Ferberite with Quartz

Tasna mine, Rosario section of Cerro Tasna, Nor Chichas Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Miniature, 3.6 x 2.1 x 2.1 cm
Start Time: 04/28/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/05/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A worthwhile display specimen of Ferberite from Bolivia. This species was sometimes previously referred to as "Wolframite", which was supposed to be an intermediary species between Ferberite and Hubnerite but has since been discredited. The piece features several sharp, lustrous, aesthetic, jet-black, balded crystals of Ferberite with minor associated gem "needle" Quartz on the side. These Bolivian Ferberites are often underrated and stand up well against any other Ferberites from China or Panasqueira. In great shape overall with only a few tiny nicks here and there. The piece is even crystallized on the back which is VERY rare when it comes to Bolivian Ferberites, as most of them are blased off the matrix and are hardly ever complete on the back. Valued at $450.

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