From a find about 5 years ago came some bladed, sharp Rhodo crystals associated with several species such as Fluorapatite, fluorite, pyrite etc. all of which are present here as sparkling micro xls on the matrix. Great color and condition (very slight damage on one edge that needs magnification to see, all the crystals are perfect) .This has good dense coverage and displays very well!
stock #SOLD7 AE-559
Wenshan County, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture
10.9 x 7.2 CM (cabinet)
Deep and electric blue, reniform masses of rich Hemimorphite cover a three- dimensional matrix. No damage except at the periphery where it was extracted. This is the sought after top color and this eyecatching piece displays well!
Fluorite on Quartz
11.4 x 10 CM (cabinet)
Two deep purple cubo-octahedrons etched from the quartz matrix are well placed and displayed with great form and contrast. In fine condition with no damage however the fluorites do show some stress cracks as do almost all of these. Some color changes can be noted in this fluorite in different light sources.
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.
A sharp, medium purple, very clear amethyst is the matrix for clusters of flat type crystals of apophyllite dusted with Hubeite micro crystals. From the type locality for Hubeite, this is an attractive, displayable example. Examination at 10X shows micro chipping to the quartz and the naked eye can find one broken apophyllite but it is not badly distracting, All in all a very pretty piece.
A deep orange-red, translucent and unusually elongated single crystal that is complete all around. Very different than the usual scheelites from Xuebaoding, with no damage. Scheelite does not crystallize in the cubic system, so what appear to be octahedra are actually tetragonal crystals often with parellel growths. This piece is a fine and clean example that is like a textbook crystal model.
Galena and Sphalerite on Quartz
stock #7-CNA -558
Shuikoushan Lead Zinc Mine, Kangjianwan, Changning
18 x 11.5CM (cabinet /museum)
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!
A very different, older piece unlike any of the recents materials. A light blue-green gem crystal (the interior is nearly 100% top gem grade) with a complex lighly frosted termination has some hyalite (opal) coatings (FL strong green) that look like spots on the exterior. The outer zones of the crystal have bright green micro xls of tourmaline growing into it. The hyalite can be removed if desired but I think it adds a nice feel to the crystal as is.
A very fine Erongo piece diplayable 360degrees with no damage except at the point of attachment on the base which is not v isible from any normal angle.