stock #7 CNA-434
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
4.3 x 3 CM (small miniature)
A very fine small miniature or toenail of excellent quality. The Pingtouling Mine mimetites are legendary and considered by many to be the best ever found. The mine has been closed for years and nothing new found since. This has fine color and form, displays well and is priced below market levels
Sphalerite on Quartz
stock #7 CNA-492
Shuikoushan Lead Zinc Mine, Changning, Hengyang Pref.
13 x 10.6 (cabinet)
Deep red complex crystals of Sphalerite sit on a plate of sparkling reddish quartz. Some are claiming the quartz is red due to inclusions of Sphalerite, I am not sure about that. There is galena here too and the back of the piece is crystalized calcite. The largest crystal is 3.3 cm and with good backlight it glows a rich red. No damage and great luster, this looks like globs of jelly on matrix. Way above average!!
stock #7CNA -457
Xianghualing Tin Mine, Linwu County, Chenzhou
13 x 11 CM (cabinet)
The large Octahedron here is over 7 CM, undamaged, lustrous and esthetically perched with others on a contrasting matrix . The crystalas all show the "micro stepping" being composed of hundreds of tiny fluorite crystals that are arranged together in the octahedra. A deep green that can backlight well, this piece is a very fine example of an older style of fluorite from Xinghauling not often available anymore.
stock #HOLD 7CNA-599
Muli Mine, Mianyan,Ebian
13.5x9.5 CM (cabinet)
A mound of lusterous barites (most of which are gemmy with phantoms) with a single, larger 3.5 CM crystal at the top. This mine has not produced anything but very tiny crystals for the past 3 years and the larger crystals when in good condition (which is rare) are now very hard to find. The architecture of this piece is very attractive and the damage is minimal, most is on the periphery and the rest is not at all distracting, the main crystals are fine.