Wulfenite (Bipyramidal) on Mimetite
Level 6, San Juan Poniente Vein, Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.0 x 3.0 cm
This special piece has sharp bipyramidal wulfenite crystals to 1 cm perched on a matrix of rolling carpet of green, velvety, MIMETITE. The color of the mimetite is the DARKEST GREEN I have ever seen in the species and I would have sworn was arsendescloizite - but lab tests done quickly at the University of Arizona show this to be in fact mimetite of a unique hue. The wulfenite has a more orange hue, when associated with the mimetite, than other wulfenites from the main portion of the pocket. Only about 20 pieces out of 400 found had ANY association with the mimetite in quality. Of them, this is one of the two best specimens. My guess, personally, is that no more will be found. In any case, its an incredible display piece as well as significant for both species and locality. Out of every specimen in the lot, if I had to pickj one single piece, price aside, it might be this one for its shocking novelty. You would think it to be mimetite on something rare, from Tsumeb...