Himalaya Mine (Cooperativa Mineral Cerro Negro), Canton Cohoni, Mt Illimani, Murillo Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Miniature, 4.6 x 2.3 x 1.1 cm
The Himalaya mine in Bolivia lies on the great mountain peak of Cerro Illimani (pronounced ee-yee-MAHN-ee) just outside of the capital city of La Paz. This great mountain is over 16, 000 feet tall, and gets its name from an Aimara word meaning "golden eagle." The fact that there are mines on this mountain is incredible considering the elevation and treacherous conditions. Recently, (July of 2009) there was a new find of Hubnerite from this mine. This is confirmed Hubnerite, and not Ferberite. There are a few minor spots near the base of the specimen where if one were to shine a very bright light, they will see small red reflections, which is proof to the presence of manganese in the crystals. This specimen is a wonderful, layered, prismatic crystal group with sharp terminations and bright luster.