Morenci Mine (Morenci pit; Phelps Dodge Morenci Mine; Morenci-Metcalf), Morenci, Copper Mountain District (Clifton-Morenci District), Shannon Mts, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA
Cabinet, 11.0 x 6.9 x 5.3 cm
A large pocket of unusually glassy, bright, sparkling azurite crystals with intense blue color. This is about the best Morenci piece for overall sparkle and luster I have seen...and in fact would be doubtful of its origin if from anybody else. I did have it checked by Arizona collector Les Presmyk who confirmed it, though. It is much more impressive in person, and the crystals are little jewels. From the well-known Tucson collection of 40-year collector, Harold Urish.