Austinite (Cuprian)
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Miniature, 5.2 x 4.4 x 2.0 cm
Ex. Dalton and Consie Prince
A smaller specimen, than others here, but with slightly more intense color, perhaps 10% more neon green. It has some small spots of damage, but displays really well overall. A beautiful piece from the old stash of dealer/collectors Consie and Dalton Prince (Houston, TX), was found a few flats of the most intensely-colored, sparkling austinite any of us had seen from Mexico. This material apparently came out in the 1970s and was still wrapped in the old newspapers, from when they stashed it away. I was stunned when I saw this - it has to be seen in person to get the true effect of the slight translucency combined with neon color and sugary luster. It is not the biggest austinite crystals - these are druses layered in thick carpets - but it is surely the prettiest find I know of.