Manganoan Adamite
Miniature, 3.6 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Ex. Dr. Art Soregaroli
In 1980, an astounding pocket of Manganoan Adamite was found at Mina Ojuela in Mexico. Today, pieces from this discovery are found on many collectors' Holy Grail list, and good specimens are exceedingly rare and pricey. This excellent, sharp toenail features ROBUST clusters of bicolored, lustrous, and translucent crystals to 1.3 cm in length. The cores of each crystal and its classic chisel termination are the deep purple that is so recognizable. The specimen displays well from several angles, and it has an unusual contrast of the purple cores to the white crystal bodies, set against the gossan matrix. Excellent and rare, the aesthetics and desirability are both "up there," making this an important and display-worthy miniature from this famous find. As a note of interest, some people initially thought these were colored due to cobalt, and the varietal name still persists today, in error, on some old labels.