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Prehnite from Carchelejo, Ja?n, Andalusia, Spain [./Worldwidemix508/Prehn5081a.JPG]


No. PREHN 5081 - SOLD

Prehnite

Locality: Carchelejo, Ja?n, Andalusia, Spain

Specimen Size: 6.0 x 5.6 x 2.4 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Prehnite sphere: 3.0 cm.


Prehnite is honestly one of my favorite mineral species, and specimens from Carchelejo really have grown on my over the years. This specimen is easily one of the best Spanish Prehnites that I have handled. It features a pair of aesthetic, yellow-green color, translucent, radiating Prehnite aggregates on basalt matrix. If you?re familiar with these specimens, you?ll note that this piece has better luster than most specimens as it is not dull or ?frosted". The piece is contacted on the back where it detached from the matrix, and aside from a small ?rub" on the display side, the piece displays wonderfully. These specimens are not very common, so do not miss out on this one.

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Columbite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./Worldwidemix508/ColBr5081a.JPG] Columbite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./Worldwidemix508/ColBr5081b.JPG] Columbite from Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./Worldwidemix508/ColBr5081c.JPG]


No. COL BR 5081 - SOLD

Columbite

Locality: Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 5.5 x 5.2 x 4.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 1.8 cm.


A good representative large miniature Columbite from Brazil with sharp, jet-black, euhedral bladed crystals intergrown with cream color Microcline matrix. From the optimal display side, you can see that the ?main" crystal is in perfect condition.



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Barite from Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England [./Worldwidemix508/BarEng5081a.JPG] Barite from Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England [./Worldwidemix508/BarEng5081b.JPG] Barite from Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England [./Worldwidemix508/BarEng5081c.JPG]


No. BAR ENG 5081 - SOLD

Barite

Locality: Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England

Specimen Size: 6.2 x 5.3 x 5.3 cm (small cabinet)


Here we have a classic English Barite specimen with sharp, lustrous, translucent, pale blue color (with a slight yellow hue) crystals on Dolomite matrix. The Barite crystals have some minor damage, hence the lower price, but it is still a good representative Barite from this classic locality.



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Wulfenite from 150 level, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mts., La Paz County, Arizona [./Worldwidemix508/WulfAz5081a.JPG] Wulfenite from 150 level, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mts., La Paz County, Arizona [./Worldwidemix508/WulfAz5081b.JPG] Wulfenite from 150 level, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mts., La Paz County, Arizona [./Worldwidemix508/WulfAz5081c.JPG]


No. WULF AZ 5081 - SOLD

Wulfenite

Locality: 150 level, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mts., La Paz County, Arizona

Specimen Size: 2.7 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)


This piece hails from this historic find of these classic ?window pane" habit style crystals where were collected in 1967 by Leigh Price. It features four VERY gemmy (virtually water-clear in areas), RICH orange color, sharp, lustrous tabular ?window panes" of Wulfenite associated with minor Limonite. The largest crystal has a minor nick, but truly is not that distracting when you?re looking through a piece of red glass like this. Overall, these are very good quality Wulfenite crystals, not only from the Red Cloud, but any mine. This piece was in my personal collection for years, and represents what was one of the single most signficant finds at this storied Arizona locality

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Tourmaline (Elbaite and Schorl) on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./Worldwidemix508/TourmPak5081a.JPG] Tourmaline (Elbaite and Schorl) on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./Worldwidemix508/TourmPak5081b.JPG] Tourmaline (Elbaite and Schorl) on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./Worldwidemix508/TourmPak5081c.JPG]


No. TOURM PAK 5081 - SOLD

Tourmaline (Elbaite and Schorl) on Albite

Locality: Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 6.8 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm (small cabinet)


This piece was part of my personal collection from my teenage years, but I have decided to scale my collection down, so I will be parting with pieces that I have owned for years. It features a sharp, prismatic, multi-color crystal with a colorless ?Achroite" cap which grades into a beautiful blue-green color, with olive-green edges, and a jet black core of Schorl. The crystal is sitting atop porcelain like, lustrous Albite matrix. To top it off, the termination on the crystal is very attractive showing modifying r (10 1 1) and e (10 1 2) rhombohedral faces along the pinacoid.



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Sodalite (var: Sodalite (var: Sodalite (var: Sodalite (var: Sodalite (var: Sodalite (var:


No. HACK AFG 5081 - SOLD

Sodalite (var: "Hackmanite") HIGHLY FLUORESCENT !

Locality: Kiran, Kokcha valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 3.6 x 2.8 cm (miniature)
Hackmanite crystal group: 2.0 cm.


These specimens are certainly some of the finest and largest Hackmanites in the world. Not only are they beautiful in every day lighting, showing various shades of blue, pink and purple, but when they are just as impressive when exposed to ultra-violet light. This specimen features a sharp, lustrous, rich pinkish-purple color crystal group of Hackmanite with minor Winchite on matrix. The crystal group has well defined, lustrous faces and though it is not complete all the way around, it is in very good condition. Many Hackmanites from Afghanistan show highly pitted or dull faces on the crystals, but this one is certainly in the upper ranks for quality. Lastly, as you can see in the photos, this piece is strongly fluorescent showing an intense salmon pink color under LW UV light (the pictures shows MORE fluorescence than in person) and a bluish-white color under SW UV light. The piece is also incredibly phosfluorescent showing a powder-blue shade and the crystal itself will actually turn a darker royal purple color when viewed in daylight after being exposed to UV light. The crystal will eventually return to it's normal pinkish-purple color after a few hours. This phenomenon is known as tenebrescence. The process of ?changing" the color of the crystal is 100% repeatable, and in no way permanently affects the specimen.



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Topaz from Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah [./Worldwidemix508/TopUt5081a.JPG] Topaz from Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah [./Worldwidemix508/TopUt5081c.JPG] Topaz from Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah [./Worldwidemix508/TopUt5081d.JPG] Topaz from Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah [./Worldwidemix508/TopUt5081b.JPG]


No. TOP UT 5081 - SOLD

Topaz

Locality: Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah

Specimen Size: 2.2 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm (thumbnail)


A wonderful Utah Topaz thumbnail showing classic rich sherry color, glassy faces, good areas of gem clarity, and characteristic slender orthorhombic form. There is some minor attached Rhyolite at the base for an attractive color contrast. The piece is in great shape overall, with only a few tiny"?Wilburs" here and there.



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Mimetite from Cobar, Cobar Parish, Robinson County, New South Wales, Australia [./Worldwidemix508/MimAus5081a.JPG] Mimetite from Cobar, Cobar Parish, Robinson County, New South Wales, Australia [./Worldwidemix508/MimAus5081b.JPG] Mimetite from Cobar, Cobar Parish, Robinson County, New South Wales, Australia [./Worldwidemix508/MimAus5081d.JPG] Mimetite from Cobar, Cobar Parish, Robinson County, New South Wales, Australia [./Worldwidemix508/MimAus5081c.JPG]


No. MIM AUS 5081 - SOLD

Mimetite

Locality: Cobar, Cobar Parish, Robinson County, New South Wales, Australia

Specimen Size: 4.2 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm (miniature)


There are easily some of the most intense Mimetite specimens extant. The color is outstanding, which is a big part of the reason why people are drawn to secondary ore minerals in the first place. This little beauty is filled with small, barrel-shaped neon lime green color Mimetite crystals on matrix from this historic locality. You don't see many of these on the market anymore.

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Rhodonite on Galena from Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia [./Worldwidemix508/RhodAus5081a.JPG] Rhodonite on Galena from Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia [./Worldwidemix508/RhodAus5081b.JPG] Rhodonite on Galena from Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia [./Worldwidemix508/RhodAus5081c.JPG]


No. RHOD AUS 5081 - SOLD

Rhodonite on Galena

Locality: Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia

Specimen Size: 3.8 x 3.0 x 1.3 cm (miniature)
Rhodonite crystal: 2.5 cm.


Broken Hill is one of the great world localities, and did a great deal for the overall prosperity of Australia. Rhodonites from Broken Hill are some of the most beautiful specimens in the mineral world. Matrix specimens are rare, but to find euhedral, gem quality crystals on matrix is extremely significant. This specimen features a very good sized, well-defined, prismatic crystal of Rhodonite with classic fiery gemmy red color. To top it off, the crystal is aeshetically jutting out of contrasting silvery-grey Galena matrix. Broken Hill Rhodonites are the standard of excellence for the species, and these specimens are becoming next to impossible to obtain in today?s market. Keep in mind that the majority of these specimens were mined approximately 60 years ago.



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Sphalerite with Rhodochrosite from Casapalca mine, Lima Department, Peru [./Worldwidemix508/SphalRhoPer5081a.JPG] Sphalerite with Rhodochrosite from Casapalca mine, Lima Department, Peru [./Worldwidemix508/SphalRhoPer5081b.JPG] Sphalerite with Rhodochrosite from Casapalca mine, Lima Department, Peru [./Worldwidemix508/SphalRhoPer5081d.JPG] Sphalerite with Rhodochrosite from Casapalca mine, Lima Department, Peru [./Worldwidemix508/SphalRhoPer5081e.JPG]


No. Sphal Rho Per 5081 - $ 395.00 (=~ CAN$ 516.88) SOLD

Sphalerite with Rhodochrosite

Locality: Casapalca mine, Lima Department, Peru

Specimen Size: 7.1 x 5.8 x 3.6 cm (small cabinet)


Rarely does this combination occur in nature, and the sharp green and pink contrast is hard to ignore. This specimen came out of my personal collection, and was one of the first pieces I purchased years ago when I was a kid. It features dozens of sparkling, gemmy green to green-yellow crystals of Sphalerite which are coated by a ?wash" of gorgeous link pink Rhodochrosite. Not your typical Peruvian sulfide specimen to say the least!

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Calcite (var: Calcite (var: Calcite (var: Calcite (var: Calcite (var:


No. MN-CAL PERU 5081 - $ 400.00 (=~ CAN$ 523.42)

Calcite (var: "Manganoan") with Bournonite on Quartz

Locality: Pachapaqui District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru

Specimen Size: 9.0 x 7.7 x 6.7 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 5.0 cm.


Soft pink, almost angelic, "feathery" scalenohedra of Manganese-bearing Calcite aesthetically sit atop a mound of sparkling white Quartz which are associated with small, yet distinct, "cogwheel"-shaped aggregates of steel-grey Bournonite! Most of the Calcite crystals are intact, though a few are contacted. The specimen displays very well from two angles. This is a specimen from my personal collection, and is one of the better pieces of this appealling and now hard to find material that I have offered for sale.

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Calcite (Hematite included) from Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico [./Worldwidemix508/CalMex5081a.JPG] Calcite (Hematite included) from Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico [./Worldwidemix508/CalMex5081b.JPG] Calcite (Hematite included) from Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico [./Worldwidemix508/CalMex5081c.JPG]


No. CAL MEX 5081 - SOLD

Calcite (Hematite included)

Locality: Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico

Specimen Size: 9.3 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 2.2 cm.


I have only seen a few of these specimens, but I think they would make a very nice mate for an English or Tsumeb specimen of the same variety. The piece features sharp, lustrous, colorless/white rhombohedra of Calcite which are included with reddish-brown color Hematite on matrix. It is in great condition and displays very well.



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Calcite (with phantoms) on Pyrite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut Territory, Canada [./Worldwidemix508/CalPyrCan5081a.JPG] Calcite (with phantoms) on Pyrite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut Territory, Canada [./Worldwidemix508/CalPyrCan5081d.JPG] Calcite (with phantoms) on Pyrite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut Territory, Canada [./Worldwidemix508/CalPyrCan5081b.JPG] Calcite (with phantoms) on Pyrite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut Territory, Canada [./Worldwidemix508/CalPyrCan5081c.JPG]


No. CalPyr Can 5081 - $ 180.00 (=~ CAN$ 235.54)

Calcite (with phantoms) on Pyrite

Locality: Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut Territory, Canada

Specimen Size: 3.8 x 2.6 x 2.5 cm (miniature)


A very cool specimen from this locality in extreme northern locality (above the Artcic Circle !) in Canada. The piece hosts a few golden, gemmy rhombohedra of Calcite which have very slight black ?phantoms" around the edges of the crystals, and are also included with micro Pyrite sitting on striated cubic Pyrite matrix. This is only one of a handful of these specimens that I have seen in my life.

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Hematite from Pyrtyndyrma, (Pyrtindyrma), (purportedly from the Peda mine - an Hematite from Pyrtyndyrma, (Pyrtindyrma), (purportedly from the Peda mine - an Hematite from Pyrtyndyrma, (Pyrtindyrma), (purportedly from the Peda mine - an Hematite from Pyrtyndyrma, (Pyrtindyrma), (purportedly from the Peda mine - an


No. HEM RUS 5081 - $ 400.00 (=~ CAN$ 523.42)

Hematite

Locality: Pyrtyndyrma, (Pyrtindyrma), (purportedly from the Peda mine - an "Alpine cleft" deposit) approx. 25 km south/southwest of Puiva, 30 km south/southwest of Dodo, 27 km due south of N

Specimen Size: 8.3 x 5.5 x 5.0 cm (small cabinet)


First, please know that piece was a nightmare to photograph, and truly looks much better in person. It was very hard to convey the quality and attractive crystallization on this piece. With that said, this specimen is only the second piece of this material that I have ever seen. My father and I bought this about 10 years ago for the "Alpine" collection, and we decided to sell it just before he died. It is a gorgeous small cabinet display specimen comprising large, sharp, HIGHLY lustrous, metallic silvery blades of Hematite in parallel growth. The piece has a contact on the bottom where it was removed from the pocket, but displays very well and is simply a really cool "Alpine-type" Hematite. The three-dimensionality of the specimen does not show through in the photos, but please know that this is a unique and very hard to find specimen, especially now since nothing is coming out of Russia anymore.

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Apatite from Imilchil, Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco [./Worldwidemix508/ApMor5081a.JPG] Apatite from Imilchil, Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco [./Worldwidemix508/ApMor5081b.JPG]


No. AP MOR 5081 - SOLD

Apatite

Locality: Imilchil, Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Specimen Size: 8.6 x 6.1 x 4.6 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 2.9 cm.


These are some of the most distinctive color Apatite crystals from any locality. They?re not quite yellow, they?re not quite green, but the best ones have very intense color. This specimen hosts a few rich yellow-green color, sharp, lustrous, prismatic Apatite crystals which are associated with some good sized brownish-black Actinolite crystals on matrix. One of the bigger Apatite crystals is contacted around the termination, but the biggest crystal is nearly pristine and shows the best color and quality of any of the specimen. It is fairly priced for the material, and I have not seen nearly as many of these specimens on the market as I did about 6 or 7 years ago.

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Beryl (var: Beryl (var: Beryl (var: Beryl (var: Beryl (var: Beryl (var:


No. AQUA CH 5081 - $ 700.00 (=~ CAN$ 915.99)

Beryl (var: "Aquamarine")

Locality: Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu District, Sichuan Province, China

Specimen Size: 11.2 x 6.7 x 3.2 cm (cabinet)
Largest crystal: 3.2 cm.


These are some of the most distinctive and attractive Aquamarine specimens from any locality. The crystals have an unusually tabular habit, and the best of these specimens are some of the finest matrix Aquas around. This specimen comprises several GLASSY, sharp, GEM/gemmy, pale sky blue, tabular crystals of Aquamarine which are associated with beautifully contrasting white single crystals of Albite and are sitting atop a bed of silvery-gold bladed Muscovite crystals on matrix. I know that the Aqua crystals looking like a jumbled mass in the photos, but they are SUPERB quality and loaded with lots of first and second order modifications. This specimen was VERY difficult to photograph, but take my word for it, this piece is better in person. I have seen several of these specimens on the internet in the past few years, and for the size, aesthetics and quality, this a very reasonably price cabinet display specimen.

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Calcite Calcite Calcite


No. CAL CH 5081 - $ 425.00 (=~ CAN$ 556.14)

Calcite "Wand"

Locality: Wenshan mine, Dulong ore field, Wenshan County, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Specimen Size: 10.2 x 5..6 x 3.0 cm (cabinet)


I acquired this piece from a small find last year, and it was for me, the best piece in the lot. This stalactitic Calcite is filled with dozens of light cream colored crystals forming a somewhat ethereal "scepter"-like display piece. It is crystallized all the way around, and one of the more appealing pieces of this material that I have had to offer for sale.

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Fluorite with Calcite from Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China [./Worldwidemix508/FluorCalCh5081a.jpg]


No. FLUOR CAL CH 5081 - SOLD

Fluorite with Calcite

Locality: Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 4.4 x 3.1 cm (small cabinet)
Fluorite cube: 2.5 cm.


This is a just a beautiful large minitaure specimen. You couldn't ask for better aesthetics and visual appeal. Several gemmy, colorless, scalenohedra of Calcite gracefully rest on two sides of a gorgeous gemmy purple and colorless ?phantom" cubic crystal group of Fluorite which is associated with minor Quartz and Barite. The color contrast in this specimen is incredibble, and this is definitely one of those specimens that you will notice from across the room. With all the Fluorites from China on the market, you have to admit that this one is distinctive and uinque.

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Pyromorphite from Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin area, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Central South Region, China [./Worldwidemix508/PyroCh5081a.JPG] Pyromorphite from Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin area, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Central South Region, China [./Worldwidemix508/PyroCh5081e.JPG] Pyromorphite from Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin area, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Central South Region, China [./Worldwidemix508/PyroCh5081b.JPG] Pyromorphite from Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin area, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Central South Region, China [./Worldwidemix508/PyroCh5081c.JPG] Pyromorphite from Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin area, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Central South Region, China [./Worldwidemix508/PyroCh5081d.JPG]


No. PYRO CH 5081 - $ 400.00 (=~ CAN$ 523.42)

Pyromorphite

Locality: Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin area, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Central South Region, China

Specimen Size: 8.3 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 1.3 cm. long


There are a few localities world wide that produce superb matrix Pyromorphite specimens, and the Daoping mine is certainly recognized as one of the top localities for the species. I like this particular specimen because it shows good isolation between the crystals, as opposed to intergrown clusters as is more common for the species. The prisms have a lovely light green color with very good luster and sharpness. They are sitting atop contrasting orange colored Limonite on matrix. Most of the crystals are pristine, save a few around the periphery where the specimens was removed from the pocket wall during the collecting process. A very well balanced display specimen of this contemporary classic material.

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Cassiterite on Muscovite from Xuebaoding, Pingwu District, Sichuan Province, China [./Worldwidemix508/CassCh5081a.jpg] Cassiterite on Muscovite from Xuebaoding, Pingwu District, Sichuan Province, China [./Worldwidemix508/CassCh5081b.JPG] Cassiterite on Muscovite from Xuebaoding, Pingwu District, Sichuan Province, China [./Worldwidemix508/CassCh5081d.JPG] Cassiterite on Muscovite from Xuebaoding, Pingwu District, Sichuan Province, China [./Worldwidemix508/CassCh5081c.JPG]


No. CASS CH 5081 - SOLD

Cassiterite on Muscovite

Locality: Xuebaoding, Pingwu District, Sichuan Province, China

Specimen Size: 12.1 x 7.8 x 5.9 cm (cabinet)
Cassiterite croup: 2.2 cm.


These Cassiterite specimens from Xuebaoding are some of the most easily recognizable and eye-catching specimens to come out of China in recent years. This specimen hosts a shapely, lustrous, sharp, black (very dark brown), ?pagoda-like" twinned crystal group of Cassiterite sitting atop a mound of silvery-golden color bladed Muscovite. I love the way the Cassiterite is perfectly centered and balanced on the matrix. For a cabinet size specimen, it is very fairly priced, especially since less and less of them seem to be coming out over the last few years.



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Fluorite on Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China [./Worldwidemix508/FluorQtzCh5081a.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China [./Worldwidemix508/FluorQtzCh5081b.JPG]


No. FLUORQTZ CH 5081 - $ 600.00 (=~ CAN$ 785.13)

Fluorite on Quartz

Locality: Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

Specimen Size: 10.2 x 8.3 x 4.1 cm (cabinet)
Largest Fluorite: 2.2 cm.


This is a very showy and highly displayable Fluorite from Yaogangxian featuring a pair of light sky blue color, sharp, lustrous, highly aesthetic, "tumbling dice"-like cubic crystals of Fluorite sitting atop a plate of grey-white color Quartz crystal matrix. This specimen was another that was difficult to photograph, and the Fluorite crystals are actually much gemmier (nearly water clear) in person. The elegant visual appeal of the piece makes for a stunning cabinet size display specimen, and is truly looks better in person than the photos would indicate.

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No. RHOD CH 5081 - SOLD

Rhodochrosite

Locality: Wudong mine, Liubao ("Babu"), Cangwu County, Wzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

Specimen Size: 11.0 x 9.6 x 6.6 cm (cabinet)


I first saw these specimens a few years ago, and was understandably attracted to them instantaneously. Initially I was told that they were from "Babu", but came to find out that they were actually from the Wudong mine. This specimen is loaded with hundreds of gorgeous sharp, light pink color "rosettes" of Rhodochrosite which are overgrowing prismatic, colorless Quartz crystals and are sitting on a matrix of massive Sphalerite and Pyrite. This is the best cabinet specimen of this material that I have seen. The ?rosettes" remind me of the classic specimens from the Eagle mine in Colorado, and the color is not too far off either. I have not seen many of these specimens and I have to believe that not too many collectors have one in their collections.



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