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    AZURITE & MALACHITE
    Copper Queen Mine, Queen Hill, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
    Ex. Smithsonian #JH658
    In the early days of mining at the copper mining camp of Bisbee, Arizona, some of the first things encountered were caves big enough to walk around in, completely lined with shining, indigo blue Azurite formations. Sadly, no one thought to preserve at least one of these for future generations and now all we have to remind us of those wonderful 'jewel boxes' are specimens from the find and a few faded photos. One such specimen rescued from the smelter, journeyed from southern Arizona to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where it acquired accession number JH 658 and a home before moving on to a private collection. Typical of the material from this classic find, it displays the tan/orange gossan matrix overgrown with light green spherules of Malachite that form the core of this material. The matte surfaces of the first two elements contrast sharply with a partial coating of brilliantly lustrous Azurite rhombs of deep Indigo blue color. There are a few minor breakages to one side but they are quite difficult to locate among the multitude of sparkling Azurite faces surrounding them. Otherwise fine condition. The specimen measures 3 1/8 x 2 x 1 5/8 inches (7.9 x 5.1 x 4.1 cm). Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: ex. U.S. Museum of Natural History # JH658.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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