Azurite

Azurite

AZURITE. We have certainly had a variety of Azurites over the years, and they are most definitely one of the most strikingly coloured Minerals in the Mineral Kingdom. Originally we had Tsumeb material in our earlier years..and folks complained about paying R30-R80 ($3-$8) for a decent 1-3 inch specimen..can you believe it.....now these same specimens run into the hundreds and thousands for the exact same specimens..IF they are ever available from old collections. Tsumeb closed many years ago, with a couple of efforts to mine the old workings for mineral specimens and more recently, the dumps are being reworked. For a few years, we didn't see more than a handful of older specimens and we thought African Azurite was a thing of the past. The Mineral Miners that pulled out a few pieces from Tsumeb were selling Rosette plates that looked like Jakka Mine specimens for R500-R1500 that would be R50-R150 from Jakka. None of the earlier prismatic Azurite crystals were found. Jakka Mine in Congo came up with the most beautiful ball and rosette Azurite specimens in the early 2000's. These were a fraction of the cost and very beautiful once we learned how to clean them properly..gorgeous,. We had a fair quantity of these for a couple of years, but eventually the mine collapsed....many folks died in the collapse, and it was closed down. That made us think a little too! We sometimes forget that these places are sometimes unsafe to dig. Recently, we have had lovely drusi and bladed crystal specimens from Kambovi..also at a fraction of Tsumeb prices, but the very well crystalline ones have also escalated again in price..but they are all very bright blue, very beautiful and are still very reasonable pricewise running at between R300-R800per kg ($28-$75). Production has slowed down and it can be a few months between batches, but they are still coming out sometimes. We have been attempting to mine Copper in Madagascar for the last couple of years and have found some beautiful drusi blue vug Azurite specimens, but logistics and paperwork from Madagascar make it very difficult..we will hopefully be bringing these in soon.

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