Really nice red veining amidst the blue pastels in a nice sized puttapa piece
In the last 3-4 years, I've listed more Aussie pieces than anything else. Big ones. Small ones. Unusual ones. Commonplace ones. Drop dead gorgeous ones. Ugly duckling ones. The differing fluorescent colors keep me constantly amazed. Brown and off-white in natural light, beautiful when exposed to shortwave ultraviolet light. The Puttapa Zinc Mine is in central Australia in the Outback, and as I understand it, not close to anything. It is rather rugged country. Mining ceased in 2007 when the deposit was exhausted and all of the ore has since been crushed and exported.Pictures 1-4 were taken under shortwave ultraviolet light; 5 under longwave; 6 under midwave. The pastel blue fluorescence is quite handsome and it acts as a perfect foil for the bright and vivid red veining throughout. One side has more red than blue [picture 2] but red is content to provide veins for the other surfaces. LW  and MW  color is restricted to dull yellow yellow and some blue for the latter. As with any fluorescent mineral, the more powerful the illuminating lamp, the brighter the fluorescent response. It weighs 396 grams and measures approximately 3 1/2 x 3 x 2 1/2 inches. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Shipping will be $8.70 in the U.S. as it is too heavy when packed to use first class mail. The next most economical alternative to first class is a protective box in a padded flat rate priority envelope. I am happy to combine purchases to reduce shipping costs. International purchasers please contact me for shipping rates. The primary minerals found in this deposit, and their fluorescent colors are: calcite: red - orange willemite: green smithsonite: light blue - violet hedyphane: dark blue orthoclase [lead rich] - white unknown: red - yellow -pink - peach I've often been asked why my Puttapa and Aroona pieces sell at such reasonable prices compared to other sellers. I'm asked if my material is inferior to theirs. I thought that it was time to address these questions in an open forum. My material is from the same source as the few other Puttapa and Aroona sellers [three sellers?]. The quality and beauty and diversity of the pieces are the same. The size range is similar. So, why then the difference in prices? Part of the reason is the price paid for the material. I purchased over two tons of fluorescent minerals from one dealer so naturally the price I paid reflected the size of the purchase. And, there was considerable Aussie material in the purchase. A second reason is my age. I really don't want to stick my heirs with tons of rock that they know nothing about so I am committed to selling now [I would like to liberate the pool table some day as well]. And reasonable prices accelerate that process. I could hold out for higher prices and eventually get them but that makes no sense given my business model. Finally, my prices reflect the nature of my buying audience. Some sellers have a following for which price is not an issue. Lucky be those sellers! However, my audience consists of shrewd buyers who are price conscious. So, I make sure that I keep those buyers happy. Hence my prices. Thanks for hearing me out. In the past few months, rock collectors have come to realize that the supplies of Puttapa and Aroona Mine specimens [from Australia] are not endless. The original collector of these rocks, Graham Fraser, completed a field trip in 2015 [and another recently] and stated that there are no more collectible rocks at either of these places. The tailings have been worked and reworked and are now bare. What this means for collectors is that they will have to pretty much purchase their Puttapa and Aroona material from one of four sellers. Obviously, I am one of the sellers with a supply of this Australian material. I sold more than 8 dozen pieces in 2016. Please check all of my fluorescent mineral listings at: ROCKYC1945, SOUTHERNSHRIKE and ASD098LKJ. EBay no longer permits sellers to combine shipping for purchases made from more than one seller ID. PLEASE READ 1. Owing to recent changes at EBay, it is now necessary for me to ship purchases within one business day of receiving payment. I will often do it the same day if payment is made sufficiently early. Please, if you want to combine shipping with subsequent purchases, do not pay until I invoice you with the correct discounted combined shipping. Just let me know when you are ready for the invoice. If you pay, I have no choice but to ship. 2. International shipping is not cheap and PayPal adds to the problem by charging a higher percentage for international transactions. EBay also charges a commission on the shipping paid for both international and domestic purchases. I charge you what it costs me - I do not profit from shipping. Once I mail or ship a package, the time in route is out of my control. 3. The more powerful the ultraviolet lamp, the brighter the fluorescent response. Flashlights and ultraviolet lamps that purport to provide shortwave and longwave lighting plus a flashlight [and maybe even a can opener] and cost $39.99 will not adequately fluoresce most minerals. Neither will very low wattage shortwave lamps. The filter is the most expensive component of a lamp and for that price it will not be a quality filter - it will either permit too much visible light to pass through or not enough ultraviolet light. Either way you lose. 4. Some items will only fluoresce under shortwave ultraviolet light. Others only under longwave. My listings will indicate which wavelengths permit fluorescence and which do not. 5. If you are not happy with an item, please contact me BEFORE leaving feedback, formally requesting a return through EBay or opening a case. I will make it right. 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