David K. Joyce

Arizona -79 Mine, Gila County

Originally discovered in 1879, the 79 Mine was last worked as a Pb-Zn-Ag-Cu, etc mine in the 1930s. Workings go down to 500 feet or so and there are 10,000 feet of headings! It has been operated for specimens off and on over the years and is currently an active specimen mining claim- off-limits to collectors. Here are some excellent specimens from this old-time mine.

All prices in Canadian dollars. For payment in US$, deduct 21% or multiply by 0.79.

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HemimorphiteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24495
  • Hemimorphite
  • 6.7x3.4x2.1 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $40.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • Light blue, botryoidal hemimorphite makes up most of this specimen! Displays as shown.
SmithsoniteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24499
  • Smithsonite
  • 7.6x6.4x5.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $75.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • A triangular cavity in gossan is lined with green, botryoidal smithsonite. Attractive and interesting specimen of this zinc carbonate!
HemimorphiteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24500
  • Hemimorphite
  • 7.4x4.0x4.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $40.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • An attractive miniature specimen of light blue hemimorphite with a small appendage of hemimorphite at the back right. Nice!
HemimorphiteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24501
  • Hemimorphite
  • 8.7x5.6x5.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $85.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • A very displayable specimen of this light blue, botryoidal hemimorphite from the 79 Mine. Displays exactly as shown.
SmithsoniteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24505
  • Smithsonite
  • 6.4x3.1x3.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $110.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • A beautiful example of this zinc carbonate mineral. Green mounds of smithsonite cover the top and front of this specimen. Shows just like in picture! The green is perhaps a little darker. Super!
Smithsonite, Hemimorphite, AurichalciteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24509
  • Smithsonite, Hemimorphite, Aurichalcite
  • 5.7x4.3x3.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: sm-n/a, hem-2mm
  • $55.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • Here is a different one! In this specimen an opening is lined with green smithsonite but, as ell, there is a partial lining of aurichalcite-infused hemimorphite crystals at the back of the vug. The small hemimorphite crystals are colourless but have aurichalcite needles formed in them which gives them all a nice blue appearance!
Smithsonite, Rosasite, CalciteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24513
  • Smithsonite, Rosasite, Calcite
  • 6.1x5.8x6.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $95.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • Here is a different one! Th cavity is lined with light blue hemimorphite botryoids that are coated with tiny sparkling quartz crystals. As well though, under the quartz crystals are darker blue spheres of rosasite. There are also a couple of clusters of 5mm or so calcite crystals on top of the drusy quartz lining. Beautiful and interesting.
HemimorphiteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24516
  • Hemimorphite
  • 7.4x6.3x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $95.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • This beautiful specien of light blue hemimorphite has two cavities lined with botryoidal hemimorphite. The two cavities join together deep in the specimen. Excellent!
HemimorphiteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24527
  • Hemimorphite
  • 6.4x4.0x2.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $40.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • A plate of light blue, botryoidal hemimorphite on a matrix mostly composed on hemimorphite. Nice example!
SmithsoniteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24528
  • Smithsonite
  • 4.6x3.3x2.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $40.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • The top of this matrix is covered with a thick, botryoidal crust of excellent, green smithsonite. Very good example of this zinc carbonate mineral!
Smithsonite, Hemimorphite, Rosasite, CalciteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24813
  • Smithsonite, Hemimorphite, Rosasite, Calcite
  • 7.1x6.6x4.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: n/a
  • $40.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • A couple of cavities on the front of this cellular matrix are lined with light green, botryoidal smithsonite.There are a number of other large vugs throughout the matrix, lined with calcite, hemimorphite and bright blue balls of rosasite. Interesting, good-looking piece!
Aurichalcite, HemimorphiteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24814
  • Aurichalcite, Hemimorphite
  • 8.2x5.7x4.3 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $95.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • This matrix is mostly, vuggy hemimorphite where the openings are lined with colourless divergent hemimorphite crystals. More interesting though is that many of the vugs, particularly the one at the top has beautiful sprays of blue aurichalcite crystals. The aurichalcite crystals are very fragile but protected in the vug, so the specimen is ship-able because of this. Great looking piece!!
Calcite, Hemimorphite, AurichalciteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24816
  • Calcite, Hemimorphite, Aurichalcite
  • 9.2x8.4x4.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $45.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • Here is an interesting specimen! The matrix is probably mostly hemimorphite with open spaced lined with clear, colourless hemimorphite crystals. The to of the specimen which is part of a large vug shows platy calcite crystals on the hemimorphite crystals. To one side is a spray of aurichalcite crystals. As well there are other vugson the piece one of which shows excellent sprays of aurichalcite crystal sprays on hemimorphite. Very nice!
Aurichalcite, HemimorphiteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24817
  • Aurichalcite, Hemimorphite
  • 8.3x7.2x4.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 4mm
  • $110.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • Beautiful sprays of acicular, blue aurichalcite crystals are in a number of hemimorphite vugs across the top of this specimen. The aurichalcite crystal sprays have tiny calcite and hemimorphite crystals suspended in and between the aurichalcite needles. If you look carefully, you'll see that light green smithsonite underlies the carpet of hemimorphite crystals. Interesting AND beautiful!
Aurichalcite, SmithsoniteArizona -79 Mine, Gila County
  • Item #24828
  • Aurichalcite, Smithsonite
  • 6.0x4.6x3.8 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 3mm
  • $75.00
  • 79 Mine
  • Gila County
    Arizona, USA
  • Absolutely gorgeous, radiating clusters of light blue aurichalcite are present in this vug of pure white, botryoidal smithsonite. ACtually the white smithsonite is just a coating on the underlying green smithsonite. The white contrast with the blue aurichalcite clusters is great! The aurichalcite sprays are fairly well tucked away in the vug so safe shipping should be possible.