Turquoise (rare primary crystals)
Bishop Mine, Lynch Station, Campbell Co., Virginia, USA
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 cm
Ex. Rice Northwest Museum

Superlative, sparkling, best of color, teal-blue Turquoise microcrystals richly cover the Quartz matrix on this stunning small cabinet specimen from the locality with the best Turquoise crystals in the world - the Bishop Mine at Lynch Station, Virginia. Discrete, well-formed Turquoise crystals like this are very rare and these are classic for the old locality and are seldom seen today. For sheer richness of color and coverage, this is one of the best I have seen and it is clearly old material from this important locality. The translucent, shimmering blue Turquoise crystals are tightly grouped and completely cover an area measuring approximately 3 cm square on vein Quartz matrix with only two tiny areas of bruising. This is a very rich and striking small cabinet piece! Ex. Rice Northwest Museum and is accompanied by a custom engraved acrylic base. Ex Brooks Britt Collection (he had built a fine specialty collection of Virginia minerals). This is a smaller surface area than some others we have had over the years from other old collections, but has exquisite crystals with unusually intense color. It is a thing of rarity.Again, true crystals of turquoise, of any size where they do not replace a previous mineral species, are extremely rare and this is probably the world's best locality for such. Micros or not, they are cumulatively stunning.