Silver (new find)

Porco mine, Quijarro Province, Potosi Dept., Bolivia
Large Cabinet, 15.1 x 6.1 x 4.6 cm
Start Time: 12/10/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/17/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

This piece came from a new find at Porco about 8 months ago. It is to the best of my knowledge, the BEST piece from the find, and I have seen virtually every piece that cam out. I saw one dealer recently at the Munich Show with specimens from this same exact find that were smaller and inferior to this piece, and he was actually SELLING them (not just offering) for as much as 2500 EUROS (over $3500). This piece is certainly better than the pieces sold in Munich, and is one of the most unique Silver specimens I have seen from Bolivia. It is a great quality group of crystalline SIlver with some pseudo-wires forming a very attractive, three dimensional, branching specimen. The piece is associated with sparkling, micro Quartz, and reddish-brown Sphalerite. The mine at Porco is THE oldest and most significant Silver mine in Bolivia, and obtaining specimens is next to impossible because miners rarely bring out anything for sale, as the mine is a large commercial production, and virtually everything goes into the crusher. Most everything that evades the crusher is usually taken out of Bolivia by a geologist who has an "in" at the mine, or sometimes a group of brave miners risk losing their jobs by sneaking out a handful of specimens to raise a little extra money to feed their families. I obtained this piece directly from the miners at Porco a few months ago, and it is one of the best Bolivian Silvers that I have handled in recent months. It is very difficult to obtain any good Silvers from Porco, so don't miss out.

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