Phosphophyllite from Bolivia
Veteran readers of Pala Mineralis will recall Pala International's Will Larson recounting his journey to Bolivia two years ago in pursuit of a gorgeous phosphophyllite: The Inca King. Here's how the story began:
At the Munich Mineral Show in 2013 we met with one of my father's good Bolivian contacts. He told us of a very fine specimen that would probably be available on the market. It was said to be a very good phosphophyllite, still in Bolivia. Of course we were very excited, this being the "Holy Grail" of mineral specimens. The description sounded intriguing, but without photographs you never know the exact quality. Two weeks later, when we finally received images of the specimen and recognized its caliber we knew we had to jump on the chance to get it.
Now this terrific specimen is being offered for purchase by a lucky buyer.