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Smoky Quartz (with "phantoms") (good quality) viewBack to NEW YEAR'S MINERAL COLLECTION and INVENTORY LIQUIDATION AUCTION (set 2 of 2) - featuring specimens from the newly acquired DAVID BURGESS COLLECTION - end Thursday January 3rd, 2019

Tanapaca Mine (Mocoya Mine), Mocoya, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
  • Starting Time:12/20/2018 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:1/3/2019 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:Small Cabinet
  • Size Description:8.0 x 5.4 x 4.3 cm

Description:When it comes to mineral species, people tend to associate Bolivia with Vivianite, Cassiterite and Silver species, but there is a Gold mining operation in the north (very near Viloco) that has produced some of the finest "phantom" Quartz specimens from any locality I have seen. This specimen hosts a few very sharp, well-formed, lustrous, gemmy, prismatic hexagonal crystals of Quartz (var: Smoky Quartz) that range in color from colorless at the tips to a lovely smoky hue in the centers / bases. The most impressive aspect of these crystals is the fact that they show very attractive, distinct internal "phantoms". The largest crystal measures 3.7 cm long. The specimens are reminiscent of those from Lincoln County, New Mexico, and are certainly the best of what they are from Bolivia. This piece was mined in 2000, and I have only seen a scattered few of them on the market since that time. Most of these pieces were badly damaged, but this one is in amazing condition for its size. If you're a Bolivian collector or a Quartz collector, do not pass this one up! Valued at $900.

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