San Antonio Mine, Viloco Loayza, La Paz, Bolivia

Dimensions (H x W x D)

12 x 13 x 11 cm


2.472 kg

Description & Provenance

Apatite refers to a group of crystallized phosphate minerals including: hydroxyapatite, fluorapatite, and chlorapatite. Although apatite can be found in numerous deposits worldwide, it is incredibly diverse in its expression of color, form, and in its associated minerals. Under the perfect circumstances, it crystallizes into attractive, naturally-occurring, hexagonal crystals that come in an array of colors that vary significantly from locality to locality. They may be green, colorless, yellow, blue, violet, pink, or brown, and the best expressed examples may form as prismatic, hexagonal columns or tabs. This is an attractive example featuring lustrous, translucent, pink apatite crystals and inky, black ferberite. Against their black matrix, the crystals are pronounced and dynamic. In person, the ferberite has intense, metallic luster that is striking. Small quartz crystals add additional texture and accent the specimen beautifully. Sizeable and attractive, this is a wonderful example of kind, suitable for any fine mineral collection.

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