The crystals reach 1.7 cm in length. Wonderful contrast in color and form makes these a classic, and the intense bright color is still unequalled in any modern finds here (this is probably from the 1970s or early 1980s).
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Adamite-OjuelaMine-Mexico-37mm-JB436-03.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.1 x 2.1 cm
A sparkline, gorgeous rosette of adamite on a small bit of matrix, just a well-balanced miniature of this classic style. Ex. Ron Pellar collection (he was most known for his adamite suite assembled over some 40 years). Joe Budd photos.
Adamite (Manganoan) from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Adamite-OjuelaMine-Mexico-21mm-JB439-04.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 1.2 x 0.5 cm
A sharp, single crystal with a tip colored lavender-purple by manganese, from the famous finds of the early 1980s here. Ex. Ron Pellar collection (he was most known for his adamite suite assembled over some 40 years). Joe Budd photos.
Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Adamite-OjuelaMine-103mm-JB492-10.jpg]
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 10.3 x 7.3 x 6.5 cm
Sparkling, dramatic, freestanding light limey-green, spherical aggregates of adamite really stand out on this 3-dimensional specimen. The largest sphere is 4 cm across. This specimen allows the viewer to discern the individual crystals that make up the spheres, rare for adamite pinwheels of this size. The luster, color, and form all contrast against the matrix, combining to make this specimen a superior and beautiful adamite. As a bonus, it fluoresces an intense neon-green color. From early 1980s finds, few of this size and quality survive and come to market now. Joe Budd photos.