- Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm
- Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
- Ex. David and Emily Stoudt
Legrandite is the Holy Grail of collecting rare species, for many people. Few large matrix specimens exist to be had, and of them, nearly all are in museums or private collections that are not selling anytime soon, now. This dramatic cluster hangs off the matrix, fully exposed and perched on contrasting gossan matrix. It looks good either side up and sideways, too! The cluster is 3.5 cm across. Individual crystals longwise are to 3 cm. These are very large for a matrix legrandite, only rarely surpassed in but a few known specimens for size. This legrandite was in the DeSautels winning case in 1999 (Irv Brown collection of small cab sized specimens), trimmed down from a larger specimen. Because of the color, style, and matrix of the piece, I am fairly certain it came out in the large pocket of 1977 which went through dealer John Whitmire, a specialist in Mapimi. Other legrandite pockets were found, but generally with smaller crystals and a different crystal habit. Few are on the market, or ever will be. This has been locked up in the Stoudt collection since 2004. Joe Budd photos.