Paravauxite, Sigloite
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 7.1 x 1.3 cm
Siglo Veinte Mine (Siglo XX Mine; Llallagua Mine; Catavi), Llallagua, Rafael Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia
This piece features superb, very rare, sharp, lustrous, light green crystals of Paravauxite measuring up to 7 mm with tan colored crystal of Sigloite on matrix. 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.