Calcite “Flower” on Hemimorphite
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.20.2024 | Filed under:

Calcite “Flower” on Hemimorphite


Specimen # 200247
Mineral: Hemimorphite
Location: Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
Size: 6.4 x 5.6 x 4.6 cm


Specimen # 103077
Mineral: Calcite, Hemimorphite
Location: 79 Mine, Banner District, Gila Co., Arizona, USA
Size: 4.9 x 4.6 x 4.2 cm


Detailed Description

A gorgeous flower-like group of thin platy calcite crystals centred on a bed of blue hemimorphite balls. The calcite crystals are beautifully arranged, with a spiral-like structure in the middle. In excellent condition, no damage. This spiral flower is super!

About the 79 Mine

One of Arizona’s most classic specimen localities, the 79 Mine has a long and colourful history and has produced wonderful mineral specimens. First located in 1879, the deposit was sporadically operated primarily for lead, zinc and copper, well into the 20th century. However, the fine specimens for which the 79 Mine is famous have come out during the decades since mining production ended. The celebrated specimens of the 79 Mine were brought out by hard-working collectors who, in the post-mining era, worked the network of underground stopes and “rooms” and brought the specimens out safely, hand-carried, up ladder after ladder.

Please Note: the colour representation in the still photographs has been carefully calibrated and adjusted to show an accurate rendition of this specimen in daylight (shade). The colours in the video are not similarly adjusted.