Messina Mine, Messina, Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Cabinet, 11.5 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm
The Messina mine is home to a unique and beautiful occurrence of these bright blue Ajoite-in-Quartz specimens. The saturation of the minute Ajoite inclusions (a mineral very rare from other localities and seldom concentrated) creates these lovely blue clouds floating within the terminations of the Quartz crystals. The crystal is complete all around and has a moderate amount of inclusions. It has a fine termination, excepting only a very small ding and some natural contacting on two side faces. There is even a Hematite phantom within the crystal, as well as a small amount of Copper. This is a fine, colorful example of these rare, and highly desirable, specimens. This is old material from several decades ago.
New Cornelia Mine (Ajo Mine), Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.5 x 7 x 5.0 cm
This is a type locality specimen, and a very rich one at that, of papagoite from the New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Arizona. It is hand-sized, nearly cabinet in size class. Although the crystals are individually micros, there is a huge and rich carpet of them upon matrix, on a dark vein of the same material. The piece is also sprinkled with aquamarine-blue ajoite microcrystals amidst the papagoite. Ajoite was discovered in 1958 and papagoite was discovered in 1960 at this locality. This must have come out at or near that time, as it comes with a label from the Valluzzo collection, on which is handwritten the note "new species." A good combo specimen of these very rare species! Today, one can get specimens of each, but generally only as inclusions within quartz from South Africa's Messina Mine.
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Small Cabinet – Maximum 9.4 cm
Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
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