Wulfenite on Limonite
Red Cloud Mine, La Paz County, Arizona, USA
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.3 x 1.9 cm
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
Once in the notable collection of Steve Smale and photographed in the Mineralogical Record in the early 1990's, this wulfenite specimen features crystals that are lustrous and translucent and bright orange in color, aesthetically perched on an ocherous matrix. The largest crystal measures 2 cm across on what is considered a competition-quality miniature. This was from the small "Barlow Pocket" discovery in 1996 by Bruce Barlow and associates. The color and quality of this specimen approaches those from the famous Ed Over pocket in 1938, the only find here to do so in the last 80 years! Only a handful of specimens were found, of which this is certainly among the best. It is elegant, by any meaning of that word! It shines with the top luster, and is dramatic from either side. Illustrated in a short article on this remarkable one-pocket find in Mineralogical Record, vol. 16, Nov-Dec 1985, page 499, figure 4.