Cerro Huanaquino, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm
Start Time: 12/24/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/07/2010 6:45:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

One of the best Magnetites for it's size that I have seen or offered from this Huanaquino. Typically the Magnetite specimens from this locality are closely grown together, but these are rarely seen isolated octahedrons, which was only found in about 5% of specimens. These are also some of the finest quality crystals I've seen from this locality in a few years. The piece has superb quality, good size, razor sharp, lustrous, black, metallic, "Alpine-type" octahedra measuring up to 1.8 cm across, which is well above average from Huanaquino. They are associated with several small octahedra and tiny cream colored Feldspar crystals on matrix. Virtually all 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 small cabinet sized specimens as this one.

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