- Wendwilsonite on Dolomite (co-type locality)
- Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 6.1 x 3.9 cm
- Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Prov., Draa-Tafialet, Morocco
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A profuse amount of lustrous, electric-magenta colored Wendwilsonite crystals cover much of the display surface of this exceptional small cabinet piece from Bou Azzer, Morocco, the co-type locality for this mineral. Wendwilsonite occurs as super lustrous, interlaced aggregates of disc-like crystals between 3 and 5mm across that display the most intense bright magenta color! The dense coverage of Wendwilsonite cascades down the front of the piece and displays prominently on a pink matrix of 1 to 2mm Dolomite crystals and granular massive Dolomite. Wendwilsonite is a hydrated calcium-magnesium arsenate and is the magnesium analogue of Roselite; the two often occur together and may do so on this piece. The mineral was described and named in 1987 in honor of Dr. Wendell E. Wilson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Mineralogical Record. A few small bruised areas but overall a huge carpet of color. What a sensational piece!