Hemimorphite on Quartz
Wenshan County, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture
18 x 11CM (cabinet)
A sizable crystalized quartz matix covered with a robins' egg blue coating of Hemimorphite. Individual quartz prisms to almost 4 cm jut out from the blue mass in a very 3 dimensional display. To many folks this is a much more interesting form than the usual crusts and this example is damage free, esthetic and reasonably priced
Irridescent thin stalactitic growths in a tight cluster showing a classic form . This material had been marketed as Siderite by some dealers, and priced very high. It is not Siderite, but it is very attractive and a great example of this small find.
This piece has some contacts but not that distract from the display quality. Comparisonsto some classic Geothite/ Hematite finds in Europe and the USA s inevitable. This materials is similar in many ways but far less pricey!
A thin concave plate of matrix typical of the Xuebaoding deposits that has crystals of most of the known minerals from here (Aquamarines, Scheelites, Cassiterites, Quartz, Muscovite etc). However, these are just the background for dozens of fine, sharp Kesterites coated by the equaly rare Mushingtonite. This is unquestionably the worlds best locality for these uncommon minerals, and these are excellent examples. Individual crystals reach about 1 CM though most are smaller. Clusters to about 3CM show the many forms and complex twinning well. A great combination piece this would usualy be trimmed into many fine thumbnails and miniatures but we chose to offer it as a rarely seen larger display specimen.
stock #7-13 CR-527
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
8.7 x 6 CM (cabinet)
A very fine and showy Cerussite from the Daoping lead mine, better known for the world class Pyromorphites it has produced. Parts of this piece are the cuprian variety showing bright green crystals while other areas are yellow to clear. Displays well and has some crystals reaching a centimeter. Not often available in any quality and rarely this esthetic!
stock #7 CNA-434
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
4.3 x 3 CM (small miniature)
A very fine small miniature or toenail of excellent quality. The Pingtouling Mine mimetites are legendary and considered by many to be the best ever found. The mine has been closed for years and nothing new found since. This has fine color and form, displays well and is priced below market levels
From the last of the good Shangbao fluorite finds of 2005. These are the jewel like cubooctahedral crystals that are most sought after. The purple color changes to blue under some light sources. Great clarity and perfect condition on this piece, These fluorites are unique to this mine and now are valued highly in China it is hard to find such a pristine and esthetic specimen.
A large ferberite crystal that is perfect is very rare. So often there are cleaved edges or damaged, incomplete terminations. Not here! With the addition of a sharp and shiny arsenopyrite crystal at the base and contrasting muscovite this is an exceptional specimen. The main crystal is fully perfect as are all the others except one smaller crystal. That crystal is on the back side, with a cleave on one edge but is not visible from the display sides. Great luster, stands unaided and with a very attractive price for a far above normal piece.