J12-487
Adamite
On Hold
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
ex. Martin Zinn
Cabinet, 10.0 x 7.0 x 4.8 cm
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Adamite from this mine, while once common, is today very rare in good specimens, particularly of larger sizes. This is a bizarre style and the largest such example of it that I have seen, that looks like a green caterpillar crawled into a vug in the rock and curled up to sleep. The adamite, which usually shows minute crystal faces on the surface of radial clusters, here shows as a very round, relatively smooth ball with only the slightest of raised faces making up the surface. It is elegantly nestled in the well-trimmed, gossan matrix. Although unusual in style, I find this piece to be very visually appealing and to stand out, for its odd form, in a case. Ex Martin Zinn collection (from his first collection, which was sold off in 2003). Joe Budd photos.