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Paravauxite with Sigloite (rare material) viewBack to FINE MINERAL COLLECTION and INVENTORY LIQUIDATION AUCTION (set 2 of 2) - FEATURING SPECIMENS FROM THE KAY ROBERTSON COLLECTION - end Thursday January 17th, 2019

Contacto vein, Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillos Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (type locality for both species)
  • Starting Time:1/10/2019 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:1/17/2019 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:Miniature
  • Size Description:4.1 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm

Description:These crystals are one of the most beautiful phosphates in the world. They are highly prized for their rarity and beauty. This piece features superb, incredibly rare, sharp, lustrous, light green crystals of Paravauxite with light tan colored crystal of Sigloite on iron-stained Wavellite on matrix. The largest crystal measures 1.2 cm. Sigloite forms as the result of alteration from Paravauxite. This specimen is from the type locality for both species ! Mark Chance Bandy described Paravauxite crystals in his book "Mineralogy of Llallagua, Bolivia". He states that "Paravauxite is the most abundant of all the "Vauxites" from this mine," and with that said, you almost never see specimens, especially pieces that are larger than thumbnails available on the market. This piece is a great example of the prismatic, sheaf-like parallel growths that Mr. Bandy described.

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