Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
10.8 x 5 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
An especially fine, esthetic multi-specie specimen from Yaogangxian. The matrix is a complete, doubly terminated crystal of quartz that hosts a mass of bright gemmy Scheelites and masses of red-black Hubnerite crystals. As a crowning touch a perfect delicate pastel colored rose of Calcite is nicely perched. Excellent contrast and display impact. The Hubnerite is a rather rare specie from Yaogangxian (there was far more Ferberite found) and these are especially good. The smaller crystals are translucent and are quite redwith good light. The largest Hubnerites reach 3 CM. Formerly in the Shields Flynn collection, a great earlier vintage Chinese classic.
An important Chinese specimen and a rarity, this Hubnerite is from the one time small find at Yaoganxian in 1998. It seems these are also the largest Hubnerite crystals known from China, at 9.4 CM! Ferberite (the analog) is famous from Yaoganxian, it has produced some of the worlds best. However, verified Hubnerite is only known in a few specimens. The crystals here are attractively perched on a long Quartz prism and this displays well from either side. The color is a lustrous black to a deep brownish-red. Strong lighting shows red translucence on thin edges of the crystals as is typical for Hubnerite. The crystals are complete, somewhat jagged showing parrellel growth with full terminations. A dusting of micro Helvites (not confirmed) add a color contrast. Remarkably this specimen has no noticable damage on the delicate Hubnerite crystals. For any comprehensive Chinese collection or a Yaoganxian suite, this is something really special!