Quartz (Var: Amethyst), Sphalerite
Commodore Mine, Amethyst Vein, Creede District, Mineral Co., Colorado, USA
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.0 x 3.0 cm
Sphalerites are classics from the old Creede locality, but during exploration of the 5-level in the old Commodore Mine in 2002/2003, a small find was made of sphalerites, chalcopyrites and galenas in association with small, pretty amethyst crystals! The sphalerites on this specimen are wonderfully-formed and very sharp, to 1.5 cm, with some small iridescent crystals between the golden/green larger ones. The little blooms of lavender amethyst add a beautiful accent! We believe this to be one of the finest miniatures recovered. 4.5 x 4 x 3 cm