A rich carpet of ELECTRIC green brochantite crysatls on matrix!
ex. Ken Hollman
This is a huge mass of intergrown lathe-like, lustrous, deep, emerald green, brochantite crystals, to 2.75 cm in length. Over an inch crystals! This is incredible size and richness for Bisbee! Brochantite, a hydrous copper sulfate, is usually found in tiny crystals as a rare secondary mineral. But this specimen is mind boggling for its size and quality. It is made more precious in that it originates from Bisbee. Formerly in the collection of Ken Hollman, until his untimely passign 2 years ago.
ex. Martin Zinn
In addition to this specimen having stellar aesthetics, it has a super provenance, having been owned and sold by all of the following: Wayne Leicht, Paul Harter, Les Presmyk, Marty Zinn, and Bryan Lees. This intergrown cluster of lustrous, translucent, blackish-green to emerald-green, crystals, to 1.75 cm across, with Christmas tree-like highlights. It is superb becaus eof the extremely SHARP individualized crystals.
ex. Frank Valenzuela
A sparkling cluster of intergrown , intensely green brochantite crystals from the classic Shattuck Mine finds , which produced briefly some of the finest Bisbee brochantites (1970s, I believe). This was obtained by Frank from a shaft miner who worked the mine at the time. Brochantite is a fairly rare crystallized species, and these robust crystals with metallic lustre have always been considered desirable, and relatively inexpensive for the quallity for the species on a worldwide basis. As is typical for this find, the crystals are an intergrown mass and of course some are intact, and some are not. This is a fine large miniature, complete all around with coverage. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Charlie Key
NEVER seen anything from this place except libethenite, nor a brochantite quite like this from anywhere but a small find in Morocco...But, the thing is, this is also one of the world's great examples of crystallized euhedral brochantite - regardless of locale. This is an very large plate, with high quality and brilliant lustre. It is much more impressive in person, with the short, stout crystals to 5 mm leaping out and sparkling nicely. Its very hard to photograph how dramatic the contrast is for the deep forest green on the intense blue background, and I can assure you the impact in person is worth every bit of the money (again, aside from the beauty, I think its a significant piece for the species anyhow). IMPOSSIBLE TO PHOTOGRAPH - TURST ME, THIS THING IS DAZZLING in person.
ex. Lindsay Greenbank
Nestled in a vug of massive copper-rich ore are lustrous, translucent, dark green, crystals of brochantite, to 3mm in length. The prismatic crystals exhibit gemmy, emerald green highlights. Although the affixed Behier label states Keswick, Cornwall, the specimen is actually from Roughton Gill (near Keswick, Cumberland, now Cumbria), and was perpetuating an old error by a collector who, like i would have, would naturally assume that any English brochantite MUST be Cornish! Ex Jean Behier collection. According to Greenbank, this specimen once had an accompanying Bryce Wright label as well (as documented in the book, Minerals of Northern England). Illustrated as a full page photo, page 41 (Joe Budd photo, shown here lower-right)
NEVER seen anything from this place except libethenite, nor a brochantite quite like this from anywhere but a small find in Morocco...But, the thing is, this is also one of the world's great examples of crystallized euhedral brochantite - regardless of locale. This is an very large plate, with high quality and brilliant lustre. It is much more impressive in person, with the short, stout crystals to 5 mm leaping out and sparkling nicely. Its very hard to photograph how dramatic the contrast is for the deep forest green on the intense blue background, and I can assure you the impact in person is worth every bit of the money (again, aside from the beauty, I think its a significant piece for the species anyhow). IMPOSSIBLE TO PHOTOGRAPH - TURST ME, THIS THING IS DAZZLING in person. 13.4 x 7.8 x 4.2 cm
8.5 x 5.3 x 4.5 cm. STRIKING, EXTREMELY RICH combination piece from the famous Musonoi Mine of lustrous, green, acicular cuprosklodowskite crystals with the RARE, bright, lemon-yellow uranium oxide schoepite and nicely accented with dark green brochantite. Just for the C-sklo, this is a nice showy specimen, but the schoepite association is rare in both its richness and its beauty.
2.9 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm. A SUPERB brochantite from Bingham, New Mexico. Gemmy, green brochantite needles cover matrix on this beautiful specimen. Ex. Carl Davis Collection.
5.5 x 4.9 x 1.9 cm. Lustrous, radial clusters of chatoyant, green brochantite needles richly cover gossan matrix on this excellent and showy specimen from the famed Lavender Pit at Bisbee. This is choice and high-quality brochantite from Bisbee and is uncommon in this quality from the Lavender Pit. Ex. Dave and Emily Stoudt Collection.
2.7 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm. This is a plate of tightly massed acicular crystals of pretty blue-green brochantite from New Mexico, out of the collection of Carl Davis. Through a loupe, you can see that the crystals are actually gemmy little needles. Ask any collector who has been the Bingham - it is VERY difficult to find a specimen of brochantite this rich!
4.0 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm. A beautiful and EXCELLENT specimen of sparkly, emerald-green brochantite microcrystals RICHLY covering matrix from the famous Blanchard Mine of New Mexico. SELDOM seen in this quality and richness. Ex. Tom Massis Collection, a PRIMARY collector at Blanchard.
8.8 x 5.1 x 3 cm. A fine specimen of brochantite from Tsumeb. Ex. Willy Israel Collection.
8.4 x 5.2 x 4.4 cm. A superb specimen, with velvety, acicular brochantite crystals bursting in rounded forms all over the specimens. This example has gorgeous color and richness of these velvety crystal bursts, but also because the crystal mass is set almost perfectly, even standing off of, the background matrix. From the find of around 1988 or so.
4.3 x 4.0 x 2.4 cm. A classic and aesthetic Blanchard Mine pseudomorph and combination specimen. A 2.2 cm galena cube jauntily set in quartz matrix is altering to anglesite, which in turn is brilliantly coated with rich, royal-blue linarite and green brochantite.
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