Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 4.7 x 2.3 cm
Blackbird Mine, Blackbird District, Lemhi Co., Idaho, USA
World class ludlamite has really only come from a small handful of locales over the years, notably Idaho, Bolivia, and smaller finds from England and from Santa Eulalia in Mexico, as well as a smattering of lesser localities. However, ludlamite in sharp, euhedral, gemmy crystals is even more uncommon than you might think; and the old, long-defunct Idaho locality here produced what many people consider to be the best in terms of well-crystallized ludlamite. This particular specimen is one of the best to survive, and was featured in the late 1990's in the CONNOSSIEUR'S CHOICE column by Dr. Robert Cook in Rocks & Minerals. It is a palm-sized specimen that shows beautifully from several angles. The crystal form and quality make it immediately recognizable as Idaho material, and the piece has provoked a few curse words from those locally who have seen it in person. It IS that good, hands down. 8 x 4.7 x 2.3 cm