This good-sized group of radiating aragonite crystals is a bold display piece. The aragonite crystals are sharp, lustrous and translucent to transparent. The centre of the cluster is particularly interesting. At first glance it might appear that there are incomplete crystals in the middle. However, close inspection with magnification confirms that these are shorter crystals with complex terminations, showing some twinning – this is remarkable, as cyclic twinning is highly unusual within the starburst clusters of elongated crystals.
This aragonite is a beautiful specimen. It is in excellent condition, with a few missing tips. Looks spectacular in the case.
(This specimen is mounted on an acrylic base for display and will likely ship best this way.)
About These Mamsa Aragonites
These aragonites are from a completely new locality – Mamsa, north of Sidi Ayed, Morocco. The best from this find rank among aragonites from top historic aragonite localities. The vast majority of Mamsa specimens found to date have been of poor quality, many were contacted across the cavities, and almost all recovered specimens are significantly damaged. Many poor-quality specimens were collected.
The specimens in this Aragonite Update were selected by Tomasz Prazkier, in Morocco – he estimated that he went through four to five hundred flats’ worth of material to bring back around twenty top quality specimens. These specimens are the top ones available from that group of specimens. They are special.
This new find at Mamsa has been written up by Tomasz in a good article with lots of photographs (including some of these specimens). It includes not only the descriptions of the locality and occurrence that you’d expect, but also a candid current assessment about quality and possibilities of future production. To read his article, click here.