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AGUILITE

A little about this new material.... 'Aguilite'

Hydrothermal alteration in this area, the most prominent cause of mineralization here in this region of Arizona, has created this suite of new minerals by altering the original minerals and by introducing various forms of silicas from quartz crystal to agate.

The black mineral in some of the material is generally hematite or magnetite mixed with cuprite creating the reddish or purple areas, the large red areas are generally the copper mineral cuprite which has been silicified [hardened]. The greens and blues are copper minerals such as chrysocolla, malachite and turquoise, also silicified by the hydrothermal action. The malachite areas may show feathery crystal structures under the microscope and even to the naked eye, while the chrysocolla is always amorphous.

This very unusual blend of colorful minerals and tough to find will take a fine polish due to the high silica content.

Its color and patterns are unparalleled, and even other, more expensive turquoise gemstones are often compared to its color and beauty. Although it must always be blue to be chrysocolla, it can and does have a wide range of shades.

Chrysocolla is not the same everywhere. Different localities can produce unique blue colors to that particular region or even to a particular mine site. Experts can often identify the source mine or area that a particular specimen came from by the composition. The key to this is the specimen's color and mix, including crystal formation.

Today, chrysocolla is a lovely and affordable alternative gemstone to turquoise and is fortunately available in a wide variety of cut and rough stones that we can all possess, create with and admire at a reasonable cost.

This material has surprised the cabbing community and wasn't realized until most of the first dig was gone. I went back into the mine and brought out some more. It may be awhile before I get back out to the site. A hundred miles and a couple days digging and it's well over 100 degrees out here now.

We cob this material down in a large tumbler to remove as much softer material as possible and to find any potentional fractures. We want you to get 'meat' not 'bone'. No sense buying a couple pounds of material and finding out only half of it is usable or when cutting or polishing and it starts falling apart. This is some of the best American gem chrysocolla that you will work with.

Buyers have told me that this material rivals Morenci, Ajo, 'Parking Lot' and the rest of them in color, hardness, ease of working and gem silica quality. It has never before been offered from this private claim located in southwestern Arizona.

So different in the mixes of chrysocolla, malachite, bright red cuprite, sprinkled with bornite (peacock copper) and pyrite chips in a gem silica matrix that geo guys are scratching their heads and it is becoming known as 'Aguilite' by lapidary artisans for lack of another description. Many of these slabs show translucency of 1/4"!

Other photos of mine area and rough recovered there are at: WufStuff Photo Pages

Howdy!

Thanks for stopping by! Flip over a bucket and set a spell. Make sure there's no stones in it. Take your boots off if ya like, but watch out for my critters. They'll either chew on your toes or steal your boots!

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        ......Oh, heck, don't mind him. He's a pet rattler!.....
                      He don't bite lessen you get close enough....


WufStuff is located in the remote Arizona desert between the Harquahala and Harcuvar Mountains, about 90 miles NW of Phoenix in the little desert town of Aguila. Only one crossroad for 50 miles and it only goes 7 miles north and ends in the desert. South 25 miles and ends.... I tell folks to look on a map, go Northwest from Phoenix and when you get to a great big area that only shows a crossroad and a few mountains, that's where we are!

We're 'far out there man'....

We wander the desert and local towns looking for unusual items. Some we keep and others we offer on auction or our website. Some great condition! Antique automotive items and old equipment still out here in the dry desert!

Tons of gems and minerals, precious metals, crystals, and other wonders of the earth are our primary interests. Involved in prospecting and recovery of precious metals and minerals, bunch of them offered here and a few other venues.

If you happen to find yourself (lost?... lol) in the SW Arizona Desert drop us a line, we've always got a 'Silver Dollar Tour' of the area for ya. Prospecting and mining areas, Native American ruins, rockhounding, geocache sites and all the cactus you can look at!...... Hundreds of thousands of open desert acres!

  If we weren't half crazy we wouldn't be here....
   .. but they'd just have to find another place to keep us!..

We joke around but we love it here.

We offer items we would buy, for a price we would pay. Lots of pleased buyers! I treat my auction stuff like a hobby business with the basic philosophy that I won't continue to do it if I lose time and money on sales for the time and service I put in to complete the transaction.
I want you to come back again. Each buyer has a little part of me and my labors.
 
We don't buy and resell stone, we mine all the stone and offer to folks that want them. When there is no interest, I will just quit offering. Most times I'm paid to just crush them up for metal values or deco stone. This keeps it simple and enjoyable for us and buyers!!....
 
On the shipping. We only ship on FRIDAYS due to the distances and cost of fuel here in the desert.

More photos of SW desert and more offerings on my web photo space http://photos.toast.net/wuf...

Looking for desert items?... We'll see if we can rustle them up fer ya and list 'em!.
 
Desert (legal) Plants, Desert Critters (dead), Mining Equipment, SW Art on website www.wufstuff.com...
 
Don't know 'till you ask! If I can get it, we'll list it for ya.

Enjoy stompin' around the sites. If there is a question please ask. The only dumb questions are the ones not asked. Emails no problem, actually enjoy most of them, not too many living things that can talk back out here!.... lol...

Take Care & Thanks!

wuf

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