A very fine Chinese rhodo, from the 2007 pocket at Wuzhou, these were the best found at that time, and a different style than those found in later mining. The color and clarity are easily confused with some Sweet Home material. Deep color and esthetics with the largest Rhomb 2.2 CM. Typical of this mine there are micro xls of fluorite and acanthite as well as eye visible pyrites, but the real reason to display this is the Rhodochrosite. Overall in fine shape, no noticable damage, we have noticed that the red color is more intense under some types of lighting. This is a fraction of the price that a comparable Colorado piece would go for!
Muli Mine, Mianyan,Ebian
13.5x9.5 CM (cabinet)
A mound of lusterous barites (most of which are gemmy with phantoms) with a single, larger 3.5 CM crystal at the top. This mine has not produced anything but very tiny crystals for the past 3 years and the larger crystals when in good condition (which is rare) are now very hard to find. The architecture of this piece is very attractive and the damage is minimal, most is on the periphery and the rest is not at all distracting, the main crystals are fine.
A superb miniature gemmy cassiterite with sharp glassy luster crystals to 2.2 CM. These have become very hard to find (and expensive) since the main find of 2003-4. I think the quality of the best examples from Ximeng are possibly the worlds best for the specie. On this piece the transparent crystals here have smokey phantoms and show colors like yellow, orange, white and brown as well as the usual black. There is some very tiny damage to a few edges (and the backside attachment point) but it is not be visible if oriented well in a display. One of the very best examples of this new classic I have seen available and at a very attractive price.
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.
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!
stock #7 CNA-424
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Huya
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.
This is just a killer small cabinet of included fluorite pearched esthetically on a spray of quartz. The main 3.7 CM cube is clear flourite colored to a dark blue-purple by thousands of metallic needles some of which reach the surface. The front of the fluorite is pristine but it is contacted in the back.. There are 2 small broken quartz xls (not very easilly noticed) which can be trimmed off but I like it as is since these act as a stand for the piece. This is an exceptional piece of this minerological oddity from Yaoganxian!
Super metallic and lusterous, these are complete and undamaged with super form. Good molybdenite is that is this esthetic and clean is very hard to find. This is the best quality I have seen from China, it displays great.