Boleite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico <br /><br />3 3/8" tall <br /><br />Boleite reaches its ultimate development at this locality. This piece possesses several redeeming features. Although small, all of the crystals on this wonderful piece are sharp, as lustrous as polished glass and pristine on all of the edges and vertices. Many of the larger crystals are separated from each other and are on a contrasting off yellow matrix. <br /><br />The matrix that the crystals are attached to is a gypsum rich rock. Hence, this specimen is not restored. The same cannot be said for most matrix Mexican boleite specimens since their matrices are generally brown matter that turns to mud when exposed to water. Whenever soft, brown matrix presents in a Mexican boleite specimen, there is always the question of whether the boleite crystals were really always attached to this matrix since it is so easy to press loose crystals into mud and then to bake the mud dry in the sun.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was bought from Grant Thamm of Adelaide, South Australia (state) in 2014.  He had previously bought the specimen from Robert Sielecki of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia </p>
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