Herbertsmithite (rare) and Wulfenite (John White Coll.)

Kali Kafi Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm
Start Time: 04/15/2011 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/21/2011 6:34:20 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Anarakite is a synonym for herbertsmithite, a very rare member of the Atacamite Goup. It is a hydrated, copper, zinc chloride. This is a very rich and rare combination specimen of lustrous, light green herbertsmithite crystals festooned on all sides of the matrix, consisting mainly of small yellow crystals of wulfenite. From a very uncommon locality in Iran. The back of the specimen has been sawed to enhance the display quality. Ex John White Collection of Seattle and acquired in 1977, according to his label. CERY RARE LOCALITY SPECIMEN FOR AN ALREADY RARE SPECIES! Note that herbertsmithite is intensely unusual in its own right, as far as mineralogy is concerned.

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