Adamite ex. Consie Prince coll.

Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Cabinet, 11.8 x 11.1 x 6.4 cm
Start Time: 03/21/2009 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/07/2009 7:15:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

I was thrilled recently to get a good assortment of minerals from a major old-time Mexican dealer's private collection, that of Consie Prince of Houston. These minerals actually were sold by her when still alive, to a collector, and not from the recent estate sale of the remaining dealer inventory and collection material, to clarify. This is a rather large specimen of adamite from the classic finds here of the late 1960s through early 1980s. The habit of the crystals is in tightly packed clusters, to 2 cm, rolling dramatically across a large display face. It has a nice 3-dimensional form, almost stalactitic, from the front angle of view. The overall impact of sparkle and color is wonderful. For the size, usually you do not see such uniform quality in adamites. Overall, this is a significant survivor, representative of the heyday of a major mineral find. But, its also pretty and showy in a collection, as well. I have seen similar size and quality pieces from the last big stash of Mexican classics that turned up in recent years, the Martin Zinn collection, sell for $3500-7500 range. Valued $2500-3000.