description: <p style="text-align: justify;">Milpillas Mine, near Cananea, Sonora Province, Mexico <br /><br />3" tall <br /><br />This wonderful crystal from what may be the world's best azurite locality is elite for the following reasons: <br /><br />(a) The luster is as high as polished glass. <br /><br />(b) Almost all of the edges and vertices are in perfect condition. There is a tiny chip on the back of the specimen at the point where a crystal surface attaches to the white matrix. <br /><br />(c) The crystal shape is desirable and characteristic of the locality. <br /><br />(d) The dark blue crystal displays neon blue glints. <br /><br />(e) The size is desirable. I have heard reports that the Milpillas Mine produced crystals up to 7" long. I am yet to see anything even approaching this size. <br /><br />(f) Some matrix is attached. The back of the specimen does not have a broken appearance about it so the crystal down not have the appearance of having ever been "hacked" off a pocket wall with a hammer and chisel. <br /><br />It is a beautiful piece and an elite example of this highly appreciated species. <br /><br />This piece was traded from Evan Jones during a visit to Arizona in late 2012.</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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