Phosphophyllite (classic material)

Unificada mine, Cerro Rico, Potosi City, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Miniature, 4.1 x 3.1 x 1.1 cm
Start Time: 05/19/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/26/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This is one of the most rare and beautiful species in the mineral world, and arguably, the most highly sought after phosphate species extant. It is not only highly sought after, but in recent years has been dubbed the "Holy Grail" of mineral species for collectors. Many collectors and dealers alike treasure this species for its immense scarcity and immeasurable combination of form and color. This specimen features exceptionally rare, translucent, incredibly beautiful blue green color, crystals and partial crystals of the great phosphate associated with tan Siderite and dark reddish-black Sphalerite on the back. Please note that specimens of Phosphophyllite simply are NOT seen in today's market, in ANY format. This piece is a worthwhile specimen for somebody interested in owning a piece of this very desirable and rare phosphate, but please note it is not a top shelf collector specimen.

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