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MD-157400
Paravauxite, Sigloite
Large Cabinet, 23.0 x 14.1 x 4.3 cm
Siglo Veinte Mine (Siglo XX Mine; Llallagua Mine; Catavi), Llallagua, Rafael Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia
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These crystals are one of the most beautiful phosphates in the world. They are highly prized for their rarity and beauty. This piece features superb, incredibly rare, sharp, sparkling, lustrous, light green crystals of Paravauxite with tan colored crystal of Sigloite on iron-stained Wavellite on matrix. The largest crystal measures 1.0 cm. Sigloite forms as the result of alteration from Paravauxite. This specimen is from the type locality for both species! Mark Chance Bandy described Paravauxite crystals in his book "Mineralogy of Llallagua, Bolivia." He states that "Paravauxite is the most abundant of all the "Vauxites" from this mine," and with that said, you almost never see specimens, especially pieces that are larger than thumbnails available on the market. This piece is a great example of the prismatic, sheaf-like parallel growths that Mr. Bandy described. This piece is one of the largest specimens of this material to come from the new find of 2005. It is incredibly hard to find large cabinet display pieces of this material. Ex. Brian Kosnar.