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Augelite (gemmy twin) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b92a.JPG] Augelite (gemmy twin) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b92b.JPG]


No. BOL711B92 - $ 900.00

Augelite (gemmy twin)

Locality: Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 9.8 x 7.2 x 6.3 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.1 cm


One of the best twinned Augelite crystals on matrix that I’ve handled from Bolivia. The piece was mined in the latter half of 2009. A beautifully isolated, sharp, very lustrous, gemmy, colorless penetration twin of Augelite is sitting on sparkling micro Quartz on matrix. Twins of this size, quality and caliber are simply not seen from Bolivia in virtually any capacity. To have a hand sized display specimen of Augelite from Bolivia, let alone a twinned crystal on matrix is exceedingly rare. Only a very small percentage of the Augelites from Machacamarca are found in twinned crystals, and for the size and quality, this is what I would call a top-notch Augelite for any collector. There are only a few localities in the world that produce Augelites of any circumstance, and the top specimens from this area in Bolivia are among the best around.



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Augelite from Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b93a.JPG] Augelite from Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b93b.JPG] Augelite from Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b93c.JPG] Augelite from Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b93d.JPG] Augelite from Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b93e.JPG] Augelite from Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b93f.JPG] Augelite from Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b93g.JPG] Augelite from Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b93h.JPG]


No. BOL711B93 - $ 150.00

Augelite

Locality: Tasna Mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.2 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)
Largest Crystal: 1.3 cm


A classic Augelite specimen from the famous Tasna mine in Bolivia. Typically this mine produces great Ferberite specimens, and assorted sulfides, but good Augelite specimens are few and far between. This attractive thumbnail specimen hosts several sharp, highly lustrous / vitreous, well-formed, monoclinic crystals which are sitting atop very sharp, deep golden color Pyrite octahedral and micro Quartz crystals. A good representation of the species, not only from this mine but the specie in general.



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Augelite with Quartz and Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b94a.JPG] Augelite with Quartz and Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b94b.JPG] Augelite with Quartz and Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b94c.JPG] Augelite with Quartz and Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b94d.JPG] Augelite with Quartz and Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b94e.JPG] Augelite with Quartz and Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b94f.JPG] Augelite with Quartz and Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b94g.JPG]


No. BOL711B94 - $ 500.00

Augelite with Quartz and Jamesonite(?)

Locality: Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 10.2 x 7.0 x 2.3 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.0 cm


A good representative Augelite specimen from Machacamarca featuring many sharp, lustrous, translucent monoclinic crystals with Quartz on matrix. Some of the Augelites are very good sized for the locality, and along with the Quartz crystals are included with an unknown black mineral (possibly Jamesonite). The two-tone effect created from the inclusions makes for an eye-catching piece as a lot of the specimens from this mine are not terribly colorful. A cool cabinet sized specimen of a species that is rarely offered for sale on the market.



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Augelite with Chlorargyrite from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b95a.JPG] Augelite with Chlorargyrite from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b95b.JPG] Augelite with Chlorargyrite from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b95c.JPG] Augelite with Chlorargyrite from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b95d.JPG] Augelite with Chlorargyrite from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b95e.JPG] Augelite with Chlorargyrite from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b95f.JPG] Augelite with Chlorargyrite from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b95g.JPG] Augelite with Chlorargyrite from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b95h.JPG]


No. BOL711B95 - $ 250.00

Augelite with Chlorargyrite

Locality: Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.1 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 8 mm


An attractive display specimen of Augelite featuring a few sharp, translucent, whitish color, somewhat blocky monoclinic crystals which are associated with small white prismatic Quartz crystals and very rarely seen pale chartreuse-green Chlorargyrite on matrix. This is one of the very few specimens of Augelite with Chlorargyrite that I have seen from Machacamarca, and the color contrast makes for a pleasing specimen, as many of the Augelites from this mine are not terribly colorful. If you’re a Bolivian mineral collector, or a species/association collector, I’ll bet that you don’t have an Augelite with Chlorargyrite in your collection.



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Augelite (twin)(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b96a.JPG] Augelite (twin)(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b96b.JPG] Augelite (twin)(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b96c.JPG] Augelite (twin)(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b96d.JPG] Augelite (twin)(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b96e.JPG] Augelite (twin)(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b96f.JPG]


No. BOL711B96 - $ 600.00

Augelite (twin)(?)

Locality: Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.4 cm


An attractive, sharp, lustrous, gemmy/translucent, very good sized crystal (possibly a twin) with minor Quartz and Pyrite aesthetically sitting on matrix. Upon close inspection, I believe that this could be a twinned crystal only because I can see what I would call a clear reentrant angle in the middle of the crystal. I can’t say for sure if it’s twinned, and if anybody out there is familiar with the twinning of Augelite, I would love to hear their feedback. This piece was collected in March of 2006, and was one of the best pieces to come out of Machacamarca during that time. Regardless of whether the crystal is twinned or not, it’s a very fine Augelite not only from Bolivia, but any world locality.



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Augelite included with Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b97a.JPG] Augelite included with Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b97b.JPG] Augelite included with Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b97c.JPG] Augelite included with Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b97d.JPG] Augelite included with Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b97e.JPG] Augelite included with Jamesonite(?) from Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b97f.JPG]


No. BOL711B97 - $ 550.00

Augelite included with Jamesonite(?)

Locality: Machacamarca Mine, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)
Largest Crystal: 2.0 cm


The largest crystal on this specimen is one of the biggest Augelites that I have seen from Bolivia. It’s amazingly well-formed, sharp, surprisingly lustrous, and DOUBLY-TERMINATED ! It is associated with a few smaller (but not small by any means) Augelites of similar quality. Interestingly the crystals are included with an unknown blackish mineral (probably Jamesonite) to create an eye-catching two toned effect. The piece was difficult to photograph, and despite the larger size of the Augelites, there are a few rough spots here and there. It’s still a dramatic specimen and very three-dimensional compared to the large majority of Augelites from Machacamarca. Certainly unique and what I would call worthwhile for a collector of Bolivian minerals or rare phosphates.



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Amethyst (“reverse” scepters) on Calcite from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b98a.JPG] Amethyst (“reverse” scepters) on Calcite from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b98b.JPG] Amethyst (“reverse” scepters) on Calcite from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b98c.JPG] Amethyst (“reverse” scepters) on Calcite from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b98d.JPG] Amethyst (“reverse” scepters) on Calcite from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b98e.JPG] Amethyst (“reverse” scepters) on Calcite from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b98f.JPG] Amethyst (“reverse” scepters) on Calcite from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b98g.JPG]


No. BOL711B98 - $ 350.00

Amethyst (“reverse” scepters) on Calcite

Locality: Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.3 x 5.1 x 3.2 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.1 cm


This specimen is an attractive display piece consisting of fine quality, sharp, gemmy, lustrous, prismatic, purple "reverse" scepter and simple prisms of Amethyst associated with good quality, gemmy, white/colorless, modified scalenohedra of Calcite sitting on underlain "chlorite" on matrix. This piece is remarkable for Bolivia as it features a type of crystallization that is virtually unheard of for this country. A great piece for the quality and rarely seen crystal habit. NOTE: Despite the fact that Calcite is widespread in the world, Bolivia is nearly DEVOID of Calcite, and the locality at Bombori has produced what are arguably the largest quantity of fine crystallized Calcites from anywhere in Bolivia. I know it’s somewhat trivial to remark on Calcite as a species, but the Calcites on this specimen are impressive for Bolivia.



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Amethyst (scepters) on matrix from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b99a.JPG] Amethyst (scepters) on matrix from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b99b.JPG] Amethyst (scepters) on matrix from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b99c.JPG] Amethyst (scepters) on matrix from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b99d.JPG] Amethyst (scepters) on matrix from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b99e.JPG] Amethyst (scepters) on matrix from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b99f.JPG] Amethyst (scepters) on matrix from Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b99g.JPG]


No. BOL711B99 - $ 700.00 - ON HOLD

Amethyst (scepters) on matrix

Locality: Bombori, Chayanta Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 14.5 x 10.2 x 4.7 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.0 cm


Some of the most interesting Amethyst crystals from Bolivia are found at Bombori. This area refers to a nearby village where surface diggings have produced some really eye-catching and good quality Amethyst specimens. This piece hosts dozens upon dozens of very sharp, rather lustrous, well-formed, gemmy, lilac to purple color scepter habit crystals of Amethyst on altered volcanic rock matrix. A few of the Amethyst crystals show a tapered “reverse” scepter habit, which is not common in my experience with this material. Very little damage to speak of, and this piece is one of the largest display specimens I have handled from Bombori. If you’re a Quartz collector, be sure to pick this one up as it is an uncommon locality specimen, and great cabinet display piece, and superior quality compared to most from this area.



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Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b100a.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b100b.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b100c.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b100d.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b100e.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b100f.JPG]


No. BOL711B100 - SOLD

Silver (wires) on matrix

Locality: Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 11.6 x 5.3 x 1.2 cm (cabinet)


A rarely seen matrix wire Silver specimen from Porco. Typically, the Silver specimens from this mine are single wires off matrix, or crude crystalline clusters. This piece features some of the largest individual wires of Silver that I’ve seen from this mine. The thin, gentle nature of the wires creates a very eye-catching specimen, and the fact that they stayed on the matrix is a minor miracle. Amazingly aesthetic compared to the majority of Silvers from this area, and very reasonably priced compared to similar specimens from classic and contemporary world localities. Porco is THE oldest and most significant Silver mine in Bolivia, and obtaining specimens is next to impossible because miners rarely bring out anything for sale, as the mine is a large commercial production, and virtually everything goes into the crusher. Most everything that evades the crusher is usually taken out of Bolivia by a geologist who has an "in" at the mine. This is why it is so difficult to obtain any good Silvers from Porco, so don't miss out. Considering the higher prices on the new Chinese wire Silvers, this is a great opportunity for somebody to purchase an aesthetic wire specimen ON MATRIX for a good price.



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Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b101a.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b101b.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b101c.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b101d.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b101e.JPG]


No. BOL711B101 - $ 750.00

Silver (wires)

Locality: Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.8 x 2.2 x 1.1 cm (small cabinet)


An aesthetic and fairly thick (for the locality) wire specimen of native Silver from the famous Porco Mine. A pair of eye-catching, twisting, striated, elongated wires are intergrown to create a three-dimensional small cabinet display specimen. Wires of this thickness and quality with such great visual appeal are few and far between from Porco. If you’re a Bolivian mineral collector, or a collector of native elements, this excellent specimen would make a perfect addition to your collection. Porco is THE oldest and most significant Silver mine in Bolivia, and obtaining specimens is next to impossible because miners rarely bring out anything for sale, as the mine is a large commercial production, and virtually everything goes into the crusher. Most everything that evades the crusher is usually taken out of Bolivia by a geologist who has an "in" at the mine. This is why it is so difficult to obtain any good Silvers from Porco, so don't miss out. Considering the higher prices on the new Chinese wire Silvers, this is a great opportunity for somebody to purchase an aesthetic wire specimen for a good price.



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Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b102a.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b102b.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b102c.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b102d.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b102e.JPG] Silver (wires) from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b102f.JPG]


No. BOL711B102 - $ 750.00

Silver (wires)

Locality: Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.7 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm (small cabinet)


An aesthetic and fairly thick (for the locality) wire specimen of native Silver from the famous Porco Mine. A group of eye-catching, twisting, striated, elongated wires are intergrown to create a three-dimensional small cabinet display specimen. Wires of this thickness and quality with such great visual appeal are few and far between from Porco. If you’re a Bolivian mineral collector, or a collector of native elements, this excellent specimen would make a perfect addition to your collection. Porco is THE oldest and most significant Silver mine in Bolivia, and obtaining specimens is next to impossible because miners rarely bring out anything for sale, as the mine is a large commercial production, and virtually everything goes into the crusher. Most everything that evades the crusher is usually taken out of Bolivia by a geologist who has an "in" at the mine. This is why it is so difficult to obtain any good Silvers from Porco, so don't miss out. Considering the higher prices on the new Chinese wire Silvers, this is a great opportunity for somebody to purchase an aesthetic wire specimen for a good price.



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Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b103a.JPG] Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b103b.JPG] Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b103c.JPG]


No. BOL711B103 - $ 150.00

Silver

Locality: Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.8 x 2.7 x 0.9 cm (miniature)


A good quality group of crystalline Silver with some micro pseudo-wires forming a very attractive branching specimen. The Silver is intermixed with micro Quartz and reddish-brown Sphalerite as well. This is a very aesthetic specimen from this classic Bolivian locality, but please note that this specimen is somewhat FRAGILE so it must be handled carefully, so please keep this in mind. The mine at Porco is THE oldest and most significant Silver mine in Bolivia, and obtaining specimens is next to impossible because miners rarely bring out anything for sale, as the mine is a large commercial production, and virtually everything goes into the crusher. Most everything that evades the crusher is usually taken out of Bolivia by a geologist who has an "in" at the mine, or sometimes a group of brave miners risk losing their jobs by sneaking out a handful of specimens to raise a little extra money to feed their families. I obtained this piece directly from the miners at Porco a few months ago, and it is one of the best crystalline Bolivian Silvers that I have handled in recent months. It is very difficult to obtain any good Silvers from Porco, so don't miss out.



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Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b104a.JPG] Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b104b.JPG] Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b104c.JPG] Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b104d.JPG] Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b104e.JPG] Silver from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b104f.JPG]


No. BOL711B104 - $ 100.00

Silver

Locality: Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 2.1 x 0.9 cm (miniature)


A good quality group of crystalline Silver with some micro pseudo-wires forming a very attractive miniature specimen. The Silver is intermixed with micro Quartz and reddish-brown Sphalerite as well. This is a fairly aesthetic specimen from this classic Bolivian locality, but please note that this specimen is somewhat FRAGILE so it must be handled carefully, so please keep this in mind. The mine at Porco is THE oldest and most significant Silver mine in Bolivia, and obtaining specimens is next to impossible because miners rarely bring out anything for sale, as the mine is a large commercial production, and virtually everything goes into the crusher. Most everything that evades the crusher is usually taken out of Bolivia by a geologist who has an "in" at the mine, or sometimes a group of brave miners risk losing their jobs by sneaking out a handful of specimens to raise a little extra money to feed their families. I obtained this piece directly from the miners at Porco a few months ago, and it is one of the best crystalline Bolivian Silvers that I have handled in recent months. It is very difficult to obtain any good Silvers from Porco, so don't miss out.



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Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b105a.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b105b.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b105c.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b105d.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b105e.JPG] Silver (wires) on matrix from Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b105f.JPG]


No. BOL711B105 - $ 450.00

Silver (wires) on matrix

Locality: Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 7.2 x 3.8 x 2.7 cm (small cabinet)


A rarely seen matrix wire Silver specimen from Porco. Typically, the Silver specimens from this mine are single wires off matrix, or crude crystalline clusters. This piece features some reasonably thin, gentle wires which creates a very eye-catching specimen, and the fact that they stayed on the matrix is a minor miracle. Fairly aesthetic compared to the majority of Silvers from this area, and very reasonably priced compared to similar specimens from classic and contemporary world localities. Porco is THE oldest and most significant Silver mine in Bolivia, and obtaining specimens is next to impossible because miners rarely bring out anything for sale, as the mine is a large commercial production, and virtually everything goes into the crusher. Most everything that evades the crusher is usually taken out of Bolivia by a geologist who has an "in" at the mine. This is why it is so difficult to obtain any good Silvers from Porco, so don't miss out. Considering the higher prices on the new Chinese wire Silvers, this is a great opportunity for somebody to purchase an aesthetic wire specimen ON MATRIX for a good price.



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Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Machacamarca, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b106a.JPG] Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Machacamarca, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b106b.JPG]


No. BOL711B106 - $ 300.00

Valentinite

Locality: Colavi Mine, Machacamarca, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.6 x 2.6 x 1.6 cm (thumbnail)
Largest Crystal: 7 mm


Good crystallized specimens of Valentinite are few and far between on the market, and Bolivia has arguably produced some the finest crystals of the species extant. The most classic Bolivian localities for Valentinite is the Itos and San Jose Mines in Oruro, Bolivia, but around 2002, some exciting Valetinites started trickling out of the Colavi Mine to the south. This piece is one of the better specimens to come out of that 2002 discovery and features several sharp, striated, lustrous, “straw”-colored orthorhombic crystals on matrix. Despite its simple chemistry, this antimony oxide is fairly rare with regard to collector quality display specimens. The species, which is pronounced Vah-LEN-tin-ite, was named after Basilius Valentinus, a fabled alchemist from the 15th century who was the first to discover properties of antimony, and who may or may not have actually existed, but instead was potentially a pen name for works written by Johann Thölde.



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Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Machacamarca, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b107a.JPG] Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Machacamarca, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b107b.JPG] Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Machacamarca, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b107c.JPG] Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Machacamarca, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b107d.JPG]


No. BOL711B107 - $ 125.00

Valentinite

Locality: Colavi Mine, Machacamarca, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 1.5 x 1.1 x 0.8 cm (thumbnail)
Largest Crystal: 8 mm


Good crystallized specimens of Valentinite are few and far between on the market, and Bolivia has arguably produced some the finest crystals of the species extant. The most classic Bolivian localities for Valentinite is the Itos and San Jose Mines in Oruro, Bolivia, but around 2002, some exciting Valetinites started trickling out of the Colavi Mine to the south. This piece is one of the better specimens to come out of that 2002 discovery and features several sharp, rather lustrous, silvery-grey colored orthorhombic crystals with minor matrix. Despite its simple chemistry, this antimony oxide is fairly rare with regard to collector quality display specimens. This piece would make a good addition to a Bolivian reference suite, or to fill a spot for a species collector. The species, which is pronounced Vah-LEN-tin-ite, was named after Basilius Valentinus, a fabled alchemist from the 15th century who was the first to discover properties of antimony, and who may or may not have actually existed, but instead was potentially a pen name for works written by Johann Thölde.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b108a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b108b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b108c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b108d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b108e.JPG]


No. BOL711B108 - SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.5 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 2.2 cm


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia . It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This particular piece features an absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, GEM QUALITY, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystal of Vivianite on metamorphosed Sandstone matrix. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material, and just look at how sharp, lustrous and GEMMY the crystal is. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The termination on the above specimen is very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite (superb!) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b109a.JPG] Vivianite (superb!) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b109b.JPG] Vivianite (superb!) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b109c.JPG] Vivianite (superb!) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b109d.JPG] Vivianite (superb!) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b109e.JPG] Vivianite (superb!) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b109f.JPG]


No. BOL711B109 - $ 2200.00

Vivianite (superb!)

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 8.4 x 4.3 x 3.8 cm (small cabinet)


This is without question one of the finest Vivianites from this locality that I’ve handled. The piece features several absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, very gemmy, fairly large, rich emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite with minor metamorphosed Sandstone. There were very few crystals with the quality and size of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in EXCELLENT condition for this material, and the photos don’t do enough to show how sharp, lustrous and incredibly well-formed the crystals are. These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous. BETTER IN PERSON, and well worth the price, as it is far superior to 99% of the Vivianites I have seen from this locality.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b110a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b110b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b110c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b110d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b110e.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b110f.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b110g.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b110h.JPG]


No. BOL711B110 - $ 275.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.7 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm (miniature)


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features a pair of absolutely beautiful, lustrous, sharp, very gemmy, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite aesthetically sitting on metamorphosed Sandstone matrix. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material, save one nick on the back of one of the crystals. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b111a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b111b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b111c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b111d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b111e.JPG]


No. BOL711B111 - $ 400.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm (miniature)


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features a pair of absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, gemmy, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite with minor metamorphosed Sandstone. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material, and just look at how sharp, lustrous and GEMMY the crystals are. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b112a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b112b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b112c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b112d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b112e.JPG]


No. BOL711B112 - $ 425.00 SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm (miniature)


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia . It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This particular piece features a few absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, GEM QUALITY, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite with minor metamorphosed Sandstone. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material, and just look at how sharp, lustrous and GEMMY the crystals are. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite with Barite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b113a.JPG] Vivianite with Barite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b113b.JPG] Vivianite with Barite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b113c.JPG] Vivianite with Barite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b113d.JPG] Vivianite with Barite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b113e.JPG] Vivianite with Barite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b113f.JPG] Vivianite with Barite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b113g.JPG]


No. BOL711B113 - $ 650.00

Vivianite with Barite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.8 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 4.3 cm


One of the very few Vivianite specimens I have seen from Tomokoni with associated Barite! These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia . It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This particular piece features a few absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, GEM QUALITY, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite with white bladed Barite and minor metamorphosed Sandstone. Some of the Vivianite crystals are actually doubly-terminated, which is rare from Tomokoni. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material, and just look at how sharp, lustrous and GEMMY the crystals are. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b114a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b114b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b114c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b114d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b114e.JPG]


No. BOL711B114 - $ 400.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.5 x 2.3 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features a pair of absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, GEM quality, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite with minor metamorphosed Sandstone. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material, and just look at how sharp, lustrous and GEMMY the crystals are. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b115a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b115b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b115c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b115d.JPG]


No. BOL711B115 - $ 125.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.3 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm (thumbnail)
Largest Crystal: 1.8 cm


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features a few absolutely beautiful, lustrous, sharp, translucent, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite on metamorphosed Sandstone matrix. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b116a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b116b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b116c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b116d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b116e.JPG]


No. BOL711B116 - $ 450.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.5 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm (small cabinet)
Vivianite Crystal: 3.7 cm


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This particular piece features an absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, gemmy, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystal of Vivianite on metamorphosed Sandstone matrix. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material, and just look at how sharp and lustrous the crystal is. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The termination on the above specimen is very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b117a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b117b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b117c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b117d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b117e.JPG]


No. BOL711B117 - $ 950.00 SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.2 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm (small cabinet)


A fantastic group of Vivianites from this contemporary Vivianite locality. These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia . It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This particular piece features several absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, very gemmy, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite to create a very attractive display specimen. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material, and just look at how sharp, lustrous and GEMMY the crystals are. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The termination on the above specimen is very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118e.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118f.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118g.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118h.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b118i.JPG]


No. BOL711B118 - $ 900.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 4.1 x 3.6 cm (small cabinet)


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features several absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, gemmy, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite with metamorphosed Sandstone. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material despite a little bit of roughness here and there, but just look at how sharp, lustrous and GEMMY the crystals are. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b119a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b119b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b119c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b119d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b119e.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b119f.JPG]


No. BOL711B119 - $ 800.00

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.3 x 5.3 x 3.7 cm (small cabinet)


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features several absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, gemmy, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite with metamorphosed Sandstone. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material despite a little bit of roughness here and there, but just look at how sharp and lustrous the crystals are. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite (doubly-terminated) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b120a.JPG] Vivianite (doubly-terminated) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b120b.JPG] Vivianite (doubly-terminated) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b120c.JPG] Vivianite (doubly-terminated) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b120d.JPG] Vivianite (doubly-terminated) from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b120e.JPG]


No. BOL711B120 - SOLD

Vivianite (doubly-terminated)

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm (small cabinet)


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features an absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, gemmy, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped doubly-terminated crystal of Vivianite with minor metamorphosed Sandstone. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material despite a rough spot on the bottom, but just look at how sharp, lustrous and GEMMY the crystal is. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b121a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b121b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b121c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b121d.JPG]


No. BOL711B121 - SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.8 x 3.4 x 3.3 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 2.0 cm


These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features several absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, GEM quality, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite aesthetically sitting on metamorphosed Sandstone. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material despite contact on the back of the piece, but just look at how sharp and lustrous the crystals are. 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 the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and highly lustrous.



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