Simply extraordinary, a killer Arsenopyrite cluster of sawtooth edged crystals with the very best Iridescence I have ever seen on the specie. From Yaogangxian, this has several small crystals of Fluorite, Quartz Muscovite etc) as is typical at this locality. What is not typical is the brilliant patina on this specimen. A vivid rainbow of colors, this is super in person. I have seen only a few other iridescent Arsenopyrites but never present on more than a few faces and much less brilliant. This specimen is in exceptional condition, undamaged and displayable from any side a rare 360 degree piece. The Arsenopyrite crystals are very sharp and clustered in stacks and epitaxial arrangements. From a small find in late 2018
Xikuangshan Sb Deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Loudi Pref.
6.4 x 4.8 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
Slender bright metallic crystals of Stibnite radiating in interlocking clusters with no matrix. This habit was from a major find in 2009 at Xikhuahshan, and shows well the "fractal" or multi-generational crystalization. On this piece the main radiating sprays are the base for much smaller needle crystals some of which are the base for even smaller crystals. The crystals have a bright metallic luster on several sides, and the specimen display well from many angles. This form at first glance may look a bit like some of the old Stibnite finds in Felsobanya, Romania, but a closer look shows that this is a unique habit, different from any others we have seen. Despite the delicacy his can be shipped safely but is not recommended for export due to the potential for customs inspections which is not usually as gentle as we would like.
HOLD Analcime with Calcite
stock #HOLD 20.1-167
7.2 x 5.1 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
Sharp Analcime crystals nestled in a vug with some very tiny Calcite crystals and a few hairs of Mesolite. A 1970 era specimen from the well-known Watson's Bluff (Nova Scotia) The larger Analcime crystals have some internal color zoning but mostly are a milky white. In excellent condition and a nice, clean example. Collected from a ledge pocket by Less Hitchings, the best specimen found that day. The coastal Basalts of this region have been a mecca for mineral collectors for decades.