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In this regular feature, we will display an elite specimen and discuss its merits as a masterpiece. We firmly believe that a masterpiece can cost $100 or $1,000,000 and transcends categories such as size.

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Manganoan Adamite Ojuela Mexico

Manganoan Adamite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
9.0 x 7.3 x 6.2 cm

- ex John Whitmire Collection

Numerous fine, large and lustrous purple adamite crystals sit within a vug providing a perfect contrasting background. Not confined to the gemmy tips, the purple color extends the full length of the crystals, the largest measuring 3.0 cm. In 1982, John Whitmire brought a single offering of these rare manganoan adamites to Tucson. Ever since, collectors have highly coveted these prized specimens, hoping some day to add one to their collection.

–Provenance: John Whitmire, Wayne Thompson, Gene Meieran, Evan Jones, Bruce Oreck, Irv Brown

–Key Attributes: Color, Crystal Size

Thomas Spann photo


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