Sphalerite, Galena, Chalcopyrite
Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, Sneffels District (Mount Sneffels District), Ouray Co., Colorado, USA
Miniature, 3.2 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm
The Camp Bird mine is one of the most classic San Juan Mountain localities, and is famous for its sulfide specimens. Some of the most attractive and impressive Sphalerite/Galena/Chalcopyrite association specimens are found in this mine along with the Idarado mine. This specimen features black, Spinel-Law twinned Sphalerite crystals along with gun-metal silver/grey cuboctahedra of Galena and lustrous golden Chalcopyrite crystals which are associated with minor white Calcite and pastel olive-green Epidote. The Epidote is a dead giveaway that this piece was found in the Replacement Ore Body of the Camp Bird, as Epidote was found throughout the contact zone. Ex. Jaime Bird Collection.