Cerro Huanaquino, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Cabinet, 10.7 x 8.7 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 04/21/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/28/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Typically the Magnetite specimens from this locality are closely grown together, and this is a great example of said material. These are also some of the finest quality crystals I've seen from any locality in years. The piece has excellent quality, fairly sharp, lustrous, black, metallic, "Alpine-type" octahedra associated on cream colored Feldspar matrix. The largest Magnetite crystal measures 7 mm across, which is decent size for the locality. This is one of the better quality specimens of this material that I've offered from this locality in a while, and despite a few nicks, most 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 cabinet sized specimens as this one.

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