Kinoite (rare)

Christmas Open Pit, Christmas Mine, Banner Dist., Gila Co., Arizona, USA
Ex. Colin Manlove
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm
Start Time: 04/11/2024 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/18/2024 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $105

Item Description

A good representative specimen of this beautiful material from the Christmas Mine in Arizona featuring rich blue colored micro crystals of the rare hydrated calcium copper silicate, Kinoite. I think a lot of people assume that the Christmas Mine is the type locality for Kinoite, primarily because the most well-known examples of Kinoite come from this locality, but the type locality is actually further south in Pima County. This piece has fantastic rich blue color, and a good coverage of Kinoite crystals on one side, which are associated with colorless Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) or possibly Fluorapophyllite-(K). The species gets its name from the Italian Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711). You can actually see a statue of him along the Kino Parkway in Tucson.
From the collection of Colin Manlove.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$105 04/18/2024 6:41:55 pm (CDT)
$95 04/18/2024 6:40:59 pm (CDT)
$85 04/18/2024 6:35:12 pm (CDT)
$75 * 04/17/2024 2:31:59 am (CDT)
$75 * 04/17/2024 2:31:59 am (CDT)
$45 04/12/2024 1:29:42 pm (CDT)
$40 04/12/2024 1:29:42 pm (CDT)
$30 04/12/2024 11:53:51 am (CDT)
$25 04/12/2024 11:53:51 am (CDT)
$10 04/11/2024 7:02:31 pm (CDT)
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