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RM1248   Galena with dolomite

Sayari Mine, Cerro Sayari, Arque, Cochabamba, Bolivia

These specimens of Bolivian galena are unusual in collections. These mines on Cerro Sayari (4,300 meters elevation) were mined for silver during the colonial times. In this sample we would like to emphisize a group of sharp galena crystals, with metallic luster and polysynthetic growths, showing cube faces and minor facets of the octahedron. Aesthetic piece and very rare on the market.

Size: 8.4 x 6.4 x 4.7 cm.
Main crystal: 21 x 20 mm.
Found in 2015.