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Galenobismutite on Quartz
stock #AX-15-145
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
6.4 x 5 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $2500


A very fine rarity from Yaoganxian, this is a rich, significant and esthetic Galenobismutite. It is the most attractive specimen of the specie that I have seen. Ex Shields Flynn collection, obtained from Bert Ottens some years ago who confirmed the specie, this is superb from this famous classic location. This visually looks much like a fine Boulangerite and would be an excellent specimen of that but the analysis shows this to be much more rare. It seems that there may be other specimens labeled as Boulangerite that are Galenobismutite. The matrix is a cluster of clear Quartz crystals showing two generations. The metallic needle crystals are in large masses on several faces of the specimen and are also included inside the largest, earlier Quartz prisms. In excellent condition. Mindat lists Galenobismutite from Yaogangxian but there is not yet a single photo from there.

Pyrrhotite with Chalcopyrite coating
stock #21.1-344
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
5.2 x 4.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $480


An uncommon and attractive Yaogangxian specimen. Lustrous iridescent Chalcopyrite covers most of a stack of flat hexagonal crystals of Pyrrhotite. Only on a few edges are the original golden metallic Pyrrhotite crystals visible. In excellent condition, what may look like bruising on some edges is actually perfect and sharp. The multicolor patina on the Chalcopyrite is bright and sparkling which is both esthetic and very different for this famed locality. Individual Pyrrhotite hexagons are up to 5 CM across yet are unusually thin at just 2-3 mm on average. A choice Chinese Sulfide!

Stibnite
stock #21.1-303
Xikuangshan Sb Deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Loudi Pref.
Hunan Province, China
6.1 x 4.7 x 1.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $420


A sharp pair of interlocking sprays of Stibnite crystals. Bright metallic luster and patina, there is no matrix, just Stibnite crystals with several types of termination. In excellent condition from a find in 2012 at Xikhuangshan. In person the "gunmetal" bluing effect is pronounced.

Fluorite on Quartz
stock #6.2-440
Xianghualing Mine, Linwu County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
5.1 x 4.5 x 3.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $180
Early summer 2021

Mint-green cubo-octahedral crystals of transparent Fluorite on contrasting Quartz crystals. The Fluorites have some slightly frosted faces and are well isolated and perched well up from the orange and white Quartz. In excellent condition from the 2005 era finds at Xianghualing. These are no longer coming on to the market and they represent a very attractive yet still affordable display specimen. Looks fine from several angles.

Calcite (pineapple type) on Fluorite
stock #7.AE-426
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan Province, China
5 x 3.9 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
price: $240
Early summer 2021

The "pineapple" type Calcite from the Shangbao Mine were found in the 2004-7 era but not seen in more recent mining. These were mostly translucent to transparent and the color looks just like pineapple. This piece is a single doubly terminated crystal on etched Fluorite that is both light purple and blue. In good condition overall, there are some very small contact points and rough spots but no chipping or real damage. This is in remarkable shape for one of these as most have considerable damage. An attractive Shangbao specimen and a very good example of this very cool habit.

Galena on Quartz
stock #AX-15-146-(C100)
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Chenzhou
Hunan Province, China
8.6 x 6.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $360
Early summer 2021

With all the great Lead minerals that are found in China it is surprising how uncommon are good specimens of Galena, the most common lead mineral. This is a nice Galena from anyplace and super fine from China, with two textbook perfect crystals on a bed of milky Quartz. Ex Shields Flynn collection, obtained from Bert Ottens, this is a 2004 vintage specimen with the largest crystal 2.6 CM across. The two crystals are both of different habits, perfect and undamaged. The Rucheng Mine is famed for the fine Sphalerites it produced about 15 years ago. This piece is about as fine as Galena is ever seen in China.

Arsenopyrite - iridescent crystals
stock #8.1-238
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
8.3 x 4.6 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $360
Early summer 2021

Large and lustrous, the Arsenopyrite crystals here have a golden patina on the broad faces and a bright silvery color on the narrow faces. The golden faces have a color play in the patina and are especially attractive. The facing side of the specimen is in great condition. Part of the sides have contacts and there are saw marks on the back as well. None of those distractions are visible in a normal display. This presents deep striations and classic habit, the bigger crystals are over 4 CM and very clearly defined. Tiny bits of Quartz and Fluorite are also present. An older specimen (2008) from the great Yaogangxian.

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
Early summer 2021

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.