- Azurite Rose (circa 1900)
- Miniature, 4.8 x 4.3 x 3.6 cm
- Czar Shaft, Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
- Ex. William and Sharon Panczner
This is a classic Bisbee Azurite rose from the turn of the 19th century; and it's so sharply formed that it looks intricately carved! This stunning large miniature is composed of a multitude of radiating bladed crystals seen on edge that diverge from a central point resembling a cone and is the same on both sides of the specimen. The piece has an overall almost hexagonal shape and is composed of numerous laths of lustrous, saturated, deep royal blue. All of the component crystals have sharp edges and faces with incredible luster, so much so it sparkles. A moderately intense light source on the edges of the piece reveals its translucent, royal blue color. This is the typical "Bisbee Rose" style famous for 100+ years and in every major museum, but in few enough collector's hands today. This piece is so good that it could be displayed in a couple of different orientation and there is only minor contacting on what we would consider the base where it was attached to Calcite. From the "lost" collection of Minerals Of Mexico author, and Southwest specialist collector William Panczner and his wife Sharon, which we recently found and purchased after it had disappeared in the early 1990s. A special, important specimen in a size and price range that fits many collection. Really nearly irreplaceable today, as so few exist to be had.