Gibraltar Mine, Naica, Mexico
7.6 cm tall x 10.8 cm wide
This specimen has one perfect complete crystal that is entirely clear. It sits on its edge along a grayish matrix of calcite with a few smaller selenite crystals. It is purity, perfection, and the ultimate transparency. One perfect isolated crystal on matrix is an aesthetic that is highly valued among mineral connoisseurs.
This selenite showcases the highest form of transparency, a property most sought-after in this species. The property of a solid object being transparent has for millennia intrigued and fascinated humans. We are drawn to objects that are clear. This epitomizes that quality.
Selenite from Mexico is a benchmark locality. This locality represents the finest quality for the species. Selenite (also known as gypsum) can grow into enormous crystals, as can be seen at the Cave of Swords in Naica, Mexico. In 1910, the Penoles Mining Company discovered what came to be known as “Cueva de Las Espadas,” or, Cave of Swords. These were the largest crystals that anyone had ever seen in the cave. Since then, several other caves have been found with large glowing selenite crystals.