Azurite, Malachite
Chessy-les-Mines, Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 3.3 x 3.1 cm
An excellent and showy, old-time Chessy specimen of highly lustrous, discrete azurite crystals with malachite. Most Chessy azurites are the classic rosettes or balls, so this is a very uncommon varietal from this historic locality. The ancient Chessy mines were closed by the end of the 19th century and this is a fine example of a classic form and species. This old-timer comes from an old European collection, where everything dates to the 1800s. This whole collection had myriad old materials, though I cannot name the owner, and was well known in Europe. Accompanied by an old faded, handwritten German label.