An important, exceptionally large euhedral crystal of the gloriously rare mineral legrandite, from the finds at Mapimi of now over 25 years ago. This piece stands out for its elegant reverse tapering toward the base, and for the unusual width and thickness of the fine termination. It is almost unheard of to obtain legrandite in such huge individual crystals as opposed to sprays and thin , slender points.
This is a HUGE , elegantly tapered legrandite crystal with stunning electric yellow, vibrant color. It shimmers, even, because it is almost chatoyant - as close as legrandite gets to that sparkly optical effect, anyhow. This is probably the largest single, euhedral crystal of the species that most of us will ever see. AND IT IS BETTER IN PERSON!
This 3-cm legrandite, attached to contrasting matrix, is of a rare and very desirable form featuring a sharp, prismatic termination. It is a superb piece, with great aesthetics because of the rare matrix attached to a large crystal like this! I consider it, relatively of course, to be a bargain
ex. Miguel Romero
The Romero collection contained the single most important stash of fine legrandites still in one place, and this was one of his several matrix specimens. It is a radiating cluster of crystals to nearly 4 cm, perched on limonite matrix. It has no damage save a few trivial contacts at base. In color, it is a pure lemon yellow, the top hue for the species, and has a 3-dimensionality hard to convey in photographs. The story of this find is told on page 28 of teh book, in relating the adventures of the famous Aztec Sun specimen also in the Romero collection. Once a core specimen on display in both his museum, and later for a decade in the University of Arizona Mineral Museum on loan from the Romero family. Featured in the book on Romero's collection, on page 30. Jeff Scovil photo
ex. David Stoudt
Legrandite is the Holy Grail of collecting rare species, for many people. Few large matrix specimens exist to be had, and of them, nearly all are in museums or private collections that are not selling anytime soon, now. This dramatic cluster hangs off the matrix, fully exposed and perched on contrasting gossan matrix. It looks good either side up and sideways, too! The cluster is 3.5 cm across. Individual crystals longwise are to 3 cm. These are very large for a matrix legrandite, only rarely surpassed in but a few known specimens for size. This legrandite was in the DeSautels winning case in 1999 (Irv Brown collection of small cab sized specimens), trimmed down from a larger specimen. Because of the color, style, and matrix of the piece, I am fairly certain it came out in the large pocket of 1977 which went through dealer John Whitmire, a specialist in Mapimi. Other legrandite pockets were found, but generally with smaller crystals and a different crystal habit. Few are on the market, or ever will be. This has been locked up in the Stoudt collection since 2004. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Dan Belsher
ex. Willard Perkin
The pic says it all. A KILLER legrandite thumbnail! And, it has great pedigree, carrying the box and label from the collection of Willard "Perky" Perkin, the inventor of the so-called "perky box" for thumbnail specimens. These are irreplaceable - the deposit hasn't yielded legrandite in over 25 years and is not likely to ever again. Fne pieces like this can only go up in value and this IS, without a doubt, a connosseiur-quality thumb!
A VERY SHARP, lustrous thumbnail specimen of this desirable and beautiful species. From old mining some 30 years ago. Superb quality!
ex. Jack Halpern
This is a VERY rare piece of legrandite from the TYPE LOCALITY for the species: This is NOT Ojuela as most people think, but a small earlier find in Nuevo Leon , a completely different location and geology! This specimen is attractive in that the legrandite is contrasted against white smithsonite (this association is a dead giveaway of its true origin, aside from the unique crystal form and notably radiating habit of the legrandite clusters themselves). Overall, it is a rich piece and one of the best I have seen for sale since I first learned this fact about a decade ago, myself. Who knew?! Well, these can only get rarer with time, even more so than the comparbly plentiful Ojuela Mine material. NOTE: There are more crystals on the backside, as well!
This amazing specimen features THICK, plate-like crystals of lemon-yellow PARADAMITE perched atop a spray of legrandite, itself perched up on matrix. It is an aesthetic example of one of the supreme Mapimi rarities, not found in several decades even though the mine remains open (it was from the bottom levels, which are now flooded). I have seen, in 10 years or so of being cognizant of what the hell i was looking at in this regard, only 2 paradamites for sale. Neither were associated with legrandite as this one is. The back is contacted, but it is eminently displayable from the front or side view.
Yet another legrandite, this time a unique radial spray! I tell everybody that there are some species where i just buy every specimen i can find (legrandite, phosphos, nambulite etc etc)...they only get more rare with time and every collector needs them if they want a systematic or important scientific collection. This piece is a thin plate with radial crystals shooting out like a sunburst every which way around. It is quite attractive and gives you a lot of legrandite for the price
Legrandite comes at its biggest crystal size from Ojuela, BUT this smaller, more isolated locale in another state was the type lcoale, and specimens from here are MUCH less common (though ANY good legrandite is rare). This habit is distinctive, to the mine, as is the matrix. This would thus be an old specimen, probably 1950s or earlier (it was first found here in 1932). Most Flor da Pena legrandites are blebs on a rock, or small, isolated crystals that really do not produce a specimen with display "oomph". However, this piece has the most packed, concentrated showing of crystals I have seen for the mine, all with intense lemon-yellow color. I regard this specimen highly, therefore: it merges my favorite criteria of import in a natural history and rarity sense, with display quality beauty on a shelf. The color impact is worth the price, as it would be with any Ojuela legrandite, in my opinion; but it is a more important piece overall than what you might get for the price form the more popular Ojuela locality (and, again, that mine has not produced legrandite in over 25 years anyhow).
ex. James and Dawn Minette
A superb rarity that also happens to be beautiful and unique in quality to a few small pockets at this location, 30-40 years ago, legrandite is highly desired by collectors today. This is a sharp, very well-terminated cluster of unusually sharp legrandite crystals, from the classic old finds here (late 70s, early 80s). This piece is a very large thumbnail or small miniature, stood upright. It has for decades in the noted world-class thumbnail collection of Jim and Dawn Minette. It was in their competition cases on at least several occasions that i can recall, and still retains the special lucite, labelled display base which they had for some exhibits. Joe Budd Photos.
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