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Crystal Classics - Weekly Update

8th February 2019

This weeks update plays host to the beauty and variety of minerals from the Americas:

- A rare specimen of Anglesite from the Wheatley Mines, USA. A well-formed, lustrous, thick white bladed crystal of Anglesite measuring to 3.3cm displays well against white Cerussite covering a silvery-grey Galena matrix

- A superb miniature of beautiful, highly lustrous Pyromorphite from the classic Bunker Hill mine, USA. The specimen features spheroidal toffee-orange pyromorphite crystals sprinkled with bright acid-yellow prismatic crystals

- A stunning Hemimorphite from the Santa Eulalia mining district in Mexico. Large individual Hemimorphite crystals radiate out to form an aesthetic stellate group

- A 'V' shaped cleft in ironstone matrix is delicately lined with colourless to slightly milky Calcite, tinged turquoise-blue by underlying Rosasite. Most of the surface of this open cleft is lined with velvet-like druses of turquoise Rosasite with a satin lustre

- A spectacular specimen of the extremely rare mineral Szenicsite with Molybdenite and copper-bearing Powellite, from the Jardinera No. 1 Mine, Chile. The reddish-bronze-brown matrix is pervaded with metallic and silky deep green blades of Szenicsite up to 2.5 x 1.0cm

- A single and spectacular elongated cubic Galena crystal perched at almost 45 degrees on an attractive matrix of golden-metallic Marcasite. From the Sweetwater mine, USA

- A beautifully developed, large prismatic Tourmaline crystal from the world-famous Himalaya mine, USA. The crystal grades from deep to mid-olive-green with a pale bubble-gum-pink upper zone and sub-millimetre olive-green pinacoid

- A highly aesthetic miniature composed of opaque milky-white sharp rhombs of Calcite forming a stacked chain and linked by burnt-orange to brick-red Hemimorphite crystals. An aesthetic and very striking specimen from the Santo Domingo mine, Mexico

With many more specimens to see, visit the website for the full update.



Tourmaline

Anglesite

Hemimorphite

Pyromorphite

Galena

Rosasite

Calcite

Szenicsite
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