In the back behind a curtain was the booth of Ennio Prato; he always has good things for many collectors, so we spoke through this curtain and he said quietly, "legrandite
." He then brought out a bright yellow crystal cluster; it was beautiful and priced right, so we bought it.
These include paradamite and a 18.7-cm cluster of legrandite
crystals known as the "Aztec Sun."
World-class specimens of legrandite
have also made the mine famous, especially the "Aztec Sun" specimen in the Romero collection.
Tucked away in the second room, their case had what was at that time the finest known example of Mapimi, Mexico legrandite
. The matrix specimen measured about 8 inches across and was an open maw of pale brown goethite with bright yellow legrandite
crystals jutting into the opening like so many dragon teeth.
In my Silver Anniversary History of the Tucson Show, published by the Society, I labeled 1969 as the "Year of the Legrandite
" because of the excitement caused by the appearance of a large quantity of this mineral.
His display also contained two stunning specimens, a large legrandite
and the even larger Bolivian phosphophyllite.
The American Museum of Natural History brought out that 7-inch legrandite
known as the "Aztec Club" for everyone to see.
By species and owner/photographer they are: adamite, Schlepp/Currier; wulfenite, Harter/Scovil; legrandite
, University of Arizona/Scovil; polybasite, Wallace/Wilson, and amethyst, Schlepp/Wilson.
358, and the Ojuela mine, Mexico "bowtie" legrandite
pictured on p.
Al and Bernie Haag (Tucson, Arizona) once told me that they had sold Ed a very fine and expensive legrandite
specimen, but it was too big for the compartment in one of his boxes.
Mexican-wise, there was also a good educational case on geology and mine locations in the Guanajuato mining district (with fine specimens too); an American Museum case of Guanajuato calcites from the Bement Collection; a Smithsonian case with their two extraordinary Zacatecas scorodites; and a case with the two great and famous Ojuela mine legrandite
specimens, the ones they call "The Aztec Club" and "The Aztec Sun." Other Mexican cases were put in by - to name a few - the Mineralogical Association of Dallas, Harvard (oh yes, with that 3.5-cm Chihuahua gold), the Carnegie Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Arizona Mineral and Mining Museum, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Bob and Vera Turner, Sharon Cisneros (Mexican thumbnails!), Slim and Charles S.
This was also the year of the best-ever for three particular specimens, a fabulous Tsumeb azurite and two stunning Mapimi legrandites
. Jack and Hortensia Amsbury, who dealt primarily in Mexican beauties, obtained the finest legrandites