Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2008

Tucson Gallery 2

Wulfenite & Mimetite on matrix # TUC0805
New Find!

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I spent the better part of one afternoon during the Tucson 2008 show, trying to locate these Wulfenite specimens of Mexico -- a new find. Featured here is one of the four wonderful specimens that I did score...barely! These were selling like hotcakes!

This small cabinet specimen is a beauty! Radiating with dozens of perfectly formed and lustrous, butterscotch-colored, wulfenite crystals. The bi pyramidal crystallization is very rare for this specie. That is one reason why everyone was so excited about this new find!

After all, it has been over twenty years since Mexico has produced some new Wulfenite specimens, and these are very unusual. Additionally, associations of Mimetite were indeed far and few in between! Although they are small, you can definitely see the presence of velvety light green, Mimetite crystals scattered throughout.

Dimensions in cm: 7.0 x 4.0 x 2.5
Largest crystal in cm: 0.7

Level 6, San Juan Poniente Vein
Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

Specimen # TUC0805


Amethyst cluster # TUC0806

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These Amethyst from Uruguay are a very high quality. Although the crystals possess shorter prism faces than the ones mined in Brazil, they have a very deep and rich, purple color. This very attractive small cabinet, is loaded with vitreous brilliance.

Dimensions in cm: 7.0 x 6.0 x 4.5
Largest crystal in cm: 1.0

Paraje La Bolsa, Artigas, Uruguay

Specimen # TUC0806


Hematite pseudomorph after Magnetite # TUC0807

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I must admit that these beauties from Patagonia caught my eye, and I really find them attractive.

Featuring an amazing cluster of nicely formed, sharp octahedral crystals, of Martite (which is a Hematite pseudomorph after Magnetite). Nicely arranged formation of perfect crystals, this is one beautiful and unique small cabinet specimen!

Dimensions in cm: 6.0 x 4.5 x 4.0
Largest crystal in cm: 3.0

Altiplano de Payún Matru
Mendoza, Argentina

Specimen # TUC0807

Rhodochrosite on matrix # TUC0808

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This awesome small cabinet piece features several prismatic transparent red Rhodochrosite crystals on a manganese-oxide matrix. The rhodochrosite crystals are lustrous with clean faces, and nice terminations.

The main Rhodochrosite crystal is 2.0 cm long! You see less and less of these beauties on the market, from this classic locale.

Dimensions in cm: 8.0 x 4.5 x 2.8
Largest crystal in cm: 2.0

Oyon, Cajatambo, Peru

Specimen # TUC0808

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