Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
4.7 x 4.3 x 4.4 CM (miniature)
With all the great Pyromorphites that came from Daoping only a very small percentage were super esthetic. This miniature is clearly exceptional. Well formed, composed of three dimensional tree like sprays with top color, luster and undamaged. Displays well from all sides. This has a mix of light color needle crystals and larger fat hoppered barrel habit that have wet look deep green color. From the 2000 vintage find that was perhaps the best ever, this is clearly NOT typical!
Azurite & Malachite
Liufengshan Mine, Guichi Dist., Chizhou Pref
8 x 5.5 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Bright colors, well crystallized and in excellent condition, this is far better than most Chinese Azurites. Ex Shields Flynn collection, the luster and structure is similar to some Milpillas specimens, but with careful examination the Anhui "look" is seen. Very three dimensional and with a rich wet look that is very eyecatching.
Calcite w. Hematite
Daye Iron Mine, Edong Mining District, Huangshi Prefecture
6.1 x 3 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
Hematite included Calcite crystal with fine color, luster and an overall esthetic presentation. This is an unusual form twin that is completely differnet from any others I have seen from Daye. With well developed phantoms, this is in excellent undamaged condition.
Perfectly exposed and elegantly perched Apatite crystal 3.6 CM in diameter contrasts with the stepped crystals of Albite. In fine condition and with bright luster the Apatite is a light salmon pink with yellowish central areas. Transparent (but with internal veils) the crystal is complete and the front and sides are perfect, undamaged. The backside has some minor contact damage that is out of sight in any display angle. Esthetic and distinctive.