description: <p style="text-align: justify;">2 1/4" tall <br /><br />Ex Dr Fred Pough &amp; Jeff Rondello collections <br /><br />Considering that this piece was probably mined before 1920, it is in remarkably good condition. Many of the crystal faces are as lustrous as is possible for the species. The reverse side of the piece shows that the crystals are contacted against an almost black rock matrix. Although the azurite of this piece is very dark, it still displays a distinctive deep indigo blue color in daylight. The crystal habit is very typical of Broken Hill azurite mined before 1920. This highly esthetic piece was mined from the Block 10 Open Cut.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was formerly in the collection of Dr Fred Pough.  He was the curator of minerals at the "American Museum of Natural History" in New York city.  Martin Rosser repatriated this piece during one of his visits to the United States.  He then sold it to Jeff Rondello of Adelaide, South Australia.  I bought a large part of the Rondello collection in 2014.  This piece was then resold to Michael Grasso of Adelaide within about a week of buying the collection.  </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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