Azurite (donated by the Chinese government)

Shilu Copper Mine, Guangdong Province, China
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm
Start Time: 05/04/2009 8:20:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/14/2009 8:11:52 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

An aesthetic and showy, elongated cluster of intergrown, bladed rosettes of highly lustrous, azure-blue azurite blades from the well-known finds at the Shilu Copper Mine of China. This SUPERB, FLOATER ball has excellent form and is PRISTINE. Scattered malachite is a very nice accent. It is a very high quality piece on its own merits compared to what came out of here at the time, but a bit of fun history goes with it! This is a late 1980s specimen donated by the Peoples Republic of China, of whom a representative was a guest at the Tucson show, to the Mineralogical Record benefit Auction at that time. For the quality, and provenance of a cluster like this, I feel that this is valued at $900-1000 today. Both labels, from the Beijing Museum and the Mineralogical Record, come with it.

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