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    AZURITE & MALACHITE
    Apex Dixie Mine, Jarvis Peak, Tutsagubet Dist., Beaver Dam Mts., Washington Co., Utah, USA

    Originally called the Pen Mine when first discovered in 1884, its name changed along with the ownership when Wooley, Lund & Judd, formerly proprietors of a mercantile business, decided to purchase it and become mining tycoons. They hung the Apex name on the property, which has stayed with it like a cocklebur. It was profitable for a number of years and produced a pretty fair amount of Copper during that period. In the course of that operation, strangely shaped pieces of Azurite & Malachite were encountered that were hollow and showed signs that the Azurite & Malachite were deposited upon some now vanished mineral, later identified as the crystalline form of Gypsum: Selenite. Since these objects were both colorful and interestingly shaped, a number of them were saved from the smelter - good news for us. This colorful encrustation was one of those pieces. The 'top' surface is an irregular landscape of green Malachite and when turned over, an entirely different scene presents itself: a sharply defined mix of bright, rich azure-blue Azurite and more green Malachite, but this time in very sharply defined, three-dimensional patterns. This is where the Selenite used to be, before being dissolved away.
    Overall measurements: 5 x 3 x 1.5 inches (12.7 x 7.6 x 3.8 cm). Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: C. Carter Rich, ex. E. Mitchell Gunnell, ex. Beth Gordon's Minerals (1967) [Hoppel Catalog # D1893]


    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    June, 2013
    2nd Sunday
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