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Barite on Calcite with Pyrite
stock #6.2-909
Dachang Ore Field, Nandan
Guangxi Province, China
4.8 x 4.3 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
price: $650
Pre Tucson

A quite usual and attractive gemmy Barite/Calcite combo from the Nandan area (Guangxi, China). We were at this less well-known mining area in 2004 and a few miners had just found these gem clear Barites, some with "Mercedes" style Calcites. We selected the best 20 pieces or so and quickly sold everything We never could get anymore like this and the mine has been closed for a few years. This piece came back to us recently and is ready for a new home. Like most in the find the Barite is not absolutely perfect, there are micro chips most of which are on the backside. It still looks great from most angles but is not for perfectionists. The Calcites make a great contrast and add a lot of interest. They are white flat discoidal type with dark Pyrite lines that create the Mercedes shape. The color and luster of the Barite are excellent and there are phantoms of dark inclusions that are almost certainly Pyrite. The small bits of damage are certainly unfortunate, (we never did find any without at least a little) but they are not a major distraction and keep the price a lot lower than if this was absolutely perfect. An excellent older vintage Chinese piece. The Nandan area had many small mines that were a very interesting source of polymetallic ores and some great specimen minerals. We miss it!

Axinite and Quartz
stock #AX-15-068
Dachang Ore Field, Nandan
Guangxi Province, China
7 x 4.7 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $475
Winter 2016-17

An unusually well-crystallized Axinite from China that host well-perched doubly terminated Quartz crystals for a nice contrast. Ex Shields Flynn collection, this is older material from about 2004. The Nandan mines have mostly been shut down and were only producing good minerals for a few short years. The Axinites from the area are probably the best ever to come out of China. In excellent condition (few were not badly damaged) with the only real bruising at the outside edges. Very nice luster and three dimensional relief.

Golden Barite with Calcite
stock #6.2-746
Dachang Ore Field, Nandan
Guangxi Province, China
7.8 x 5.4 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $450
pre Tucson 2015 update

A sweet gemmy golden Barite with tabular Calcites that are decorated in turn with Pyrite. The Barites have dark phantoms and the overall contrast is excellent. This is from a small find at Nandan in 2002, which were mostly very damaged. This has minimal damage, none of which is naked eye-visible from logical display angles. Much nicer in person too.

Calcite on Sibnite
stock #6.2-902
Dachang Ore Field, Nandan
Guangxi Province, China
6.9 x 4.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $150

An attractive and rather unusual habit of Calcite on Stibnite from the less well-known locality of Nandan. The main Calcite is a sharp scalenohedron 3.5 CM long that seems to be heavily included by Stibnite giving it a dark, cloudy interior. The overall composition and esthetics are very good, there is nice contrast with the metallic Stibnite crystals. Not typical, this is quite different from other such combos I have seen.