Sphalerite, Quartz (Var: Amethyst)
Bachelor Mine, Amethyst Vein, Creede District, Mineral Co., Colorado, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 5.1 x 2.9 cm
This is a very distinctive Creede Sphalerite specimen. The Sphalerite crystals are very gemmy with the typical honey and green color that one is accustomed to seeing from this mine, but the fact that the crystals are on pale purple Amethyst, which is rarely seen in the mineral world. The Sphalerite on the Amethyst certainly makes for a nice contrast. You do not see these specimens any more, and they are some of the most classic pieces from any ore body in Colorado. This piece came from the Richard A. Kosnar collection and was mined in 1957 by Bob Hartman. From the OH vein.