Milpillas Azurite!

A selection of particularly good Milpillas azurites, mostly associated with malachite. After having operated since 2006, the mine closed in the summer of 2020, but these pieces come from a recently released stash of specimens collected 7-8 years ago.  I had the good fortune of coming across this group just as it was being released, and was able to high-grade the lot. Many of these feature the most desirable azurite/malachite combinations, and quite a few show the top blue color.  While Milpillas azurite is not scarce, these azurite malachite combos are not terribly common-- most of what is available tends to be clusters of azurite only, often without the electric color.  I did a search online, and was only able to find a few such combos available elsewhere ... you compare the prices for these, I think you will find these offer a significant amount of bang for the buck........

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MAZ01 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.3x 5.0x 3.5 cm
$2600

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals on beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  The position of the azurite crystals on the very top of the matrix, and their relative distinctness really does set this piece apart from the standard clusters.

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of inky blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting them apart from the standard clumps of crystals or examples on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ02 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
7.2x 4.2x 3.5 cm
$2200

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  This is probably my favorite piece in the update, and the relative distinctness of the crystals (combined with the green backdrop) really does set this piece apart from the standard clusters.

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of inky blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting them apart from the standard clumps of crystals or examples on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ03 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.8x 5.3x 3.3 cm
$2800

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ04 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
6.0x 4.9x 2.5 cm
$1000

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ05 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
9.6x 4.6x 4.0 cm
$1450

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ06 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
8.1x 5.8x 2.6 cm
$860

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ07 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
6.5x5.4x 5.1 cm
$1100

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have great luster, and with minor lighting exhibit areas of the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ08 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.5x 5.2x 2.5 cm
$485

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have great luster, and with minor lighting exhibit areas of the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ09 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.0x 3.3x 2.3 cm
$495

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have great luster, and with minor lighting exhibit areas of the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ10 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
6.2x 3.5x 2.2 cm
$435

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ11 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
4.8x 2.5x 3.6 cm
$485

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with eautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 











MAZ12 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
4.2x 3.8x 3.6 cm
$465

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit areas of the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ13 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
6.2x 4.6x 2.9 cm
$435

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ14 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
3.8x 3.6x 4.3 cm
$385

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ15 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.8x 2.6x 2.2 cm
$395

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ16 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
6.1x 3.8x 2.7 cm
$595

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit areas of the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ17 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.6x 3.3x 2.7 cm
$235

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ18 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
3.4x 2.9x 1.0 cm
$295

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  This is one of my favorite smaller pieces int he group. 

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ19 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
2.8x 1.9x 1.8 cm
$245

A great thumbnail-sized example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ20 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
2.4x 1.6x 1.7 cm
$265

A great thumbnail-sized example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit areas of the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ21 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
3.0x 2.2x 1.7 cm
$175

A great miniature-sized example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of azurite crystals on beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ22 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
2.8x 2.7x 1.6 cm
$165

A great toenail sized example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of azurite crystals on beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have good luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of electric blue azurite with malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ23 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
2.8x 2.9x 1.4 cm
$200

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ24 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
2.4x 2.0x 1.5 cm
$165

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of the blue azurite with green malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ25 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
3.2x 1.8x 0.9 cm
$135

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020. Throughout this time, there really has been no shortage of azurite, but I have to say: good combinations of azurite with malachite were never widely available.  For obvious reasons, these are probably the most sought after "format" from the mine-- the contrast of the blue azurite with green malachite is exquisite, setting this apart from the standard specimens on the more common whitish matrix.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ26 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.2x 2.8x 3.0 cm
$400

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of contrasting malachite.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 







MAZ28 Azurite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
4.7x 3.2x 3.6 cm
$465

A large, jaggedly etched, and highly lustrous azurite crystal from Milpillas. This piece almost certainly comes from a different pocket/ discovery than the rest of the examples in this update









MAZ29 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
9.7x 7.5x 3.6 cm
$850

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit areas of the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ30 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
8.1x 6.6x 3.3 cm
$1380

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit the best "electric" blue color.  There are a couple spots around the edges where the azurite crystals appear to have grown up against another rock, but I see no damage.  This is pieced about 1/2 (or less) of what comparable specimens are being offered for elsewhere. 

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









MAZ31 Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
8.7x 5.1x 2.4 cm
$580

A great example of azurite from Milpillas, consisting of a group of azurite crystals with interspersed growths of beautifully contrasting malachite.  The azurite crystals themselves have top luster, and with minor lighting exhibit areas of the best "electric" blue color.  

Milpillas started producing around 2006, and finally closed in the summer of 2020.  These come from a pocket discovered around 2013-14, they were part of a stash that was just released.  I had the good fortune of high grading it, and am offering my favorite pieces here. 









T1903 Azurite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.9x 4.2x 1.6 cm
$385

A beautiful example of azurite from Milpillas, this one combines a cluster of dark blue tabular crystals, well centered on botryoidal white matrix of another mineral (dickite?), with bits of light blue showing through the whiter layer.   It really is quite pretty, with the contrast between the azurite and the white matrix.







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