Bambolla Mine, Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 5.9 x 4.5 cm
One of the surprises of 2007 for rarities was the reworking of the famous old Bambolla mine in the Moctezuma tellurium complex for specimens, by several European-led collecting teams. Many specimens were then sold at Munich 2008 and this year in Tucson. This is a very rich specimen with a HUGE composite Tellurite crystal measuring OVER 1.2 CM in size! It is composed of numerous parallel-growth crystals of the same length, joining together. Many individual crystals to several millimeters in size line the quartz vug which this crystal projects into. This is almost unheard of from previous finds - certainly I had never seen the like for sale. Only microcrystals are readily available to the collector, and those not easily found on the market today (from workings 40-50 years ago). Colorful, displayable, and frankly very RARE in such quality! Small yellow patches of micro-poughite are also present, it appears (but not confirmed by analysis) .