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Fluorite with Quartz casts after Calcite
stock #6.2-610
Dongpo Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzohou prefecture
Hunan Province, China
8.8 x 5.3 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $290


Very odd yet attractive specimen of two Fluorite crystals that are both pierced by scalenohedral holes in the shape of former Calcite crystals. The cavities are filled with drusy Quartz crystals that sparkle and contrast with the green Fluorite. An unusual Fluorite from the Dongpo Mine, this has 2 larger and 3 smaller casts inside the Fluorite cubes. A nice piece for those who enjoy oddities.

Fluorite - cubo-octahedral crystals on Dolomite
stock #5.1-104
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan Province, China
5.4 x 4.8 x 2.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $300


An early Shangbao specimen with very unusual color. The Fluorite is an iridescent, yellow to orange, and has well-defined faces. The color seems to be due to an oxide coating that is only partly inside the Fluorite. The back of the specimen is cleaved and shows that the Fluorite is colorless inside. Most Shangbao Fluorites have been typical purple and green, so this is very unusual. The cleaved backside keeps the costs of this piece much lower but is not visible on the display side. We have never seen another with this habit/ color from Shangbao.

Fluorite included by Boulangerite
stock #8.1-164
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
8.2 x 5.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $470
new year 2021

A dark purple cluster of Fluorite cubes with slightly rounded faces that are thickly packed with masses of Boulangerite hairs. In many places the Boulangerite is protruding from the Fluorite making complex nests of metallic wire-like crystals. The specimen is an older (2004) vintage piece from Yaogangxian and is a super example of this association. The Fluorite is transparent to translucent and with magnification the Boulangerite inside the crystals is seen as straight hairs, curved wires and coiled spirals, loops and rings. This find of included Fluorite was remarkable and this specimen is a superb, large example. The specimen is a mix of larger cubes up to 2.5 CM to masses of tiny curved cubes in clusters.

Scheelite with Calcite
stock #16.1-395-(CN3488)
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
5.4 x 5.1 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
new year 2021

A very fine Scheelite from the famed Yaogangxian Mine, ex Charles M. Noll collection. The Scheelite is very sharp and glassy, very large for this locality, and has a color that looks like a brown stout or root beer hue in reflected light. When backlit with a strong light source the color is more reddish-purple. Transparent on the edges but translucent overall the Calcite adds a very nice accent. The bottom of the piece is broken where it was attached but some of that area is recrystallized. Fine luster and great striations on the glassy faces help set this piece apart. From the "golden years" at Yaogangxian this is really fine for the locale and a choice dark Scheelite from any place.

Fluorite on Muscovite with Quartz
stock #6.2-568
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
10.4 x 6.4 x 5.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $880
new year 2021

A choice old Yaogangxian specimen with fantastic contrast. Purple phantom Fluorites in a cluster set like jewels on matrix, the largest crystal about 2.5 CM diameter. Transparent to translucent Fluorites with a glassy to waxy luster, these look fine from just about any angle. In fine condition overall, by naked eye there is no visible damage, just some minor rough spots. With a good loupe some small bruises are seen, this is not distracting and is lost in the bigger context. The color ranges from the "grape purple" phantoms to a lighter violet-blue in the crystal bodies, glows great if backlit. This is 2006 vintage, from the "golden years" for Fluorites at Yaogangxian.

Siderite on Fluorite with Chalcopyrite, Sphalerite etc.
stock #18-AX-15-205
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
6.3 x 4.8 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $380
new year 2021

A fine Yaogangxian multi-specie specimen hosting a prominent Siderite crystal perched on sparkling purple Fluorites. In excellent condition, we do not see much good Siderite from this famed locale that is better known for world class Fluorites and Sulfides. There are small crystals of several other species present as well as is typical from this locality, a comprehensive label can get quite long! Ex Shields and Frances Flynn collection, an excellent example of the specie from this iconic locale.

Realgar - single crystal
stock #4.2-185
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
2.2 x 1.1 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $220
new year 2021

A bright red crystal that is translucent to transparent, well-formed and distinctly striated. This crystal was mined in 2003, it has been stored in the dark so is fresh and bright. A few small rough spots are to be mentioned but overall this is in fine shape, well-terminated and a choice thumbnail. When these were found they were certainly the best Realgars available at that time, and are still about as fine as can be seen. Of special note, these Hunan Realgars seemed to keep their color and luster better than specimens from other localities.

Bournonite
stock #6.2-892
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
3.1 x 2.6 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $350
new year 2021

A super bright "gun metal" luster Bournonite crystal which is doubly terminated. Some of the faces are perfectly smooth mirror-like while other are striated. From the Yaogangxian Mine which had the reputation for providing more fine Bournonite than the rest of the world's localities together. Before these finds this was a rather rare and sought after specie. There seems to be no twinning on this crystal which is unusual for Bournonite which is almost always twinned. Displays well as seen, there are some small chips on the terminations and the back is contacted but not damaged. While not perfect this is far better than 99.9 percent of these, and the rough areas are not excessive. As a whole Bournonites are notoriously brittle and most often incomplete.