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38 specimens listed
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Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz
stock #20.1-213
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu County, Liangshan Yi Pref.
Sichuan, China
7.8 x 6.1 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $450
Spring 2020

a cluster of sharp Babingtonite crystals perched nicely on a matrix of Prehnite and clear Quartz crystals. The Babingtonite has good mid range natural luster, in our experience the very bright luster on some pieces is often a result of an oiling or plastic coating, which is for us a form of fakery. This is clearly a fully natural specimen ex Shields Flynn collection. For almost a century the wolds best Babingtonites were from a small quarry in Western Massachusetts. Very few were ever found of this size and quality. Even today a specimen from Massachusets this fine would be sold quickly for thousands. The Chinese discovery has allowed many more people to own a choice piece for reasonable cost..
Scheelite on Muscovite
stock #20.1-159
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan, China
10.4 x 7.5 x 4.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $800
Spring 2020

Three perfect and sharp crystals of light orange Scheelite are arranged in a connected chain on matrix. Well exposed and nicely nested in the surrounding crystals of Muscovite, this is a a far better thasn typical specimen from the great finds at Xuebaoding almost 20 years ago. The crystals have the classic pseudo Octahedral form and have great luster, some transparency and no damage. Most faces also show complex growth structures and multi stepped zones that are epitaxially aligned. All in all a very clean early Chinese Scheelite with very strong display impact. Sawn on the back from when this was removed, the saw marks are not visible from any display view.
Beryl var. Aquamarine
stock #6.2-080
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan, China
6.6 x 4.7 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $600
Spring 2020

A big (4.3 CM) Aquamarine crystal rises above the Muscovite matrix and is unusually well exposed. This is the wide tabular crystal habit that is rare worldwide but at Mt. Xuebaoding was the normal form. This is an older piece from mining in the 2004 season. Later digging restrictions (for Panda habitat protection) have closed most of the higher elevation areas above Pingwu where this came from. Other mining continues in the region but the mineral production is different. These Beryl are modern classics and while they were rather commonly available 6 years ago they are now quite rare on the market. This specimen is well better than average for the clarity, form and esthetics. In fine condition as seen this is better in person too.
Kestertite with Mushingtonite and Malachite on Muscovite and Quartz
stock #7.AE-495
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan, China
8.8 x 7.4 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $550
Spring 2020

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.
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.
Cassiterite, Aquamarine and Muscovite
stock #AX-15-161-(C273)
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan, China
8.8 x 4.3 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $1100


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.
Babingtonite on Prehnite
stock #8.1-233
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu County, Liangshan Yi Pref.
Sichuan, China
5.1 x 4.2 x 3.1 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $600
Spring 2019

Well perched sharp and lustrous Babingtonite crystals on contrasting green Prehnite. The finds of these incredible Babingtonites in Meigu redefined this specie and are considered by far the worlds best. The clear form and bright black luster gives this specimen a strong presence. Esthetic and in fine condition there are a few clear Quartz crystals scattered about adding a nice sparkle as well. Damage free and esthetic.
Beryl var Aquamarine on Albite
stock #6.2-170A
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan, China
7.1 x 5.1 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
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.
38 specimens listed
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