5" Colorful Sparkly Blue Green WAVELLITE Crystals DeLinde Pit Avant ARK for sale
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WAVELLITE is an attractive, colorful mineral that is arguably the best example of the radiating globule crystal habit. In fact, you could say that wavellite is the type mineral for this habit. This specimen consists of hundreds of botryoidal blue-green balls on novaculite (a form of chert). It comes from the long-closed old American classic locality DeLinde Pit #1, last worked in the 1960's, on Dug Hill, Avant, Garland Co., Arkansas. During the summer of 2010, the DeLinde Pit was reworked with a backhoe to a depth of 25 feet - far deeper than had been mined before. Intensely colored deep green and blue-green wavellite was recovered from small seams and pockets in the chert, in far richer colors than ever found before at shallower depths. I found this specimen at the Tucson Gem Rock and Mineral Show in 2011 in the display of a guy from Arkansas who holds the mineral claim and operates the mine himself. I couldn't find him in Tucson in 2012, so he may have given up on operating the mine.
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