Mimetite With Vanadinite
Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 5.0 x 4.6 cm
Ex. University of Paris

THE PHOTOS DO NOT DO THIS JUSTICE. In person, it GLOWS with color: This is a gorgeous, sparkling, 3-dimensional specimen with the brightest mimetite you can imagine. It has luster that is just fake-looking, and a subtle shift of colors from yellow to burnt orange within the same specimen. It is obviously an interesting locale, but more than that it is a very pretty, unique, lead minerals specimen that stands on its own no matter where it is from. It looks like no mimetite I can think of from any other place, and will stand out in a case! On very close inspection, one realizes that some of the more orangey crystals are actually small hexagonal plates: vanadinite. ex UPMC - University of Paris collection, exchanged out to French dealer Alain Martaud some time ago. I have never seen another, myself.