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105 specimens listed
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Quartz (green) on Dolomite crystals
stock #8.1-110
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan Province, China
11.7 x 8.8 x 4.5 cm (cabinet)
price: $3600


A killer quartz "tree" or tangled shrub of slender Quartz crystals with a mint-green color perched on a matrix of large Dolomite crystals. Mined in 2006 at the famed Shangbao Mine, this is a really distinctive display piece. Many of the Quartz are doubly terminated and the condition overall is excellent. Shangbao is justly famous for some of the best Fluorites in the world. However, there were also a few finds over the years of highly esthetic and often odd Quartz. A unique piece that mixes fine quality, good size and display impact.
Fluorite (phantom) on Muscovite etc.
stock #8.1-077
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
7.3 x 5.6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $950


Perfect, with killer color, transparent Fluorite crystals aesthetically perched on a mix of smaller Fluorites and Muscovite. The luster and color zoning are exceptional, there is no damage and the main cubes show penetration twinning. This piece shows very well the quality that made the Yaogangxian Mine's reputation. The cubes have several separate phantoms and a more diffuse core color of vivid purple. An older specimen from 2008, this is quite different from more recent finds and is simply a super piece in person.
Bournonite with Quartz
stock #18-AX-15-164 (C147)
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
6.5 x 4.7 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150


A cluster of large Bournonite crystals that are complexly intergrown with only a single Quartz crystal as matrix. Ex Shields Flynn Collection, this has the fine "gun-metal" luster that is most desirable from Yaogangxian Bournonites. Some crystals exceed 3CM and show flat terminations and classic cogswheel form twinning. In very good condition despite some small bruises this is in far better condition than most. This specimen was displayed in the Tucson show special exhibit on Chinese minerals. This was an early (2000's vintage) obtained by Shields from Bert Ottens in the golden years of Chinese mineral finds.
Fluorite on Quartz
stock #18-AX-18-019
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
9.3 x 4.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $260
Spring 2020

An unusual etched gemmy cube of Fluorite is perched on a clean white crystalized Quartz matrix. Overall in fine condition as seen, the Fluorite has a hopper-like form with complex structure best seen in person or under magnification. A large amount of fine Fluorite has come from Yaoganxian over the years but this habit is very unusual. Strong blue color and high luster make this a nice choice.
SOLD Arsenopyrite - exceptional iridescent crystals
stock #SOLD 20.1-096
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
5.1 x 4.1 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $0
Spring 2020

Simply extraordinary, a killer Arsenopyrite cluster of sawtooth edged crystals with the very best Iridescence I have ever seen on the specie. From Yaogangxian, this has several small crystals of Fluorite, Quartz Muscovite etc) as is typical at this locality. What is not typical is the brilliant patina on this specimen. A vivid rainbow of colors, this is super in person. I have seen only a few other iridescent Arsenopyrites but never present on more than a few faces and much less brilliant. This specimen is in exceptional condition, undamaged and displayable from any side a rare 360 degree piece. The Arsenopyrite crystals are very sharp and clustered in stacks and epitaxial arrangements. From a small find in late 2018
Stibnite -delicate
stock #20.1-178
Xikuangshan Sb Deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Loudi Pref.
Hunan Province, China
6.4 x 4.8 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $250
Spring 2020

Slender bright metallic crystals of Stibnite radiating in interlocking clusters with no matrix. This habit was from a major find in 2009 at Xikhuahshan, and shows well the "fractal" or multi-generational crystalization. On this piece the main radiating sprays are the base for much smaller needle crystals some of which are the base for even smaller crystals. The crystals have a bright metallic luster on several sides, and the specimen display well from many angles. This form at first glance may look a bit like some of the old Stibnite finds in Felsobanya, Romania, but a closer look shows that this is a unique habit, different from any others we have seen. Despite the delicacy his can be shipped safely but is not recommended for export due to the potential for customs inspections which is not usually as gentle as we would like.
Fluorite and Quartz
stock #18.1-521
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
6.3 x 5.6 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $260
Spring 2020

The main Fluorite cube is very sharp, multi colored (blue, green and with amorphous zones of a violet purple). The main cube is 4.7 CM on edge and has very sharp corners. The Fluorite is perched on a pair of Quartz crystals and is contacted / incomplete on the back side but undamaged and choice from the front and sides. A zone of golden colored suphide druse is noted on one face that adds a nice contrast. Good rich color and transparency, a nice Yaoganxian specimen from the period when the mine was still working at full capacity.
Pyrrhotite rosette on Arsenopyrite
stock #6.2-885
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
4.2 x 3.6 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
price: $750


A flower form composed of thin blades of Pyrrhotite crystals esthetically perched on sharp crystals of Arsenopyrite. A rare specie from the famed Yaoganxian mine these were found almost 2 decades ago, we have not seen any since. The main flower is 3 CM across with a dark metallic patina. The Arsenopyrite crystals are highly lustrous and sharp. Overall in fine condition, one edge of the main flower has what seems to be a small old rehealed break or edge contact, not at all distracting, otherwise the display side is perfect. A very choice Sulfide from anyplace and a superb piece for the legandary Yaoganxian or for that matter all of China.
105 specimens listed
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