In 1980, an astounding pocket of Manganoan Adamite was found at Mina Ojuela in Mexico. Today, pieces from this discovery are found on many collectors' Holy Grail list, and good specimens are exceedingly rare and pricey. This excellent, sharp toenail features ROBUST clusters of bicolored, lustrous, and translucent crystals to 1.3 cm in length. The cores of each crystal and its classic chisel termination are the deep purple that is so recognizable. The specimen displays well from several angles, and it has an unusual contrast of the purple cores to the white crystal bodies, set against the gossan matrix. Excellent and rare, the aesthetics and desirability are both "up there," making this an important and display-worthy miniature from this famous find. As a note of interest, some people initially thought these were colored due to cobalt, and the varietal name still persists today, in error, on some old labels.
In 1980 a wonderful find of manganoan adamite was found at Mina Ojuela (initially mislabeled as cobaltian-rich). Good specimens today are exceedingly rare and pricey. This superb sharp miniature features a ROBUST cluster of bicolored, lustrous and translucent, crystals to 2.5 cm in length at the edge of the cluster. The top portion of each crystal exhibits the classic lovely rich lavender color which has made this the single most famous pocket of its species. They are absolutely unique. Later pockets had thinner crystals, or paler color. This is the "correct" pocket. The specimen displays at several angles as a large miniature. I recall when this piece was a cabinet sized specimen and collector Irv Brown made a risky trim back in the late 1990s. This was long in his collection and, I think, was in his 2000 Desautels prize case. It has an unusual contrast of the purple tips to the white crystal bodies, set against the gossan matrix. Joe Budd photos.
This is a rarity because of the combination of crystal style and crazy metallic luster with color saturation. It is a small miniature with the classic, but rare, pseudo-octahedral style of adamite crystals from this famous mine. Only a single pocket produced adamite of this style, AND luster. It is one of the most highly desired habits of adamite, in my opinion. The piece could easily be trimmed, and probably should be, to a pristine large thumbnail.
In 1980 a wonderful find of manganoan adamite was found at Mina Ojuela (initially mislabeled as cobaltian-rich). Good specimens today are exceedingly rare and pricey. This superb sharp thumbnail specimen features a striking, well-isolated cluster of lustrous and translucent, crystals to 1.7 cm in length. The top portion of each crystal exhibits the classic lovely rich purple color which has made this the single most famous pocket of its species. They are absolutely unique specimens and found nowhere else in such quality before or since the early 1980s. This specimen carries on its back the glued number from the F. John Barlow thumbnail collection (part of which I obtained in 1998 and sold to Jim White, at that time)
Nestled in a vug are crystals, to 1.5 cm in length, of lustrous and translucent, emerald green cuprian adamite. These crystals are surrounded by a drusy crust of bright yellow beaverite: itself, an uncommon lead, zinc, iron, arsenate. Few adamites from Tsumeb attain this color saturation, luster, and aesthetics. The crystals, to 1.5 cm, are sharp and glassy instead of the usual dull finish many green adamites have. The green color here is the most saturated green color you can ask in a cuprian adamite from Tsumeb. As far as I know, this style was found in only ONE single pocket, several decades ago. Overall, the piece is bright and sparkly, and features the superb dominant crystal right in the middle.
Between Levels 8 and 9, "Q" Trend, Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Miniature, 4.8 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm
This was a special pocket of intensely sparkling, daiquiri-colored adamite crystals, quite distinct from material more commonly seen from Ojuela. Aesthetically emplaced on sparkling white aragonite are these gorgeous spherical aggregates, to 1.4 cm across, of very lustrous and translucent, light, mint-green, adamite. Very pretty!
This large specimen has dozens of clusters of "pinwheel" adamite crystals, to 3 cm in size, on contrasting gossan matrix. The color is fantastic and the luster is top, like glass. It is the CLASSIC style for the mine, and for the species. Seldom today do we see such nice cabinet specimens. As a bonus, it fluoresces about the most intense neon green you can wish for. Ex. Tom Hall collection (Purchased from dealer Rick Smith in 1971). Joe Budd photos.
Classic pair of Adamite fans ("mother and child") from the Ojuela Mine. This superbly lustrous pinwheel fan is a full 180 degrees, greenish yellow in color, and it simply sparkles in every direction. What a choice miniature, for aesthetics. As you would expect, it has a brilliant neon green fluorescence.
This is a very aesthetic and colorful adamite specimen that features a large "sphere" of unusual 3-dimensional robustness, approximately 2 inches across, capped by a few loose crystals of adamite perched atop. The whole cluster is perched atop a thick layer of adamite crystallized like cauliflower, beneath. This is an old specimen of unusual style. From the George Elling collection, by exchange. With the sale a few years ago of the Marty Zinn collection adamites by another dealership, I have seen prices on these old Mexico classics go to the levels of tourmaline and gold. This specimen really stands out from the crowd. As a bonus, the piece has incredible ultra-neon-green fluorescence under UV light as well Joe Budd photo.
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.
Often you will see radial sprays of Adamite referred to as fans, but how often do you see a bowtie form actually turn into a true fan? This wonderful light yellow fan of radiating crystals has excellent luster and, simply put, perfect form.
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 adamite variety I have seen
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.
A very rare specimen of a type not often found here, featuring yellow-green crystals of unusual size and isolation on contrasting gossan matrix. Marty had a number of these, all of which I bought. This one features a large, lustrous crystal to about an inch perched nicely on matrix. It is a superb display-quality miniature of great import for the species and locality. Marty's collection was world-famous for his suite of Mexican minerals but of those he was most proud of and dedicated to building the adamite suite. This is a significant pedigree for a Mexican adamite, but its a quality piece in and of itself, as well.
Massive quartz is the host for this cluster of equant, lustrous, apple green, crystals of cupro-adamite, 5 mm across. Vivid coloration and extremely sharp "pseudo-octohedral" form mark this as a superb, competition-level miniature for this rare habit of the species!
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!
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 luster and translucency. I have seen previous pockets in collections, but never have I seen a crystal from Mapimi of this absolute quality before. Superb!
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 rare in a piece of this size.
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) .
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.
With only a hint of matrix at a few points on that 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!
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!
A fairly significant specimen with robust, splaying 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.
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, the luster really will impress more than pics can convey.
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 rosy-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 specimens I saw, this was the ONE with such a habit I know of.
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.
Toenail – A “gut feeling” but often overlaps between a large thumbnail and a small miniature
Miniature – Maximum 5.0 cm
Small Cabinet – Maximum 9.4 cm
Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
Large Cabinet – Over 18.0 cm
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