Crocoite on Gibbsite Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
I don't know why I feel the need to do this, but I am in a mood. There are a handful of dealers that really tick me off. The list gets longer and shorter from time to time, but these three groups are always up there: Bill Larson (with his son, Wil), Bryan Lees, and Adam Wright with John Cornish. Bill because he got to work the Himalaya Mine. Bryan, because he dug those red calcite rhombs out of Colorado. And Adam and John because of the crocoites they mined in Tasmania. I mean, really, if you 're a mineral dealer, be a dealer. If you're a miner, be a miner. But doing both (successfully) is just showing off...and mostly dumb luck.
With that said, this IS a fantastic piece from the work Adam and John did some years ago. These are not huge crocoites (they are actually quite thin crystals to about a cm long) but they are a wonderful orange color and artfully arranged on balls of gibbsite. There were not, I am told, that many found on gibbsite. And, while it's just a guess, I imagine John broke quite a few. This specimen is glued to a plastic base. I've removed the cubic cover to photograph it. It is nearly perfect, I'm pretty sure Adam collected this one. At any rate, it is a striking specimen. I would prefer not to mail it, but I do travel to the Denver and Tucson shows every year, so I can probably drop it off for you just about anywhere. Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Washington: you're outta luck.
Approximately 10 x 10 x 4.5 cm