Miniature, 4.1 x 4.0 x 2.2 cm
Cerro de Potosi, Potosi City, Potosi Department, Bolivia
This is one of the most rare and beautiful species in the entire mineral world, and arguably, the most amazing phosphate species extant. It is not only highly sought after, but in recent years has been dubbed the "Holy Grail" of mineral species for collectors. Many collectors and dealers alike treasure this species for its immense scarcity and unique combination of form and color. This specimen features an exceptionally rare, lustrous, GEMMY, incredibly beautiful blue-green crystal sections on a sulfide matrix. Had this crystal been complete, it would be six figures in price today. As it is, it is as lustrous and clear as you could want with some gem value: It's almost sacrilege to say it, but this would certainly cut a fantastic stone. Please note that specimens of Phosphophyllite simply are NOT seen in today's market, in ANY form, and to find MATRIX specimens is almost impossible. Although it has some damage, and presents only one complete crystal face, it is nevertheless a showstopper for color and a rare mineral worth making the tradeoffs for, when it looks like this and in such size.