La Pita Mine, La Pita, Mun. de Maripí, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia

    La Pita is actually a group of five mines that opened in 1997, quite recently compared to the other Emerald mines of Colombia. Embedded in the usual white Calcite vein material typical of this area, this large specimen is just that: a specimen. The two large prisms that make up the piece are not of the finest color, nor are they particularly free from fractures, but as a matrix Emerald specimen from this lesser known locality, it is quite large and showy. The main crystals are big at 1.88 inches (4.86 cm) long x .75 inch (1.9 cm) across and 1.31 inches (3.32 cm) long x .81 inch (2.12 cm) wide. The matrix is a combination of deep black shale with brassy Pyrite inclusions, white Calcite veins with some actual Calcite crystals. Luster of the Emerald is glassy and the crystals are reasonably complete. The color actually is Emerald green, just a little light.
    Overall measurements: 4.13 x 3.5 x 2.88 inches (10.5 x 8.8 x 7.3 cm). Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Minerals America [Hoppel Catalog # D2231]

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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    June, 2013
    2nd Sunday
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