Coquimbite With Chalcanthite
Javier Mine, Ayacucho Department, Peru
Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 4.4 x 3.7 cm
This is a colorful specimen that is impressive for the species, a good example from this small 2009 find. Really quite remarkable for both species AND for a locale from which we never suspected or saw such things before! The purple coquimbite (sharp crystals to 1 cm here) is included with internal specks of bright blue chalcanthite crystals. I have not seen this before and even in this find, it is not common. These crystals are among the world's best of species now, for both form and the robust purple color. This crystals are so well-developed, and so fine, some of the best of these look more like an Afghani apatite than any coquimbite I have seen from other locales. From the several hundred specimens we saw, we selected a few dozen