BEAUTIFUL LARGE SPECIMEN! This mountain-shaped mimetite specimen hosts a single, lustrous and translucent, amber-colored wulfinite crystal 1.1 cm in length. The spherical mimetite, which reaches .75 cm across, is lustrous and velvety with a rich green color. All of this is on a knobby, 3-dimensional limonite matrix. Impactful size and aesthetics!
A verdant hillside of lustrous, rich green mimetite is surmounted by a few elongated, lustrous and translucent, amber-colored wulfenite crystals to 1.5 cm in length. A surprising (until this find) and unique combination! All of this is underlain by a knobby limonite matrix which pokes out on the edges (and is sawn to reduce mass, in back). The contrast and balance on the specimen is very aesthetic, and it is more 3-dimensional in person.
Although many crystals are broken, there are some intact ones protected in this vug and in any case this is a very colorful piece with great lustre, and rich color, for a Tsumeb wulfenite. An old label, typed, says that this is from the 2nd oxidation zone, and thus wsa probably one of the last pieces added to this collection.
ex. Peter Bancroft
Nestled aesthetically on matrix are over a dozen highly lustrous, orange-red, translucent crystals of wulfenite to 1.5 cm across. There is also a druse of yellow mimetite underlying the wulfenite crystals. Active mining ceased prior to WWII, so this is an oldie. Although 4 or 5 larger wulfies have edge damage, however, this is still a significant specimen due to sheer coverage and color saturation, since it displays beautifully (and the price is adjusted accordingly). Also, these are very large for matrix crystals from the mine.
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
An incredible stakeholder's specimen from the 1997 excavations, with huge crystals that are ISOLATED on matrix and remarkably without any repairs. The large crystal is 1.25 inches, over 3 cm. Unarguably one of the top pieces of the find, chosen as his pick by Gene Meieran BEFORE the public sale of the material through Wayne Thompson (Gene had an early pick as a financier of the project): chosen for combination of crystal size and isolation of those crystals on matrix (as he prefers big crystals). There are richer specimens, with more coverage, from the find - but those were not the criteria by which this was chosen and it stands out for the stark aesthetics you seldom see, and lack of repairs. There are but a few of this calibre, overall, though. The locality is not only now defunct, but reclaimed.
This is a puzzle! It is a Great combo piece containing 5 minerals. The most surprisingly spectacular are the blood red Wulfenite crystals in a prismatic habit, up to 1 mm in size sitting on a carpet of green velvet Malachite. Wulfenite is rare in Katanga (only 2 valid localities for this huge province) and in Musonoi they are at their best. They are associated with well terminated and bright yellow Kasolite crystals reaching 2 mm in size. Some are showing phantom growth. Also present are green, transparent platy Torbernite crystals reaching 4 mm on edge. The edges of the Torbernite are worth a closer look - some of them are the matrix for very small Guilleminite crystal clusters. Fantastic under the scope, you can look for hours to all what is hiding on this specimen. This specimen was recovered during the removal of the U-dump in the early 90ís. Musonoi has ceased producing minerals since then. Musonoi is the Type Locality for Guilleminite. Take advantage of this offer because nothing is coming out of Katanga anymore since more than 15 years, except for Malachite and Chrysocolla.
ex. Richard Hauck
Wulfenite specimens from this area are rarely seen in dealers stocks. Specimens of this quality are rarer still. Butterscotch, lustrous, tabular, crystals of wulfenite, to .75 cm across, abound on a hollow crust. Usually these ar ejumbled plates with little definition, but the crystals on this aesthetic specimen stick up a bit more than usual
ex. Richard Hauck
On this matrix specimen, the highlight for me is the shocking stark color contrast between the crust of yellow mimetite and the tabular, lustrous, translucent, orange, wulfenite crystals ( to .8 cm across). My guess as to the age of this specimen is that it probably predates WWII, judging from teh accompanying label. You see very few large Tiger pieces on the market today, and frankly most Tiger wulfenites you do see just aren't that pretty overall, though they may have larger wulfs occasionally upon them in vugs and crannies. This is a beautiful, rare old piece of large size and color splash!
ex. Richard Hauck
This oldtimer is an example of the species combinations for which the Mammoth Mine was so famous. Drusy, emerald green, lustrous, translucent, dioptase is associated with acicular, lustrous crystals of cerussite, to 1.2 cm in length along with a few, orange, wulfenite crystals, to .5 cm across. In fact, the whole matrix is highly porous, giving a home to the various species.
ex. Richard Hauck
Of all the wulfenite habits extant in Los Lamentos specimens, the rarest is the bi-pyramidal habit exhibited by this fine piece. Crystals to 1.0 cm abound on a limonite matrix. The lustrous crystals terminate in a caramel candy, orange-brown color. Aesthetic and important!
Wulfenite is one of the more difficult gems to obtain in the world. Typically most collectors see stones from Arizona or Morocco but when stones from Tsumeb are made available, they are snatched up immediately. This particular stone is nearly eye clean and has a fantastic light orange color with great dispersion! The colors inside this stone make it look like a Titanite or a Cerussite. To find a gem like this over 3 carats is rare these days. Most Tsumeb collectors would flip to own this gem. PLEASE NOTE: This stone does not look as good in the photos, as it does in person. It looks amazing under halogen bulbs, the colors just dance all over the place. This stone came to us with AN OLD dealer price tag of $2082 on it. A great quality stone for any collector.
ex. Miguel Romero
Emplaced on a limonite matrix along with a thin crust of green, botryoidal mimetite are dozens of bi-pyramidal , lustrous, waxy wulfenite crystals to 1.0 cm in length. The crystals are akin to a porcupine's quills. As you can see there are only a few broken crystals, perhaps 1 in a dozen , and it still shows dramatically. This is a very unusual crystal habit, historically and worldwide, for the species. Bipyramidal wulfenite in crystals of this size are not known from many locales (although recently Ojuela produced a number of them). This specimen was on loaned exhibit in the University of Arizona Museum for over a decade until my purchase of this collection in 2008. Comes with custom lucite base already made for the specimen.
ex. Miguel Romero
A limonite matrix is host to tabular, lustrous and translucent, orangey-caramel crystals of wulfenite, to 1.6 cm across. Contrasting dramatically with the wulfenites are botryoids of apple green mimetite, to .7 cm across. The major crystal is intact, though some secondary crystals are admittedly damaged. Nevertheless, An appealing old combo specimen from Mina Ojuela - this is a VERY rare combo, found jsut a few times in the past. This particular pocket, with large crystals and stark contrast, was noted from the early 1980s..
ex. Miguel Romero
A limonite matrix is host to tabular, lustrous and translucent, orangey-caramel crystals of wulfenite, to 1.5 cm across. Contrasting dramatically with the wulfenites are botryoids of apple green mimetite, to .7 cm across. The major crystal is intact, though some secondary crystals are admittedly damaged. Nevertheless, An appealing old combo specimen from Mina Ojuela - this is a VERY rare combo, found jsut a few times in the past. This particular pocket, with large crystals and stark contrast, was noted from the early 1980s.. Comes with custom lucite base already made for the specimen. This specimen was on loaned exhibit in the University of Arizona Museum for over a decade until my purchase of this collection in 2008.
ex. Ed Ruggiero
Two large, very sharp Wulfenites that are included by some other minerals to give them this unusual, but very attractive, black color. The crystals themselves are gemmy and have a superb mirror-like luster. The luster is so good, in fact, that to try to show it on the main faces would have washed out the pic! This is a killer that is far better in person than even the pics convey. The crystals are transparent in the centers, by and large, so you can see the minute inclusions nicely when backlit (as shown). It is that good! Purchased from the Zweibels in 1976
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