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Vivianite from the Tomokoni adit,
near the Cañutillos mine, Bolivia

These specimens represent some of the better specimens I held back after the find at the end of Summer 2004, in the hopes that there would be more. Alas, no more have been found, and it seems that this locality will not produce any more of the specimens. I was very proud to offer the FIRST of what I consider to be some of the VERY BEST quality crystals of this species to ever come from Bolivia ! These crystals have without question the best luster of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid green Vivianite and the altered red Sandstone. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite.

I cannot stress how exciting these Vivianite specimens truly are. These pieces have such outstanding aesthetics, color, quality and gemminess. I have seen hundreds of Vivianite specimens from Bolivia in my life and these pieces sent my heart pounding when I first saw them.

John Sinkankas said this about Vivianite in his book, Mineralogy: "The goal of collectors in respect to Vivianite specimens, is to obtain single crystals from the Bolivian localities". John listed at least a dozen localities for Vivianite in his book and stressed that lustrous, gemmy crystals are almost impossible to obtain from any locality. He also states that "Crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the following specimena are very sharp and highly lustrous.


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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5081b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5081a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5081c.JPG]


No. VIV BOL 5081 - $ 425.00 SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.8 x 2.6 x 2.5 cm (miniature)


This is a superb Vivianite crystal showing extremely sharp faces, rich emerald green color, and a perfect, and slightly curved termination. There is some minor associated red Sandstone at the base of the crystal.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5082a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5082b.JPG]


No. Viv Bol 5082 - $ 450.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.6 x 2.1 x 2.0 cm (small cabinet)


A beautiful, rather large Vivianite crystal from this find exhibiting a gorgeous emerald green color, high luster and sharp faces.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5083b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5083a.JPG]


No. VIV BOL 5083 - $ 475.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 7.8 x 5.7 x 4.0 cm (small cabinet)
Vivianite crystal: 3.7 cm.


This piece is a rather rare matrix specimen for this find. The thick red Sandstone matrix hosts a very attractive, sharp, lustrous, gemmy, emerald green color, doubly-terminated crystal. For the overall size, aesthetics and quality, this is one of the best small cabinet specimens that I purchased.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5084a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5084b.JPG]


No. Viv Bol 5084 - $ 225.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.8 x 2.8 x 2.1 cm (small cabinet)


Here we have a very good sized crystal from this find showing very sharp faces, high luster, and rich emerald green color. The crystals has attached red Sandstone on the back, showing where it was attached to the matrix, so it is not totally perfect all the way aroudn, hence the lower price. A very good representative crystal from this find.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5085b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5085a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5085c.JPG]


No. VIV BOL 5085 - $ 150.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.0 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm (miniature)
Largest Vivianite crystal: 2.8 cm.


This is an excellent miniature size specimen and a hard to find matrix piece hosting an attractive dark green Viviannite crystal group with very sharp faces and top luster. The crystals pass light in certain areas, and the overall specimen displays beautifully.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5086b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5086a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5086c.JPG]


No. Viv Bol 5086 - $ 150.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.9 x 1.3 x 0.7 cm (thumbnail)


This piece is a superb large thumbnail specimen with rich emerald green color, high luster, and very sharp faces.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5087a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5087b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5087c.JPG]


No. VIV BOL 5087 - SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.6 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm (miniature)


Most of the Vivianite specimens from this find were either single crystals or isolated crystals on matrix, so to find a beautiful "fan like" cluster such as this is rare. This piece hosts several gorgeous emerald green crystals, many of which are water clear, and have very sharp, lustrous faces. Some minor associated red Sandstone makes for a beautiful color contrast.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5088a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5088b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5088c.JPG]


No. VIV BOL 5088 - $ 225.00 SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.2 x 1.7 x 1.0 cm (miniature)


Most of the Vivianite specimens from this find were either single crystals or isolated crystals on matrix, so to find a beautiful curved "fan like" cluster such as this is rare. This piece hosts a few gorgeous emerald green crystals, many of which are water clear, and have very sharp, lustrous faces.



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Vivianite with BARITE ! from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5089a.JPG] Vivianite with BARITE ! from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5089d.JPG] Vivianite with BARITE ! from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol5089c.JPG]


No. VIV BOL 5089 - $ 225.00

Vivianite with BARITE !

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 7.5 x 5.5 x 4.2 cm (small cabinet)
Vivianite crystal: 1.7 cm.


Less than 1% of ALL the specimens from this were associated with Barite, and this is one of the very few specimens of this material that I purchased. Inside a vug of red Sandstone lies a sharp, lustrous, dark green Vivianite associated with many small, white, bladed Barite crystals. This is a rare association from Tomokoni, and this piece would make a great addition to ay Bolivian reference collection.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50810a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50810c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50810d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50810b.JPG]


No. VIV BOL 50810 - SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.0 x 4.8 x 2.8 cm (miniature)
Largest Vivianite crystal: 2.7 cm.


This piece is a rather rare "fan like" group of emerald green color, sharp, lustrous, very gemmy Vivianite crystals on minor red Sandstone matrix. It is easy to see that this is a very aesthetic miniature specimen. Despite the fact that one of the crystals on the top is not terminated, the rest of the crystals are virtually pristine. It is very rare to find such an aesthetic group of crystals on matrix from this locality.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50811a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50811b.JPG]


No. Viv Bol 50811 - $ 185.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.2 x 3.2 x 1.2 cm (miniature)


A nice crystal group showing deep emerald green color, sharp faces and excellent luster.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50812a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50812b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50812d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50812c.JPG]


No. Viv Bol 50812 - SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.0 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm (thumbnail)


This is easily one of the best smaller specimens of this material that I have seen. It features a fantastic, sharp, lustrous, doubly-terminated, gemmy, rich emerald green color aesthetically flaring off red Sandstone matrix. It is a superb quality display piece with great balance.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50813c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50813a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50813b.JPG]


No. VIV BOL 50813 - $ 230.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 3.1 x 2.7 cm (small cabinet)
Vivianite crystal: 4.3 cm.


A very nice miniature specimen featuring a sharp, lustrous, translucent, rich emerald green color Vivianite on red Sandstone matrix. An attractive display specimen to be sure.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50814a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50814b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50814c.JPG]


No. Viv Bol 50814 - SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.0 x 1.8 x 0.7 cm (thumbnail)


This is a very good Vivianite specimen featuring a pair of water-clear, sharp, lustrous, emerald green color monoclinic crystals. It is very good quality an rather eye-catching.

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Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50815d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50815a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50815b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./VivBol508/VivBol50815c.JPG]


No. Viv Bol 50815 - $ 225.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni mine, Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm (miniature)


This toenail size specimen features a pair of superb quality, deep emerald green color, very sharp, highly lustrous, crystals of Vivianite on minor contrasting red Sandstone matrix. A beauty of specimen and very aesthetic as most pieces found were only single crystals.

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