PUTTAPA

Note, January 2021.  These photos are of pieces in my personal collection.  Unfortunately, at this time it has become almost impossible to find any more high quality pieces like these.  This may change sometime in the future if mining starts again at Puttapa.  I do have a few nice pieces left, but they are in storage in Tucson, and I can’t access them until I can go back there, and who knows when that will be ?!  One day, when my beard reaches my knees and all my teeth are gone, I will probably sell the pieces in my personal collection – but I’m not there yet.

P4

Most (all?) of the willemite fluoresces and phosphoresces blue under SW, and yellow under MW.

P7

P10

P11

P13

P21

These four little pyramid shaped rocks broke just the way they are when I sledged a larger rock. The field of view of the photo is about 12cm (4.5 in).

P29

This rock may have different minerals to those found in other Puttapa specimens. Fluorescence and phosphorescence under SW & MW are not the same as other Puttapa pieces.

P33

Probably all willemite with a small helping of calcite (fl red).

P37

The smallest specimen on the website. It is only ~~ x ~~ x ~~ mm. The blue is smithsonite, the red probably calcite, the rest unknown.

P38

This little piece is one of my all time favourites. It is only ~~ x ~~ x ~~ mm, but has provided many amazing photos.

P39, P45

Fluorescent fossils from the Ajax (copper) Mine Fossil Field, on a hill a few hundred metres from the Puttapa pit.

P47

P58

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