Connoisseur's Corner                

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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Mimetite yellow isolated balls San Pedro Corralitos Mexico

Mimetite on Limonite
San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico
11.4 x 7.3 cm


To continue our photographic exploration of mineral masterpieces, we've chosen a mimetite specimen from San Pedro Corralitos in Mexico. Along with the highly desired color for specimens from this locality, this specimen features isolated mimetite spheres. This arrangement gives rise to a sublime contrast between the botryoidal mimetite and rough limonitic matrix. Though many mimetite specimens have been mined from this well-known locality, we've seen very few with isolated crystalization on matrix.

–Key Attributes: Color, Contrast, Aesthetics

Thomas Spann photo


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