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Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b122a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b122b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b122c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b122d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b122e.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b122f.JPG]


No. BOL711B122 - $ 500.00

Vivianite

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

Specimen Size: 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.1 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 several 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 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 from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b123a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b123b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b123c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b123d.JPG]


No. BOL711B123 - $ 225.00

Vivianite

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

Specimen Size: 2.3 x 1.5 x 1.0 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 an absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, GEM quality, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystal of Vivianite. 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 from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b124a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b124b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b124c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b124d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b124e.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b124f.JPG]


No. BOL711B124 - SOLD

Vivianite

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

Specimen Size: 3.8 x 2.8 x 1.6 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 pair of absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, gemmy, 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, and 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 from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b125a.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b125b.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b125c.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b125d.JPG] Vivianite from Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b125e.JPG]


No. BOL711B125 - $ 175.00

Vivianite

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

Specimen Size: 4.3 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 2.8 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 particular piece features an absolutely beautiful, highly lustrous, sharp, gemmy, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystal of Vivianite with/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 with Apatite, Siderite and Quartz from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b126a.JPG] Vivianite with Apatite, Siderite and Quartz from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b126b.JPG] Vivianite with Apatite, Siderite and Quartz from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b126c.JPG] Vivianite with Apatite, Siderite and Quartz from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b126d.JPG] Vivianite with Apatite, Siderite and Quartz from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b126e.JPG] Vivianite with Apatite, Siderite and Quartz from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b126f.JPG] Vivianite with Apatite, Siderite and Quartz from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b126g.JPG]


No. BOL711B126 - SOLD

Vivianite with Apatite, Siderite and Quartz

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Vivianite: 1.6 cm


Here is a great association specimen of Vivianite from the Siglo XX mine in Bolivia. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality. This small cabinet size piece features several beautiful, relatively sharp, gemmy, blue green color, prismatic crystals of Vivianite (some of which are doubly-terminated) associated with tan Siderite “discs” and GEM quality, colorless Quartz prisms, but the most appealing aspect of specimen is the fact that it features, soft pink color Apatite crystals up to 1.2 cm across on the reverse side! A very small percentage of the Vivianite specimens from this mine are associated with Apatite, and this is one of the better pieces with this association that I have offered from this classic locality. This material is rarely seen in today's market and this particular specimen is at least 25 years old. A great and fairly aesthetic display specimen from this world famous locality.



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Vivianite (twinned) with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b127a.JPG] Vivianite (twinned) with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b127b.JPG] Vivianite (twinned) with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b127c.JPG] Vivianite (twinned) with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b127d.JPG] Vivianite (twinned) with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b127e.JPG]


No. BOL711B127 - $ 850.00

Vivianite (twinned) with Childrenite and Paravauxite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 3.8 x 3.4 cm (small cabinet)


A classic association specimen from one of the most well-known mines in Bolivia. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality. This piece features a wonderful, relatively sharp, deep emerald green color, blocky, twinned crystal of Vivianite which is associated with beautifully contrasting golden Childrenite aggregates, and rare light green Paravauxite crystals. The piece looks like it’s from the famous Contacto vein where some of the most important phosphate specimens were found at Siglo XX. I believe it’s at least 40 years old, and could date back further. Great condition overall, and how often does one see such a fantastic blocky twinned crystal of Vivianite like this, let alone with such attractive associated species.



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Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b128a.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b128b.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b128c.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b128d.JPG]


No. BOL711B128 - $ 350.00

Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)
Vivianite Crystal: 1.3 cm


A classic association specimen from one of the most well-known mines in Bolivia. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality. This piece features a wonderful, relatively sharp, deep emerald green color, prismatic crystal of Vivianite which is associated with beautifully contrasting golden Childrenite aggregates, and rare light green Paravauxite crystals on the back/reverse side of the specimen. The piece looks like it’s from the famous Contacto vein where some of the most important phosphate specimens were found at Siglo XX. I believe it’s at least 40 years old, and could date back further. Great condition overall, and how often does one see such attractive association specimens from this locality?



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Vivianite with Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b129a.JPG] Vivianite with Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b129b.JPG] Vivianite with Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b129c.JPG] Vivianite with Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b129d.JPG]


No. BOL711B129 - $ 995.00

Vivianite with Paravauxite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 7.0 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm (small cabinet)


A classic association specimen from one of the most well-known mines in Bolivia. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality. This piece features a wonderful, relatively sharp, deep emerald green color, prismatic crystal of Vivianite which is associated with beautifully contrasting, and rare light green Paravauxite crystals on the back/reverse side of the specimen. The piece looks like it’s from the famous Contacto vein where some of the most important phosphate specimens were found at Siglo XX. I believe it’s at least 40 years old, and could date back further. Great condition overall, and how often does one see such an attractive association specimen from this locality?



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Vivianite (historic specimen) from 235 Level, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b130a.JPG] Vivianite (historic specimen) from 235 Level, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b130b.JPG] Vivianite (historic specimen) from 235 Level, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b130c.JPG] Vivianite (historic specimen) from 235 Level, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b130d.JPG]


No. BOL711B130 - $ 875.00

Vivianite (historic specimen)

Locality: 235 Level, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.2 x 4.3 x 3.8 cm (small cabinet)
Vivianite Crystal: 3.7 x 3.2 cm


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar and Federico Ahlfeld


A very historic and classic matrix Vivianite specimen from the famous Siglo XX mine in Bolivia. This piece was mined in 1946 and originally was in the collection of the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld, and later came to my father, Richard Kosnar. Dad’s original hand-written catalogue number (B1183) is glued to the base of the piece. It’s one of the best old-time matrix Vivianites that I’ve handled, and carries a lot of sentimental value along with its historic pedigree. Several excellent, very sharp, classic, lustrous, gemmy, rich emerald green color, “sword”-shaped crystals of Vivianite are smartly perched on matrix. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality, and those who are familiar with specimens from this mine know that good matrix Vivianites are next to impossible to obtain, especially from nearly 70 years ago!



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Vivianite from Contacto Vein, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b131a.JPG] Vivianite from Contacto Vein, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b131b.JPG] Vivianite from Contacto Vein, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b131c.JPG] Vivianite from Contacto Vein, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b131d.JPG]


No. BOL711B131 - $ 600.00

Vivianite

Locality: Contacto Vein, Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.7 x 1.3 x 0.8 cm (miniature)


A classic single crystal of Vivianite from the famous Siglo XX mine. This superb, very sharp, rather lustrous, gemmy, rich emerald green color “sword”-shaped crystal is one of the better quality single Vivianites that I’ve offered from this famous locality. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality, and those who are familiar with specimens from this mine know that good quality Vivianites are next to impossible to obtain. This is a historic specimen that was collected in the 1940s when the Siglo XX Mine was booming with new and exciting phosphates!



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Vivianite with Childrenite, Siderite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b132a.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite, Siderite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b132b.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite, Siderite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b132c.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite, Siderite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b132d.JPG]


No. BOL711B132 - $ 850.00

Vivianite with Childrenite, Siderite and Paravauxite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.2 x 4.0 x 3.2 cm (small cabinet)
Vivianite Crystal: 2.3 cm


A classic association specimen from one of the most well-known mines in Bolivia. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality. This piece features a wonderful, very sharp, lustrous, deep emerald green color, “sword”-shaped prismatic crystal of Vivianite which is associated with beautifully contrasting golden Siderite and Childrenite aggregates, and rare light green Paravauxite crystals plus minor Pyrite on matrix. The piece looks like it’s from the famous Contacto vein where some of the most important phosphate specimens were found at Siglo XX. This is a historic specimen that was collected in the 1940s when the Siglo XX Mine was booming with new and exciting phosphates! Great condition overall, and how often does one see such attractive association specimens from this locality?



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Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b133a.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b133b.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b133c.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b133d.JPG] Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b133e.JPG]


No. BOL711B133 - $ 700.00

Vivianite with Childrenite and Paravauxite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.8 x 4.3 x 2.7 cm (miniature)


A classic association specimen from one of the most well-known mines in Bolivia. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality. This piece features a few wonderful, relatively sharp, semi-lustrous, deep blue green color, prismatic crystals of Vivianite which are associated with beautifully contrasting golden Childrenite aggregates, and rare light green Paravauxite crystals on the back/reverse side of the specimen. The piece looks like it’s from the famous Contacto vein where some of the most important phosphate specimens were found at Siglo XX. This is a historic specimen that was collected in the 1940s when the Siglo XX Mine was booming with new and exciting phosphates! Great condition overall, and how often does one see such attractive association specimens from this locality?



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Vivianite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b134a.JPG] Vivianite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b134b.JPG] Vivianite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b134c.JPG] Vivianite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b134d.JPG] Vivianite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b134e.JPG] Vivianite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b134f.JPG] Vivianite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b134g.JPG] Vivianite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b134h.JPG]


No. BOL711B134 - $ 750.00

Vivianite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.8 x 4.8 x 3.4 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 5.6 cm


Here is a great old locality specimen of Vivianite from the Siglo XX mine in Bolivia. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality. This small cabinet size piece features a few beautiful, relatively sharp, gemmy, blue green color, prismatic crystals of Vivianite (some are actually doubly-terminated!) associated with botryoidal Wavellite which is coated/replaced by Limonite. This material is rarely seen in today's market and this particular specimen is at least 25 years old. A great aesthetic display specimen from this world famous locality. A great and rather aesthetic display specimen of this well-known phosphate.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b135a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b135b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b135c.JPG]


No. BOL711B135 - $ 200.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.4 x 0.9 x 0.2 cm (thumbnail)


This piece was collected in 2000, when Huanuni had a short, but prosperous boom of specimens. I personally obtained this piece at the mine on one of my first trips to Bolivia. I kept it as a memento of those early years visiting Bolivia, but it’s time for it to find a new home. A very sharp, GEM quality, rather lustrous, rich emerald green, thin, prismatic crystal with a beautiful termination. Great quality all the way around, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color. 



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b136a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b136b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b136c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b136d.JPG]


No. BOL711B136 - $ 250.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 3.7 x 2.3 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.2 cm


This piece was collected in 2000, when Huanuni had a short, but prosperous boom of specimens. I personally obtained this piece at the mine on one of my first trips to Bolivia. I kept it as a memento of those early years visiting Bolivia, but it’s time for it to find a new home. The piece features a very sharp, GEM quality, rather lustrous, rich emerald green, “sword”-shaped crystal with a beautiful termination on Pyrite matrix. The accompanying Vivianite on the side of the main crystal is contacted, but this is still a great quality piece from Huanuni, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b137a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b137b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b137c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b137d.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b137e.JPG]


No. BOL711B137 - $ 225.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.1 cm (miniature)
Vivianite Crystal: 9 mm


This piece was collected in 2000, when Huanuni had a short, but prosperous boom of specimens. I personally obtained this piece at the mine on one of my first trips to Bolivia. I kept it as a memento of those early years visiting Bolivia, but it’s time for it to find a new home. The piece features a very sharp, GEM quality, highly lustrous, rich emerald green, “sword”-shaped crystal with a beautiful termination with Siderite on Pyrite matrix. A great quality piece from Huanuni, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color, plus the fact that it’s aesthetically sitting on matrix.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b138a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b138b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b138c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b138d.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b138e.JPG]


No. BOL711B138 - $ 250.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.9 cm (miniature)
Vivianite Crystal: 1.3 cm


This piece was collected in 2000, when Huanuni had a short, but prosperous boom of specimens. I personally obtained this piece at the mine on one of my first trips to Bolivia. I kept it as a memento of those early years visiting Bolivia, but it’s time for it to find a new home. The piece features a very sharp, GEM quality, highly lustrous, rich emerald green, “sword”-shaped crystal with a beautiful termination with Siderite on Pyrite matrix. A great quality piece from Huanuni, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color, plus the fact that it’s aesthetically sitting on matrix.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b139a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b139b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b139c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b139d.JPG]


No. BOL711B139 - $ 100.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 1.8 x 0.6 x 0.3 cm (thumbnail)


This piece was collected in 2000, when Huanuni had a short, but prosperous boom of specimens. I personally obtained this piece at the mine on one of my first trips to Bolivia. I kept it as a memento of those early years visiting Bolivia, but it’s time for it to find a new home. A fairly sharp, GEM quality, highly lustrous, rich emerald green, crystal with a beautiful termination with minor golden Siderite and matrix. A great quality piece from Huanuni, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b140a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b140b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b140c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b140d.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b140e.JPG]


No. BOL711B140 - $ 250.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.2 x 2.7 x 1.8 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 1.8 cm


This piece was collected in 2000, when Huanuni had a short, but prosperous boom of specimens. I personally obtained this piece at the mine on one of my first trips to Bolivia. I kept it as a memento of those early years visiting Bolivia, but it’s time for it to find a new home. The piece features a few very sharp, GEM quality, highly lustrous, rich blue green, “sword”-shaped crystals with beautiful terminations are associated with Siderite on matrix. A great quality piece from Huanuni, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color, plus the fact that the crystals are aesthetically sitting on matrix.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b141a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b141b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b141c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b141d.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b141e.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b141f.JPG]


No. BOL711B141 - $ 300.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.8 x 4.2 x 2.6 cm (small cabinet)
Vivianite Crystal: 1.1 cm


A worthwhile display specimen from what is actually the largest tin deposit in the world. The piece features a very sharp, GEM quality, highly lustrous, rich emerald green, prismatic crystal with a beautiful termination on Pyrite matrix. A great quality piece from Huanuni, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color, plus the fact that it’s aesthetically sitting on matrix.



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Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b142a.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b142b.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b142c.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b142d.JPG]


No. BOL711B142 - SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.2 x 5.8 x 2.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 4.8 cm


In the early 1980's, the Morococala mine produced some of the largest and most spectacular Vivianite specimens in history. An incredibly large "room" of crystals was discovered, producing giant plates of crystals and individual singles measuring up to 60 cm (!) which were just pouring out of the mine for very a brief period of time. Then the mine manager decided that the miners were too distracted collecting Vivianite and not attending to their duties underground, so he decided to blow up the entire section of the mine where the Vivianite was being collected, thus destroying a large percentage of specimens that would have made their way to the market. This piece is one of those famous specimens to come out of Morococala during the "Vivianite Boom". It hosts a few, lustrous, slightly "curved", sharp, prismatic, GEM/gemmy, deep emerald green crystals of Vivianite on matrix. The quality is good for this locality, and the Vivianite is aesthetically sitting on the matrix. A very nice Vivianite that is almost irreplaceable in today's market.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b143a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b143b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b143c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b143d.JPG]


No. BOL711B143 - $ 225.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.7 x 0.6 x 0.3 cm (thumbnail)


This piece was collected in 2000, when Huanuni had a short, but prosperous boom of specimens. I personally obtained this piece at the mine on one of my first trips to Bolivia. I kept it as a memento of those early years visiting Bolivia, but it’s time for it to find a new home. A very sharp, GEM quality, rather lustrous, rich emerald green, thin, prismatic crystal with a beautiful termination. Great quality all the way around, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color.



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Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b144a.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b144b.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b144c.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b144d.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b144e.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b144f.JPG]


No. BOL711B144 - $ 400.00

Vivianite

Locality: Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.8 x 1.3 x 0.8 cm (miniature)


In the early 1980's, the Morococala mine produced some of the largest and most spectacular Vivianite specimens in history. An incredibly large "room" of crystals was discovered, producing giant plates of crystals and individual singles measuring up to 60 cm (!) which were just pouring out of the mine for very a brief period of time. Then the mine manager decided that the miners were too distracted collecting Vivianite and not attending to their duties underground, so he decided to blow up the entire section of the mine where the Vivianite was being collected, thus destroying a large percentage of specimens that would have made their way to the market. This piece is one of those famous specimens to come out of Morococala during the "Vivianite Boom". It hosts a few, lustrous, slightly "curved", sharp, prismatic, GEM/gemmy, deep emerald green crystals of Vivianite. The quality is good for this locality, and the piece is almost irreplaceable in today's market.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b145a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b145b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b145c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b145d.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b145e.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b145f.JPG]


No. BOL711B145 - $ 650.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.2 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm (miniature)
Vivianite Crystal: 3.2 cm


This piece was collected in the early 1980’s, when Huanuni produced some really attractive Vivianite specimens. I acquired this piece from my father when I was about 15 years old, and it’s one of my favorite Vivianites from this mine for obvious reasons. The first is the sentimental value, but the second reason is the apparent quality. The piece features an excellent, very sharp, GEM quality, highly lustrous, rich blue green, “sword”-shaped crystal with a beautiful termination with golden Siderite and aesthetically flaring off Pyrite matrix. A great quality piece from Huanuni, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color, plus the fact that it’s aesthetically sitting on matrix.



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Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b146a.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b146b.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b146c.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b146d.JPG]


No. BOL711B146 - $ 550.00

Vivianite

Locality: Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 3.6 x 2.1 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.7 cm


In the early 1980's, the Morococala mine produced some of the largest and most spectacular Vivianite specimens in history. An incredibly large "room" of crystals was discovered, producing giant plates of crystals and individual singles measuring up to 60 cm (!) which were just pouring out of the mine for very a brief period of time. Then the mine manager decided that the miners were too distracted collecting Vivianite and not attending to their duties underground, so he decided to blow up the entire section of the mine where the Vivianite was being collected, thus destroying a large percentage of specimens that would have made their way to the market. This piece is one of those famous specimens to come out of Morococala during the "Vivianite Boom". It hosts a few, lustrous, slightly "curved", sharp, prismatic, gemmy, deep emerald green crystals of Vivianite which are aesthetically sitting on the classic iridescent Pyrite matrix is well known from this mine. The quality is good for this locality, and the piece is not only eye-catching, but virtually irreplaceable in today's market.



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Vivianite with Apatite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b147a.JPG] Vivianite with Apatite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b147b.JPG] Vivianite with Apatite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b147c.JPG]


No. BOL711B147 - $ 400.00

Vivianite with Apatite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.3 x 3.3 x 1.8 cm (miniature)
Vivianite Crystal: 3.0 cm


Here is a great old locality specimen of Vivianite from the Siglo XX mine in Bolivia. Subscribers to the Mineralogical Record know that an entire issue was dedicated to this unique and historic locality. This piece features a few beautiful, relatively sharp, translucent, blue green color, prismatic crystals of Vivianite associated with unusual tan colored, tabular crystals of Apatite on matrix. A very small percentage of the Vivianite specimens from this mine are associated with Apatite, and this is one of the more unusual pieces with this association that I have offered from this classic locality. This material is rarely seen in today's market and this particular specimen is at least 25 years old. There is a number glued to the back of the specimen (T58) that indicates it once belonged to my mother.



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Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b148a.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b148b.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b148c.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b148d.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b148e.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b148f.JPG]


No. BOL711B148 - $ 600.00 SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Morococala Mine, Santa Fe District, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.4 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm (miniature)


ex.  Brian Kosnar


In the early 1980's, the Morococala mine produced some of the largest and most spectacular Vivianite specimens in history. An incredibly large "room" of crystals was discovered, producing giant plates of crystals and individual singles measuring up to 60 cm (!) which were just pouring out of the mine for very a brief period of time. Then the mine manager decided that the miners were too distracted collecting Vivianite and not attending to their duties underground, so he decided to blow up the entire section of the mine where the Vivianite was being collected, thus destroying a large percentage of specimens that would have made their way to the market. This piece is one of those famous specimens to come out of Morococala during the "Vivianite Boom". It hosts a few, lustrous, slightly "curved", sharp, prismatic, gemmy, deep emerald green crystals of Vivianite which are aesthetically intergrown to create this beautiful toenail sized display specimen. The quality is great for this locality, and the piece is not only eye-catching, but virtually irreplaceable in today's market. This piece was actually part of my personal collection that my father assembled for me when I was a child, and too young to even know what a mineral specimen was. He decided to put aside a suite of smaller specimens for me to have when I was older, and this Vivianite was his personal favorite toenail that he acquired when he purchased the lot of specimens from Morococala, and he decided to give it to me. The original number (BK 228) that my father glued to iridescent Pyrite on the bottom of the specimen is still attached to the piece.



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Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b149a.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b149b.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b149c.JPG] Vivianite from Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b149d.JPG]


No. BOL711B149 - $ 250.00

Vivianite

Locality: Huanuni mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 2.9 x 0.5 x 0.3 cm (thumbnail)


This piece was collected in 2000, when Huanuni had a short, but prosperous boom of specimens. I personally obtained this piece at the mine on one of my first trips to Bolivia. I kept it as a memento of those early years visiting Bolivia, but it’s time for it to find a new home. A very sharp, GEM quality, rather lustrous, rich emerald green, “sword”-shaped, prismatic crystal with a beautiful termination. Great quality all the way around, and certainly better quality than a lot of Vivianites from this mine from the standpoint of gemminess and color.



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Vivianite (rare locality specimen!) from Chicote Grande Mine, Inquisivi Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b150a.JPG] Vivianite (rare locality specimen!) from Chicote Grande Mine, Inquisivi Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b150b.JPG] Vivianite (rare locality specimen!) from Chicote Grande Mine, Inquisivi Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b150c.JPG] Vivianite (rare locality specimen!) from Chicote Grande Mine, Inquisivi Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b150d.JPG] Vivianite (rare locality specimen!) from Chicote Grande Mine, Inquisivi Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b150e.JPG] Vivianite (rare locality specimen!) from Chicote Grande Mine, Inquisivi Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b150f.JPG]


No. BOL711B150 - $ 350.00 SOLD

Vivianite (rare locality specimen!)

Locality: Chicote Grande Mine, Inquisivi Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.4 x 2.0 x 1.8 cm (miniature)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


One of the VERY FEW Vivianite specimens that I have seen from the Chicote Grande mine in Bolivia. This mine is actually best known for its astoundingly fine Japan-Law twinned Quartz specimens, which sometimes played host to beautiful jet black Ferberite crystals! Chicote Grande is one of the "forgotten" mines in Bolivia over the last 20 years as very little material has been available. My father had a stake in this mine in late 1970’s / early 1980’s, and was able to acquire some superb and interesting specimens. This piece was the ONLY specimen of Vivianite from Chicote Grande that my father kept for his personal collection. It is a most unusual, almost “etched” looking crystal group with “grooves” and subtle gentleness to the crystal faces. The crystals are actually well-formed with a very deep and subdued green color, which will pass light when backlit. It’s actually crystallized all the way around, save one spot on the bottom where it must have detached from the pocket. If you’re a Vivianite collector or a Bolivian mineral collector, do not pass up this unique and hard-to-find little display specimen. You don’t see these anywhere on the market now. Without a doubt, one of the best Vivianites that I know of from this tungsten mine in northern Bolivia.



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Cassiterite (unusual for the locality) from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b151a.JPG] Cassiterite (unusual for the locality) from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b151b.JPG] Cassiterite (unusual for the locality) from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b151c.JPG] Cassiterite (unusual for the locality) from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b151d.JPG] Cassiterite (unusual for the locality) from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b151e.JPG] Cassiterite (unusual for the locality) from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b151f.JPG]


No. BOL711B151 - $ 450.00

Cassiterite (unusual for the locality)

Locality: Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.3 x 3.1 x 2.0 cm (miniature)


A really unique Cassiterite from this classic tin deposit in Bolivia. Viloco (sometimes called Araca) for many years has stood as one of the top Cassiterite localities in the world. This mine is still active today, and bears the unique distinction of producing the only GEM quality (facet grade) Cassiterites from any mine in Bolivia. Considering the millions of tons of tin ore that Bolivia has yielded, the fact that only one mine ever produced transparent Cassiterite is remarkable. This piece is a superb, lustrous, sharp, eye-catching, jet-black to golden / “root beer” colored crystal group with an unusual crystallization for the locality. It does not feature the classic cyclic twins, but rather an interesting arrangement of tetragonal crystals creating a “tree” shape. Good condition, and certainly different from the typical Cassiterites from Viloco. If you’re a Cassiterite collector, or a Bolivian mineral collector, be sure to pick up this one.



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