- Jardinera # 1 Mine, Tierra Amarilla, Chile
- Miniature, 4.6 x 3.9 x 2.1 cm
- Ex. Dr. Ed David; Joseph Freilich; Dr. Steve Neely
It is truly amazing to discover a beautiful new mineral species in today's world, in crystals that can reach several centimeters. This is exactly what happened in the early 1990s with the discovery and naming of Szenicsite, a one-locality, very rare, copper molybdate with ELECTRIC GREEN COLOR. This was the ONLY major find of the species, and not even a trickle of good specimens followed the first few pockets collected by Terry Szenics. All good specimens came through him, and he was close to Steve Neely and sold him a great one for his miniatures collection in 1999 (after which Steve dropped miniatures) ....Steve then traded it to Bryan Lees, who sold it to Joe Freilich (whose collection was liquidated at Sotheby's in January of 2002), from whose auction it went back to Bryan Lees and on to Ed David. I just found out all this informaiton from Dr. Neely on updating the piece to the site, small world that it is! Ed only had the Freilich history noted. Long circle with 3 very prominent and smart collectors owning it and then selling it for various reasons. There are bigger specimens out there, but very few with better quality of crystals. This is top tier, with elongated, individual crystals and full terminations. Most specimens are lamellar or contacted masses, or clusters of chunky crystals without the elegance you see here. I just cannot rave enough, having seen many of them back when they were found and not being really impressed by the vast majority in terms of crystallography. For over a decade I have sene and coveted this ONE specimens of the species which I regard to be among the top pieces found. This fine miniature is made up of bladed, lustrous, electric-green, crystals, to 3.5 cm in length, in a sculptural pattern.