The rare deep indigo blue Plumbogummite from the earliest finds at Daoping that is very different from the later powder-blue replacement crystals. This botryoidal mass covers a bright yellow to greenish zone of unaltered Pyromorphite. Sawn on the base and with some bruises mostly at the outer edges, so this is not for a perfectionist but is still choice and very attractive for one of these. For centuries the worlds best Plumbogummites were the British specimens that were priceless treasures in top collections. This Chinese specimen even though modest is richer and esthetically superior to most of those. Collected before 2004 from a zone that was mined away soon after.
The Daoping mine is famed for Pyromorphites, among the worlds best, but new discoveries of Pumbogummite are by far the best on the planet. This specimen has fine form, great color and display impact, it is far above average for the mine and on its own just a beautiful specimen of a previously rare and expensive mineral. Nearly all of these have considerable damage, staining or crude areas. This one has a lot less damage than usual, the main crystals are complete and perfect, and the color is a killer bright blue. Damage limited to outer edge and two other spots. A choice display piece that is a modern classic and stands out from the typical specimens of this find.
The Daoping area finds of Plumbogummite have been extraordinary, by far the best quality ever seen. this specimen is an esthetic treelike cluster of former Pyros which are sizable and well formed. The replacement with a powder blue to yellow green Plumbogummite seems to be complete. In excellent condition, a choice piece of a modern classic find.
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,
5.5 x 3.4x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
China recently produced a spectacular find of Plumbogummite that is by far the most attractive of this usually drab mineral. The best pieces are a replacement of Pyromorphite crystals with a blue green hue.
This piece is a delicate jackstraw collection of slender crystals forming a nest. This is almost pure Plumbogummite with a little Cerussite but on some broken crystals that show unaltered Pyromorphite cores. Very fine form for this rare mineral and quite esthetic.