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Ludlamite (rare locality) viewBack to SPECIAL MINERAL AUCTION - $499 RESERVE LIQUIDATION SPECIMENS - ends Thursday, January 24, 2019

Colavi Mine, Machacamarca District, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia
  • Starting Time:1/17/2019 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:1/24/2019 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:Small Cabinet
  • Size Description:9.3 x 6.3 x 4.2 cm

Description:Bolivian phosphates are world famous, and many of them are the finest examples of their respective species. When people think of Ludlamite from Bolivia, they inherently think of the famous Huanuni Mine. In recent years, the Colavi Mine has produced some interesting, fine quality and unique Ludlamites that are very different from the specimens from Huanuni. Originally we were told that these Ludlamites were coming out of the Canutillos Mine, and/or the Estano Orcko Mine, which are neighbors to the Colavi Mine, and often these mines are interconnected underground anyway, so it's hard to determine where one mine stops and another starts. This is a fantastic display specimen of this remarkably rare iron phosphate consisting of DOZENS of excellent, sharp, blocky, translucent, beautiful green color, monoclinic crystals of Ludlamite with minor brown Siderite and Pyrite underneath. The largest Ludlamite crystal measures a full 2.0 cm across. The specimen is in excellent condition and displays wonderfully as you can see from the photos, but it is not 100% pristine, as there are a few minor contacts. There are truly about 5 localities in the world the produce fine crystallized Ludlamite specimens (i.e., Cornwall, Santa Eulalia, Trepca, Blackbird Mine in Idaho), and ALL of them, except for those in Bolivia and now defunct. PLEASE NOTE: These pieces are in very short supply, and we were only able to acquire a handful of pieces, and this is the best specimen of this material that we have to offer. Valued at $2,400 in the inventory, and if you shop around you'll see that even the Bolivian dealers are starting to ask crazy prices for poor quality Ludlamites.

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