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Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b183a.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b183b.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b183c.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b183d.JPG]


No. BOL711B183 - $ 250.00

Vauxite on Wavellite

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

Specimen Size: 2.7 x 2.1 x 1.2 cm (thumbnail)


Here we have a remarkable, well crystallized, TOP venetian blue color, ridiculously rare specimen consisting of radiating crystal aggregates of Vauxite. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a blue mass. The matrix is actually a thin shell of Wavellite which may have formed on top of some kind of clay (perhaps decomposed Allophane), which dissolved and left this "crust" behind. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of this incredibly beautiful phosphate. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite which was discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and was first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. Superb crystallization and quality for the species.



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Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b184a.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b184b.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b184c.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b184d.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b184e.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b184f.JPG]


No. BOL711B184 - SOLD

Vauxite on Wavellite

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

Specimen Size: 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm (thumbnail)


Here we have a remarkable, well crystallized, TOP venetian blue color, ridiculously rare specimen consisting of radiating crystal aggregates of Vauxite. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a blue mass. The matrix is actually a thin shell of Wavellite which may have formed on top of some kind of clay (perhaps decomposed Allophane), which dissolved and left this "crust" behind. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of this incredibly beautiful phosphate. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite which was discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and was first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. Superb crystallization and quality for the species.



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Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185a.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185b.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185c.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185d.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185e.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185f.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185g.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185h.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185i.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b185j.JPG]


No. BOL711B185 - SOLD

Vauxite on Wavellite

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

Specimen Size: 3.5 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm (miniature)


Here we have a remarkable, well crystallized, TOP venetian blue color, ridiculously rare specimen consisting of radiating crystal aggregates of Vauxite. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a blue mass. The matrix is actually a thin shell of Wavellite which may have formed on top of some kind of clay (perhaps decomposed Allophane), which dissolved and left this "crust" behind. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of this incredibly beautiful phosphate. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite which was discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and was first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. Superb crystallization and quality for the species.



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Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b186a.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b186b.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b186c.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b186d.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b186e.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b186f.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b186g.JPG] Vauxite on Wavellite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b186h.JPG]


No. BOL711B186 - SOLD

Vauxite on Wavellite

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

Specimen Size: 2.1 x 2.0 x 1.1 cm (thumbnail)


Here we have a remarkable, well crystallized, TOP venetian blue color, ridiculously rare specimen consisting of radiating crystal aggregates of Vauxite. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a blue mass. The matrix is actually a thin shell of Wavellite which may have formed on top of some kind of clay (perhaps decomposed Allophane), which dissolved and left this "crust" behind. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of this incredibly beautiful phosphate. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite which was discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and was first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. Superb crystallization and quality for the species.



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Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b187a.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b187b.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b187c.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b187d.JPG]


No. BOL711B187 - $ 225.00

Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite)

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.7 cm (miniature)


This piece was mined in June of 2010. It is a remarkable, very well crystallized, ridiculously rare, specimen consisting of small, bladed, beautiful blue color, radiating aggregates of Vauxite coated by with tabular blades of greenish-white Paravauxite on very minor clay (probably decomposed Allophane) matrix. There are also some very tiny spots of brownish-tan Childrenite on the specimen as well. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a mass. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of these incredibly beautiful phosphates and to find two "Vauxite" species together on one piece is fantastic. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite which were originally discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. It is so unbelievably rare to find good size, beautifully crystallized specimens of Vauxite and Paravauxite together from Bolivia like this one.



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Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b188a.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b188b.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b188c.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b188d.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b188e.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b188f.JPG]


No. BOL711B188 - SOLD

Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite)

Specimen Size: 3.1 x 2.3 x 1.1 cm (thumbnail)


This piece was mined in June of 2010. It is a remarkable, very well crystallized, ridiculously rare, specimen consisting of small, bladed, beautiful blue color, radiating aggregates of Vauxite coated by with tabular blades of greenish-white Paravauxite on very minor clay (probably decomposed Allophane) matrix. There are also some very tiny spots of brownish-tan Childrenite on the specimen as well. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a mass. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of these incredibly beautiful phosphates and to find two "Vauxite" species together on one piece is fantastic. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite which were originally discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. It is so unbelievably rare to find good size, beautifully crystallized specimens of Vauxite and Paravauxite together from Bolivia like this one.



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Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b189a.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b189b.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b189c.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b189d.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b189e.JPG]


No. BOL711B189 - $ 150.00

Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite)

Specimen Size: 2.3 x 1.7 x 1.0 cm (thumbnail)


This piece was mined in June of 2010. It is a remarkable, very well crystallized, ridiculously rare, specimen consisting of small, bladed, beautiful blue color, radiating aggregates of Vauxite coated by with tabular blades of greenish-white Paravauxite on very minor clay (probably decomposed Allophane) matrix. There are also some very tiny spots of brownish-tan Childrenite on the specimen as well. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a mass. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of these incredibly beautiful phosphates and to find two "Vauxite" species together on one piece is fantastic. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite which were originally discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. It is so unbelievably rare to find good size, beautifully crystallized specimens of Vauxite and Paravauxite together from Bolivia like this one.



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Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b190a.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b190b.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b190c.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b190d.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b190e.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite) [./bolivia711/bol711b190f.JPG]


No. BOL711B190 - $ 175.00

Vauxite with Paravauxite and Childrenite

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite)

Specimen Size: 2.6 x 2.1 x 0.8 cm (thumbnail)


This piece was mined in June of 2010. It is a remarkable, very well crystallized, ridiculously rare, specimen consisting of small, bladed, beautiful blue color, radiating aggregates of Vauxite coated by with tabular blades of greenish-white Paravauxite on very minor clay (probably decomposed Allophane) matrix. There are also some very tiny spots of brownish-tan Childrenite on the specimen as well. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a mass. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of these incredibly beautiful phosphates and to find two "Vauxite" species together on one piece is fantastic. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite and Paravauxite which were originally discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. It is so unbelievably rare to find good size, beautifully crystallized specimens of Vauxite and Paravauxite together from Bolivia like this one.



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Vauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b191a.JPG] Vauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b191b.JPG] Vauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b191c.JPG] Vauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b191d.JPG] Vauxite from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b191e.JPG]


No. BOL711B191 - $ 300.00

Vauxite

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

Specimen Size: 6.2 x 4.2 x 3.0 cm (small cabinet)


An attractive, very well crystallized, ridiculously rare, specimen consisting of beautiful blue color, radiating crystal aggregates of Vauxite on matrix. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a blue mass. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of this incredibly beautiful phosphate, especially nice matrix pieces like this one. This piece is from the type locality for this material which was discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and was first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. It is so unbelievably rare to find matrix specimens of Vauxite, and to the best of my knowledge, the Siglo XX mine is the only locality for Vauxite in the world.



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Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b192a.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b192b.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b192c.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b192d.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b192e.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b192f.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b192g.JPG]


No. BOL711B192 - $ 400.00

Vauxite (deep color!)

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

Specimen Size: 8.4 x 5.7 x 2.7 cm (small cabinet)


A superb specimen of Vauxite featuring well crystallized, deep venetian blue color, incredibly rare radiating crystal aggregates of Vauxite on chalk white Wavellite on matrix. Typically, Vauxite occurs a fully intergrown coverage of crystals, and rarely does one encounter such well-formed ISOLTATED groups such as this on a pleasing contrasting matrix. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a blue mass. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of this incredibly beautiful phosphate, especially good matrix specimens. This piece is from the type locality for this material which was discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and was first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. This is about as deep blue as Vauxite gets.



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Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b193a.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b193b.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b193c.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b193d.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b193e.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b193f.JPG] Vauxite (deep color!) from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./bolivia711/bol711b193g.JPG]


No. BOL711B193 - SOLD

Vauxite (deep color!)

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

Specimen Size: 4.1 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm (miniature)


A superb specimen of Vauxite featuring well crystallized, deep venetian blue color, incredibly rare radiating crystal aggregates of Vauxite on chalk white Wavellite on matrix. Typically, Vauxite occurs a fully intergrown coverage of crystals, and rarely does one encounter such well-formed ISOLTATED groups such as this on a pleasing contrasting matrix. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a blue mass. It is very difficult to obtain any specimens of this incredibly beautiful phosphate, especially good matrix specimens. This piece is from the type locality for this material which was discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and was first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. This is about as deep blue as Vauxite gets.



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Vauxite with Paravauxite, Metavauxite, Sigloite, Quartz, Wavellite and Römerite! from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for FOUR species) [./bolivia711/bol711b194a.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite, Metavauxite, Sigloite, Quartz, Wavellite and Römerite! from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for FOUR species) [./bolivia711/bol711b194b.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite, Metavauxite, Sigloite, Quartz, Wavellite and Römerite! from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for FOUR species) [./bolivia711/bol711b194c.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite, Metavauxite, Sigloite, Quartz, Wavellite and Römerite! from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for FOUR species) [./bolivia711/bol711b194d.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite, Metavauxite, Sigloite, Quartz, Wavellite and Römerite! from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for FOUR species) [./bolivia711/bol711b194e.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite, Metavauxite, Sigloite, Quartz, Wavellite and Römerite! from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for FOUR species) [./bolivia711/bol711b194f.JPG] Vauxite with Paravauxite, Metavauxite, Sigloite, Quartz, Wavellite and Römerite! from Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for FOUR species) [./bolivia711/bol711b194g.JPG]


No. BOL711B194 - $ 725.00

Vauxite with Paravauxite, Metavauxite, Sigloite, Quartz, Wavellite and Römerite!

Locality: Siglo XX Mine (Siglo Veinte Mine), Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for FOUR species)

Specimen Size: 13.2 x 8.3 x 8.1 cm (cabinet)


From the find of 2006, this is undoubtedly one of the most significant and momentous discoveries ever made at this locality. Not since the days of World War II has there been such a remarkable find of this material. These are simply put, some of the largest overall Vauxite specimens in the world, but the greatest aspect of these pieces is two-fold. First, the Vauxite itself is associated with micro fibrous "strands" of the super rare phosphate Metavauxite, plus tabular micro crystals of Paravauxite, and tiny tan crystals of Sigloite, plus small whitish spheres of Wavellite which means that these are just a dream for phosphate collectors. It is incredibly rare to have FIVE individual phosphate species all on one specimen, and the fact that this mine is the TYPE LOCALITY for Vauxite, Paravauxite, Sigloite and Metavauxite makes it all the better. There are also some small gem Quartz crystals on most of the specimens found as well, which is really a nice touch to these already amazing pieces. The second significant attribute of these specimens is the fact that they formed on a solid Quartz-Diorite porphyry matrix, and not crumbly clay (after Allophane) which means that they are much more sturdy and allows the pieces to be displayed with ease. Now you must note that despite the sturdy matrix, the crystals themselves are somewhat brittle and must be handled with care. Nonetheless, this is a MAJOR find of these incredibly rare minerals, the likes of which I've never seen from Bolivia, or any other world locality. This particular piece is a remarkable, very well crystallized, ridiculously rare, specimen consisting of small, bladed, beautiful blue color, radiating aggregates of Vauxite associated with micro fibrous strands of colorless Metavauxite, along with micro tabular white-green crystals of Paravauxite and tan blades of Sigloite (which forms as an alteration of Paravauxite) and plus whitish spheres of Wavellite and a few scattered gem quality Quartz crystals on firm Quartz-Diorite porphyry matrix. I have photographed the crystals under the microscope to show that they are truly terminated crystals and not just a mass. While looking under the microscope, I found one small orange-red crystal group which I believe to be the uncommon iron sulfate, Römerite, which means that this specimen has at least SEVEN individual species on the same piece. To find all three "Vauxites" together on one piece is amazing, even if they are micro crystallized. This piece is from the type locality for Vauxite, Paravauxite, Sigloite and Metavauxite which was discovered along the Contacto and San Jose veins in this mine and was first described by Sam Gordon and Mark Bandy. It is so unbelievably rare to find good size, beautifully crystallized matrix specimens of Vauxite from Bolivia like this one.



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Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b195a.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b195b.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b195c.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b195d.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b195e.JPG]


No. BOL711B195 - $ 4500.00

Andorite with Zinkenite

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 7.0 x 5.2 x 2.6 cm (small cabinet)


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features excellent, sharp, very good size, lustrous, striated, steel grey crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt which are associated with rare lustrous acicular Zinkenite crystals. The majority of the specimens from this find were merely single crystals off matrix, but clusters such as this specimen only existed in about 5% of the pieces found. I will say that this is certainly one of the more lustrous crystal groups from this find, and the size of the crystals places it in the upper ranks of all specimens found. The majority of the crystals are in excellent condition, with only a few contacts here and there. Considering the great size, rarity and Zinkenite association, the small amount of damage is forgivable, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a superb specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species. Hard to photograph and BETTER in person!



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Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b196a.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b196b.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b196c.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b196d.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b196e.JPG]


No. BOL711B196 - $ 500.00

Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 7.0 x 4.6 x 2.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Andorite: 1.7 cm


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features relatively sharp, striated, steel grey crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt which are associated with rare lustrous acicular Zinkenite crystals on matrix! The majority of the specimens from this find were merely single crystals off matrix, but crystals on matrix such as this specimen only existed in a very small percentage of the pieces found. The majority of the crystals are in excellent condition, with only a few contacts here and there. Considering the rare Zinkenite association, AND the fact that the crystals are on matrix, the small amount of damage is forgivable, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a good reference specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species.



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Andorite on Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b197a.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b197b.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b197c.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b197d.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b197e.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b197f.JPG]


No. BOL711B197 - $ 2700.00

Andorite on Zinkenite

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.6 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm (small cabinet)
Andorite Crystal: 4.1 x 3.7 cm


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features excellent, sharp, very good size, lustrous, striated, steel grey crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt which are sitting atop a “nest” of rare lustrous acicular Zinkenite crystals. The majority of the specimens from this find were merely single crystals off matrix, but crystals ON Zinkenite only existed in about 5% of the pieces found. I will say that this is certainly one of the more lustrous crystal groups from this find, and the size of the crystals places it in the upper ranks of all specimens found. The crystals are in excellent condition, and considering the great size, rarity and Zinkenite association, there is little to be desired, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a superb specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species. Hard to photograph and BETTER in person! .



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Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b198a.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b198b.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b198c.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b198d.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b198e.JPG]


No. BOL711B198 - $ 650.00

Andorite with Zinkenite on matrix

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.6 x 6.0 x 3.2 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Andorite: 1.5 cm


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features relatively sharp, striated, steel grey crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt which are associated with rare lustrous acicular Zinkenite crystals on matrix! The majority of the specimens from this find were merely single crystals off matrix, but crystals on matrix such as this specimen only existed in a very small percentage of the pieces found. The majority of the crystals are in excellent condition, with only a few contacts here and there. Considering the rare Zinkenite association, AND the fact that the crystals are on matrix, the small amount of damage is forgivable, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a good reference specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species.



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Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b199a.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b199b.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b199c.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b199d.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b199e.JPG]


No. BOL711B199 - SOLD

Andorite with Zinkenite

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.7 x 4.0 x 0.9 cm (small cabinet)


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features wonderful, sharp, large, very lustrous, striated, metallic silvery color, doubly-terminated crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt with rare prismatic Zinkenite. I will say that this is certainly one of the most lustrous crystal groups from this find, and the size of the crystals places it in the upper ranks of all specimens found. The crystals are in excellent condition save a rough spot on the bottom where it detached from the matrix, but considering the great size, rarity and Zinkenite association, there is little to be desired, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a superb specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species. Hard to photograph and BETTER in person!



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Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b200a.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b200b.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b200c.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b200d.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b200e.JPG]


No. BOL711B200 - $ 800.00

Andorite

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 2.8 x 1.6 cm (miniature)


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This specimen features excellent, relatively sharp, good size, semi lustrous, striated, steel grey crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt. The majority of the specimens from this find were merely single crystals off matrix, but clusters such as this specimen only existed in about 5% of the pieces found. I will say that this is certainly one of the more aesthetic crystal groups from this find. Some of the crystals are broken, hence the reduced price, but considering the size, rarity and artistic configuration of this specimen, the damage is forgivable, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a superb specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species!



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Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b201a.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b201b.JPG] Andorite with Zinkenite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b201c.JPG]


No. BOL711B201 - $ 2750.00

Andorite with Zinkenite

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.5 x 5.7 x 2.3 cm (small cabinet)


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features excellent, sharp, very good size, lustrous, striated, steel grey crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt which are associated with rare lustrous acicular Zinkenite crystals. The majority of the specimens from this find were merely single crystals off matrix, but clusters such as this specimen only existed in about 5% of the pieces found. I will say that this is certainly one of the more lustrous crystal groups from this find, and the size of the crystals places it in the upper ranks of all specimens found. The majority of the crystals are in excellent condition, but it is contacted on the back. Considering the great size, rarity and Zinkenite association, the damage is forgivable, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a superb specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species. Hard to photograph and BETTER in person!



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Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b202a.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b202b.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b202c.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b202d.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b202e.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b202f.JPG]


No. BOL711B202 - $ 3700.00

Andorite

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 6.8 x 4.9 x 1.3 cm (small cabinet)


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features wonderful, sharp, large, striated, steel grey color, doubly-terminated crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt. I will say that this is certainly one of the better crystal groups from this find, and the size of the crystals places it in the upper ranks of all specimens found. The crystals are in excellent condition save a few rough spot on the back where it detached from the pocket, but considering the great size, rarity and Zinkenite association, there is little to be desired, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a superb specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species. Hard to photograph and BETTER in person!



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Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203a.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203b.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203c.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203d.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203e.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203f.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203g.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203h.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203i.JPG] Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b203j.JPG]


No. BOL711B203 - $ 1800.00

Andorite on Zinkenite with Stannite

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 8.3 x 5.7 x 5.2 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Andorite: 2.1 cm


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features excellent, sharp, good sized, lustrous, striated, steel grey crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt which are sitting atop rare lustrous acicular Zinkenite crystals and associated with a couple of very rare twinned groups of dark brass colored Stannite measuring up to 1.4 cm. The majority of the specimens from this find were merely single crystals off matrix, but crystals ON Zinkenite AND associated with Stannite were very few and far between! I will say that this is certainly one of the more attractive display specimens from this find. It is very difficult to find any samples of Andorite on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a superb specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species. Hard to photograph and BETTER in person!



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Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b204a.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b204b.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b204c.JPG] Andorite from San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b204d.JPG]


No. BOL711B204 - $ 3250.00

Andorite

Locality: San Jose Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 5.1 x 3.3 cm (small cabinet)


From the amazing find in November 2004. Andorite is lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and was named for the Hungarian mineral collector Andor von Semsey (1833-1923), who holds a remarkable distinction for having two mineral species named after him (andorite and semseyite). I personally acquired the entire lot of ALL the top crystals that came into the U.S. in late 2004 through early 2005, of which many experts considered to be such a significant find, that it completely redefined Andorite as a crystallized species. This mine at Oruro dates Spanish mining as far back as the year 1595 and was mined by Incan Indians for several centuries prior. In all the years of mining, these are undoubtedly the world's finest Andorites extant! These specimens were extracted from the same vein system worked by the father of Bolivian mineralogy, Federico Ahlfeld. Ahlfeld worked the San Jose mine and Itos mine (the other significant Andorite locality at the same mountain in Oruro) when the mines were used predominantly as a major sources of tin to the United States during WWII. It was highly implausible that a find of this magnitude would ever happen considering the extensive work and time that had passed since any notable Andorite specimens had made their way out of Bolivia. I debuted the best of these specimens in Tucson shortly after they were found, and they were very well received by all who saw them. I will say with that we may never again see a find of Andorite this significant from any locality. Andorite is one of my favorite species from Bolivia, hands down. This small cabinet size specimen features wonderful, sharp, large, very lustrous, striated, metallic silvery color, doubly-terminated crystals of this rare lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt. I will say that this is certainly one of the most lustrous crystal groups from this find, and the size of the crystals places it in the upper ranks of all specimens found. The crystals are in excellent condition save a rough spot on the bottom where it detached from the matrix, but considering the great size, there is little to be desired, especially when compared to older specimens from 60 years ago which were riddled with damage and had poor aesthetics. It is very difficult to find any samples of this mineral on the market today, and until very recently, the locality had not produced specimens in MANY years. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a superb specimen of this extraordinarily rare mineral species. Hard to photograph and BETTER in person!



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Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b205a.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b205b.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b205c.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b205d.JPG]


No. BOL711B205 - SOLD

Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia)

Locality: Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 7.1 x 4.8 x 3.4 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.5 mm


This specimen was collected in August of 2009 in Bolivia. On a worldwide scale, these are not the finest Pyromorphite specimens, but for Bolivia, they are wonderful unique and interesting specimens. For any of you Pyromorphite collectors out there, this is something that is very rarely offered on the open market. Several good quality, sharp, somewhat lustrous, prismatic, green and yellow crystals of Pyromorphite sit atop Sandstone matrix. Considering that these crystals are truly from Bolivia is what makes them so exciting. I have never seen anything quite like this from any mine in Bolivia. These are very well formed crystals and are only very slightly skeletal or hoppered. A great "locality" specimen for any Pyromorphite collector.



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Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b206a.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b206b.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b206c.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b206d.JPG]


No. BOL711B206 - $ 225.00

Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia)

Locality: Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 2 mm


This specimen was collected in August of 2009 in Bolivia. On a worldwide scale, these are not the finest Pyromorphite specimens, but for Bolivia, they are wonderful unique and interesting specimens. For any of you Pyromorphite collectors out there, this is something that is very rarely offered on the open market. Several good quality, sharp, lustrous, prismatic, bright yellow-green hexagonal crystals of Pyromorphite sit atop Sandstone matrix. Considering that these crystals are truly from Bolivia is what makes them so exciting. I have never seen anything quite like this from any mine in Bolivia. These are very well formed crystals and are only very slightly skeletal or hoppered. A great "locality" specimen for any Pyromorphite collector.



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Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b207a.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b207b.JPG]


No. BOL711B207 - $ 325.00

Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia)

Locality: Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.6 x 3.4 x 2.3 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 5 mm


This specimen was collected in August of 2009 in Bolivia. On a worldwide scale, these are not the finest Pyromorphite specimens, but for Bolivia, they are wonderful unique and interesting specimens. For any of you Pyromorphite collectors out there, this is something that is very rarely offered on the open market. Several good quality, sharp, lustrous, prismatic, bright yellow-green hexagonal crystals of Pyromorphite sit atop Sandstone matrix. Considering that these crystals are truly from Bolivia is what makes them so exciting. I have never seen anything quite like this from any mine in Bolivia. These are very well formed crystals and are only slightly skeletal or hoppered. A great "locality" specimen for any Pyromorphite collector.



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Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b208a.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b208b.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b208c.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b208d.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b208e.JPG]


No. BOL711B208 - SOLD

Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!)

Locality: Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.6 x 3.5 x 2.8 cm (miniature)
Largest Pyromorphite: 1 mm


This specimen was collected in August of 2009 in Bolivia. On a worldwide scale, these are not the finest Pyromorphite specimens, but for Bolivia, they are wonderful unique and interesting specimens. For any of you Pyromorphite collectors out there, this is something that is very rarely offered on the open market. Several good quality, sharp, semi lustrous, olive green hexagonal crystals of Pyromorphite are associated with NEVER BEFORE SEEN WULFENITE crystals on Sandstone matrix. The Wulfenite crystals are admittedly small, (approximately 1 mm), but to the best of my knowledge, the crystals on this specimen are the first reported Wulfenites from Huari-Huari! The stark contrast of the strong orange-red against the green Pyromorphite made them easy to spot, and I jumped out of my chair when I found them as I had never seen Wulfenite from this locality before. I consulted a few friends who confirmed that they had never seen Wulfenite from Huari-Huari previously, so I immediately added the listing on mindat.org, and you can see the photo of the best crystal from this specimen online. Considering that these crystals are truly from Bolivia is what makes them so exciting. I have never seen anything quite like this from any mine in Bolivia. A great "locality" specimen for any Pyromorphite collector.



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Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b209a.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b209b.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b209c.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b209d.JPG]


No. BOL711B209 - SOLD

Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) with WULFENITE (!)

Locality: Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 3.7 x 2.0 cm (miniature)
Largest Pyromorphite: 1 mm


This specimen was collected in August of 2009 in Bolivia. On a worldwide scale, these are not the finest Pyromorphite specimens, but for Bolivia, they are wonderful unique and interesting specimens. For any of you Pyromorphite collectors out there, this is something that is very rarely offered on the open market. Several good quality, sharp, semi lustrous, olive green hexagonal crystals of Pyromorphite are associated with NEVER BEFORE SEEN WULFENITE crystals on Sandstone matrix. The Wulfenite crystals are admittedly small, (approximately 1 mm), but to the best of my knowledge, the crystals on this specimen are the first reported Wulfenites from Huari-Huari! The stark contrast of the strong orange-red against the green Pyromorphite made them easy to spot, and I jumped out of my chair when I found them as I had never seen Wulfenite from this locality before. I consulted a few friends who confirmed that they had never seen Wulfenite from Huari-Huari previously. Considering that these crystals are truly from Bolivia is what makes them so exciting. I have never seen anything quite like this from any mine in Bolivia. A great "locality" specimen for any Pyromorphite collector.



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Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b210a.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b210b.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b210c.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b210d.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b210e.JPG] Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia) from Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b210f.JPG]


No. BOL711B210 - SOLD

Pyromorphite (rare from Bolivia)

Locality: Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 4.2 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 3 mm


This specimen was collected in August of 2009 in Bolivia. On a worldwide scale, these are not the finest Pyromorphite specimens, but for Bolivia, they are wonderful unique and interesting specimens. For any of you Pyromorphite collectors out there, this is something that is very rarely offered on the open market. Several good quality, sharp, lustrous, prismatic, olive-green “barrel”-shaped hexagonal crystals of Pyromorphite sit atop Sandstone matrix. Considering that these crystals are truly from Bolivia is what makes them so exciting. I have never seen anything quite like this from any mine in Bolivia. These are very well formed crystals and are only very very slightly skeletal or hoppered. A great "locality" specimen for any Pyromorphite collector.



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Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b211a.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b211b.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b211c.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b211d.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b211e.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b211f.JPG]


No. BOL711B211 - SOLD

Magnetite

Locality: Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 12.0 x 8.6 x 4.2 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.4 cm across


Typically the Magnetite specimens from this locality are closely grown together, and this is a great example of said material. The piece has good quality, larger sized, fairly sharp, lustrous, black, metallic, "Alpine-type" octahedra (some are twinned) associated with cream colored Feldspar on matrix. The largest Magnetite crystal on the specimen is certainly in the upper ranks of crystals from this locality. This is one of the better cabinet sized specimens of this material that I've offered from this locality, and most of the crystals are undamaged. Keep in mind, that there are no other localities producing Magnetites of this quality today, and there are few localities in the world that have ever produced Magnetite like this. Though this species is well known to collectors, it is remarkably difficult to obtain such well crystallized, highly displayable cabinet-sized specimens as this one.



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Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b212a.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b212b.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b212c.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b212d.JPG] Magnetite from Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia [./bolivia711/bol711b212e.JPG]


No. BOL711B212 - SOLD

Magnetite

Locality: Cerro Huanaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 10.2 x 9.7 x 5.4 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.5 cm


Typically the Magnetite specimens from this locality are closely grown together, and this is a great example of said material. The piece has good quality, larger sized, fairly sharp, lustrous, black, metallic, "Alpine-type" octahedra (some are twinned) associated with cream colored Feldspar on matrix. Keep in mind, that there are no other localities producing Magnetites of this quality today, and there are few localities in the world that have ever produced Magnetite like this. Though this species is well known to collectors, it is remarkably difficult to obtain such well crystallized, highly displayable cabinet-sized specimens as this one.



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