Wulfenite coated by Quartz, on Chalcedony
Cabinet, 11.1 x 6.3 x 4.5 cm
Finch Mine, Keystone Gulch, Banner District, Dripping Spring Mts, Gila Co., Arizona, USA
Ex. Kay Robertson

The Finch Mine, often referred to as the Barking Spider Mine, is famous for its Wulfenite and Quartz combinations. As best I can tell, the botryoidal grey-blue Chalcedony came first in the pockets, with the blades of Wulfenite growing as the Chalcedony finished up (there is some overlap of Chalcedony on Wulfenite, but only a small amount). The Wulfies, which range up to around 6 mm, have intense orange color through the sparkling coverage of quartz. Once that was done, everything was coated with a fine, sparkly druse of microcrystalline Quartz. These combos are extremely aesthetic, and highly sought after. As a bonus, for some reason the Quartz, for whatever reason, is highly fluorescent! Unusual and rare, seldom seen on the market especially in this size.

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