Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
8.8 x 7.3 x 4 CM (cabinet)
Large mass of pure Pyromorphite in 3 dimensional hills with good grass green color. From the Daoping mine near Yangshao, this was mined before 2005 in the upper oxidized zone. That area has now been finished and the mine is closed. Well covered on the face with dense crystals, nearly all are perfect a few chips can be found with careful looking, but obviously not very noticable. The price reflects this. The luster is mixed, some crystals are quite bright and others have a more matte look. A good rich, sizable Pyromorphite from an important mine.
Golden, sharp and brilliant, Pyrites have fully replaced Marcasite crystals and these are well clustered on a series of large Dolomite crystals. Older specimen, ex John Marshall collection, obtained in 1991, there is no sign of instability or other problems as can happen with Pyrite pseudomorphs. A few crystals do have edge chips but most are perfect and complete. Attractive example with textbook twinned crystals from an very interesting, remote location.
The distinctive "pineapple" style Calcite from Shangbao came out sporadically in the 2000-2008 era, this is a very choice example of the habit. Set on a matrix of sparkling Quartz the addition of a few scattered purple Fluorites adds extra contrast. In fine condition as seen, the terminations of the Calcites are transparent and the body of the prism is more milky, all with the "pineapple color". Top Shangbao Fluorites are now regarded as some of the worlds best (and most expensive). 15 years ago at the mine the Calcites were more expensive from the miners than Fluorites because they were more rare and hard to extract intact. Times change.