These fairly new Vivianite crystals have without question the best luster and often gemminess of any Vivianite specimens to date from this country, or virtually any other country. Another outstanding feature is the wonderful color contrast between the vivid emerald green of the Vivianite and the altered red sandstone matrix. These pieces have what I think is some of the best matrix for these crystals from Bolivia. It's not completely unstable like decomposing Limonite and it provides a much more appealing contrast than ordinary Pyrite. This piece features a few absolutely beautiful, lustrous, sharp, translucent, emerald green color, prismatic, textbook, "sword"-shaped crystals of Vivianite on metamorphosed Sandstone matrix. There were very few crystals with the quality of this piece in the lot. Keep in mind that over 75% of the specimens from this find have had SERIOUS damage problems. This one is in very good shape for this material. John Sinkankas said this about Vivianite in his book, Mineralogy : "The goal of collectors in respect to Vivianite specimens, is to obtain single crystals from the Bolivian localities." John listed at least a dozen localities for Vivianite in his book and stressed that lustrous, gemmy crystals are almost impossible to obtain from any locality. He also states that the "crystals are seldom sharply terminated". The terminations on the above specimen are very sharp and lustrous.
Locality: Tomokoni adit, near Canutillos, Colavi, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Specimen Size: 2.3 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm (thumbnail)
Largest Crystal: 1.8 cm
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