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Albite with Fluorapatite
stock #18.1-447
La Marina Mine, Pauna
Boyacá, Colombia
7.2 x 4.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $80
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.

Fluorapatite (Apatite CaF)
stock #17.1-701
La Marina Mine, Pauna
Boyacá, Colombia
1.4 x 1 x .6 (thumbnail)
price: $320
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.

Apatite-(CaF) prismatic habit elongated hexagon
stock #16.1-655
La Marina Mine, Pauna
Boyacá, Colombia
2.2 x 1 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
price: $380
Winter 2016-17

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.

Fluorapatite - stacked crystal chain
stock #16.1-158
La Marina Mine, Pauna
Boyacá, Colombia
2.1 x .8 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $400
Winter 2016-17

A fine, sharp pink Apatite from the well-known finds at the La Marina Emerald Mine. Delicate transparent to translucent crystals with bright glass-like luster are in a faden-like stack. Small but very pretty and in fine condition.

Fluorapatite (pink) with Albite
stock #15.1-586
La Marina Mine, Pauna
Boyacá, Colombia
1.8 x 1.4 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
price: $290
Fall 2015

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.