14PE1 Clinoatacamite
Lily Mine (Lilly Mine), Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru
17.0x 9.5x 11.0 cm
$5000

A large and exceptionally rich cabinet specimen of clinoatacamite, hosting numerous dark green clusters of the mineral set against a matrix covered by blue chrysocolla over quartz.

 

I purchased a large lot of Lilly Mine material while in Peru, the bulk of the specimens were mainly just druses of quartz over chrysocolla or malachite, though there were a small quantity of these very rare clinoatacamite specimens as well.

 

The majority of the examples I have seen have the crystals somewhat jumbled together, or set against dark green malachite matrixes.  As a result, the crystals can be hard to properly appreciate.  The contrasting background and distinct nature of the crystals and crystal clusters make the clinoatacamite on this piece easier to discern and appreciate.

 

This is one of the two best clinoatacamites from the lot (the other being specimen 14PE9) and an unusual example of the intersection between rarity and a macroscopic mineral that can actually be called aesthetic.  














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