Miniature, 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.4 cm
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
A gorgeous, evenly-colored crust of solid austinite, formed up robust radial sprays to 1 cm that are grown together like a mat underneath the sparkling surface. This is for my taste one of the prettiest of the austinites found, of this style, in finds of about 2008-2009. It is also the richest such find of austinite, I am aware of from this or other locales. Ojuela has an on and off history of producing world class examples of rare species, such as this - and such finds are usually not repeated. Joe Budd photos.