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Christmas Mine Minerals

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 08:00 AM

What better theme could there on Christmas day than minerals from the Christmas mine.

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AZURITE - PD32299
AZURITE - PD32299

Azurite

#PD32299
Locality
Christmas mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States 
Formula
Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2 
Availability
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Size
5.5 x 3 x 3 cm - Sm Cabinet 
Tagged
carbonate , copper  

I haven't seen much Azurite from the Chrismas mine. I don't know if it was common or not. This is just a representative specimen for the locality with blue blades to 1cm.


Azurite

Formula
Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2 
Crystal System
Monoclinic 
Crystal Habit
Tabular, Prismatic, Stalactitic 
Cleavage
Perfect, Fair, None 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
azure blue, blue, light blue, dark blue 
Streak
light blue 
Class
Monoclinic - Prismatic 
Fracture
Brittle - Conchoidal 
Hardness
3.5-4 
Collection
Phillips Collection
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Cuprite

on Kinoite - #37933
Locality
Christmas mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States 
Formula
Cu1+2
Availability
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Size
6.5 x 5 x 4 cm - Sm Cabinet 
Tagged
copper  

This specimen has beautiful octahedral red Cuprite micro crystals to about 1mm sprinkled with good coverage on platy blue Kinoite. Excellent specimen.


Cuprite

Formula
Cu1+2
Crystal System
Isometric 
Crystal Habit
Massive - Granular, Capillary 
Cleavage
Imperfect, None, None 
Luster
Adamantine 
Color
brown red, purple red, red, black 
Streak
brownish red 
Class
Isometric - Hexoctahedral 
Fracture
Brittle - Conchoidal 
Hardness
3.5-4 
Collection
Waldner Collection
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Dioptase - 37931
Dioptase - 37931

Dioptase

on Calcite - #37931
Locality
Christmas mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States 
Formula
CuSiO3·H2
Availability
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Size
8.5 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm - Sm Cabinet 
Tagged
copper  

It was hard to capture the bright green of the Dioptase on both of these specimens with the digital camera. Thus it is enriched rather well to match using Lightroom. The crystals are very nice micro and acicular in habit.


Dioptase

Formula
CuSiO3·H2
Crystal System
Trigonal 
Crystal Habit
Massive, Cryptocrystalline, Crystalline - Coarse 
Cleavage
Good, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
dark blue green, emerald green, turquoise 
Streak
green 
Class
Trigonal - Rhombohedral 
Fracture
Conchoidal 
Hardness
Collection
Waldner Collection
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Dioptase

#37924
Locality
Christmas mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States 
Formula
CuSiO3·H2
Availability
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Size
10 x 6 x 5 cm - Cabinet 
Tagged
copper  

Beautiful bright green translucent, aiciular sprays and cluster of Dioptase all over the matrix with waterclear Calcite crystals. The tufts of Dioptase are about 1m.


Dioptase

Formula
CuSiO3·H2
Crystal System
Trigonal 
Crystal Habit
Massive, Cryptocrystalline, Crystalline - Coarse 
Cleavage
Good, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
dark blue green, emerald green, turquoise 
Streak
green 
Class
Trigonal - Rhombohedral 
Fracture
Conchoidal 
Hardness
Collection
Waldner Collection
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Gilalite

#37939
Locality
Christmas mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States 
Formula
Cu5Si6O17·7H2
Availability
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Size
9 x 6.5 x 2 cm - Sm Cabinet 
Tagged
copper  

Mint green spherical crystal balls of Gilalite all over front and back.


Gilalite

Formula
Cu5Si6O17·7H2
Crystal System
Monoclinic 
Crystal Habit
Spherical, Radial, Fibrous 
Color
blue green, green 
Streak
light green 
Class
Monoclinic 
Hardness
Collection
Waldner Collection
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Junitoite

with Kinoite - #37936
Locality
Christmas mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States 
Formula
CaZn2Si2O7·H2
Availability
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Size
6 x 5 x 4 cm - Sm Cabinet 
Special Info
Type Locality 

Very nice colorless bladed Junitoite crystals up to 4mm long some free-standing with sparse Kinoite. Some of the Junitoite is lilac in color due to smectite.


Junitoite

Formula
CaZn2Si2O7·H2
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Cleavage
Good, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
colorless, white 
Streak
white 
Class
Orthorhombic - Pyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle 
Hardness
4.5 
Collection
Waldner Collection
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