Dims: 1.9" x 1.2" x 1.0"(4.8 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm)
Wt: 1.60 oz.(45.4 g)
Sunshine #1, Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Socorro Co., New Mexico, U.S.A.
This Linarite specimen shows a surprising amount of the deep blue mineral on a quartz and galena base. It occurs in thin, prismatic crystals that are too small and intergrown to effectively view, even under 10-power magnification. The blue color is intense, though, and with the sparkle caused by countless prism and termination faces, gives the cluster a brilliance that is unusual for such a small amount of material. Scattered around the cluster are small formations of green crystalline brochantite, along with many quartz crystals. All of this rests on a bed of quartzite that partially covers a piece of cubic galena; however, none of the galena is visible, due to a dull beige material coating all that is not covered by the quartzite. There are earthy patches of Linarite, brochantite and possibly a bit of chrysocolla on this material, which may be some form of massive cerussite- can anybody out there tell me? It is one of the nicer pieces of the few Linarite specimens that I have seen.