One of my favourites from this find, this is a particularly balanced piece, with a dramatic radiating cluster of aragonite crystals. The crystals are sharp, lustrous and have particularly good transparency. The separation and distribution of the crystals in the cluster makes this piece stand out. In excellent condition, two incomplete crystals down in the middle are hard to make out unless you are searching them out. The only reason this specimen was not the most expensive of all of them for me to acquire is that the cluster is not as large as the largest ones. This is spectacular display specimen.
(This specimen is mounted on an acrylic stand and will 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.