Urumqui, Kuruktag Mts.
Xinjiang, Uygur region,
9.8x7.6 CM (cabinet)
Brilliant red wulfenite from this new discovery, crystals reaching 1.7 CM densly cover the gossan matrix. There are 2 different unknown micro crystals coating some areas and the Wulfenites show a selective coating of what looks like quartz on some faces. There is some damage on some crystals which is true of all the larger pieces from the find, but the overall impact is still excellent. There is disagreement over the correct location details on this find, we will keep everyone informed as we try to sort this out and confirm the source.
A very clean, esthetic and sharp piece! The Aquas are pale blue, (largest is over 4 CM across,) gemmy tabular form crystals consisting of two pinicoids and no prism faces. This is a less common form for aqua at Pingwu where there are usually short prism faces present. The albite is well crystalized and some is quite gemmy too. The piece has a saw marks on base and side (from the collecting). Displays very well.