Unificada Mine, Cerro de Potosi, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Thumbnail, 2.9 x 1.7 x 1.1 cm
Ex. Al Ordway
A dramatic cluster of several parallel grown crystals from THE holy grail of old rarities finds, the phosphopyllites found in the 1940s-1950s in Bolivia. Still today, nothing matches the shocking and unique color of a phospho from the old finds here. The intense color saturation just glows and stands out in a case. The color saturation is so intense, that honestly even fine photos simply find it hard to convey the exact and unique tone of green color. Most are not complete around the edges in part due to their age, and to the softness of the species. So some damage is generally acceptable to own a larger-than-1cm example of these crystals. This crystal can display one of two ways. Vertically, it shows a fine termination and a very gemmy, transparent large face forward. The back of the termination is slightly damaged, and the right rear edge and bottom edge in this view show contact or breakaway damage. Nevertheless, it displays finely and look simpressive, especially given the price for a size where such crystals are normally five figures. Some of us here prefer it, actually, set horizontal to show maximum width. Either way, this piece presents more finely than perhaps the text implies, and it is a relatively large example to find on the market. Joe Budd Photos