Several well formed textbook sharp Kesterites are well displayed on the contrasting Muscovite (which is also well crystallized). For a few years the Mt Xuebaoding area produced the worlds best Kesterites usually coated with green Mushingtonite. The mining sites have closed and shifted and there is no more. The only source now for a good piece is from an old collection. This piece has sharp crystals up to 1.4 CM though most are smaller. Scattered sprays and balls of Malachite are also present, this was a less common accessory mineral at this find. In fine shape this could be trimmed to several thumbnails or miniatures but is also choice just as it is. A good value for a modern classic now getting quite rare.
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.
Exceptionally lustrous and choice specimen of Cassiterite crystals clustered with light blue Beryl (Aquamarine) and set off by well crystalized Muscovite. Ex Shields Flynn collection, this is an older Mt. Xuebaoding specimen that is unlike any of the later finds and is especially esthetic in person. In excellent condition as seen, the display face is in perfect condition the only damage is on the outside edges where this was removed. The bright glassy luster of the Cassiterites is hard to capture in photos it is really brilliant in person.
Beryl var Aquamarine on Albite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
7.1 x 5.1 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
An esthetic and sharp edged piece. The Aquas are super clear, mid-range blue, (largest is 4.2 CM across,) tabular crystals consisting of two pinicoids and no prism faces. This is a less common form for Aqua at Pingwu (and very rare worldwide) normally there are prism faces present. The albite is well crystalized and some is quite gemmy too. The piece has a saw marks on base and side (from the collecting) not visible on display side. Displays very well as seen, but is better in person. There are some contacts and tiny edge chipping present that is not distracting yet keeps this from being a far more expensive specimen.
A superb example of the gem clear pink Apatites from the Xuebaoding mountain find of 2004. These Apatites are clustered in a chain nestled in a well crystalized vug of Muscovite. The edges of the specimen are also decorated with clusters of small clear Calcite crystals which are quite uncommon in this locale. We have handled several of these Apatites and this is one of the very best, the color and clarity are especially fine. Overall a very esthetic presentation, damage free and these Apatites are also vividly fluorescent.
An unusual matrix plate well encrusted with Beryl (both Aquamarine and Goshenite) with fine clarity. The unusual part is the habit here, these are not the typical tabular crystals from Xuebaoding, but elongated prisms with truncated pyramids. Xuebaoding is a world famed locale and had produced many fine Beryls but almost always in a rare tabular habit. In 2006 a small zone with some elongated crystals produced these odd habit Beryl. This is a very good example from that find, there have been no more since.
Simple and attractive, the less common tabular form (flat hexagons) of gem clear Beryl nicely perched on matrix. In most light the Beryl looks white or colorless, but a tiny hint of blue can be seen in some conditions. In my eye it is a colorless Goshenite variety but some may see it as a pale Aquamarine. Either way this presents this special discoidal habit very well. From the modern classic area of Mt Xuebaoding in 2003, this form has not been found for some time. A choice modern Chinese classic and an uncommon crystal habit.
Cassiterite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.3 x 5.2 X 3.8 CM (cabinet)
Incredibly lustrous, super, sharp Cassiterite twin crystal set nicely on contrasting Muscovite matrix. The Cassiterite is 1.8 CM in diameter and has no damage or chipping even under 20X magnification. From finds in 2003 at Mt Xuebaoding, this quality of Cassiterite is simply not being found anymore. High esthetics and display impact for a small size specimen.