Azurite, Malachite

Azurite, Malachite

Regular price $60,000.00
SKU:11689
Locality: Bisbee, Warren District, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Dimensions: 8.0 x 25.0 x 22.0 cm

Copper mining first began is Bisbee in 1977 after surface outcrops of rich copper, silver, and gold mineralization was discovered by US army troops dispatched to the region to search for renegade Apache warriors. By the turn of the 20th century, Bisbee was already well-established as one of the preeminent American mineral localities, and leading mineral dealers of the day such as A.E. Foote and George English routinely visited to obtain specimens for private collectors and museums. By the late 1970's, however, the headframes and open pits at Bisbee were again quiet, and the town is now known as a tourist and arts destination. This is a fabulous large specimen of the two mineral Bisbee is most famous for- azurite and malachite. The malachite forms very 3-dimensional botryoidal aggregates with rich green color, on which are perched lustrous deep blue azurite crystals. For sheer "wow factor" this is a super piece, but when you factor in the history and how hard it is today to obtain such large, undamaged Bisbee specimens, then it becomes a special specimen for the discerning collector.

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