Magnetite on Matrix
stock #7 CNA-435
Gaoligong Shan, Baoshan Prefecture
10.8 x 6.5 CM (cabinet)
A huge 8 CM magnetite "stretched" octahedron sits on top of a pegmatite matrix that has several other fine magnetites. Super esthetic and with great patina on the display faces this is the best Chinese Magnetite I have seen. The faces show well defined growth hillocks and the "front" as I see it is damage free, there is a contact on the back side. Impressive for any magnetite and incredible from China!
stock #7 CNA-424
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
10x6.5 CM (cabinet)
Way better than most, this is a glassy, lustrous and sharp chain of gemmy Scheelites (largest is 4.6 CM) That really glows with any backlighting. Lots of gemmy areas with all of the display side and most of the back damage free. Displays well from several angles. Formerly in the Mike Walter collection.
Bournonite with Fluorite
stock #7 -CNA-442
Yaogangxian Tungsten Mine, Yizhang County
5x3.2 CM (miniature)
An exceptionally large metallic crystal, sharp, lusterous and with fine termination. As a bonus it is sprinkled with lotss of small light violet fluorites for an extra sparkle. In very good condition overall though there are some small spots of damage that are very forgivable in a crystal of this size and can be minimized with careful display. This is FAR better than average and really shines!
4.5x3.9 CM (miniature)
Sharp and glassy Euclase on matrix to 1.4 CM. A great example from this small one time find. These were the best Chinese examples of this rare Berylium gem mineral. The crystals have some micro cavities on a few faces with unknown black materials inside. Good condition in general, there are broken and damaged crystals on the edges and back the display side looks fine to the unaided eye.
This is a very unusual, esthetic piece that displays well from front or back . What I call the front is a 3 dimensional red sparkling quartz matrix studded with dozens of super sharp, cubo octahedral and dodecahedral galenas. The piece is well balanced and the crystals are lustrous up to about 1.2 CM. The "back" is a dense mass of larger galenas densely packed with dark red sphalerites.to nearly 3 CM. Good galenas are rare from Shuikoushan, and this style and matrix contrast are rare from anyplace. Careful examination shows some very minor damage to some non-prominent crystals that are not easily seen. The base and a small part of the back is broken where it was removed from the pocket. Certainly worth far more!
stock #7 CNA-587
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
11.3 x 8.5 CM (cabinet)
A large, fine Pyromorphite from the 2000-2001 discoveries at Daoping, now recognized as one of the best finds in the world. The recent finds have not had the same color or stature of the best of the early materials which are now classics and richly priced when available. This pice is all pyromorphite, there is no matrix, the front is densely packed with radiating crystal clusters with individuals to just over 1 CM. Very close examination shows a few small spots with chipping on crystals, this is really minor and not seen in casual inspection but it keeps the price of this from being over 10K. Great display piece with a good 3 dimensional presentation.
The main Stannite is over 2CM, and has exceptional form, luster and is sharp and complete with stacked growth "towers" on the apexes of the crystal. For this rare specie this is a huge crystal with remarkable shape, much better than the usual globular masses without distinct faces. Overall esthetics and condition are fantastic for this usually nondescript mineral. The color ranges from silver black to a brassy golden depending on the angle of illumination. Yaogangzian Stannites are the best in the world, redefining the species, this is a very fine example.