- Azurite with Malachite and Baryte
- Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 5.5 x 4.7 cm
- Sacramento pit, Bisbee, Warren District, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
- Ex. Scott Williams; Kay Robertson
A choice cabinet specimen of Azurite, with Malachite and minor Baryte, all on a Limonite matrix. The deep blue Azurites have excellent luster, and under the right light show the attractive "color play" that you always look for with lustrous Azurites. The Azurites have a bladed habit, with many of the tabular crystals reaching 1.5 cm across. There is some minor bruising and a few contacts, on close inspection, but that is not what the eye sees first and in context of a cabinet specimen of this historic material is quite acceptable. The iridescent Malachite and the radial spray of Baryte add even more to this combination piece on the back, as a bit of interest. Quality Azurites from Bisbee are highly prized and sought after. Specimens with luster and color such as this are just very rarely seen for sale today. Ex Scott Williams collection with label. Difficult to photo - better in person.
Additional info per collector, Les Presmyk: "The Sacramento Shaft (underground mine) is different from the Sacramento Pit. The underground mine operated from the 1890s until 1910 or so. The Sacramento Pit started operations in the 1920s and lasted for about 10 years. This pit was later engulfed by the Lavender Pit, although I believe part of Sacramento Hill still may exist. Since the label says Sacramento Shaft the piece was probably collected prior to 1900."