Wulfenite With Descloizite
Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos, Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
Cabinet, 11.5 x 7.8 x 6.0 cm
This is a very showy, large plate of wulfenites from this classic locale which stands out in several regards: The crystals (to 1.5 cm edge or 2 cm across) are super sharp and unusually well-isolated on the matrix; they show the best-quality "sandwich style" of coloration which is really hard to find in such specimens; the condition is just impeccable whereas normally such large plates are pretty bunged up; the lusre is a rich and waxy style, not dimmed by overcleaning or acid; the matrix is unusually well-covered and evenly colored; the matrix is sparkly whereas most is dull or matte; and last but not least, the piece is 3-dimensional with humps and waves, instead of the usual flat plate. This is simply an exceptional piece for the size and condition. Formerly in the Stuart Wilensky collection into the 1990s. Recently sold out of a major, private east coast collection where it has been for many years. Joe Budd photos.