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Sphalerite on Quartz
Shuikoushan Lead Zinc Mine, Changning, Hengyang Pref.
Hunan, China
13 x 10.6 (cabinet)
price: $500


Deep red complex crystals of Sphalerite sit on a plate of sparkling reddish quartz. Some are claiming the quartz is red due to inclusions of Sphalerite, I am not sure about that. There is galena here too and the back of the piece is crystalized calcite. The largest crystal is 3.3 cm and with good backlight it glows a rich red. No damage and great luster, this looks like globs of jelly on matrix. Way above average!!