A Yaoganxian Scheelite that is really attractive and has very sharp individual crystals to 1.3 CM. Great luster and translucent Scheelite contrasts well with the crystallized Dolomite matrix. A few crystals at the edges are incomplete they seem contacted, but the main specimen is in excellent condition. The entire specimen is formed over FGerberite crystals that are responsible for the bladed shape of the whole piece. The Ferberite is encased inm Dolomite and only visible at the base where it was removed.
A rare combination piece combining Euclase and more typical species from the heyday of the Xuebaoding discoveries. This great locale produced incredible specimens of Scheelite, Cassiterite and many others, but Euclase was always rare. This specimen features a sizable (for the locale) over 7CM Quartz crystal with well formed free standing transparent Aquamarine Beryl. The specimen also features several Euclase to about 9MM that show some good transparency. The condition is good overall some backside area chipping is noted with magnification. We have never seen many Euclase from Xuebaoding and none for a few years.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.7 x 2.4 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A top notch large thumbnail (toenail) of gemmy pointed tip type Vesuvianite with a glasslike luster. Competitive quality with no "naked eye visible" damage (with magnification there is some damage on tiny crystals of the base), and a fine architecture. This has a lot of visual impact for the small size. The green Vesuvianites from Jeffrey were more common than the purple and other hues, but really good gemmy specimens like this were always rare and now are considered the world s best.
Fluorite, Spinel twin
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.3 x 2.2 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A very rare Chinese example of a light pinkish spinel- twinned Fluorite perched on a muscovite matrix along with a few small Aquamarine Beryls. From the great locale of Xuebaoding, which has been the source of several habits of cubic Fluorite, but spinel twins and in this color are almost unheard of. Etched faces on all sides there is no damage seen even at 20 magnification. An important specimen for this major locale.