Calcite, Aurichalcite
Small Cabinet, 5.8 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm
Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
Going way back miners at the classic Bisbee locality preserved specimens of the huge variety of calcite found within the mines, as they had no commercial value, but the miners recognized their beauty and variety. This specimen came out of the collection of Dave Stoudt, who had quite a broad array of Bisbee calcites in his collection. This one has piled-up rounded forms consisting of hundreds of densely-packed, wafer-like crystals. They sit up beautifully on the natural matrix "base," and the blue-green aurichalcite on the matrix adds a pleasing color accent.