JB16-1719
Wulfenite
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Rowley Mine, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 5.0 x 4.0 cm
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This is a significant wulfenite for this classic US locale, now worked artisanally by a small team of hardworking collectors who had to fight off regulatory agencies of the US government trying to shut their operation down (ironically as a result, the mining is now a research extension of a major university geology department, which has resulted in discovery of a new species!). The Rowley has historically produced a great variety of wulfenite styles and colors, tending more towards small and red crystals. This significant, robust specimen has huge crystals that are not typical for the mine at this size, with unusually thick form and intense orange color without the usual hint of red. Many are "windowpanes" that you can see right through, and they are mostly about 1 cm in size although the big crystal in the middle-left is 2 cm tall! The well-trimmed matrix accents the crystals greatly, with a white periphery of rock. This specimen came from the collection of claim owner Keith Wentz, and would have been collected around 2012-2013. Comes with custom lucite base. The specimen has such a burst of color and luster, that it really is a breed apart from most other wulfenites I have seen from this or other Arizona locales. Joe Budd photo.