Albite with Fluorapatite
La Marina Mine, Pauna
7.2 x 4.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
Albite in sharp, glassy, lustrous and mostly transparent are the majority of the specimen. There are a few scattered pink Apatites, the largest about 1 CM, which are also glassy, transparent and in fine condition. From the great find at La Marina Mine, that became famed for the pink Apatites and later for some of the worlds best Euclase. The Albites were sometimes matrix for both of these species and I think under appreciated on their own, they are superb and showy Feldspars. A choice specimen that is well crystalized on both sides and shows off the Albite more than the Apatite.
Beryl V. Emerald on Calcite
La Marina Mine, Pauna
3.3 x 2.1 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Worldwide mix summer
Fine, deep color Emerald crystal nicely perched on crystalized Calcite. From the La Marina Mine, which is famed for Apatites and Euclase but only rarely are specimen Emeralds seen from here. No repairs, the hexagon of Beryl has some etched faces and one one edge a contact but otherwise it is a very choice little gem crystal on classic Colombian matrix. It has gotten very hard to source Emerald specimens in Colombia that are not color enhanced, repaired or priced at crazy levels. This is a very reasonable and attractive peice.
Fluorapatite (Apatite CaF)
La Marina Mine, Pauna
1.4 x 1 x .6 (thumbnail)
Pre Holiday 2017
A small but incredible gem clear Apatite crystal with the desirable bright pink color. From the La Marina mine in the Emerald belt of Boyaca province that is known for world class Euclase. This has a thin white line inside much like a fadden string which has been noted rarely from this locale. The crystals in the mine often have elongated or widened, distorted prisms, which is seen on this one as well. Very sharp, a very small chip is on one back edge but overall visually clean on the front display side. We visit Colombia several times each year looking for Apatites like this. The production is very sporadic and never large, some years none are seen. This is well above average for color, clarity, form and condition.
Clean and rich pink Apatite crystals in stacked epitaxial arrangements. From a small recent find at La Marina emerald mine. A few of the intersections and backsides are coated with unidentified micro crystals of what seems to be 2 differnt minerals, presumably Phosphates. The last time this style of Apatite was found was over 8 years ago. We had the good fortune to purchase a pocket at that time and several of those specimens were later illustrated in the Mineralogical Record, Lapis special edition etc. This small lot from the new find is of the same quality and habit as the earlier, now classic and unavailable material. Fine glassy luster and in very good condition as seen.
Super form and esthetics for this distinctive style apatite! Rich pink Apatite crystals are in stacked epitaxial arrangements. From a small recent find at La Marina emerald mine. The last time this style of Apatite was found was over 8 years ago. We had the good fortune to purchase a pocket at that time and several of those specimens were later illustrated in the Mineralogical Record, Lapis special edition etc. This small lot from the new find is of the same quality and habit as the earlier, now classic and unavailable material. The display face of the specimen is in fine condition, there is a clean contact on the reverse side and a break at the base where this was removed but not visible in any normal display angle. This is the best we have seen of this style from the new find.
From the now famed La Marina mine this is a more rare habit of elongated prism Apatite. Sharp, choice and with great color this deposit more typically had flattened equant or stretched tabular forms. From the recent find this is the best example of the form we have seen.
A fine, sharp pink Apatite from the well known finds at the La Marina Emerald mine. Delicate transparent to translucent crystals with bright glasslike luster are in a faden-like stack. Small but very pretty and in fine condition.
The Colombian pink Apatites from La Marina are very desirable but very hard to get in any quality. There have been no new finds for the past few years, and the La Marina mine is currently idle. This is an older piece from the 2003-4 era, and has good color. Some of the later Apatites were found to fade and became colorless, but this is the older color-stable type. Minor edge wear is noted mostly on the backside, but overall in very good shape for one of these.