Vauxite on Wavellite
Siglo XX mine, Llallagua
5.7 x 3.7 x 1.8 CM (cabinet)
Excellent, well crystalized Vauxite on a botryoidal crystalline Wavellite matrix. The Vauxite has a fine blue color that is a lot more lustrous and vivid than typical. The surface of the display face is thickly encrusted with fine small Vauxites that are in exceptional condition. A choice example from the famed Siglo Viente (20th century) Mine which is the type locality and the only source of such fine specimens. This plate is a bit larger than typical too and looks even better in person.
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
Baltistan, Northern Areas,
3.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Blocky type crude crystals of Manganotantalite in a cluster that show the red-brown color very well. An older piece from Skardu that has several intergrown crystals these are in quite good condition and most of the faces have very clear striations. Typically this specie has rounded, crude form crystals, often indistinct especially as they get larger. However this is a good deal sharper than most and there is only one spot with a very small contact, otherwise complete on all sides, a floater specimen.