Large Cabinet, 17.5 x 10.0 x 6.3 cm
Ranger Uranium Mine, Northern Territory, Australia
Ex. Warren Somerville
This specimen is both gorgeous and important, being one of the larger and finer saleeite clusters to come out of this mine between 6 and 4 years ago, when it started producing what are safe to say the world's best for the species. The crystals are of large size for the species, to about 1 cm, and are unusually freestanding on the contrasting quartz matrix. Interestingly, some saleeites from this locality are greenish and some are yellow, and this piece leans more towards the lemon-yellow end of the spectrum compared to most others I have seen (the earlier ones, which I had sold 4-5 years ago, were greener). Highly fluorescent, as with most radioactive species. This piece is from the prestigious collection of Dr. Warren Somerville, a noted Australian collector, part of which was sold at Tucson.