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Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz
stock #8.1-432
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
7.8 x 5.1 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1250
Early summer 2021

A choice plate of red rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals with a purple Fluorite that adds a nice color accent. A very early specimen from the large find at Wutong, these Rhodos are very three dimensional, they stand above the matrix which is mostly Quartz some of which is in needle crystal. The color is a very deep red on many crystals, others are a little more pinkish red. Overall this is as vivid as we have seen from China with a hue comparable to many Sweet Home Mine Rhodos. The entire plate can be backlit to a glowing red, the crystals are mostly not transparent but translucent and cloudy inside. An attractive and colorful specimen and a good value.

Wulfenite
stock #16.1-063
Jianshan Mine (stone crack), Ruoqiang County, Bayin gholin Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
9.6 x 7.1 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $460
Early summer 2021

Bright and sparkling small (7mm) red Wulfenite crystals with glassy luster and epitaxial coatings of whitish Calcites. In excellent condition overall, which is incredible for such delicate thin crystals. The Calcite is selectively deposited in the middle of the Wulfenite blades and the edges are uncovered, showing a sharp beveled termination. A quite good and eye-catching example from this important find in 2016. This locality had provided many fine pieces at all levels and price points, this piece is a very good value for the locale.

Wulfenite
stock #16.1-062
Jianshan Mine (stone crack), Ruoqiang County, Bayin gholin Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
6.8 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $280
new year 2021

Small, sharp and colorful, bright red and orange Wulfenites cover one side of a matrix. In remarkable condition, the crystal edges are clean and nearly every one is complete, undamaged. This find produced many different styles of Wulfenite, the most desirable color being this deep red. The find was large enough that specimens were available at reasonable prices and represent a very good value for collectors.

Wulfenite - thin habit bright red
stock #8.1-366
Jianshan Mine (stone crack), Ruoqiang County, Bayin gholin Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
6.2 x 5.3 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $900


Brilliant red Wulfenites with a delicate, paper thin habit that are free standing on a gossan matrix. Choice and esthetic example from the earlier finds at Xinjiang. The centers of many Wulfenites have a zoned coating on one side of the crystal, but others are unzoned. The delicate thin edges are mostly intact and undamaged but there is some damage on a few spots which is almost inevitable with such thin crystals. The color is as brilliant a red as is possible.

Wulfenite coated with Calcite/ Cerussite
stock #8.1-346
Tuokexun County, Tulufan Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
3.4 x 3.3 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
price: $450
Worldwide mix summer

Free standing bright red Wulfenite crystals are epitaxially coated by a layer of Calcite. A few small flat white micro crystals are also included in the coating that had been x-rayed as Cerussites, but we have also been told there is some disagreement on that result. Either way, the specimen is very esthetic and this is a striking arrangement. In excellent condition as seen, this is from a find in 2010.

Wulfenite on Calcite
stock #16.1-065
Jianshan Mine (stone crack), Ruoqiang County, Bayin gholin Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
9.2 x 4.3 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $400
new june 17

A thin plate of matrix hosts dozens of brilliant orange-red Wulfenites with a particularly bright luster. The contrast with the white matrix is excellent and the condition overall is very good, a few chipped crystals at the edges have to be mentioned, but the main central area is quite damage free. From the remarkable finds near Urumqi in Xinjiang. This specimen has not been damaged by cleaning in strong acids so the color and luster are well above average. A good value for such an esthetic piece.

Scapolite (purple gem crystal) v. Marialite
stock #7.AE-474
Deposit 1677, Subashi, Aketao Co., Kizilsu Pref.
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
1.7 x 1 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $240
Post Tucson 2015

A rare Chinese gem Scapolite with very intense purple color, much of which is clear enough to facet. We see very few specimens of any sort from Xinjiang, this Scapolite was from a small one time find over ten years ago when the deposit was listed as "Daftar". Analysis shows that these are a Marialite variety with some chrome adding the color. This is much deeper hue than most. Some chipping is noted with 10x magnification so this is not for perfectionists but it is still a very good, richly colored crystal that shows some clear dichroism.

Wulfenite
stock #8.1-348
Tuokexun County, Tulufan Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
6 x 4.8 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $600


Rich deep orange color and glassy luster make this a very good eye-catcher. Crystals reach 2.4 CM in with many complete and well positioned. There is damage but in context it is easy to overlook, yet it keeps this from a much higher price point.