Miniature, 4.4 x 3.3 x 2.0 cm
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango,Mexico
Paradamite is almost never seen as anything more than small isolated crystals on matrix. Rich specimens like this are almost unheard of, and all apparently came out in a few pockets in the early 1980s. This level of the mine is now flooded, and no more of any quality have been found in nearly 3 decades. A sliver of matrix hosts a fine, intergrown cluster of lustrous and translucent, greenish amber colored crystals of paradamite, to 5 mm across. Paradamite, the much rarer dimorph of adamite, reaches its zenith at Mina Ojuela. This is an incredible rich specimen with sharp crystals; translucent and lustrous.