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284 specimens listed
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Fluorite,
stock #17.1-188
Samning prefecture
Fujian, China
6.5 x 2.9 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $750


From the impressive finds of 2016 this is an nice example of this purple to blue color change Fluorite. The crystals are gem clear (this has been referred to as "Tanzanite Fluorite" due to the deep color) and most show slight wispy zoning or phantoms. The specimen is contacted on the backside and some crystals have a few rough spots so it is not right for a perfectionist but it still displays very well and is much more affordable as a result. The matrix is a duze of small Quartz crystals and the Fluorites are nicely perched on the matrix stalk. The color shift is seen under different light sources, ranging from a grape purple to indigo blue.
Opriment on Calcite
stock #18-AX-15-177-(C117)
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
11.5 x 9.9 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $850
Spring 2019

A very large specimen of fine Calcites richly coated with bright needle Orpiment crystals. Most of the Calcites are twinned and in fine condition, the matrix is a large shard of the same Calcite. A few areas of Realgar are noted too. With backlighting the some of the Calcites show bright red realgar inclusions. Ex Shields Flynn collection, these were a major find about 12 years ago, none since, and the mine is now inactive. A modern Chinese classic not often available in this size or quality. Esthetic.
Realgar- Group of doubly terminated crystals
stock #6.2-832
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
3.8 x 2.5 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
price: $250
Spring 2019

A cluster of dark red doubly terminated crystals on just the smallest sliver of matrix. The color and luster are quite fine, a few minor edge rubs are noted but are very small. Not for perfectionists but in far better than average condition, the crystals are especially remarkable for such a soft and delicate mineral. The largest crystal is 2.9 CM long. An older Shimen specimen, this locale is no longer producing, but is considered to be the greatest source of Realgar crystals ever. Affordable and esthetic.
Orpiment -Gemmy crystals on Calcite
stock #6.2 x 532
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
5.6 x 3.7 x 3.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $875
Spring 2019

Brilliant luster on transparent crystals of Orpiment that are free standing on white Calcite. Top quality for the mineral and for this world class locale, this is damage free and far better in person. Some crystals have an internal chantoyant zone while other are simply transparent. No discoloration or crumbling, this is an older piece that has not been treated with acids or enhanced, it is from 2005 vintage mining. The Shimen mine has been closed for a while and no more specimens are coming. These have been considered to be the worlds best of the specie and are unique in the mineral world. This example is far beyond average, top quality with sharply terminated crystals just over 2 CM tall.
Beryl- Aquamarine with elongated, tabular form
stock #8.1-057
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan, China
8.6 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
Spring 2019

Tabular Beryl are not known from many localities, and this sort of elongated tabular Beryl is really rare. There are several smaller parallel position additional crystals that are not elongated but the main crystals are which is really unusual. In very good condition, no damage and with fine luster on all sides, this was found in 2007 at Xuebaoding. This form is the flat hexagon with a sharp beveled edges that is so distinctive for this location. Better in person, a choice and rare Beryl.
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.
Smithsonite -two toned yellow to green
stock #18.1-686
Xiafu, Zhoaping Co. Henzoh Prefecture
Guangxi Autonomous Region, China
5.1 x 3.4 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
price: $240
Spring 2019

A wet looking luster on this botryoidal Smithsonite with the so-called Cadmium color. From the find in 2016 in Guangxi, China, this is an attractive large miniature with two colors and two different textures. In excellent condition the display side of this has no bruises or issues. These were originally sold as a Cadmium Smithsonite due to the color but later testing shows little to no Cadmium. Still a great color for Smithsonite no matter the source.
HOLD Chalcocite (coated by Chalcocite, with Djurlelte)
stock #HOLD 18AX-24-433
Tongshankou Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi Pref.
Hubei, China
4.9 x 1.6 x 1.3 (miniature)
price: $880
Spring 2019

Outstanding form and patina with excellent iridescent hues on this Tongshankou Chalcocite. This discovery from 2013 was big news in the mineral world, the Chalcocites were unbelievable, unlike any found before. The supply has long ago dried up and these have become scarce and very desirable. This is an excellent, colorful example in perfect condition. Chalcocite is a fairly common, important Copper ore but almost never seen as anything but massive deposits. Good crystals are rare and much prized and these rounded tree-like growths are really only known from this one very unusual find. Choice.
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