From a find about 12 years ago in Yunnan province, China. Pink Tourmalines with redder caps that came from the pegmatites of Gaoligong Shan it what seems to have been a mix of Elbaite and Liddiacoatite perhaps in zones. This piece ishows the typical morpholgy of the find and has a nice bubble gum color. The outer edges have contacts and chipping but there are several complet terminated crystals with no damage, the largest being 1 CM tall.
Azurite - rose form
Shilu Mine, Yangchun County, Yangjiang
6.4 x 5.7 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Flower-like hemisphere of Azurite crystals that are sharp, perfect and geometrically arranged. Rosettes from the Shilu Mine rarely were this perfect in form and there have not been any of this sort found for many years. Close exam of this piece shows that the crystals have slightly curved faces and are arranged in slightly curved lines. We have handled many of these rosettes, we obtained many in China over the years. This one stands out as among the very best regardless of size. There are some small balls of Malachite on a few edges but overall this is a pure blue mass of bright Azurite.
A flat habit rhombohedral crystal of Rhodochrosite sits aesthetically on matrix. Tiny purple Fluorite and Pyrite is also on the front face of the Rhodo adding some character. The matrix has clusters of elongated white Apatites (not visible in the photos) mostly on the backside. These are vividly fluorescent (yellow) in long wave. The condition is excellent and the Rhodo is partly transparent. Better color than is usually seen, this piece was from the earliest finds of Rhodochrosite at Wudong. I do not think any Apatites were found in the later pockets.
A killer quartz "tree" or tangled shrub of slender Quartz crystals with a mint-green color perched on a matrix of large Dolomite crystals. Mined in 2006 at the famed Shangbao Mine, this is a really distinctive display piece. Many of the Quartz are doubly terminated and the condition overall is excellent. Shangbao is justly famous for some of the best Fluorites in the world. However, there were also a few finds over the years of highly esthetic and often odd Quartz. A unique piece that mixes fine quality, good size and display impact.
Super bright Barite crystals from Jinkouhe Ex. John Marshall collection. John obtained this in 2003 when the first and best finds had just been made. In incredible condition, no damage seen by naked eye but with magnification some very small edge scuff are found, really close to perfect. The crystals are all transparent with a nice bright color, most have cloud-like inclusions as phantoms in some. Previous labels and collection card are included. I have seen nothing like this from China for a long time.
A well-defined, transparent, textbook-form tabular Aquamarine crystal perched on Muscovite. The crystal is in far better than typical condition it has some minor contacts and spots where re-crystallization patterns are seen on the wide faces. Only one chip that is not very noticeable which is remarkable, overall quite fine. This habit of Beryl is rare world wide, it was however strangely more common in 2000-2012 at Xuebaoding. The locality has not been very productive and most of the mining has moved to areas with different mineralogy. These are becoming modern classics but can sometimes still be found at a good price.
Apophyllite, Hubeite and Quartz
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Mine), Daye County, Huangshi Pref.
9 x 6.9 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Windowpane type Apophyllite crystals mixed with sharp, transparent Quartz, and all dusted with tiny Hubeite crystals. A few of the smaller Quartz are Japanese twins. An attractive combination specimen in very good condition, the main Apophyllite crystals are undamaged. There is some minor chipping and damage on the outside edge where this was removed, overall in nice shape. The Hubeite, (this is the type locality), are numerous but tiny best seen with magnification. The Apophyllite is almost certainly Fluorapophyllite, it is what is known from here but as this piece has no confirming analysis we use only the group name. An attractive cabinet specimen with nice three-dimensional form. This find was made in 2006-7 and very little has come out since.
Perfect, with killer color, transparent Fluorite crystals aesthetically perched on a mix of smaller Fluorites and Muscovite. The luster and color zoning are exceptional, there is no damage and the main cubes show penetration twinning. This piece shows very well the quality that made the Yaogangxian Mine's reputation. The cubes have several separate phantoms and a more diffuse core color of vivid purple. An older specimen from 2008, this is quite different from more recent finds and is simply a super piece in person.