Wulfenite with Quartz
Mfouati Mine, MFouati, Bouenza Department, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
Cabinet, 9.5 x 7.5 x 5.2 cm

This is a CRAZY wulfenite for its color, its sparkle due to a covering of drusy Quartz, and the sheer size and mass of this phenomenal crystal - 6 x 4 x 2.3 cm in size! This specimen is simply unprecedented. I saw a photo and assumed it was a miniature. But it is a cabinet piece. The photo says it all - COLOR AND SHAPE. The matrix is even sparkly, as it seems to be a metamophosed or quartz-infused gossan and sparkles in the background against the intense yellow-butterscotch crystal here. A thin coating of quartz covers and protexts the fragile wulfenites, giving this unique sparkly look to them. The large wulfenite crystal is actually complete and without repair or damage. There is a contact to the lower left that presents a sharp dropoff or edge, but that is simply a natural point of attachment where another wulfenite grew, and in any case only sharpens the symmetries here. This quartz druse on wulfenite is a classic style for the mine, though usually we see them in more orange or brown tones, and with a thicker quartz overlay that detracts rather than adds, as it does here. So the look is "close" to the classical, but the size is shocking. I am told this came out a long time ago - possibly in the heyday of the 1950s-1960s here. However, we really do not know for sure. I can only say that I have not seen one of this magnitude, ever. Joe Budd photo, and it comes with a custom base.