This is one of the nicest aurichalcite specimens I have seen from Kelly. It is composed of a series of parallel growth, stalactitic botryoids, to 2.0 cm in length, with luster, and a wonderful rich, blue green color. The characteristic defining the location, is the single, lustrous, translucent, sky blue, rice grain crystal of smithsonite, measuring .6 cm across. Super! 5.3 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm
This specimen dates back to Wendell Wilson’s famous find in the early 1970’s. A limestone, probably silicified, acts as the matrix for a druse of quartz and also for a mat of highly lustrous, deep aqua, acicular, aurichalcite. BEAUTIFUL piece! From Les Presmyk. Super color! 9.3 x 9.2 x 5.3 cm
Sky blue tufts of acicular aurichalcite on limonite are in turn covered by a .2 cm thick, glassy coating of calcite. This has turned the underlying aurichalcite color to a rich sea foam. This is an extremely aesthetic specimen. INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL IN PERSON, like a wave of artificial neon blue color! 7.3 x 4.9 x 3.6 cm
ex. Martin Zinn
Light aqua colored sprays of acicular aurichalcite abound on this matrix specimen. The individual crystals are both lustrous and gemmy. The aurichalcite is very reminiscent of that from the Kelly Mine in New Mexico. The matrix, however, is very distinct and unusual. This is a stellar locality piece that ALSO happens to be aesthetic in its own right
Spheres of matte, teal blue aurichalcite, to .8 cm across, is emplaced on vuggy limonite. In addition, there are a few rice grain crystals of translucent, lustrous, light blue smithsonite. Rare combo!
ex. Richard Hauck
This specimen features a matrix coated with a beautiful layer of pastel, aquamarine colored, acicular aurichalcite , blanketed with colorless, lustrous calcite crystals, to 1.0 cm across. Classic and rare today, on the market, these are selling at a premium when they do turn up and make for unique locality pieces.
An unusually large and well-covered plate of electric blue, neon almost, aurichalcite crystals. Old material!
ex. Peter Megaw
Dr Peter Megaw (a collector and part time dealer in the silver exploration biz in Mexico) brought out several of the best of these so far as I have been able to track, which he got at the minehead. The other ones I obtained came through Mike New, whose agents bought for him in Mexico and then took to him. I got most of BOTH LOTS from them and had control thus of much of the pocket but for the pieces they kept for themselves...and they valued their few keepers a premium. There were only 3 that Megaw kept. He is a Mexican collector, after all. It took me a special piece to pry this out of him in exchange. This is his "big one" and it is pristine, more so than most. It has SHARP pristine crystals that stick out nicely and dont have all the contacts so many others did! It is, in fact, damage free on the display face and has aurichalcite in free growth (right side) as well as in inclusions. It is a cabinet piece, and displays phenomenally.
An oldtimer, this piece dates from French expeditionary trips for mineralogy in the 1970s into the 1980s. It comes from an old collection, and was almost certainly collected on well known trips by the team from the Sorbonne, under Pierre Bariand. This large specimen is very hefty, at over a pound, suggesting that the matrix is probably a good copper ore. The aurichalcite richly covers it, and has a bright and intense blue color that is darker than most aurichalcite from more familiar locales like Mapimi and in Arizona. I have not seen but small pieces of this material before, for sale. It is a good merger of a beautiful quality in a rare species, with nice locality interest.Joe Budd Photos
We were offered in mid-2011, a small lot of a new find from Northern Burma, which contained this one large specimen of quality and a number of mediocre specimens of smaller size and less coverage. This piece is big, showy, and has a brilliant blue color. Some minor damage is present but...We have not yet seen better from here. The find reportedly was made at a small copper mine in Northern Burma, near the border with China. The specimens then were bought and resold to me within China. We are still waiting to get an exact locality, but more details and specimens seem hard to obtain. Joe Budd Photos.
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