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RM3173   Bismuthinite and Marcassite/Pyrite

Tazna Mine, Cerro Tazna, Nor Chichas, Potosí, Bolivia

This is a really good crystal cluster of bismuthinite from the Mina Tazna in Bolivia. It is formed by large, terminated, prismatic crystals of bismuthinite, divergent, gray metallic. Some crystals show a metallic patina from a thin coating of marcasite/pyrite. On the back side some quartz crystals and gray-white uncovered metallic natural bismuthinite crystals. The Tazna Mine is a historic bismuth-tungsten mine in the high Andes of Bolivia that has produced noteworthy specimens for decades. Samples with this quality are very rare seen on the market. Specially for connoisseur "gray" mineral collectors...

Size: 5.8 x 4 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 19 mm.
Found in ±1980.

Col. J. Viñals, Col. E. Nicolau.
Classic locality

Price: 330 €Buy

RM3033   Augelite with pyrite, baryte and quartz

Tazna Mine, Cerro Tazna, Nor Chichas, Potosí, Bolivia

In this specimen we can observe a large group of augelite crystals, very brilliant, transparent and with very well defined faces and edges. Under magnification we can see that these crystals are richly faceted and have a pseudorhomboidal shape. They are accompanied on the matrix by small white prismatic crystals of baryte, along with numerous octahedral pyrite crystals. This specimen belongs from the Laskowski collection and is accompanied by various labels.

Size: 6.7 x 5.7 x 2.6 cm.
Main crystal: 5 mm.

Col. Erich Laskowski.

Price: 140 €Buy