Chalcedony on Chrysocolla stalactites (pocket) from Inspiration Mine, Inspiration, Globe-Miami District, Gila Co., Arizona, USA

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FVCOLL-06 - Chalcedony on Chrysocolla stalactites (pocket) - $ 5000 SOLD
Inspiration Mine, Inspiration, Globe-Miami District, Gila Co., Arizona, USA

small cabinet, 9 x 7 x 6 cm
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ex.  Frank Valenzuela

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Chalcedony on Chrysocolla stalactites  (pocket) from Inspiration Mine, Inspiration, Globe-Miami District, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/new2011/FV6-18.jpg]
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Frank Valenzuela obtained this specimen from a fellow miner at the Inspiration, where he was a miner and then a shaft supervisor in the 1950s-1960s. It was collected, he recalls, in the early 1960s. It is a classic example of the quartz-covered chrysocolla stalactites from that time, but unusual in that it was preserved as a whole pocket. The piece glows when backlit, as the top surface is partially translucent and there is a small hole in back of the vug, to let light into the pocket for backlighting. The largest stalactites are 2 cm. The pocket opening is 2 inches across. Overall, a unique, interesting, and very beautiful piece that I have long lusted to obtain from the collection and bring to market. Joe Budd Photos.



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