Paravauxite (Type Locality)
Siglo Veinte Mine, Llallagua, Potosi, Bolivia (Type Locality)
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm
Ex. J. Rukin Jelks

An aesthetic, old-time specimen consisting of two, fan-like clusters of the rare phosphate, Paravauxite. The softly-tinted, pastel-green crystals are bladed and up to 1.2 cm long. Each bladed Paravauxite crystal is populated with dozens of lustrous, gemmy, and tan microcrystals of Childrenite. The main, upper fan, which is pristine, rises majestically above the matrix like a plume, while the lower cluster resembles a bowtie. Remarkably, only one or two crystals from the lower cluster are missing. Highly prized for their rarity, as well as their attractiveness, the aesthetics of this particular thumbnail are quite good, and it is from the TYPE LOCALITY for the species!