Sharp, bright gemmy red Realgar with intense color. This specimen has minimal matrix and has not been displayed in bright light so it is still very impressive. This was mined in 2005 so it has held its color very well. Minimal bruises on a few edges are not easily seen by naked eye and the main crystals are in fine shape. The Shimen mine was at one time a prolific source of super (maybe the worlds best) Realgars, but it is no longer operating. The backside of the specimen has just a hint of matrix on it and is contacted where it was attached but the rest is very well crystallized and nearly all crystals show double terminations. Unusually fine for one of these.
Orpiment on Calcite crystal
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
3.1 x 2..1 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
From the Chinese finds made more than 15 years ago at Shimen. This is a fine thumbnail sized Gemmy Calcite crystal coated on several sides with slender crystals of Orpiment in orange and yellow colors. These were big news when first discovered and the supply dried up very quickly. There were very few good thumbnails since most of the Calcites were much larger. In fine condition the specimen is better in person and now a modern classic. We obtained this piece in China at that time and sold it shortly after. Glad to see it back and have one to offer today.
An older very fine Fluorite that is a pure mass of oriented crystals all of which are modified cubo-octahedral or dodecahedrons. In fine condition, the display sides are choice and undamaged only the backside is contacted. The larger crystals are fully transparent and have very good luster. Dispalys well from several angles, this style and habit has not been available recently except from older stock (as this is). A modern Chinese classic.
Calcite -Gem clear with phantom
Leiping Mine, Leiping, GuiyangCo., Chenzhou Prefecture
4.1 x 3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
Bright luster, exceptional clarity and sharp form, a choice miniature from the now famous Leiping mine. In perfect, undamaged condition, this mine is famous for these superb Calcites and the bright Hematite phantoms. Very few have been available in recent years. Similar in form and habit to the classic English Calcites from the Iron fields in Egremont, these are far less expensive yet just as attractive.
Sharp, clear prismatic crystals of Valentinite scattered on and esthetic spray of Stibiconite. The Stibiconite has fully replaced the original Stibnite but the form is perfectly preserved. Despite the delicate nature of this specie, this specimen is in excellent condition, complete and undamaged. The Stibnites of Xikhuangshan are world famed, but the less well known, alteration species (like Valentinite) are also world class. This piece is ex Shields Flynn collection and looks good from every angle.
Ferberite (rosette) and Quartz etc.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
5.5 x 4.4 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A 360 degree specimen hosting a delicate cluster of Ferberite crystals pointing in all directions and slender Quartz prisms. Very tiny Muscovite and a few Scheelites are also on the piece as is typical from Yaogangxian where complex multi specie specimens were typical. The longest slender Quartz is 4.2 CM and doubly terminated. Some contacting that is not very noticeable, several terminations are a ragged, complex type that adds some esthetic complexity. Very displayable and a choice piece from the locale.
A perfect main Arsenopyrite crystal with textbook form well perched above the matrix of Muscovite and Quartz crystals. Brilliant metallic luster, no damage and great esthetics, a very choice miniature for the specie. The main Arsenopyrite is just over 2 CM and has a penetrating crystal (twin) that is in a X form, but is not very evident from the logical display angles. From finds almost 10 years ago at Yaoganxian. Hard to photograph the brilliant luster, this is great in person.
Fluorite -dark zoned
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
4.1 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
very sharp single cube perched on a shard of matrix, mostly Muscovite. The Fluorite has very deep purple zones and masses on the outer edges the center core is transparent and a light blue color. Very glassy luster as in all the better Yaoganxian Fluorites. The display side is perfect damage wise, there is contacting and cleaves on the back. Better in person, this is from mining in the 2004-5 season when a very rich area was worked. The locality no longer produces anything like this.