Sharp, delicate and clear tabular Goshenites with textbook form are well placed on a classic matrix from Mt. Xuebaoding. Remarkable esthetics and no damage, these are not common by any means and this is very good example. This locality is not producing since the big Sichuan earthquake. The largest of the Goshenites is 2.3 CM wide.
A rare and fine strawberry crystal with a small amount of Sphalerite as a matrix. Sizable and sharp for this location with exceptional color. The display side is eye clean, very minor scuffs are only visible at over 10 magnifivcation. The "backside" is contacted and incomplete. A very striking thumbnail, with backlight it really glows!
Nikolai Mine, Dal'Negorsk
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
8.4 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
Super esthetic and undamaged rosette of yellow metalic pyrrhotite 4.8 CM in size. This is perched on a well crystallized contrasting matrix. Dalnegorsk has produced what are probably the best Pyrrhotites ever, this one is quite impressive and far better composed than most. I have seen very few pieces that rival the esthetic impact of this one !
A very large, lusterous cogwheel type Bournonite (over 5 CM across) that is complete sitting on Fluorite and Quartz crystals one of which penetrates the Bournonite. A exceptional example from Yaogangxian, recognized as the world's best location for this specie. Some of the fluorite and quartz have damage especially at the edges of the piece, but overall the condition is superb. This sits upright and perfectly without assistance, and the esthetics are top shelf. Given the fragility of large bournonite, the quality and completeness of this crystal is even more remarkable. Add the Fluorite for a color accent (and an uncommon association) the whole is highly desirable.
A really sweet gem crystal! Glassy, gemmy, sharp, complete, transparent thoroughout and with great color the photos say it well. The bottom section of the crystal has some adhering matrix and contacts, otherwise it is fully undamaged. Some internal veils may look like damage in photos but they are only visible due the clarity of the crystal, the sides are pristine. A very attractive, clean specimen!