A gorgeous single crystal with intense color, due to inclusions of blue Ajoite within. Execllent representative example for the size and price.
ex. John White
A VERY VERY rich specimen with both sides smothered in microcrystalline, deep blue papagoite. This is from the TYPE LOCALITY circa 1960s. (TYPE LOCALITY). It has an old Scott Williams company label with it. Not only is this significant for the rarity and locale, but it is a relatively large, and pretty, plate
ex. Charlie Key
A very rich, rare specimen of microcrystallized papagoite! Charlie stated, and I agree based on what I have seen, that this small mine might be yielding the finest actual crystals of this species, which is usually seen as mere adjoined microcrystalline crusts from Arizona or as inclusions with in quartz from the Transvaal area. He thought very highly of this specimen, as do I. It can and should probably be broken into two specimens of equal value as a rarity.
4.9 x 4.0 x 4.0 cm. Papagoite is a very rare copper-related silicate. This is a fine, unpolished, pristine natural quartz crystal that displays a rich zone of concentrated, turquoise-blue papagoite inclusions. This piece is from the famous, small, 1985 find from the Messina Mine of South Africa, source of the very best papagoite-included quartz crystals. The papagoite phantoms are fabulous. Complete-all-around. Ex. Rob Smith Collection.
5.7 x 3.7 x 3.6 cm. Papagoite is a very rare calcium, copper, aluminum silicate hydroxide. This is a superb, unpolished natural quartz crystal that displays a rich zone of concentrated, blue papgoite inclusions. This fine piece is from the small, 1985 find from the Messina Mine of South Africa. The papgoite phantom is beautiful. Ex. Rob Smith Collection, who marketed the 1985 find.
3.5 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm. A superb, very rich combination specimen of the very rare copper-containing silicates papagoite and ajoite from the Type Locality for both species - the New Cornelia Mine (Ajo Mine), Arizona. All sides of the 3-dimensional matrix are richly covered with lustrous, royal-blue papagoite microcrystals. One side of this excellent piece is richly covered with aquamarine ajoite microcrystals next to the papagoite. It is very rare to see such richness of both species together in one specimen. Ex. Jaime Bird Collection and comes with a two-sided, handwritten label in French, that says that the piece was purchased in Tucson in 1959 from Ann Rudledge. Ajoite was discovered in 1958 and papgoite was discovered in 1960. A true old-time specimen of these very rare species.
5.4 x 3.0 x 1.2 cm. A very rich specimen with both sides smothered in microcrystalline, deep blue papagoite. This is from the type locality circa 1960s. It has an old Scott Williams company label with it. Not only is this significant for the rarity and locale, but it is a relatively large, and pretty plate. Ex. John White Collection.
7.7 x 7.3 x 4.0 cm. Papagoite is a very rare calcium, copper silicate. This striking, porcupine-like cluster of quartz crystals has many termination areas richly and beautifully included with bright blue papagoite. This specimen has exceptionally rich coverage of papagoite in so many crystals. Most Messina specimens are single quartz crystals included with papagoite. I have not seen another like it from this locale.
These specimens came out for some time and then, poof, no more! Today, they are almost impossible to get. Especially when this richly included. Like most such specimens, it has been polished to remove what is so often a crummy , powdery surface coating of secondary quartz to show off better the inclusions within. Because of the rarity, and beauty, i still consider it a crystal specimen rather than a lapidary object per se. The pronounced color, included in quartz, makes this material unique in the mineral world. Again, specimens this rich, literally, are at the top percentile of what came out. You almost never see them. Moreover, this one is of good size to pack a display whallop. 7 x 4.2 x 4.1 cm
A bright druse of very hard-to-obtain papagoite from Ajo. 3.3 x 2.0 x 1.2 cm
SUPERB, super-rich specimen featuring a very rich inclusion of this rarity! Specimens of this quality came out in the 1980s and are seldom seen today. This piece is complete all around, and undamaged, although the color is concentrated to the front side and display face shown. This would be one of the very best I have seen for sale recently. Amazingly, as it is the fate of most, it has not yet been polished. 4.9 x 4.9 x 3.9 cm
SUPERB, super-rich specimen featuring a very rich inclusion of this rarity! Specimens of this quality came out in the 1980s and are seldom seen today. This piece is complete all around, and undamaged, although the color is concentrated to the front side and display face shown. This would be one of the very best I have seen for sale recently. Amazingly, as it is the fate of most, it has not yet been polished.
The inclusion in this colorless quartz specimen is rich, royal blue, papagoite (possibly shattuckite). This specimen also has vaguely formed phantoms, highlighted by a thin line of papagoite at the terminations.
Usually, papagoite is dispersed in veils, but in this piece it is extremely concentrated in richness and in color saturation, right at the tip! This is a phenomenal crystal with unusually vivid coloration. The termination is sharp and complete, unusually pristine. Note also the slight wisps of copper inside, dispersed in the zone of deep blue papagoite. A classic, unique to this locality, such crystals are highly desirable in this quality. Papagoite is much rarer, here, than the ajoite inclusions. MUCH better in person, this is one of the sharpest such examples that I expect to be able to offer. It is from new finds in late 2009.
This unusual specimen has BOTH rare blue species included within it, AND is a floater cluster of quartz, as a bonus. Clusters in good condition are not so common, and usually they are bigger anyhow. Most small pieces from here are singles - the mine likes to grow its quartz big. Only rarely do you get both minerals included within the same piece, and here you have it in both of the conjoined quartzes. The papagoite is the darker blue, and ajoite the lighter blue. Both are present at the edge boundary of an unusual, internal phantom in the upright crystal. The quartz cluster broke away from its matrix in geologic time an drehealed on the bottom, thus making this a floater, complete all around. Remarkably, it is pristine.
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