Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
5.3 x 4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An excellent, clean and well crystallized Mimetite from the world class finds of 2003 at Pingtouling. Many collectors now consider this small find to have produced the world most attractive Mimetite, and as the mine is flooded and collapsed there will be no more. These are already classics with prices climbing and few good ones available. This a nice piece and the color is rich (a little more orange-yellow than is seen on some computers). In very good condition there is no eye visible damage on the display area. It is nearly pure mimetite, and heavy. This has been carefully stabilized so there is no worry of crumbling matrix.
Simply put, this is a huge, gleaming, esthetic and fine Arsenopyrite from Yaoganxian. Arsenopyrite is not rare, but great form with huge, undamaged crystals are. The largest here is 6.3 CM and doubly terminated. Brilliant luster, nice architecture, impressive display face and outstanding for the species. I have never seen a better example for sale from any locality. Yaoganxian Arsenopyrites rank with the best, I think eclipsing Panasquira, Cornwall and Peru. This specimen is 2002 vintage. Contacting and removal damage is limited to the rear base area, not visible on display. Although this might seem expensive for a common, metallic mineral, this is an incredible value for a top display piece!
A fine, large and classic piece from early mining at Broken Hill. Formerly in the Australian National Museum (which they purchased in 1942 from G.H. Blakemore) and later in the Marvin Rausch Collection. As well as having great provenance, this is a very esthetic, large Cerrusite that is excellent for the species and for the locale. Well-defined intergrown blades form the delicate snowflake patterns that display well. Some damage exists but not on most of the major blades, Overall it is in exceptional condition for such a large, vintage specimen. Old labels included. Rarely available with this form, size and quality- a great addition for an Australian collection, or a lead suite!