From: Tiro de Arcangeles Mine, La Luz, Guanajuato, Mexico
Size: 8.0 x 13.2 x 4.8cm
This is an outstanding amethyst combo specimen from a very, very rare location in Mexico. The amethyst crystals bear some resemblance to those from Guerrero or Vera Cruz, but this specimen comes from the Tiro de Arcangeles Mine in La Luz. Aside from the contact area on the back, this specimen is in perfect condition with no broken crystals or any sign of damage whatsoever. The pale purple amethsyt crystals shoot upward like fingers from a matrix of partially dissolved calcite and there are chalcopyrite crystals of various sizes. The chalcopyrite crystals appear matte black, and this may be due to an acanthite coating. You can see the iridescent chalcopyrite showing through in some places, especially on the backside's contact area. Just so you know, the ID cards from previous owners all state that the white mineral is calcite, however, we think it may actually be aragonite.
I cannot express just how beautiful and aesthetic this mineral specimen is! It's absolutely gorgeous! For collectors of Mexican minerals this is an increible find - possibly the best from this rare location. The specimen's provenance is well documented. It was originally acquired in 1994 by collector Ray Berry, and more recently it was acquired by Joe Dorris. Now, we have the honor of owning it, and the priviledge of passing it onto the next collector.
The specimen comes with a labeled acrylic display base.