The main Stannite is over 2CM, and has exceptional form, luster and is sharp and complete with stacked growth "towers" on the apexes of the crystal. For this rare specie this is a huge crystal with remarkable shape, much better than the usual globular masses without distinct faces. Overall esthetics and condition are fantastic for this usually nondescript mineral. The color ranges from silver black to a brassy golden depending on the angle of illumination. Yaogangzian Stannites are the best in the world, redefining the species, this is a very fine example.
stock #7 CNA-587
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
11.3 x 8.5 CM (cabinet)
A large, fine Pyromorphite from the 2000-2001 discoveries at Daoping, now recognized as one of the best finds in the world. The recent finds have not had the same color or stature of the best of the early materials which are now classics and richly priced when available. This pice is all pyromorphite, there is no matrix, the front is densely packed with radiating crystal clusters with individuals to just over 1 CM. Very close examination shows a few small spots with chipping on crystals, this is really minor and not seen in casual inspection but it keeps the price of this from being over 10K. Great display piece with a good 3 dimensional presentation.