1.95" Gemmy Cassiterite Crystals on Siderite - Viloco Mine, Bolivia

This is an alluring, 1.95" wide cluster of lustrous cassiterite crystals on siderite, collected from the Viloco (Araca) Mine in the La Paz Department of Bolivia, a site renown for its high quality cassiterite specimens. Some of the cassiterite crystals are translucent.

The specimen has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.

The Viloco Mine (also referred to as Araca Mine) is a tin mine in the La Paz Department of Bolivia that produces high quality mineral specimens, most notably cassiterite. It is the only mine in Bolivia that produces transparent, gem quality cassiterite for faceting. These cassiterite crystals are commonly found in peribatholithic cassiterite veins.

Cassiterite, also known as tinstone, is the primary ore of tin. When pure, cassiterite will be colorless, but in most cases impurities will result in brown or black crystals. It is typically found in hydrothermal veins and pegmatites in regions of granite intrusion. In the appropriate environment, it can also precipitate from volcanic gas.

Chemical Formula: SnO2 (tin oxide)

Cassiterite & Siderite
Viloco (Araca) Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Entire specimen: 1.95 x 1.45"