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Fluorite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite, Muscovite and Quartz
stock #19.1-420
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
Hunan Province, China
7.2 x 5.8 x 4.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $850


A long list of species on this early (2000) Yaogangxian specimen that features a prominent bright purple Fluorite. The Fluorite is a stepped cube that shows perfectly the stairlike form of this habit. In excellent condition, this has an intense deep color and contrasts with the other species on the specimen. Esthetic and an unusual habit for this famed locality, the stepped form is better known in Green crystals from Shangbao (Hunan Province) but very rare at Yaoganxian.
Stannite, Quartz and Arsenopyrite
stock #18AX-15-251-(C288)
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
Hunan Province, China
7.1 x 4.3 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $650


From the "golden age" of mineral finds at Yaogangxian, this is a super choice Stannite. Ex Shields Flynn collection, the Stannites are bright brassy, well formed, undamaged and very rich. This specimen was exhibited at Tucson in the TGMS displays in 2005 celebrating the minerals of China. Most pieces from this find had much more Arsenopyrite and or Sphalerite than Stannite, this is almost all Stannite with clear Quartz crystals adding a nice accent. Most will agree that the old Yaogangxian finds were the best ever found. This specimen is well better than typical and now Chinese Stannite is rarely available in such size and attractive quality.
Ferberite, Stannite, Quartz and Fluorite etc.
stock #8.1-146
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
Hunan Province, China
5.6 x 4.2 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $440
Spring 2019

A wonderful multi-specie specimen from the golden period of the great Yaogangxian mine. In fine condition, this is both esthetic and mineralogically complex. A complete label would have a long list including Ferberite, Stannite, Muscovite, Scheelite, Quartz, Fluorite, Dolomite and probably Wurtzite. The Ferberite is the dominent specie and is well defined, sharp and seems to be twinned. The Stannite crystals are numerous in clusters that covers an area over 3 CM across. The luster and overall composition makes this an especially choice piece. Displays well from several angles.
Chalcopyrite with Quartz
stock #6.2-843
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
Hunan Province, China
4.3 x 3.8 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
price: $290
Spring 2019

We do not see many good Chalcopyrites from Yaogangxian, although it was a common mineral there. This is an excellent, complete cluster of fine sharp crystals in outstanding condition. Very well defined striations, good patina and esthetic composition, this is all in all a choice piece. For a quite common mineral good Chalcopyrites crystals of this size are rare.
Ferberite (rosette) and Quartz etc.
stock #8.1-088
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
Hunan Province, China
5.5 x 4.4 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $425
Dec 2018

A 360 degree specimen hosting a delicate cluster of Ferberite crystals pointing in all directions and slender Quartz prisms. Very tiny Muscovite and a few Scheelites are also on the piece as is typical from Yaogangxian where complex multi specie specimens were typical. The longest slender Quartz is 4.2 CM and doubly terminated. Some contacting that is not very noticeable, several terminations are a ragged, complex type that adds some esthetic complexity. Very displayable and a choice piece from the locale.
Arsenopyrite (twin) on Muscovite and Quartz
stock #6.2-895
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
Hunan Province, China
4 x 3 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
price: $330
Dec 2018

A perfect main Arsenopyrite crystal with textbook form well perched above the matrix of Muscovite and Quartz crystals. Brilliant metallic luster, no damage and great esthetics, a very choice miniature for the specie. The main Arsenopyrite is just over 2 CM and has a penetrating crystal (twin) that is in a X form, but is not very evident from the logical display angles. From finds almost 10 years ago at Yaoganxian. Hard to photograph the brilliant luster, this is great in person.
Fluorite -dark zoned
stock #14.1-415
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
Hunan Province, China
4.1 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $350
Dec 2018

very sharp single cube perched on a shard of matrix, mostly Muscovite. The Fluorite has very deep purple zones and masses on the outer edges the center core is transparent and a light blue color. Very glassy luster as in all the better Yaoganxian Fluorites. The display side is perfect damage wise, there is contacting and cleaves on the back. Better in person, this is from mining in the 2004-5 season when a very rich area was worked. The locality no longer produces anything like this.
Cassiterite -huge for locale, with Ferberite, Arsenopyrite, Chalcopyrite, Quartz, Muscovite, Stannite, Fluorite etc.
stock #18-AX-29-046
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
Hunan Province, China
4.8 x 4 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $1600
Late Summer 2018

The very best Yaogangxian Cassiterite I have ever seen, with the largest crystals as well. An excellent multi-specie piece mostly composed of superb Cassiterite. This locale has produced thousands of excellent mineral specimens but Cassiterite is very rare from this famed locale. Sharp lustrous crystals to almost 3 CM are arranged in a radiating cluster on a very complex matrix. I count at least 7 mineral species on this miniature, but the Cassiterite is clearly dominant and is in fine condition as well. A superb modern classic and a very important Yaoganxian specimen.
39 specimens listed
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