4.8" GumDropGreen BROCHANTITE Acicular Crystals to1/4" Milpillas Mexico for sale

$1,000.00
Product Code: EB0113BROCH1
Availability: In Stock
 
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Location Sonora, Mexico
Size 4.8" x 4.3" x 2.6"
Suggested Stand A suitable display stand comes free with this specimen
I can't really call this BROCHANTITE, which came from the Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, "new," because it first appeared 2 years ago. But in 2012, I was able to secure 3 flats of top notch specimens from the original find, which sort of qualifies it as new. This mine is famous for the fine azurite and malachite after azurite specimens which have been found there in the last few years. Brochantite was discovered there early in 2010, and none has been found since. And, the oxidized zone will be mined out in next 2 years, marking the end of an incredible run of copper oxidation minerals that have really put this locality on the map. When found, this brochantite was immediately hailed as the finest ever found, commanding steep 4- and 5-figure prices. I acquired this piece at the Tucson Gem, Rock and Mineral Show, first finding some at a dealer's warehouse, where I high-graded 2 flats of fine specimens. Then a few days later, I got a parking lot special from one of the top echelon dealers, picking up another flat of even higher quality material. This meeting was a bit dramatic, with the two partners surreptitiously opening the trunk of a beat up sedan in the parking lot behind one of the big hotel shows, to show me 4 flats of the material. I looked the pieces over carefully, then picked out one flat that had all the best pieces. Fortunately, I was able to buy these for a surprisingly reasonable price, especially compared to what they cost when first discovered.