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270 specimens found
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Smithsonite -"Cadmium color"
stock #18.1-682
Xiafu, Zhoaping Co. Henzoh Prefecture
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
7.8 x 6.4 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150


A colorful and very well formed knob of botryoidal Smithsonite with good yellow color. Choice and three dimensional, this looks great from most any angle. Except at the base where this was removed, there is no damage or bruises on any surface. The satiny luster is especially rich. These have been marketed as "Cadmium" Smithsonite but there have been some different analysis that conflicts with this and some claim that none of the yellow Smithsonites from any deposit owe their color to Cadmium. I suspect the truth is someplace in the middle. I do not know if Cadmium is involved in this specimen or this find but this is the sought after "Cadmium'" color. Excellent eye appeal and overall esthetics, no matter the color source. An excellent value for one of these complete knobs which are quite uncommon and priced far higher when available.
Pyromorphite
stock #18.1-697
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
5.1 x 4 x 3.1 CXM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $2850
Dec 2018

A perfect, killer miniature. Top intense color, brilliant luster and elegant form in an undamaged specimen. Even though many of these were found since the first finds in 2000, very few were this well formed and esthetic. This specimen comes from a small recent pocket, that gave the first Pyromorphites of any quality in more than 4 years. These are modern classics and the best Daoping Pyros like this one are quite prized as they stand out from the average pieces. This presents well on every side and angle, the crystals show several habits but are mostly elongated freestanding hexagons some with central hoppers. The smaller, slender crystals are a little less bright green and are also perfect in radiating clusters. Minimal matrix, a perfect large miniature with a display impact much larger than this size. It is incredible this is so perfect and undamaged, even better in person.
Fluorite -Epitaxial crystal clusters
stock #14.1-232
Xianghualing Mine, Linwu County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
10.3 x 7.3 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $480
Dec 2018

An older very fine Fluorite that is a pure mass of oriented crystals all of which are modified cubo-octahedral or dodecahedrons. In fine condition, the display sides are choice and undamaged only the backside is contacted. The larger crystals are fully transparent and have very good luster. Dispalys well from several angles, this style and habit has not been available recently except from older stock (as this is). A modern Chinese classic.
Calcite -Gem clear with phantom
stock #18.1-859
Leiping Mine, Leiping, GuiyangCo., Chenzhou Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
4.1 x 3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $160
Dec 2018

Bright luster, exceptional clarity and sharp form, a choice miniature from the now famous Leiping mine. In perfect, undamaged condition, this mine is famous for these superb Calcites and the bright Hematite phantoms. Very few have been available in recent years. Similar in form and habit to the classic English Calcites from the Iron fields in Egremont, these are far less expensive yet just as attractive.
Elbaite -Bi-color gem crystal
stock #18.1-339
Baoshan Prefecture
Yunnan, China
1.2 x .9 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $120
Dec 2018

A small but very clear perfect Tourmaline with a dark termination. We see very few good Chinese gem Elbaite and few of those with this color. In fine condition the matrix is another Elbaite crystal that is contacted with a little feldspar, but is also undamaged. Tghis is also a dichroic crystal so the color can shift from a more yellow to more green hue. A nice thumbnail from an unusual locale.
Fluorite - clear dodecahedral crystals with internal crystals
stock #17.1-194
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhead League
Inner Mongolia Region, China
4.4 x 3.8 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
price: $675
Dec 2018

A textbook perfect miniature specimen with an impact far bigger than its size. While the external form is outstanding, the insides of the Fluorites clearly show incredible, sharp, inclusions of perfect pink Dolomite rhombs. The matrix of Dolomite, Calcite and Sphalerite adds nice contrast to the glassy Fluorites. In perfect condition damage-wise which is very rare. Some faces show a secondary etching while others are perfectly smooth and transparent. The 26 sided crystals are a perfect model for this less common habit. Best appreciated in person, a very choice example of why Huanggang is the most significant mineral locality in China today.
Calcite - manganoan
stock #17.1-129
Langyang Mine
Fujian, China
12.1 x 7.7 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $675
Dec 2018

Like a pagoda on a snowy mountain, this is an especially esthetic example of this habit. The front display surface is in impeccable condition, the Quartz and Calcite are perfect, undamaged. The backside is incomplete but not visible in any display angle. The final cap or top story of the Pagoda has a classic three faced termination and the whole has great luster as well as contrast. There werenot many of these in such fine condition, the find was in 2016 and there have not been more as far as we know.
Pyromorphite -hoppered crystals.
stock #18.1-634
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
4.8 x 3.8 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
price: $520
Dec 2018

A pretty Pyromorphite with better than average, very distinct hoppered crystals on smaller prisms. From late finds at the amazing Daoping mine, this is a not the typical color from here, it is more like an olive green hue in person. Choice and in excellent condition, Daoping has become a great modern classic locality and this sort of Pyromorphite shows why.
270 specimens found
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