Chrysocolla psm. after Malchite after Azurite
Live Oak pit, USA
Azurite, Chrysocolla, Malachite
Live Oak pit , Inspiration Mine, Miami-Inspiration deposit, Inspiration, Miami-Inspiration District, Globe-Miami District, Gila Co., Arizona, USA
An absolutely stunning pseudomorph of chrysocolla after azurite after malachite from the Live Oak Pit, at the Inspiration Mine, in Gila Co., Arizona, USA! The Live Oak Pit has become famous for these superb pseudomorphs, as well as gem silica. This is a very old specimen, hailing form the Vargas Collection, which was donated to the University of Texas at Austin. When the Vargas’ donated their collection, there were some things that were deemed too large and returned. This piece was among those the university returned. It features a group of vivid blue chrysocolla pseudomorphs of azurite after malachite on matrix. The crystals are sharp and the replacement complete. Two-stage pseudomorphs are rare, and even more rarely, are they so beautiful.