Papagoite With Ajoite (Type Locality)
Cabinet, 9.5 x 7.0 x 5.0 cm
New Cornelia Mine (Ajo Mine), Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA
This is a type locality specimen, and a very rich one at that, of papagoite from the New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Arizona. It is hand-sized, nearly cabinet in size class. Although the crystals are individually micros, there is a huge and rich carpet of them upon matrix, on a dark vein of the same material. The piece is also sprinkled with aquamarine-blue ajoite microcrystals amidst the papagoite. Ajoite was discovered in 1958 and papagoite was discovered in 1960 at this locality. This must have come out at or near that time, as it comes with a label from the Valluzzo collection, on which is handwritten the note "new species." A good combo specimen of these very rare species! Today, one can get specimens of each, but generally only as inclusions within quartz from South Africa's Messina Mine.