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This page gathers together the specimens that, because of their quality, rarity or interesting locality,
we wish to maintain on our web site as reference specimens although they have been sold.

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Epidote
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Epidote.
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Epidote.

MR79E9: These were one of the most attractive novelties at the 2004 Munich Show. This large one has perfect crystals and excellent color, with the groups of Epidote that have formed on many of the crystals of Quartz amethyst. The really amazing things are the inclusions within the crystals that include a first generation of intensely red amethyst and small crystals of really strange forms of black Hematite.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 513.
Shuangmaoshan Epidote Mines, Meigu, Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 18 × 14 × 5 cm = 7.1 × 5.5 × 2.0

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 2.9 cm = 1.7 × 1.1

Baryte with Quartz

DB70E2: A doubly terminated Baryte crystal, which is partially covered by a second generation of yellow Baryte. So some faces of the first generation are visible, while others are covered. There is also some transparent quartz on it as well. Simply put: a pretty specimen that has no damage.
Jinkouhe, Leshan, Ebian County, Sichuan  China (2003)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 7.5 × 6.5 cm = 3.3 × 3.0 × 2.6

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.0 × 1.1

Baryte with Quartz.
Baryte with Quartz.
Smoky Quartz doubly terminated
Smoky Quartz doubly terminated. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz doubly terminated. Rear
Rear

MN49W4: Floater group of doubly terminated crystals of smoky Quartz. Between transparent and translucent, and very bright, they have a very intense and deep color and their quality is similar to the good Alpine samples.
Jinkouhe, Leshan, Ebian County, Sichuan  China (2009)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 5.5 × 3.7 cm = 4.4 × 2.2 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 8 × 3 cm = 3.1 × 1.2

Wulfenite with Baryte

ED9G3: Crystals are little but very well shaped bipyramidal with excellent color and luster. Due to its uncommon form we analyzed them suspecting they were another species. At the same time we also analyzed the little white Baryte crystals on the matrix. We'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Mianning County, Sichuan  China (2005)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.3 × 2.8 cm = 1.5 × 0.9 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.1 × 0.0

Baryte fluorescent long & short UV
Wulfenite with Baryte.
Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite.
Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.

TB54H6: A very rich group of crystals of very sharp faces and edges. We call your attention on the color and luster that are exceptional. The esthetics of the sample is enhanced by the contrast between Azurite and the green of the Malachite with it. A very special sample.
Liufengshan Mine, Guichi, Chizou, Anhui  China (2003)

Specimen size: 12 × 10 × 7 cm = 4.7 × 3.9 × 2.8

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Azurite

MD27J0: A floater group of parallel growths of short prismatic crystals, of excellent color and luster. The specimen is very different from those from Morocco or Tsumeb and more similar to some of the Azurites from Chessy.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 352.
Shilu, Yangchun, Guangdong  China (2006)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.2 × 4.1 cm = 2.0 × 1.7 × 1.6

Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Side
Side
Malachite
Malachite.

EY66K6: Botryoidal growth with radial growths lower on the specimen. Its very deep color and the silky luster made the sample very esthetic.
Shilu, Yangchun, Guangdong  China (2007)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.2 × 4.7 cm = 2.6 × 2.0 × 1.9

Scorodite with Pyrite

EY90L9: From a recent find at the Pingtouling Mine, the sample shows an excellent crystal growth of faces and edges perfectly defined, veery good luster and excellent color, between green to bluish depending on incident light.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2008 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 82, page 27.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (03/2008)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.8 × 3.7 cm = 2.3 × 1.9 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.1 × 0.1

Scorodite with Pyrite.
Scorodite with Pyrite.
Euclase
Euclase.

TM97J6: One of the most conspicuous novelties of 2007 on China. The crystals, on matrix and with morphology very different to those from other classic localities, show an extraordinary definition of their faces and edges and an excellent luster. The locality seems to be correct but as usual on novelties from this country, we are waiting the time confirm it.
Piaotang Mine, Dayu, Jiangxi  China (2007)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 1.3 × 0.7 × 0.7

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.6 × 0.5

Copper

ET46K3: Group of rounded crystals with well defined faces at the top of the specimen and the same kind of crystals combined with small laminar hooked growths on the lower part.
Weijia, Chengmenshan, Jiujiang, Jiangxi  China (2007)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.8 × 2 cm = 2.0 × 1.9 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Fluorescent short UV

Copper. Copper.
Cuprite
Cuprite.

TR26J8: Octahedral reddish crystals of perfectly defined faces and edges. Their color contrasts with the darker matrix. Unusual.
Weijia, Chengmenshan, Jiujiang, Jiangxi  China (2007)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.5 × 3.4 cm = 1.7 × 1.0 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Stibnite with Baryte

ET17G8: Crystals, prismatic, bright and sharp, form an elegant open fan that shows light and interesting curvatures in some of them.
Wuning Mine, Jiangxi  China (03/2005)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 5.5 × 1.5 cm = 4.9 × 2.2 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 8.5 × 1.2 cm = 3.3 × 0.5

Stibnite with Baryte. Front
Front
Stibnite with Baryte. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Stibnite
Calcite with Stibnite.

EB27P8: Lenticular crystal formed by an extremely flattened rhombohedron and a thin prism. It has very well defined faces and edges, is bright and translucent, of yellow color, and is on matrix. It has, as an inclusion, a Stibnite crystal at the bottom of the Calcite crystal.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.3 × 3.9 cm = 2.6 × 2.1 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 5.3 cm = 2.1 × 2.1

Minor fluorescence short UV

Calcite with Stibnite

EA96T6: Transparent lenticular crystal with a yellow color and a very neat phantom growth corresponding to a first very flattened rhombohedron. It is on matrix, with small acicular crystals of Stibnite on the contact zone between the cristal and the matrix.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.1 × 3.9 cm = 2.4 × 1.2 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.8 cm = 1.3 × 1.1

Calcite with Stibnite. Front
Front
Calcite with Stibnite. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Stibnite
Calcite with Stibnite. Front
Front
Calcite with Stibnite. Rear
Rear

EH6P5: A thin crystal of Stibnite with a good termination, on a transparent discoidal twinned crystal of Calcite, all on a small matrix.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.1 × 1.4 cm = 1.9 × 1.2 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.1 × 1.0

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stibnite with Calcite

TK47Q6: Stibnite crystals partially included in groups of scalenohedral Calcite crystals that are very transparent, much of them doubly terminated and, as a curiosity, some of them forming a butterfly twin.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (10/2009)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.7 × 4.6 cm = 2.7 × 2.6 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.8 × 0.7

Calcite minor fluorescence short UV
Stibnite with Calcite. Stibnite with Calcite.
Baryte with Stibnite
Baryte with Stibnite. Front
Front
Baryte with Stibnite. Top
Top

ER69P6: Divergent growth of very well defined and bright crystals of Stibnite implanted on a complete floater crystal of Baryte, tabular, translucent and very bright. Unusual.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.2 × 3.2 cm = 3.0 × 2.4 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 7 × 5.2 cm = 2.8 × 2.0

Stibnite with Sulfur

EX6F4: It is not a Stibiconite, as these are often labeled. We have analyzed it and we can confirm that it is a Stibnite that is covered with native Sulfur. The crystal is quite large, with perfectly defined edges and faces and it is almost completely covered by the sulfur, which makes it a neat yellow color.
As we normally do in these cases we will send a copy of the analysis.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (1999)

Specimen size: 27.7 × 3.7 × 1.7 cm = 10.9 × 1.5 × 0.7

Sulfur fluorescent long & short UV
Stibnite with Sulfur. Front
Front
Stibnite with Sulfur. Rear
Rear
Stibnite with Sulfur.
Calcite with Stibnite
Calcite with Stibnite. Front
Front
Calcite with Stibnite. Side
Side

TQ26N9: Crystal of Calcite, complex and rich in faces, of excellent yellow color, very transparent and bright, on a base of Stibnite crystals with very well defined edges and terminations.
Hechi, Guangxi  China (1999)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.8 × 2.2 cm = 1.5 × 1.1 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.6 cm = 0.7 × 0.6

Axinite-(Fe)

TT88Q8: Group of crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges and a considerable size and thickness. The crystals are translucent, bright and have an excellent deep color.
Nandan County, Hechi, Guangxi  China (2010)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.1 × 3 cm = 2.0 × 1.6 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 4.2 cm = 1.4 × 1.7

Axinite-(Fe).
Aragonite
Aragonite. Front
Front
Aragonite. Rear
Rear

MP12AC5: A novelty at Munich 2015. Slightly divergent aggregate of untwined Aragonite crystals. They are transparent, very bright, have a deep honey color and acute terminations. As is usual with Chinese novelties, we cannot provide better locality information. We hope to know more in a short time.
This sample has been photographed and published in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 126, page 39
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2015)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 1.7 × 1 cm = 1.6 × 0.7 × 0.4

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 0.4 cm = 1.3 × 0.2

Intense fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Helvine with Spessartine, smoky Quartz and Feldspar

MB53F1: Helvine is not well known and is rarely found in this locality, which has become very famous for its Spessartine. The crystals of Helvine in this specimen are really large, have octahedral faces, and well-defined edges. The smoky Quartz base supports the crystals of Spessartine and prisms of Feldspar, possibly Orthoclase. When combined with the Helvine this makes it one of the best for the species, and certainly for this locality. This specimen was photographed for the whats new at Munich 2004 section of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 7 of number 1/2005. We will send the purchaser a copy of the magazine.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 13 × 8 × 4 cm = 5.1 × 3.1 × 1.6

Main crystal size: 2 × 2 cm = 0.8 × 0.8

Helvine with Spessartine, smoky Quartz and Feldspar.
Helvine with Spessartine, smoky Quartz and Feldspar. Helvine with Spessartine, smoky Quartz and Feldspar.
Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite
Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite. Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite.

MB89X4: Very sharp Helvine crystals formed by the positive and negative rhombohedron, with the color between dark honey brown and yellow and implanted on a matrix coated by leafy aggregates of Chlorite and with orange trapezohedral Spessartine crystals. The species has been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (±2004)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.7 × 4.3 cm = 2.8 × 2.6 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 0.9 × 0.7

Spessartine with manganese oxides after Helvine

TB17X6: Druse of very well defined trapezohedral crystals, between translucent and transparent and with a very intense and uniform orange color. Smaller Spessartine crystals partially coat a pseudomorph after Helvine that has been completely altered to manganese oxides.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2010)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 5.3 × 2.9 cm = 3.7 × 2.1 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.3 × 0.3

Spessartine with manganese oxides after Helvine. Spessartine with manganese oxides after Helvine.
Molybdenite
Molybdenite.

EH29E9: The crystal is very well defined, has extraordinary brilliance, both of which are rare in a specimen of this size. One can see all the sides of the hexagonal form and the edges and growth patterns are perfectly preserved. This was shown, photographed and published as a novelty at the Ste Marie show in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 58, page 50. We will send the buyer a copy of the magazine.
Guizhou  China (2004)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.5 × 2.7 cm = 3.0 × 2.2 × 1.1

Cinnabar on Dolomite

TB56H3: Subtle sample. On a matrix of Calcite crystals perch two perfect crystals of Cinnabar. They have sharp faces and edges, transparent and bright, and the color is incredible. A little jewel.
Chatian Mine, Chatian District, Fenghuang, Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003-2006)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 1.6 × 2 cm = 1.5 × 0.6 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.3 × 0.2

Cinnabar on Dolomite.
Cinnabar with Dolomite
Cinnabar with Dolomite. Cinnabar with Dolomite.

MP88S7: Translucent rhombohedral crystals, very bright with an intense red color. They have very well defined faces and edges, with growth curvatures on some of their forms, and are on a matrix of rhombohedral crystals of white Dolomite. As usual with this kind of Chinese material, the matrix has a saw cut on the back side.
Chatian Mine, Chatian District, Fenghuang, Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.7 × 2.2 cm = 2.4 × 2.2 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.5 × 0.3

Cinnabar on Dolomite

EV37K0: Sharp prismatic crystal of hexagonal shape and parallel growths. It has bright and very well defined faces and edges and strongly contrasts with the Dolomite matrix. As usual with this kind of Chinese samples, the matrix is more or less sawn, but in this case it doesnt affect the esthetics of the specimen.
Chatian Mine, Chatian District, Fenghuang, Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.5 × 5 cm = 2.9 × 1.8 × 2.0

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4 × 0.4

Dolomite Intense fluorescence long & short UV
Cinnabar on Dolomite. Cinnabar on Dolomite.
Cinnabar on Dolomite
Cinnabar on Dolomite. Cinnabar on Dolomite.

TB70H7: Crystal of Cinnabar of thick tabular habit and hexagonal shape. Both the faces and the edges are very sharp and bright and the crystals strongly contrast with the matrix of yellowish Dolomite. As usually happens with Chinese Cinnabars, the matrix has been sawn on the back, but not affecting, in this case, the esthetics of the specimen.
Chatian Mine, Chatian District, Fenghuang, Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003-2006)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 6.8 × 4.5 cm = 2.4 × 2.7 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.6 × 0.5

Dolomite fluorescent long & short UV
Twinned Cinnabar with Quartz and Dolomite

ZA73G7: An excellent group of twinned crystals of Cinnabar, the biggest one reaching a considerable size. They are on a very rich matrix of Quartz crystals. The red color is better than usual on the specimens with this kind of twin. The main crystal, in its upper right faces, is partially covered by little white Quartz crystals. Matrix has been cut on the back, as is usual with Chinese Cinnabar, due to the fragility of the Cinnabar crystals.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 155.
Yanwuping Mine, Wanshan, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6.4 × 3.7 cm = 3.2 × 2.5 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8 × 0.6

Twinned Cinnabar with Quartz and Dolomite. Twinned Cinnabar with Quartz and Dolomite.
Doubly terminated Bournonite
Doubly terminated Bournonite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Bournonite. Side
Side

EQ66K1: Group of prismatic crystals. with an excellent luster and the special feature that practically all them are doubly terminated.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 1.6 cm = 1.4 × 1.2 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1.2 cm = 1.4 × 0.5

Bournonite

BK96C5: Fabulous luster in what if often a dull species. China has provided us an esthetic specimen of something that often is not so nice. Tabular cluster of crystals well terminated, with flat pinacoidal faces.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (07/02)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2 × 2 cm = 1.1 × 0.8 × 0.8

Bournonite.
Fluorapatite with Quartz
Fluorapatite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Fluorapatite with Quartz. Top
Top

MB47L1: Short prismatic crystals, doubly terminated, with color zonations. On a matrix of doubly terminated Quartz crystals. All of the Fluorapatite specimens from Yaogangxian we have seen so far usually were smaller and poorer in quality than this.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4 × 3 cm = 1.9 × 1.6 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.4 cm = 1.0 × 0.6

Intense zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Sphalerite with Quartz

EX56K1: Complex group of Sphalerite crystals in parallel growth, giving the appearance of a single crystal with very well defined faces, bright and with bluish reflections, on a group of Quartz crystals.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 524.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3 × 2.9 cm = 1.3 × 1.2 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 3 cm = 1.1 × 1.2

Sphalerite with Quartz. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Quartz. Top
Top
Tetrahedrite pseudo Bournonite
Tetrahedrite pseudo  Bournonite.

BB9C6: Analysis some times gives agreeable surprises, as in this case: a really sharp Tetrahedrite pseudomorphosed by Bournonite. Pretty uncommon! Plus this specimen is very well placed on its Fluorite matrix. As usual in unusual things we will provide the analysis to the buyer of the specimen.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.2 × 1.2 cm = 1.0 × 0.9 × 0.5

Chalcopyrite

EC64I2: The specimen is a miniature but the main crystal is of a considerable size. It has an extraordinary sharpness of its faces and edges. Also extraordinary are its luster and the presence, on the back, of growths looking like sawteeth.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.2 × 1.8 cm = 1.3 × 0.9 × 0.7

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.4 cm = 0.9 × 0.6

Chalcopyrite.
Arsenopyrite with Quartz
Arsenopyrite with Quartz.
Arsenopyrite with Quartz. Arsenopyrite with Quartz.

ET50P4: Groups of crystals with very well marked curvatures that confer on them a curious mushroom shape. The Arsenopyrite is on matrix of very neat crystals of Quartz.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2005)

Specimen size: 12 × 8.8 × 7.3 cm = 4.7 × 3.5 × 2.9

Scheelite with Quartz, Muscovite and Arsenopyrite

EA93I1: A complex group, very rich with dipyramidal crystals, bright and with very well-defined faces and edges on a matrix of Quartz crystals with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. The specimen deserves to be in the most accredited collections due to its quality and the locality which it is from.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 7.7 × 6.2 cm = 4.3 × 3.0 × 2.4

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 3 cm = 1.3 × 1.2

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Scheelite with Quartz, Muscovite and Arsenopyrite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Quartz, Muscovite and Arsenopyrite. Rear
Rear
Scheelite with Quartz
Scheelite with Quartz. Front
Front
Scheelite with Quartz. Side
Side

TR37J7: Group of dipyramidal crystals, one of them clearly dominant, of very well defined faces and edges, an excellent luster and an unusual dark color that resembles the classic Korean specimens. The growth is not as simple as it looks at first view, and has mosaic and echeloned forms.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.3 × 2.5 cm = 1.8 × 1.3 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.6 cm = 1.1 × 1.0

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Scheelite with Quartz and Dolomite

TV10N9: Group of dipyramidal crystals of Scheelite bigger than usual for the locality, with excellent definition of their faces and edges, an intense luster and a clearer color than is usual on the normal Yaogangxian pieces. With Quartz and partially coated by Calcite. Among the best for the locality.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.3 × 4.9 cm = 2.4 × 2.1 × 1.9

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Scheelite with Quartz and Dolomite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Quartz and Dolomite. Side
Side
Stannite on Quartz and Ferberite
Stannite on Quartz and Ferberite. Stannite on Quartz and Ferberite.

TR26I1: The sample is magnificent both for its size and the quality and definition of the groups of Stannite crystals on Quartz with Ferberite. The specimen had been analyzed to confirm it is really Stannite and not Sphalerite, because on Chinese samples such confusion is possible.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 526.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2000)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 9.2 × 6.7 cm = 4.4 × 3.6 × 2.6

Quartz with Dolomite

TF1Q7: Complex clusters of artichoke Quartz with clearly curved faces and edges, of greenish blue color and on a matrix of white rhombohedral crystals of Dolomite with mosaical growths on their faces. A very esthetic piece.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2007)

Specimen size: 22 × 12.5 × 10.8 cm = 8.7 × 4.9 × 4.3

Main crystal size: 7 × 2.2 cm = 2.8 × 0.9

Quartz with Dolomite. Quartz with Dolomite.
Doyleite with Gibbsite
Doyleite with Gibbsite.

MG64I1: An excellent specimen of this rare hydroxide, a polymorph of Gibbsite. Both species are present on this beautiful miniature of botryoidal forms and esthetic green color.
Well give the results of the analysis to the buyer.
Baoshan Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2006)

Specimen size: 3 × 3.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.2 × 1.4 × 0.9

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Doyleite with Gibbsite

MH64I1: An excellent specimen of this rare hydroxide, a polymorph of Gibbsite. Both species are present on this beautiful miniature of botryoidal forms. Well give the results of the analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 489.

Baoshan Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2007)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.4 × 3.7 cm = 1.9 × 1.7 × 1.5

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Doyleite with Gibbsite.
Doyleite with Gibbsite
Doyleite with Gibbsite.
Doyleite with Gibbsite.

MA86I5: Esthetic specimen of this rare hydroxide, a polymorph of Gibbsite. Both species are present on this nice miniature of botryoidal forms and excellent color, with nice changes of shade from green to brown, with white strips and spectacular greasy luster present on very few specimen. Well send the analysis to the buyer.
Baoshan Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2006)

Specimen size: 1.3 × 9 × 6 cm = 0.5 × 3.5 × 2.4

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Doyleite with Gibbsite

MK96I1: An excellent specimen of this rare hydroxide, a polymorph of Gibbsite. Both species are present on this beautiful miniature of botryoidal forms and esthetic greenish color with attractive clearer, almost white, stripes.
Well give the results of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2006 Munich Show in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 72, page 15.
Baoshan Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2006)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 9.3 × 4.5 cm = 4.2 × 3.7 × 1.8

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Doyleite with Gibbsite. Doyleite with Gibbsite.
Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
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Cerussite. Rear
Rear

TB66M0: Flattened Cerussite crystals with an intense yellow color and green inclusions of Pyromorphite. Due to its color we had doubts if it was Cerussite. Another sample from the same pocket has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2003)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2 × 1.5 cm = 1.3 × 0.8 × 0.6

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite

TB96Z6: Botryoidal Plumbogummite growths, with velvety surfaces and a very deep and intense blue color, coating a matrix of yellow Pyromorphite crystals. Due to the softness of the surfaces the sample has some small whitish points produced by light scuffs. Both the Plumbogummite and Pyromorphite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of both analyses to the buyer.
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.9 × 1.2 cm = 0.8 × 0.7 × 0.5

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite.

MB56AA7: Aggregate of elongated Pyromorphite crystals forming parallel growths, with a yellowish-green color and coated by bluish-green Plumbogummite with yellowish shades in some zones. Both the Pyromorphite and the Plumbogummite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.

Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (02/2014)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.6 × 2 cm = 0.9 × 0.6 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4 × 0.2

Fluorescent long & short UV

Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite

MC28AC3: Aggregate of Pyromorphite crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with an apple green color and with slightly curved faces and edges and polycrystalline terminations. The Pyromorphite, on matrix, is partially coated by pale blue Plumbogummite, also present on the matrix.
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (02/2014)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.7 × 2.8 cm = 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.5 × 0.2

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite. Rear
Rear
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite.

TG47Z6: Botryoidal Plumbogummite growths, with velvety surfaces and a very deep and intense blue color, coating a matrix of yellow Pyromorphite crystals. Due to the softness of the surfaces the sample has some small whitish points produced by light scuffs. Both the Plumbogummite and Pyromorphite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of both analyses to the buyer.
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.9 × 1.6 cm = 1.6 × 1.1 × 0.6

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite and Quartz

TP87AB3: Translucent botryoidal Plumbogummite aggregate with a uniform clear blue color and free of damage. It is on Quartz with yellow Pyromorphite impregnations.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine Mineral Up number 02/2014, page 54
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (02/2014)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.6 × 3.8 cm = 1.7 × 1.8 × 1.5

Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite and Quartz.
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite. Front
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Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite. Front
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Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite. Rear
Rear

TF16AC3: Aggregate of very large Pyromorphite crystals with skeletal terminations coated and replaced by blue Plumbogummite. The sample is from a very recent find and has different morphological characteristics compared to those previously known. Well send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (01/2015)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4 × 2.7 cm = 2.2 × 1.6 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.9 × 0.7

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Pyromorphite and Plumbogummite

TP70AB5: Aggregate of elongated Pyromorphite crystals on matrix, a lot of them doubly terminated, with hollowed terminations and partially coated and embedded by bluish Plumbogummite. The samples are from a very recent find and have different morphological characteristics compared to those previously known.
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (01/2015)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.5 × 2.9 cm = 2.4 × 2.2 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.3 cm = 0.7 × 0.5

Fluorescent long & short UV

Pyromorphite and Plumbogummite. Pyromorphite and Plumbogummite.
Cuprian Adamite
Cuprian Adamite.
Cuprian Adamite.

MR63R9: Parallel fan growths of small crystals with very well defined faces and edges and with an intense yellowish green color. On Limonite matrix. Well send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Pinggui area, Hezhou, Guangxi  China (06/2009)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 6.2 × 2.6 cm = 2.5 × 2.4 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.5 × 0.3

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and inclusions

FP97AB1: Lenticular Rhodochrosite crystal with very well defined polycrystalline surfaces, translucent, with a very intense color and with small groups of cubic Fluorite crystals that are transparent, practically colorless, with octahedral phantom growths and unidentified white small inclusions. The base of the crystal has a neat cleavage surface that doesnt alter the aesthetics of the whole.
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (±2006)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.6 × 1.7 cm = 1.5 × 1.4 × 0.7

Former collection of Jan Buma

Fluorite minor fluorescence short UV
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and inclusions. Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and inclusions.
Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite and Quartz
Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Rear
Rear

MD53N0: Big lenticular crystal of Rhodochrosite of an excellent color and luster, with small crystals of Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite and white undefined crystals of Calcite. The definition of the Rhodochrosite is quite better than usual for the samples from this find.
This specimen was photographed for the whats new at Tucson 2009 section of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 7 of number 3/2009 and also in the Mineral Up magazine, on page 28, number 2009/2.
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2007)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.6 × 2.1 cm = 2.0 × 1.8 × 0.8

Rhodochrosite

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ER96Y3: Unusually large crystal with a very vivid and deep pink color. It is rhombohedral, flattened and has very well marked parallel polycrystalline growths. A sample for a museum.
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (±2008)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 10 × 3 cm = 4.5 × 3.9 × 1.2

Rhodochrosite. Front
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Rhodochrosite. Rear
Rear
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz.

EF49AE2: Aggregates of extremely flattened platy Rhodochrosite crystals with very well defined crystals, a very intense pink color and on matrix, with Quartz and small cubic Fluorite crystals that are transparent and have a color between lilac and pale blue. Different from all material previously found at this mine.
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 10 × 6.3 × 3.7 cm = 3.9 × 2.5 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.3 × 0.2

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz

EB72AE2: Aggregates of extremely flattened platy Rhodochrosite crystals with very well defined crystals, a very intense pink color and on matrix, with Quartz and small cubic Fluorite crystals that are transparent and have a color between lilac and pale blue. Different from all material previously found at this mine.
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 13 × 8.3 × 5.6 cm = 5.1 × 3.3 × 2.2

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.5 × 0.4

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz. Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz.
Acanthite with Silver
Acanthite with Silver. Front
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Acanthite with Silver. Rear
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EG48I1: The crystal is very well-defined and rich with faces with the dominion of the cube. On one end there is an esthetic growth of native Silver, bright and unaltered.
66 line Mine, Gaoliangchun, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.8 × 0.6 × 0.6

Acanthite with Silver

EK10I1: Group if very well-defined cubic crystals, with a small matrix of Quartz and partially covered by spongy groups of Silver, bright and unaltered.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 468.
66 line Mine, Gaoliangchun, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.4 × 1.1 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.2 cm = 0.5 × 0.5

Acanthite with Silver. Front
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Acanthite with Silver. Rear
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Acanthite with Silver. Side
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Silver with Acanthite
Silver with Acanthite. Front
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Silver with Acanthite. Rear
Rear
Silver with Acanthite. Top
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Silver with Acanthite.

TB16L7: Nice specimen, very aerial and esthetic. Hooked and curved wire-like growths of native Silver on a rich Baryte matrix that contrasts with the darker deformed pseudoctahedrons of Acanthite. Very esthetic specimen with a color and luster of the Silver that is very attractive.
66 line Mine, Gaoliangchun, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.1 × 2.8 cm = 2.4 × 1.6 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.3 cm = 0.7 × 0.1

Topaz with Albite, smoky Quartz and Muscovite

EA86I0: The crystal is very rich of faces, neat, transparent and bright, on an esthetic matrix with Muscovite, slightly smoky Quartz and rosettes of laminar crystals of Albite. From a Chinese locality recently discovered.
Gaoligong Mountains, Nujiang, Yunnan  China (2006)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 5.2 × 2.9 cm = 2.1 × 2.0 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.7 × 0.5

Albite fluorescent short UV
Topaz with Albite, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Topaz with Albite, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.
Topaz with smoky Quartz and Albite
Topaz with smoky Quartz and Albite.
Topaz with smoky Quartz and Albite.

EB38I0: The crystal is very rich of faces, neat, transparent and with a slight smoky color. It is implanted on a doubly-terminated crystal of Quartz, with inclusions, and a Feldspar crystal. It comes from a Chinese locality recently discovered.
Gaoligong Mountains, Nujiang, Yunnan  China (2006)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.3 × 3.2 cm = 3.0 × 2.5 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.5 cm = 1.0 × 0.6

Minor fluorescence short UV

Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz

EC86I1: Prismatic crystal of very well-defined faces and edges, of uniform color and esthetically situated on the Quartz matrix. It is from an uncommon locality.
Dayakou, Malipo, Wenshan, Yunnan  China (2005)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.8 × 1.5 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1 cm = 1.1 × 0.4

Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz.
Tantalite-(Mn)
Tantalite-(Mn).

PH87C9: Pretty red and sharp Tantalite-(Mn) from China, the crystal is a floater with some minor associated feldspar.
Ximeng, Yunnan  China

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 1.1 × 0.9 × 0.7

Veszelyite with Hemimorphite

MT99M5: A novelty in Munich 2008. Crystals and groups of crystals of this rare phosphate. They are very well defined, very deep in blue color and in botryoidal growths of light blue Hemimorphite. The locality had been well identified, which is not very common with Chinese specimens.
Gexin, Laochang, Gejiu, Yunnan  China (08/2008)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 8.4 × 5.5 cm = 3.4 × 3.3 × 2.2

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0 × 0.0

Veszelyite with Hemimorphite. Veszelyite with Hemimorphite.
Veszelyite with Hemimorphite
Veszelyite with Hemimorphite.
Veszelyite with Hemimorphite.

MV97M5: A novelty in Munich 2008. Crystals and groups of crystals of this rare phosphate. They are very well defined, very deep blue in color and on botryoidal growths of light blue Hemimorphite. The locality had been well specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a novelty from Munich 2008 in the magazine Lapis on identified, which is not very common with Chinese specimens.
The page 46, volume 33, number 12, December 2008 as well as the magazine Mineral Up on page 33 in number 2009/1 and Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 138 in number 2009/2.
Gexin, Laochang, Gejiu, Yunnan  China (08/2008)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.7 × 1.0 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1 × 0.1

Elbaite with smoky Quartz

EJ93K6: One of the novelties of this year are these polychrome Elbaites that remind one of some classic Brazilian specimens. The Elbaite crystal, of very well defined faces and edges and perfectly terminated, has grown on a smoky Quartz crystal.
Altay Range, Xinjiang  China (2006)

Specimen size: 9 × 5.8 × 5 cm = 3.5 × 2.3 × 2.0

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 0.8 cm = 2.1 × 0.3

Elbaite with smoky Quartz. Elbaite with smoky Quartz.
Cassiterite with Quartz
Cassiterite with Quartz. Front
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Cassiterite with Quartz. Top
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JH66H7: The stout prismatic crystal has very uncommon transparency and color, in view of its large size. The elongated habit of the crystal and its position on a matrix of Quartz crystals makes the specimen special from an esthetic point of view.
The sample is from an accredited collection and well send the label with it.
Ganzhou, Jiangxi  China

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.3 × 3.9 cm = 2.8 × 2.1 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 3 cm = 2.2 × 1.2

Bismuth

TV64P1: Excellent sample whose penetrating angles had been molded by the faces of another preexisting mineral, probably Quartz. Those surfaces, then, arent real geometrical forms of Bismuth, but the small scales, echeloning and striations coating the surfaces correspond to crystalline growths of the mineral.
This specimen was photographed as a novelty at the 2009 Ste. Marie Show for the Sainte-Marie Show 2009 section of the magazine Minraux et Fossiles page 22, number 383 and also in the Mineral Up magazine, on page 29, number 2009/2 and in the Russian magazine Mineral Observer on page 60 in the volume 14, number 3.
Laikeng, Chongyi County, Ganzhou, Jiangxi  China (2009)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 1.8 × 1.4 × 1.3

Bismuth. Front
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Bismuth. Top
Top
Bismuth. Rear
Rear
Epidote with Grossular
Epidote with Grossular. Front
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Epidote with Grossular. Rear
Rear

TH76R4: Group of flattened prismatic crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with good multiple terminations, bright, and on Grossular (Hessonite) matrix also in small crystals coating and suturing the natural fracture lines of the Epidote.
Handan Iron Mine, Wu'an County, Handan, Hebei  China (2009)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.6 × 2.5 cm = 2.5 × 1.8 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.5 × 0.7

Gold

TM49Z7: Floater octahedral crystal, elongated, partially flattened, and with skeletal and hollow growths but with very well defined crystalline forms.
Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 1.2 × 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.5 × 0.2 × 0.1

Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold
Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
Rear

MB70T2: Arborescent and skeletal growths, with excellent luster and color, with deformed crystals and laminar and wire growths.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Records web page, in the Whats New in the Mineral World? section, report #29, August 27, 2011 edition.
Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2008-2009)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.7 × 0.7 × 0.3

Weight: 6 grams
Gold

MG92Q0: Group of skeletal and deformed crystals some them of very well shaped forms.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine Mineral Up on page 29 in number 2010/2
Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2008-2009)

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.7 × 0.5 × 0.5

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4 × 0.3

Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold
Gold. Gold.

EJ74I0: On the group coincide octahedral skeletal, but well-defined, crystals and flattened crystals. They have a very intense luster and full color.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 281.
Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 0.9 × 0.7 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Gold

EA96Y1: Dense spongy dendritic growth, with laminar and hooked forms and octahedral crystals, one of them of a considerable size, with very well defined edges and hoppered faces. We especially note that Chinese gold samples entering the marked are very scarce.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2013 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 112, page 19
Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.3 × 1.2 × 0.7

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.1 cm = 0.4 × 0.0

Weight: 15.2 grams
Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold.
Gold
Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
Rear

TR56J6: The sample is very rich of gold and the crystals, flat or skeletal are on a small Quartz matrix.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, and in the magazine Lapis on page 11, volume 41, number 12, December 2016
Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.8 × 1.4 cm = 1.5 × 1.5 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.3 × 0.3

Goethite with Calcite and Pyrite

TM61Y7: Very well defined botryoidal, almost spheroidal, growths of grayish black Goethite with transparent Calcite crystals, with small cubic Pyrite crystals, and on matrix. The Goethite has been analyzed and well send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. We regret we can not provide more precise details about the locality but, as frequently happens with Chinese material, the origin remains unknown.
  China (2007)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 9.2 × 3.5 cm = 3.8 × 3.6 × 1.4

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Goethite with Calcite and Pyrite. Goethite with Calcite and Pyrite.
Chalcopyrite with Siderite
Chalcopyrite with Siderite.

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EM99W2: Short disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite, with a false appearance of the tetrahedron, with very well defined faces and edges and very bright. They have a considerable size and have grown paragenetically with a group of dark brown lenticular crystals of Siderite, translucent and bright. They have some minor damage on some edges, the least that we have been able to obtain because these samples usually are badly broken.
Kaiwu Mine, Hezhang, Bijie Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China (2012)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.4 × 4.3 cm = 3.3 × 2.5 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.6 cm = 0.8 × 0.6

Chalcopyrite with Siderite

TV73AC4: Disphenoidal Chalcopyrite crystals with a false appearance of the tetrahedron, of a considerable length, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, magnificent color and very bright. The Chalcopyrite has grown paragenetically with a group of translucent, bright and dark brown lenticular Siderite crystals.
Kaiwu Mine, Hezhang, Bijie Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China (2014)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.8 × 6 cm = 3.4 × 2.7 × 2.4

Main crystal size: 5 × 4.8 cm = 2.0 × 1.9

Chalcopyrite with Siderite. Front
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Chalcopyrite with Siderite. Side
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Chalcopyrite with Siderite
Chalcopyrite with Siderite. Chalcopyrite with Siderite.

EP90W2: Short diesphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite, with a false appearance of tetrahedron, with very well defined faces and edges and very bright. They are on a matrix of dark brown lenticular crystals of Siderite translucent and bright. They have some minor damages on some edges, the really minimal that we have achieved to obtain due to these samples usually are clearly broken.
Kaiwu Mine, Hezhang, Bijie Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China (2012)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 6.9 × 5.3 cm = 4.9 × 2.7 × 2.1

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4 × 0.4

Vesuvianite

EY10Z5: Very sharp floater crystal, bright and formed by a very sort prism, a much flattened dipyramid and the pinacoid.
Fushan Mine, She, Handan Prefecture, Hebei Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.1 × 4.5 cm = 1.9 × 1.2 × 1.8

Vesuvianite.
Allophane
Allophane.

TY9X0: Botryoidal and microbotryoidal growths with a very intense turquoise color, with vivid vitreous and resinous reflections, and on a rocky matrix. As is usual with Chinese localities we regret we cannot provide a more precise locality. We are waiting for more detailed data.
  China (2011)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.9 × 0.8 × 0.5

Allophane

TQ76X0: Botryoidal and microbotryoidal growths with a very intense turquoise color, with vivid vitreous and resinous reflections, and on a rocky matrix. As is usual with Chinese localities we regret we cannot provide a more precise locality. We are waiting for more detailed data.
  China (2011)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 6.5 × 2.5 cm = 3.7 × 2.6 × 1.0

Allophane.
Quartz with Dolomite and Scheelite
Quartz with Dolomite and Scheelite. Front
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Quartz with Dolomite and Scheelite. Side
Side

MF14V4: Group of Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant. It is very transparent and bright, with rhombohedral crystals of Dolomite and small dipyramidal crystals, slightly gray, of Scheelite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2011)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 3.8 × 6.2 cm = 3.0 × 1.5 × 2.4

Main crystal size: 7 × 2.7 cm = 2.8 × 1.1

Scheelite fluorescent long & short UV

Huanggang mining area

Ilvaite with Quartz and Calcite

MZ68R5: A novelty in Munich 2010. Parallel growth of bright Ilvaite crystals with slightly curved lateral edges. They have perfect terminations and are with Quartz and Calcite crystals.
This specimen was photographed for the Brsenreport - Mineralientage Mnchen 2010 section of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 12 of number 1/2011 and also in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 254 in number 2011/4
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (10/2010)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.2 × 3.2 cm = 2.0 × 1.3 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 5.1 × 2.7 cm = 2.0 × 1.1

Ilvaite with Quartz and Calcite. Front
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Ilvaite with Quartz and Calcite. Rear
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Ilvaite with Quartz and Calcite. Top
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Ilvaite with Calcite
Ilvaite with Calcite. Front
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Ilvaite with Calcite. Rear
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Ilvaite with Calcite. Top
Top

MT54R5: A novelty in Munich 2010. Irregular aggregate very rich with prismatic crystals with very well defined faces and edges. The crystals are very bright; they have perfect terminations and are partially coated by Calcite. A great and uncommon sample.
This specimen was photographed for the Brsenreport - Mineralientage Mnchen 2010 section of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 12 of number 1/2011 and also in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 255 in number 2011/4
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (10/2010)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5 × 3.5 cm = 2.3 × 2.0 × 1.4

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.9 × 0.7

Ilvaite with Quartz and Calcite

MY94W2: Divergent aggregate of very well defined crystals with good terminations. They have marked curvatures of the prism edges, are bright and are with small Quartz growths. The sample is very representative of the first finds in Huanggang in 2010, in which some of the samples had an intense luster.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (10/2010)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 6.1 × 3.1 cm = 2.8 × 2.4 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 6 × 1.9 cm = 2.4 × 0.7

Ilvaite with Quartz and Calcite. Front
Front
Ilvaite with Quartz and Calcite. Top
Top
Arsenopyrite with Ilvaite
Arsenopyrite with Ilvaite. Front
Front
Arsenopyrite with Ilvaite. Rear
Rear

TX26V7: Bundled aggregates of prismatic crystals of Arsenopyrite with very well defined forms and well market curvatures, bright, and on a matrix of Ilvaite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.6 × 3.4 cm = 2.2 × 1.8 × 1.3

Lllingite with Molybdenite, Calcite, Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz

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ET16Z0: Extraordinarily well defined, for this species, lenticular Lllingite crystals with a polycrystalline growth and partially coated by bluish Molybdenite, with small Fluorite crystals and very sharp Arsenopyrite crystals. They are on a matrix of large rhombohedral Calcite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 14 × 12.5 × 8.5 cm = 5.5 × 4.9 × 3.3

Lllingite with Molybdenite, Calcite, Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz. Front
Front
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Calcite, Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz. Side
Side
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Calcite, Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz.
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite, Fluorite and Magnetite
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite, Fluorite and Magnetite. Front
Front
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite, Fluorite and Magnetite. Side
Side
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite, Fluorite and Magnetite. Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite, Fluorite and Magnetite.

TP98X6: Crystals of Lllingite with polycrystalline growths that are extraordinarily well defined for the species. They are partially coated by bluish Molybdenite, with a colorless and transparent octahedral crystal of Fluorite, three white dipyramidal crystals of Scheelite, one of them clearly dominant, a group of Magnetite crystals at the base, and very sharp small and bright crystals of Arsenopyrite. The Scheelite has been analyzed and well send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine Lapis on page 26, volume 38, number 10, October 2013
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 7.1 × 8.7 cm = 3.5 × 2.8 × 3.4

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 4.6 cm = 2.4 × 1.8

Scheelite very fluorescent long & short UV
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite and Magnetite

EF99Y4: Lllingite crystals with polycrystalline growths, extraordinarily defined and of good size for the species. They are almost completely coated by bluish Molybdenite and are on a Magnetite matrix with dipyramidal Scheelite crystals. The Lllingite and Scheelite have been analyzed and well send a copy of these analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 7.7 × 6.1 cm = 4.1 × 3.0 × 2.4

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 4.8 cm = 1.8 × 1.9

Scheelite very fluorescent long & short UV
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite and Magnetite. Front
Front
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite and Magnetite. Side
Side
Lllingite with Molybdenite, Scheelite and Magnetite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.

TQ27Z5: Aggregate of very Sharp crystals formed by the octahedron, cube and dodecahedron. They are absolutely colorless, completely transparent and extraordinarily bright and are on a small Calcite matrix. Very esthetic.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.1 × 2.5 cm = 2.2 × 1.2 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.4 cm = 0.7 × 0.6

Minor fluorescence short UV

Octahedral Fluorite with Arsenopyrite

TL27S0: A novelty at Tucson 2011. Sharp octahedral crystal of Fluorite, with very well defined faces and edges, and with color zoning. The matrix is a parallel growth of Arsenopyrite crystals. The association is a novelty for this locality, quite famous for Ilvaites.
This specimen was photographed and published in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 102, page 21 and also in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 258 in number 2011/4
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2010)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.5 × 1.4 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.0 × 0.9

Minor fluorescence short UV

Octahedral Fluorite with Arsenopyrite.
Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite
Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite. Front
Front
Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite. Top
Top

EJ88X1: Parallel growth of two very sharp octahedral crystals of Fluorite. They are transparent, with a sky blue color and they have grown, very aerially, on a matrix of crystallized Calcite.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.9 × 3.1 cm = 2.4 × 1.9 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.4 cm = 1.0 × 0.9

Fluorite & Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Octahedral Fluorite with Magnetite

EF90Z0: Very sharp, transparent and colorless octahedral Fluorite crystals on a matrix of dodecahedral Magnetite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 9.2 × 6 cm = 3.7 × 3.6 × 2.4

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.3 cm = 1.1 × 0.9

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Octahedral Fluorite with Magnetite. Octahedral Fluorite with Magnetite.
Octahedral Fluorite with Magnetite.
Lllingite with Arsenopyrite and Fluorite
Lllingite with Arsenopyrite and Fluorite. Lllingite with Arsenopyrite and Fluorite.

TA98AC1: Aggregates of colorless and transparent Fluorite crystals formed by dominant cube and dodecahedron faces, and the octahedron. The Fluorite is on a matrix of large lenticular Lllingite crystals with small, very sharp, Arsenopyrite crystals. A sample worthy of any great museum.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 15 × 13.5 × 7.3 cm = 5.9 × 5.3 × 2.9

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.6 × 1.8

Fluorite with Quartz

EX38AA5: A novelty from Ste. Marie 2014. Fluorite crystals in vivid shades that vary between indigo and navy blue on a Quartz matrix. The crystals are cubic with well developed dodecahedron bevels, both forms having curved faces and edges: a very uncommon habit for Fluorite, completely different from other, previous finds in Huanggang. This is a kind of dream for lovers of unusual crystallography.
Huanggang Mines, shaft 4, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (05/2014)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.7 × 3.9 cm = 2.5 × 1.9 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.9 cm = 0.9 × 0.7

Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
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Fluorite with Quartz.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Quartz.

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TV99Z9: A novelty from Ste. Marie 2014. Vivid deep blue Fluorite crystals, with shades that vary between indigo and navy blue on a matrix of white crystallized Quartz. The smaller Fluorite crystals are neatly cubic, with small dodecahedron bevels and with very well defined curvatures on faces and edges, while the largest ones are unusually strongly rounded, a very uncommon shape for Fluorite. This shape is due to the balanced forms of the cube, polycrystalline and deeply edged, and the smooth dodecahedral faces, both dodecahedron and cube have curved faces and edges. Completely different from other, previous finds in Huanggang, it is a kind of dream for lovers of unusual crystallography.
Huanggang Mines, shaft 4, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (05/2014)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 6.1 × 3.8 cm = 3.5 × 2.4 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.6 × 0.6

Fluorite with Quartz

TY50Z9: A novelty from Ste. Marie 2014. Vivid deep blue Fluorite crystals, with shades that vary between indigo and navy blue on a matrix of white crystallized Quartz. The smaller Fluorite crystals are neatly cubic, with small dodecahedron bevels and with very well defined curvatures on faces and edges, while the largest ones are unusually strongly rounded, a very uncommon shape for Fluorite. This shape is due to the balanced forms of the cube, polycrystalline and deeply edged, and the smooth dodecahedral faces, both dodecahedron and cube have curved faces and edges. Completely different from other, previous finds in Huanggang, it is a kind of dream for lovers of unusual crystallography.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2014 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 118, page 47
Huanggang Mines, shaft 4, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (05/2014)

Specimen size: 10 × 6.2 × 5.1 cm = 3.9 × 2.4 × 2.0

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2.1 cm = 0.8 × 0.8

Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Quartz.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Quartz.

TM30AA1: A novelty from Ste. Marie 2014. Vivid deep blue Fluorite crystals, with shades that vary between indigo and navy blue on a matrix of white Quartz crystals. The crystals are neatly cubic, with well developed dodecahedron bevels and with very prominent curvatures on faces and edges, a very uncommon shape for Fluorite due to the balanced forms of the cube, polycrystalline and deeply edged, and the smooth dodecahedral faces, both forms having curved faces and edges. Completely different from other, previous finds in Huanggang, it is a kind of dream for lovers of unusual crystallography.
Huanggang Mines, shaft 4, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (05/2014)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 6.5 × 7.2 cm = 4.3 × 2.6 × 2.8

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.7 cm = 0.9 × 0.7

Fluorite with Quartz

TX50Z9: A novelty from Ste. Marie 2014. Vivid deep blue Fluorite crystals, with shades that vary between indigo and navy blue on a matrix of white crystallized Quartz. The smaller Fluorite crystals are neatly cubic, with small dodecahedron bevels and with very well defined curvatures on faces and edges, while the largest ones are unusually strongly rounded, a very uncommon shape for Fluorite. This shape is due to the balanced forms of the cube, polycrystalline and deeply edged, and the smooth dodecahedral faces, both dodecahedron and cube have curved faces and edges. Completely different from other, previous finds in Huanggang, it is a kind of dream for lovers of unusual crystallography.
This specimen was photographed for the Ste.-Marie-aux-Mines 2014 section of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 20 of number 5/2014
Huanggang Mines, shaft 4, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (05/2014)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 7.4 × 6.3 cm = 4.6 × 2.9 × 2.5

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.6 cm = 0.6 × 0.6

Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Quartz.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.

MY67AA7: Isolated cubic Fluorite crystals, transparent and showing a very well defined color zoning that concentrates the more intense violet shades on the edges with a whitish, almost circular, area in the center of the faces. They are on a matrix of white Quartz crystals. A very unusual Fluorite for Huanggang.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 8 × 3.3 cm = 3.7 × 3.1 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.4 × 0.4

Andradite

TK47AE3: A very large Andradite crystal with smaller satellite crystals at its base, showing very well defined faces of the dodecahedron and the trapezoedron. They are bright, with a dark brown color with yellowish areas.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 6 × 4.9 cm = 2.4 × 2.4 × 1.9

Andradite. Front
Front
Andradite. Side
Side
Calcite with Siderite
Calcite with Siderite. Calcite with Siderite.

TM27AA2: Double spherical Calcite growth, with a yellowish-white color, implanted on an aggregate of prismatic crystals with rhombohedral terminations, also Calcite, but coated by a thin film of small Siderite crystals with a bright bronze color. The three components of the sample: spherical Calcite, crystalline Calcite and Siderite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of those analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 4.5 cm = 2.0 × 1.7 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 0.7 × 0.7

Calcite

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TP92AC9: Spheroidal aggregates of Calcite crystals, with defined faces and edges and with an unusually intense pink color. Very different from other Calcite samples from this mine.

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 14.7 × 9.4 × 7.8 cm = 5.8 × 3.7 × 3.1

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite. Calcite.
Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz
Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz. Front
Front
Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz. Rear
Rear

TM98Z7: Aggregate of very sharp tetrahedral crystals, bright with a dark brown color and with small parallel Quartz aggregates. They are between transparent and translucent, as the picture under intense light shows, and this confers a special quality to the samples from this cavity. The sample has been analyzed showing dominant Helvine forming a solid solution with Genthelvite. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.6 × 2.2 cm = 1.2 × 1.0 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4 × 0.4

Helvine-Genthelvite on Calcite

MK99X6: Group of very sharp crystals, with the faces of the positive and negative tetrahedrons very well defined, very bright, with a salmon color. They are zoned so the crystals are Helvine inside and Genthelvite on their edges. This group of crystals has been individually analyzed and well send a copy of this analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.7 × 1.1 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.5 × 0.4

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Helvine-Genthelvite on Calcite.
Helvine-Genthelvite on Calcite. Helvine-Genthelvite on Calcite.
Helvine-Genthelvite with Calcite, Quartz and chlorite
Helvine-Genthelvite with Calcite, Quartz and chlorite. Front
Front
Helvine-Genthelvite with Calcite, Quartz and chlorite. Side
Side

EJ6X6: Aggregate of very sharp tetrahedral crystals with their faces and edges very well developed, very bright, with a salmon color. They are zoned so the crystals are Helvine inside and Genthelvite on their crust. The group, on matrix with Calcite, Quartz and chlorite coatings, has been individually analyzed and well send a copy of this analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 5.4× 4.1 × 3.8 cm = 2.1 × 1.6 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.8 × 0.7

Helvine-Genthelvite, Quartz and Calcite

EE51X9: Group of very sharp tetrahedral Helvine crystals with a superficial layer of Genthelvite. It is on matrix, with white Calcite rhombohedrons, dodecahedral Magnetite and parallel growths of Quartz. Very esthetic due to the contrast between the salmon Helvine-Genthelvite and the Calcite and Quartz matrix. Well send a copy of the Helvine-Genthelvite analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.2 × 3.7 cm = 3.0 × 2.0 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.6 × 0.5

Helvine-Genthelvite, Quartz and Calcite. Helvine-Genthelvite, Quartz and Calcite.
Genthelvite with Andradite
Genthelvite with Andradite. Front
Front
Genthelvite with Andradite. Side
Side

MV70T6: A novelty at Munich 2011. Group of sharp tetrahedral crystals of Genthelvite, one of them clearly dominant, with a dark brown color, translucent edges, in matrix, and related dodecahedral crystals of Andradite. Excellent quality for the species. Well send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 259 in number 2011/4
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.7 × 2.3 cm = 1.6 × 1.5 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.5 × 0.5

Genthelvite

TF92AA0: Parallel aggregates of very Sharp tetrahedral crystals with a clear salmon color and zonal growth. The analysis indicates that both the external zone and the interior are Genthelvite. Well send a copy of both analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.7 × 1.3 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.7 × 0.5

Genthelvite. Front
Front
Genthelvite. Side
Side
Genthelvite with Magnetite and Arsenopyrite
Genthelvite with Magnetite and Arsenopyrite. Front
Front
Genthelvite with Magnetite and Arsenopyrite. Rear
Rear
Genthelvite with Magnetite and Arsenopyrite.

EG36Z0: Aggregates of very sharp tetrahedral Genthelvite crystals on matrix, with Magnetite and Arsenopyrite crystals. The Genthelvite crystals clearly show zonal growth, so we did two analyses (inner and external), both resulting in Genthelvite. We will send a copy of both analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.7 × 6.3 cm = 2.5 × 1.9 × 2.5

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.5 × 0.5

Genthelvite with Magnetite, Quartz, Fluorite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite-Dolomite

EQ26AA8: Aggregate of very sharp tetrahedral Genthelvite crystals on a Magnetite matrix, with white rhombohedral Calcite-Dolomite crystals, Arsenopyrite, Quartz and Fluorite. As the close-up view photo shows, the Fluorite is especially clear. The analyses at different depths of the crystals reveal they are uniformly Genthelvite, without other species in zones. We will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 6.5 × 4.2 cm = 3.9 × 2.6 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.0 × 0.9

Genthelvite with Magnetite, Quartz, Fluorite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite-Dolomite. Front
Front
Genthelvite with Magnetite, Quartz, Fluorite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite-Dolomite. Side
Side
Genthelvite with Magnetite, Quartz, Fluorite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite-Dolomite. Genthelvite with Magnetite, Quartz, Fluorite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite-Dolomite.
Helvine-Danalite with Calcite and Chlorite
Helvine-Danalite with Calcite and Chlorite. Helvine-Danalite with Calcite and Chlorite.

ED99Z2: Group of very sharp tetrahedral Helvine-Danalite crystals with a dark brown color and reddish shades. The group is on matrix, with Calcite and Chlorite. The crystals have zonal growths, so, we have done an external an internal analysis, the external one showing Danalite and the internal Helvine. Well send a copy of both analysis to the buyer. We specially note that Danalite, the iron rich member of the series, is very uncommon, being very rare on the samples where it is present.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.5 × 1.3 × 0.7

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4 × 0.3

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Quartz after Helvine with Fluorite and smoky Quartz

TM31W1: Perimorphic growth of Quartz overlying a tetrahedral crystal, crystal which was probably Helvine, whose morphology, very neat, remains after the process of coating. The crystal is very aerial, standing on a group of smoky Quartz crystals, with a dodecahedral crystal of Fluorite and it is completely hollow. Though it appears so, the hole on a vertex of the crystal is not a break, but a shape of dissolution, as the detailed photo neatly shows.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.3 × 3 cm = 2.4 × 1.7 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.4 cm = 1.2 × 0.9

Quartz after Helvine with Fluorite and smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz after Helvine with Fluorite and smoky Quartz. Rear
Rear
Quartz after Helvine with Fluorite and smoky Quartz.
Quartz with inclusions
Quartz with inclusions. Front
Front
Quartz with inclusions. Rear
Rear

TB76W1: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Parallel growth of crystals with a dipyramidal habit, sometimes erroneously described as β-Quartz. They are translucent, have very well defined faces and edges and have some areas with inclusions.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.8 × 3.1 cm = 2.6 × 1.5 × 1.2

Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite

ET66AA5: Parallel growths of dipyramidal Quartz crystals with sceptered terminatios. Some of the crystals have no prism faces and such crystals have sometimes been erroneously described as β-Quartz. The crystals are very rich in inclusions and are partially coated by small, white Calcite-Dolomite crystals and by Magnetite.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 2.4 × 1.8 cm = 3.0 × 0.9 × 0.7

Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite.
Quartz with inclusions Chlorite, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite
Quartz with inclusions Chlorite, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Front
Front
Quartz with inclusions Chlorite, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Rear
Rear

MG37AA7: Divergent Quartz crystals with dipyramidal-shaped sceptered terminations, and with Chlorite inclusions. They are on matrix, with Magnetite and Calcite-Dolomite. Some of the crystals have no prism faces and such crystals have sometimes been erroneously described as β-Quartz.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.4 × 4.4 cm = 2.8 × 2.1 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.2 × 0.7

Quartz (variety prase)

EN49AE4: Spear-shaped crystals on matrix. They are dipyramidal with absent prismatic faces, and are bright with an intense green color due to inclusions, probably Actinolite and/or Hedenbergite.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.6 × 4.2 cm = 2.9 × 2.2 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.6 × 0.6

Quartz (variety prase). Quartz (variety prase).
Quartz (variety prase) with Calcite-Dolomite
Quartz (variety prase) with Calcite-Dolomite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety prase) with Calcite-Dolomite. Side
Side

EH37AA5: Quartz crystals with very well defined polycrystalline surfaces, with the typical spindled shape of a lot of the samples from this locality and with a rosette of thin-tabular Calcite-Dolomite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 8 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 3.1 × 1.7 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 7 × 2.5 cm = 2.8 × 1.0

Hematite

EB37AA8: Complete floater aggregate, almost spherical and rosette shaped (we could name it an iron rose if Alpine). The crystals of the aggregate are thin laminar and very bright.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3.4 × 2.4 cm = 1.3 × 1.3 × 0.9

Hematite. Front
Front
Hematite. Rear
Rear
Hedenbergite with Quartz
Hedenbergite with Quartz. Front
Front
Hedenbergite with Quartz. Rear
Rear

EA27T8: A novelty at Munich 2011. Elongated crystal of Hedenbergite with parallel growths, of slightly fibrous aspect, grayish green color and silky luster. It is crowned by a group of Quartz crystals.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2011 Munich Show in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 102, page 21 and also in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 260 in number 2011/4
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 4.6 × 5.1 cm = 4.2 × 1.8 × 2.0

Hedenbergite with Quartz and Calcite

MF97W5: Parallel growth of Hedenbergite crystals with perfect termination. The prismatic faces have a slightly fibrous aspect, grayish-green color and silky luster. They are partially coated on their base by crystals of Quartz and small crystals of Calcite.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2010)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 6.2 × 4.5 cm = 4.9 × 2.4 × 1.8

Hedenbergite with Quartz and Calcite. Front
Front
Hedenbergite with Quartz and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Scheelite with Molybdenite inclusions and Quartz
Scheelite with Molybdenite inclusions and Quartz. Front
Front
Scheelite with Molybdenite inclusions and Quartz. Side
Side

TE90Z0: Dipyramidal Scheelite crystal with very well defined faces and edges and on a matrix of Quartz crystals. It is translucent, with a light bluish color, very bright and has notable Molybdenite inclusions that give it a kind of different fluorescence. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.4 × 4.4 cm = 2.2 × 2.1 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 4.2 cm = 2.2 × 1.7

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Scheelite with Molybdenite inclusions, Calcite, Siderite and Chlorite

TR70Z7: Dipyramida Scheelite crystal, richer in faces than usual and with very well defined faces and edges. It has a light bluish color, is translucent, bright and has notable Molybdenite inclusions that give it a kind of different fluorescence. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 4.7 × 4.1 cm = 3.6 × 1.9 × 1.6

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Scheelite with Molybdenite inclusions, Calcite, Siderite and Chlorite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Molybdenite inclusions, Calcite, Siderite and Chlorite. Side
Side
Phenakite with Fluorite and Orthoclase (adularia)
Phenakite with Fluorite and Orthoclase (adularia). Front
Front
Phenakite with Fluorite and Orthoclase (adularia). Side
Side
Phenakite with Fluorite and Orthoclase (adularia).

MA94X1: A novelty at Munich 2012. Phenakite is a new species for Huanggang, or at least it was not previously referenced, and we must add it to the already long list of species from this mine. The elongated Phenakite crystals that coat the entire sample are very small but show very well defined faces and edges. They are transparent and intensely bright. They are with sharp octahedral crystals of Fluorite with smaller faces of the cube. These crystals are translucent, with a very deep marine blue color and very well marked phantom growths. There are also some isolated crystals of Orthoclase (adularia variety). Well send a copy of the analysis of the Phenakite and the Orthoclase.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2012 Munich Show of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 24 of number 1/2013
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 6.7 × 4.3 cm = 3.3 × 2.6 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.1 cm = 0.2 × 0.0


Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (excl. Huanggang)

Quartz (variety scepter) with Hematite (variety iron rose)

ER90AE8: A novelty at Tucson 2017. Aggregate of Quartz crystals with a very well defined scepter terminal growth and a rosette aggregate (iron-rose variety) of thin laminar Hematite crystals. Those crystals have been analyzed and well send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. Due their similarity the samples from this mine can be easily confused with those from the Huanggang mines.
East Ujimqin Banner (Dongwu Qi), Xilin Gol League (Xilinguole Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8.3 × 4.8 cm = 4.5 × 3.3 × 1.9

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Quartz (variety scepter) with Hematite (variety iron rose). Front
Front
Quartz (variety scepter) with Hematite (variety iron rose). Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety scepter) with Hematite (variety iron rose).
Quartz with Hematite (variety iron rose)
Quartz with Hematite (variety iron rose). Front
Front
Quartz with Hematite (variety iron rose). Rear
Rear
Quartz with Hematite (variety iron rose).

TA27AE8: A novelty at Tucson 2017. A single clear Quartz crystal with pinkish areas due to Hematite staining. It is partially coated by rosettes (iron-rose variety) of thin laminar Hematite crystals. Those crystals have been analyzed and well send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. Due their similarity the samples from this mine can be easily confused with those from the Huanggang mines.
East Ujimqin Banner (Dongwu Qi), Xilin Gol League (Xilinguole Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 14.2 × 3.5 × 2 cm = 5.6 × 1.4 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Rhodonite with Magnetite and manganoan Tremolite

MR38W9: Floater fanlike growth of very large crystals of Rhodonite, one of them clearly dominant, with groups of Magnetite crystals and small brown crystals of manganoan Tremolite. The sample has been adequately analyzed and well send a copy to the buyer of both analysis, the Rhodonite and the manganoan Tremolite.
This Rhodonite has been referenced in Mineral Up 2012-2 (page 48, figure 73)
Chaobuleng Mine, East Ujimqin Banner (Dongwu Qi), Xilin Gol League (Xilinguole Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 2 cm = 2.4 × 1.5 × 0.8

Rhodonite with Magnetite and manganoan Tremolite. Front
Front
Rhodonite with Magnetite and manganoan Tremolite. Rear
Rear
Rhodonite
Rhodonite. Rhodonite.

EX17V0: Aggregate on matrix of extremely sharp and flattened prismatic crystals. They have a clear salmon-pink color. One of the nice surprises offered by the mineralogy of Inner Mongolia in the past year 2011.
This specimen was photographed for the Mineralientage Mnchen 2011 section of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 18 of number 1/2012 and also in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 260 in number 2011/4
Chaobuleng Mine, East Ujimqin Banner (Dongwu Qi), Xilin Gol League (Xilinguole Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 6.8 × 4.7 cm = 2.9 × 2.7 × 1.9

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4 × 0.2

Borcarite with Cahnite

EM90Y3: Very aerial group of sharp and very well defined crystals of Borcarite, a rare borate-carbonate. They have a very uniform green color and are partially coated by small crystals, between colorless and white, of Cahnite, an arsenate also considered as very rare.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (2011)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 1.0 × 0.7 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1 cm = 0.6 × 0.4

Borcarite with Cahnite. Front
Front
Borcarite with Cahnite. Side
Side
Borcarite with Cahnite. Side
Side

Olshanskyite

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Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena
Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena. Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena.

ED96AB8: Aggregates of Olshanskyite crystals that are white and transparent, with a silky luster and on matrix, with Wurtzite, Andradite and Galena. The Olshanskyite crystals from Shijiangshan, that can be considered among the best in the world, have been carefully analyzed to avoid possible confusion with other similar calcium borates. The results of the first Raman analyses were not coincident with the previously published data, so their study has been supplemented with thermal and XRD analyses, whose results are coincident with those of the type samples. For further information you can use the link at the top of this section.
All of the Olshanskyite samples we obtained in 2014 are published here and we havent had any more notices about new finds.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (2014)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.7 × 3.1 cm = 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.6 × 0.1

Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena

EC48AB8: Aggregates of Olshanskyite crystals that are white and translucent, with a silky luster and on matrix, with Wurtzite, Andradite and Galena. The Olshanskyite crystals from Shijiangshan, that can be considered among the best in the world, have been carefully analyzed to avoid possible confusion with other similar calcium borates. The results of the first Raman analyses were not coincident with the previously published data, so their study has been supplemented with thermal and XRD analyses, whose results are coincident with those of the type samples. For further information you can use the link at the top of this section.
All of the Olshanskyite samples we obtained in 2014 are published here and we havent had any more notices about new finds.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (2014)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.3 × 2.4 cm = 1.9 × 1.3 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.3 cm = 0.5 × 0.1

Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena. Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena.
Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena
Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena. Olshanskyite with Andradite, Wurtzite and Galena.

EM74AB8: Aggregates of Olshanskyite crystals that are white and transparent, with a silky luster and on matrix, with Wurtzite, Andradite and Galena. The Olshanskyite crystals from Shijiangshan, that can be considered among the best in the world, have been carefully analyzed to avoid possible confusion with other similar calcium borates. The results of the first Raman analyses were not coincident with the previously published data, so their study has been supplemented with thermal and XRD analyses, whose results are coincident with those of the type samples. For further information you can use the link at the top of this section.
All of the Olshanskyite samples we obtained in 2014 are published here and we havent had any more notices about new finds.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 66 in number 2015/1
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (2014)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 10 × 5.7 cm = 4.1 × 3.9 × 2.2

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.4 cm = 0.8 × 0.2

Olshanskyite

EP67AF7: The Olshanskyite from the Shijiangshan Mine was previously well-known for its quality, largely overtaking the best known to date for the species. But a very recent find has raised the roof of quality to unforeseen levels. From this new find we had the opportunity to select from the best samples found. They are aggregates with crystals, some of them very elongated and very well differentiated, clear, colorless and extraordinarily bright, with very sharp crystalline forms. The great quality of the pieces offered here, due their neat shape, the beauty of the aggregates and the crystal size, make them deserving to be in the best private and museum collections.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (04/2017)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3 × 3.1 cm = 1.7 × 1.2 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.4 cm = 0.5 × 0.2

Olshanskyite. Olshanskyite.
Olshanskyite
Olshanskyite. Olshanskyite.

EC97AF7: The Olshanskyite from the Shijiangshan Mine was previously well-known for its quality, largely overtaking the best known to date for the species. But a very recent find has raised the roof of quality to unforeseen levels. From this new find we had the opportunity to select from the best samples found. They are aggregates with crystals, some of them very elongated and very well differentiated, clear, colorless and extraordinarily bright, with very sharp crystalline forms. The great quality of the pieces offered here, due their neat shape, the beauty of the aggregates and the crystal size, make them deserving to be in the best private and museum collections.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (04/2017)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.6 × 2.2 cm = 2.4 × 1.8 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.4 × 0.1

Olshanskyite

EQ98AF7: The Olshanskyite from the Shijiangshan Mine was previously well-known for its quality, largely overtaking the best known to date for the species. But a very recent find has raised the roof of quality to unforeseen levels. From this new find we had the opportunity to select from the best samples found. They are aggregates with crystals, some of them very elongated and very well differentiated, clear, colorless and extraordinarily bright, with very sharp crystalline forms. The great quality of the pieces offered here, due their neat shape, the beauty of the aggregates and the crystal size, make them deserving to be in the best private and museum collections.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (04/2017)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.8 × 2.7 cm = 2.7 × 1.9 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.5 × 0.2

Olshanskyite. Olshanskyite.
Olshanskyite
Olshanskyite. Olshanskyite.

EN69AF7: The Olshanskyite from the Shijiangshan Mine was previously well-known for its quality, largely overtaking the best known to date for the species. But a very recent find has raised the roof of quality to unforeseen levels. From this new find we had the opportunity to select from the best samples found. They are aggregates with crystals, some of them very elongated and very well differentiated, clear, colorless and extraordinarily bright, with very sharp crystalline forms. The great quality of the pieces offered here, due their neat shape, the beauty of the aggregates and the crystal size, make them deserving to be in the best private and museum collections.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (04/2017)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 5.8 × 3.4 cm = 3.3 × 2.3 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.3 cm = 0.5 × 0.1


Pentahydroborite

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Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite

EV46AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show, and from a mine unknown until now. Very sharp colorless tabular crystals, transparent and on matrix, with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite. Among the highest quality for the species. The samples have been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Records web page, in the Whats New in the Mineral World? section, report #38, July 19, 2014 edition, and it was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2014 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine Le Rgne Minral number 118, page 45
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (2014)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.7 × 2.7 cm = 2.4 × 1.5 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1 × 0.1

Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite. Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite.
Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite
Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite. Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite.

ER91AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show, and from a mine unknown until now. Very sharp colorless tabular crystals, transparent, very bright and on matrix, with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite. Among the highest quality for the species. The samples have been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 66 in number 2015/1
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (2014)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 6.7 × 3.5 cm = 2.9 × 2.6 × 1.4

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2 × 0.1

Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite

EQ72AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show, and from a mine unknown until now. Very sharp colorless tabular crystals, transparent, veryy bright and on matrix, with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite. Among the highest quality for the species. The samples have been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen was photographed for the Ste.-Marie-aux-Mines 2014 section of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 20 of number 5/2014
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (2014)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 5.8 × 6.8 cm = 4.1 × 2.3 × 2.7

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.2 × 0.1

Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite. Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite.
Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite
Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite. Pentahydroborite with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite.

ET99AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show, and from a mine unknown until now. Very sharp colorless tabular crystals, transparent, very bright and on matrix, with Andradite, Galena and Wurtzite. Among the highest quality for the species. The samples have been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (2014)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 3.8 × 4.2 cm = 2.8 × 1.5 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2 × 0.2


Scheelite

Scheelite on Mica

EY38G7: Bipyramidal crystal of a good development of faces and edges, standing on a Mica matrix. Color, brightness and transparency are magnificent giving to the sample a special intensity.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 4.1 × 2.9 cm = 3.0 × 1.6 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2 cm = 1.0 × 0.8

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Scheelite on Mica. Front
Front
Scheelite on Mica. Side
Side
Scheelite
Scheelite.

BC13: Huge, colorful, extremely brilliant and partially gemmy Scheelite. Recrystallized at the bottom with minor Beryl crystals on the right corner. A color-rich Wolfram dream.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2001)

Specimen size: 8 × 7.5 × 9 cm = 3.1 × 3.0 × 3.5

Fluorescent short UV

Scheelite

TR76W7: Very large dipyramidal crystal with parallel growths, translucent, very bright and with an extraordinarily intense, deep and uniform orange color.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine Mineral Up on page 30 in number 2013/1
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (±2005)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.5 × 4 cm = 3.6 × 3.0 × 1.6

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Scheelite. Front
Front
Scheelite. Light behind
Light behind
Scheelite with Albite and Muscovite
Scheelite with Albite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Albite and Muscovite. Side
Side

MX46N8: Parallel growth of big dipyramidal crystals of Scheelite of excellent color and luster. They are on matrix, with Albite and Muscovite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (09/2008)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 9 × 6.3 cm = 4.4 × 3.5 × 2.5

Main crystal size: 8.8 × 8.2 cm = 3.5 × 3.2

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Doubly terminated Scheelite with Quartz

TG26K0: Multiple growth of large, acute dipyramidal crystals with very well defined faces and edges and excellent color, very deep. On the sample there is also a colorless transparent crystal of Quartz. A great specimen!
Shuijing, Huya, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang, Sichuan  China (2006)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 8.3 × 7 cm = 3.4 × 3.3 × 2.8

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Doubly terminated Scheelite with Quartz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Scheelite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Scheelite with Quartz. Side
Side

Beryl

Beryl with Mica
Beryl with Mica.

DA48G6: A preciousness! The crystal is complete in all its faces and is divided in two in the front, fusing into a single body. Surface of crystal is irregular, with forms that seem to be dissolution, but it is complete, lustrous and with an inner soft blue and a centered mist of inclusions, visible by reflection. The base is a little matrix of Mica crystals. Its luster is exceptional.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 7.3 × 4 cm = 2.7 × 2.9 × 1.6

Zoned fluorescence short UV

Beryl with Mica

TE47K0: Parallel growth of thick tabular, very clear, crystals in which also appear faces of the pyramid. On the sample there also is a thin coverage of Mica, probably Muscovite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4.2 × 3.6 cm = 1.7 × 1.7 × 1.4

Beryl with Mica. Front
Front
Beryl with Mica. Side
Side
Beryl with Mica. Top
Top
Beryl with Muscovite
Beryl  with Muscovite. Beryl  with Muscovite.

MR51Q6: Complete tabular crystals, one of them clearly dominant and of considerable size for the locality. The crystals, on Muscovite matrix, are very bright and have good transparency and an excellent clear uniform blue color. They are formed by a short prism, a big terminal pinacoid and the faces of three dipyramids, which is relatively infrequent in Beryl.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (08-09/2009)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 7 × 5.4 cm = 2.9 × 2.8 × 2.1

Main crystal size: 6 × 5 cm = 2.4 × 2.0

Beryl with Albite and Muscovite

EQ17H7: Tabular crystal of very well defined faces and edges. It has slight color and it is very transparent. The crystal is esthetically implanted on a matrix of well developed crystals of Albite and Muscovite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.7 × 3.8 cm = 2.8 × 2.6 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3 cm = 1.4 × 1.2

Beryl crystal's corner lines fluorescent short UV

Beryl with Albite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Beryl with Albite and Muscovite. Top
Top
Beryl with Cassiterite
Beryl with Cassiterite. Front
Front
Beryl with Cassiterite. Top
Top

JY87G1: Two tabular crystals of Beryl, bright, clear and slightly bluish in an unusual association with twinned crystals of Cassiterite.
The sample is from an accredited collection. With this specimen we will send to the buyer the original label of the collection.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.7 × 3 cm = 2.4 × 1.5 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.7 cm = 1.5 × 1.5

Beryl with Tourmaline

CG37: Sharp flat pale blue Beryl crystals including black Tourmaline crystals. Everything well placed on the matrix and associated with Mica. The luster of the Beryl crystal is great, the whole specimen is especially attractive.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (04/02)

Specimen size: 7 × 6 × 3.2 cm = 2.8 × 2.4 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.4 × 0.9 cm = 1.2 × 0.9 × 0.4

Beryl with Tourmaline.
Beryl with Tourmaline.

Cassiterite

Cassiterite with Mica
Cassiterite with Mica.
Cassiterite with Mica.

AQ96D4: The crystals are not that big but the luster in incredible! The Mica is also nice, and the Cassiterite crystal's form is excellent.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7 × 3 cm = 3.4 × 2.8 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.8 cm = 0.6 × 0.3

Cassiterite with Muscovite

MA48X8: Single twinned Cassiterite crystal with very well defined faces and edges. It is very bright, has vivid brown transparency and its matrix is an aggregate of leafy Muscovite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2012)

Specimen size: 10 × 6.7 × 4.2 cm = 3.9 × 2.6 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2 cm = 1.0 × 0.8

Cassiterite with Muscovite. Cassiterite with Muscovite.
Cassiterite on Quartz
Cassiterite on Quartz.

TD90C1: The crystal size and habit is bigger and better than usual for the regular Chinese Cassiterite material. But the real attraction is its transparency. Although it is not very visible due to the Quartz matrix, with the use of a strong light we can appreciate that the crystal is partially gemmy showing a clear brown rather funny phantom at its bottom left corner. Plus the contrast with the white Quartz matrix increase the beauty of the specimen.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (1998)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.2 × 1.7 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 4 cm = 1.8 × 1.6

Cassiterite with Mica and Fluorite

TT67H3: Well-defined and esthetic group of twinned crystals of Cassiterite on a matrix of crystallized Muscovite. On one side of the Cassiterite is a crystallization of Fluorite (fluorescent under UV light) which is very uncommon for the locality.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.5 × 4 cm = 2.9 × 2.2 × 1.6

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV

Cassiterite with Mica and Fluorite. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Mica and Fluorite. Side
Side
Cassiterite with Mica and Fluorite.

Ksterite

Ksterite and Mushistonite
Ksterite and Mushistonite.

EK88E6: In this specimen the crystals of the very rare mineral Ksterite are on a small Mica matrix, that you can only see when you look at the back of it. The Ksterite has very good crystal definition and the Mushistonite, that forms a thin film on the Ksterite, give it a very neat color.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.9 × 1.5 cm = 0.8 × 0.7 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3 × 0.3

Ksterite and Mushistonite with Beryl

DD26E2: I have never seen Ksterite on Beryl before. In this specimen one has a mixture of rarity (until recently crystallized Ksterite was un-heard of) with beauty. The thin coating of Mushistonite that covers the Ksterite adds some green to the theme, and the Mica on the base completes the whole. A beautiful rarity!
As is usual we will give the purchaser a copy of the analysis of the specimen.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6 × 4.5 cm = 2.7 × 2.4 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Ksterite and Mushistonite with Beryl.
Ksterite and Mushistonite with Beryl.
Ksterite with Mushistonite, Quartz, Beryl and Calcite
Ksterite with Mushistonite, Quartz, Beryl and Calcite.
Ksterite with Mushistonite, Quartz, Beryl and Calcite.

TY87N0: Very big octahedral crystal of Ksterite. It is sharp, of very well defined faces and edges, partially coated (pseudomorphed) by Mushistonite and, lately, by Malachite (that has been analyzed) and on a matrix with Quartz crystals. An exceptional piece.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (05-06/2008)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 7.4 × 3.6 cm = 4.0 × 2.9 × 1.4

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.8 cm = 0.8 × 0.7


Calcite

Calcite

MR86E0: An unusual Calcite whose form reminds one of a stalactite but whose crystals are transparent, not cloudy, well defined, richly endowed with multiple faces, and quite large. It is very pleasant and decorative at the same time.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 479.
Wenshan area, Yunnan  China (2003)

Specimen size: 7 × 5 × 5 cm = 2.8 × 2.0 × 2.0

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.4 cm = 0.7 × 0.6

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear
Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Top
Top

TT37K3: A curious crystalline growth that looks like a cup. The translucent crystal progressively increases its width from its base and at its termination it formed a very pronounced and deep hollow.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 386.

Wenshan area, Yunnan  China (2006)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.3 × 3.8 cm = 2.4 × 1.7 × 1.5

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite

TR49W8: Curious parallel growth of packed crystals of Calcite on a first generation of yellowish crystals of the same mineral. The crystals are geometrically very well defined and have deeply hollowed. Those late crystals are very bright, colorless and between transparent and translucent.
Wenshan area, Yunnan  China (28/11/2010)

Specimen size: 15.5 × 13 × 9.5 cm = 6.1 × 5.1 × 3.7

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.4 × 0.9

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Top
Top
Calcite.
Calcite with inclusions
Calcite with inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with inclusions. Side
Side
Calcite with inclusions. Top
Top

TB50AE9: Floater aggregate of two thick tabular Calcite crystals with clear and very bright prismatic faces and a greatly flattened terminal rhombohedron, transparent in the interior and whitish and translucent on their borders. We especially note the unusual crystalline morphology of the sample, but typical for this locality.
Lishui Prefecture, Zhejiang Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.7 × 4.2 cm = 2.0 × 1.9 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 4 cm = 1.7 × 1.6

Minor fluorescence short UV

Calcite with inclusions

TR31AE9: Floater aggregate of thick tabular Calcite crystals with clear and very bright prismatic faces and a greatly flattened terminal rhombohedron, transparent in the interior and whitish and translucent on their borders. We especially note the unusual crystalline morphology of the sample, but typical for this locality.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Records web page, in the What's New section, report 46, April 14, 2017 edition.
Lishui Prefecture, Zhejiang Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.6 × 1.7 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 2.8 cm = 1.3 × 1.1

Minor fluorescence long UV

Calcite with inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with inclusions. Side
Side
Calcite with inclusions.
Calcite
Calcite.

T46EA0: Calcite twin, the tips are perfect both at the front and the back. It is well positioned on the matrix.
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (1997)

Specimen size: 3 × 3.5 cm = 1.2 × 1.4

Calcite with inclusions

MC36E2: A really very unusual spray of crystals of Calcite that have good brilliance and are partially colored by red oxides. The specimen is a floater with a re-crystallized base. Not just esthetic, it is also different from the others we have seen.
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2000)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.2 × 1.8 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1 cm = 1.0 × 0.4

Calcite with inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with inclusions. Rear
Rear
Twinned Calcite
Twinned Calcite.

TE56L0: An interesting novelty of Tucson 2008. A nice twin of two short Calcite crystals. Prism faces are totally clear and transparent. Pinacoidal terminations are translucent. To increase its beauty the specimen has a small matrix. Excellent miniature.
Wuzhou Mine, Guangxi  China (10/2007)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.1 × 1.1 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.0 × 0.9

Calcite

TF96W7: Very acute scalenohedral crystal with very well marked parallel growths. It is very bright and has tones between yellow and orange due to limonite inclusions.
Chanhua, Zhejiang  China

Specimen size: 11.5 × 5.2 × 5.5 cm = 4.5 × 2.0 × 2.2

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Calcite.

Fluorite

Fluorite with inclusions and Calcite
Fluorite with inclusions and Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with inclusions and Calcite. Side
Side

TQ37Z3: Group of very transparent equant cubic Fluorite crystals with a clear and uniform green color, with inclusions on their phantom surfaces and on matrix, with small Calcite crystals.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2012)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 4.7 × 3.9 cm = 3.4 × 1.9 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 0.7 × 0.7

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorite

MG46G8: An esthetic group of transparent cubic crystals, very bright and with a beautiful and vivid green color. The piece will enhance any collection due to its beauty.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 11 × 8.6 × 5.5 cm = 4.3 × 3.4 × 2.2

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.2 × 1.0

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz.

EK16I1: A beautiful miniature, of excellent esthetics due to the matrix of Quartz crystals and the luster and shape of the Fluorite crystal, but it is also mineralogically interesting for the extreme definition of the color zones in the cube, with a strong concentration of deep violet near the edges and the clear blue on corners and at the center which permit seeing the white inclusions in the crystal.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.4 × 1.0 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.6 × 0.5

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorite with Muscovite

DF64F9: The picture doesnt reflect clearly the transparency of the cubic crystals, which allow one to observe the micaceous matrix through them. The architecture of the piece is especially handsome and the color is intense.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.4 × 3.4 cm = 2.0 × 1.3 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.1 × 0.9

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite with Muscovite.
Fluorite with inclusions
Fluorite with inclusions. Front
Front
Fluorite with inclusions. Side
Side
Fluorite with inclusions.

TH48K9: Group of cubic crystals with well defined faces and very sharp edges, good brilliance and transparency. It is very aesthetic by the irregular distribution of the color and the presence of several inclusions.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 6.9 × 5 cm = 4.4 × 2.7 × 2.0

Main crystal size: 5 × 4.7 cm = 2.0 × 1.9

Fluorite with Quartz, Arsenopyrite and Muscovite

EX96K9: Cuboctahedron crystal with well defined faces and edges. Really good transparency and excellent and very uniform green color. With minor Quartz matrix.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5 × 5.1 cm = 2.2 × 2.0 × 2.0

Main crystal size: 5.1 × 4.6 cm = 2.0 × 1.8

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite with Quartz, Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz, Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz, Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite. Rear
Rear

TQ76N9: Group of cube-octahedral crystals, with secondary growth on the faces of the octahedron. They are transparent, very deep blue with color zoning and with small crystals of Calcite.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 1.5 × 1.2 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.4 cm = 0.9 × 0.9

Fluorite

TX17N9: Group of cube-octahedral crystals, with polysynthetic growths on the faces of the octahedron. They are transparent, with a very deep lilac zoning.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4 × 3.6 cm = 2.3 × 1.6 × 1.4

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.7 cm = 1.5 × 1.5

Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite. Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite.

TT37X3: Fluorite crystal showing the faces of the dodecahedron and the cube. It is implanted on a matrix of Quartz crystals, with a small cubic Pyrite crystal and a yellowish lenticular crystal of Calcite. The Fluorite is translucent, with a clear blue color with a very well marked change of shade on the cube faces that are deep violet. The dodecahedral faces have echeloned polycrystalline growths.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5 × 3.8 cm = 2.6 × 2.0 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.6 cm = 1.1 × 1.0

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorite

DX86E4: Such intense color, it is so transparent, and has such a regular form as you can see in the photo. Yes, one that is as good is it appears to be!
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.7 × 4.5 cm = 2.4 × 1.9 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.8 cm = 0.9 × 0.7

Fluorite.
Fluorite
Fluorite.

ME6C2: Nice contrast between the gemmy green Fluorite and the white Carbonates outside and inside the Fluorite.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2001)

Specimen size: 7 × 6 × 2.8 cm = 2.8 × 2.4 × 1.1

Octahedral Fluorite on Orthoclase and Spessartine

HM96G0: Octahedral crystals, very sharp and of bigger size than usual for the locality. Matrix is a group of Orthoclase crystals sprinkled by little Spessartine crystals, clear, bright and with a nice color.
Yunling, Zhangzhou, Fujian  China (2003)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.6 × 2.0 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.8 cm = 0.9 × 0.7

Extremely fluorescent short UV

Octahedral Fluorite on Orthoclase and Spessartine.
Octahedral Fluorite on Orthoclase and Spessartine.
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite and smoky Quartz
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite and smoky Quartz. Octahedral Fluorite with Albite and smoky Quartz.

TM98Q8: Group on matrix composed of two sharp transparent octahedral crystals, very bright and with geometrical zoned color, between violet and very deep inky blue. The best possible quality for the locality.
Yunling, Zhangzhou, Fujian  China (2009)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.8 × 1.8 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 0.9 × 0.9

Fluorite with Calcite, Pyrite and Siderite

MV47J3: Magnificent group of cubic crystals with echeloned growths on the edges. It is very bright, transparent and has an extraordinary color, between deep blue and deep green. On the sample, with micro-crystals of Pyrite there also are small groups of very acute crystals of Calcite and small crystals of Siderite.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 198.
Chongyi, Ganzhou, Jiangxi  China (2006)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 8.7 × 4 cm = 3.7 × 3.4 × 1.6

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 4.2 cm = 1.9 × 1.7

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite with Calcite, Pyrite and Siderite. Fluorite with Calcite, Pyrite and Siderite.
Fluorite with Quartz, Galena and Baryte
Fluorite with Quartz, Galena and Baryte. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz, Galena and Baryte. Side
Side

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TM64Z0: Aggregate of Fluorite crystals consisting of smooth cube faces and the clearly dominant octahedron with polycrystalline surfaces. The crystals are very large, very bright, have an intense, deep and uniform green color and are on matrix, with cubic Galena crystals, Quartz crystals and small white platy Baryte crystals.
Piaotang Mine, Dayu, Jiangxi  China (2005)

Specimen size: 16 × 12.8 × 9.7 cm = 6.3 × 5.0 × 3.8

Main crystal size: 10.5 × 8 cm = 4.1 × 3.1

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite

MF46I1: These esthetic and curious globular crystallizations are similar to those discovered at Myanmar some years ago, but they have better quality due both to their size and color. The specimen is from a new find at a locality in Inner Mongolia, unknown until now as producer of mineral specimens.
This specimen was photographed for the whats new at Munich 2006 section of the magazine Mineralien Welt and appears on page 9 of number 1/2007.
Guxian, Minggang, Shihe, Xinyang, Henan  China (2006)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 7.3 × 4.1 cm = 3.2 × 2.9 × 1.6

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorite.
Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.

EM91AE2: Very esthetic globular Fluorites similar to those discovered at Myanmar some years ago, but this fine piece is better because of its size and the quality of its blue color, crossed by curious white star-like forms, and because it is on matrix.
Guxian, Minggang, Shihe District, Xinyang Prefecture, Henan Province  China

Specimen size: 10.7 × 7.8 × 4.5 cm = 4.2 × 3.1 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 3.6 cm = 1.5 × 1.4

Minor fluorescence short UV

Fluorite

MD89I1: These esthetic and curious globular crystallizations are similar to those discovered at Myanmar some years ago, but they have better quality due both to their size and color and because they are on matrix.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 245.
Guxian, Minggang, Shihe, Xinyang, Henan  China (2006)

Specimen size: 17.5 × 9.5 × 6.5 cm = 6.9 × 3.7 × 2.6

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorite.
Fluorite.
Fluorite with Beryl, Scheelite and Muscovite
Fluorite with Beryl, Scheelite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Beryl, Scheelite and Muscovite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Beryl, Scheelite and Muscovite. Top
Top
Fluorite with Beryl, Scheelite and Muscovite. Rear
Rear

TT93M2: Group of cubic colorless Fluorite crystals showing a good transparency and accompanied by Beryl (Goshenite), Muscovite and a group of dipyramidal Scheelite crystals. This association is extraordinary, I have never before seen a Fluorite from this locality of this quality and associated with Beryl and Scheelite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2008)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.3 × 4.3 cm = 2.4 × 2.1 × 1.7

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.1 × 0.8

Octahedral Fluorite

AR98D5: Huge octahedron standing upright on the Quartz Matrix. Very impressive for its color and size. In fact very similar to the Fluorite from the Wise Mine (USA). The color is probably darker in this Chinese one, but the sharpness and the size...
Ruyuan Fluorite Mine, Ruyuan, Shaoguan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China

Specimen size: 9.5 × 8.5 × 6.7 cm = 3.7 × 3.3 × 2.6

Main crystal size: 8 × 7 cm = 3.1 × 2.8

Fluorescent long UV

Octahedral Fluorite.
Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Baryte.

EH47AE8: Elongated cluster of cubic Fluorite crystals that have translucent, with intense violet color, even more saturated on the edges, and are partially coated by Baryte. They growth around a Stibnite crystal that is partially visible by transparence.
Weishan, Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2016)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 2 × 2 cm = 2.2 × 0.8 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4 × 0.4

Fluorite with Baryte

EA98AE8: Elongated cluster of cubic Fluorite crystals that are translucent, with lilac color on their faces and strongly saturated violet color on the edges, and are partially coated by Baryte and small scalenohedral Calcite crystals. They growth around a Stibnite crystal that is partially visible by transparence.
Weishan, Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2016)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 2.1 × 1.7 cm = 4.6 × 0.8 × 0.7

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.4 × 0.4

Fluorite with Baryte. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Baryte.

Spessartine

Spessartine on Feldspar
Spessartine on Feldspar.

MP96T6: Group of trapezohedral crystals of Spessartine, bright, transparent and with a very intense color. They are coating a group of Orthoclase crystals. The lack of some crystals at the top is probably due to a contact, not damage.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.9 × 2 cm = 1.8 × 1.5 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1 × 0.1

Spessartine with smoky Quartz

MR46V1: Trapezohedral crystals of Spessartine, very bright, transparent and with a vivid orange color. They are on matrix partially coating crystals of smoky Quartz and Orthoclase crystals. We especially note the inclusion of a complete crystal of Spessartine in the dominant Quartz crystal.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5 × 4.1 cm = 2.2 × 2.0 × 1.6

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Spessartine with smoky Quartz. Spessartine with smoky Quartz.
Spessartine with smoky Quartz
Spessartine with smoky Quartz.

EX26I1: Crystals are trapezohedrons and they are transparent and have extraordinary luster and color. The specimen is very esthetic because Spessartine covers a group of Quartz crystals whose terminations appear in some points.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.2 × 1.4 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.3 × 0.3

Spessartine with smoky Quartz

TR26AA3: Smoky Quartz crystal partially coated by trapezohedral Spessartine crystals that are very transparent, bright and with a very attractive honey color. We note that good samples from this mine are increasingly difficult to obtain.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China

Specimen size: 6.7 × 1.5 × 1.6 cm = 2.6 × 0.6 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.1 × 0.1

Spessartine with smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Spessartine with smoky Quartz. Rear
Rear
Spessartine
Spessartine. Spessartine.

HA97F4: The sample is very rich in trapezohedral crystals, which have excellent color, brilliance and definition, on a matrix of white Feldspar. It is powerful.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 8 × 4.5 cm = 3.8 × 3.1 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.2 cm = 0.5 × 0.5

Spessartine with smoky Quartz and Clinochlore

DB46E2: Very well defined crystals of Spessartine that are transparent and have lots of color. Smoky Quartz with good color and intense brilliance. Dotted across the matrix are groups of leafy crystals of Clinochlore. And all that is on a fine matrix, so it is a light specimen.
It was photographed for the whats new at St Marie 2004 section of the magazine Minraux et Fossiles and appears on page 35 of number 331.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 10 × 5.5 × 3.2 cm = 3.9 × 2.2 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Spessartine with smoky Quartz and Clinochlore.
Spessartine with smoky Quartz and Feldspar
Spessartine with smoky Quartz and Feldspar.
Spessartine with smoky Quartz and Feldspar.
Spessartine with smoky Quartz and Feldspar

TM46N8: Groups and isolated crystals of Spessartine with very marked trapezohedral forms. On Feldspar matrix (probable partially kaolinized Orthoclase) and with smoky Quartz crystals.
The sample is from the Dr. Marvin D. Rausch collection whose label we'll send to the buyer with another two labels.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (02/1999)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 7.8 × 3.5 cm = 3.8 × 3.1 × 1.4

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.3 × 0.3

Spessartine with smoky Quartz

EA89I2: Numerous trapezohedral crystals, very transparent and of a magnificent honey color covering a group of smoky Quartz crystals. It has an added curiosity, in one of the corners of the sample there is a small but transparent and well formed octahedral crystal of green Fluorite, very bright.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 9.6 × 5.5 cm = 4.1 × 3.8 × 2.2

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Spessartine with smoky Quartz.
Spessartine with smoky Quartz.
Spessartine with smoky Quartz.

Daye mining area

Inesite on Quartz
Inesite on Quartz. Front
Front
Inesite on Quartz. Rear
Rear

MZ96H3: An esthetic double group of acicular crystals forming open fans, on a Quartz crystal.
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.2 × 2.4 cm = 1.4 × 1.3 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.2 cm = 1.6 × 0.9

Quartz (variety amethyst)

MF96: Single crystal, recrystallized at the bottom, of brilliant amethyst with a nice deeply colored phantom inside. Its rear is covered by minor orange Fluorapophyllite-(K). We will provide a copy of the analysis of it to the customer.
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 5 × 4 cm = 3.6 × 2.0 × 1.6

Quartz (variety amethyst).
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear

TZ66Z2: A novelty at Tucson 2014. Aggregate of extraordinarily elongated Chalcocite crystals and coralloid growths completely coated by iridescent Chalcopyrite, with dominant blue and violet shades. By recent reports, it seems that in some cases the Chalcocite crystals are partially replaced by Djurleite.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Records web page, in the Whats New in the Mineral World? section, report #37, April 14, 2014 edition.

Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 1.9 × 1.4 cm = 1.7 × 0.7 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 0.2 cm = 1.5 × 0.1

Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite

TB96Z2: A novelty at Tucson 2014. Aggregate of extraordinarily elongated Chalcocite crystals completely coated by iridescent Chalcopyrite, with dominant violet and golden yellow shades. By recent reports, it seems that in some cases the Chalcocite crystals are partially replaced by Djurleite.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.6 × 2.8 cm = 1.8 × 1.4 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 0.4 cm = 1.7 × 0.2

Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear

TX96Z2: A novelty at Tucson 2014. Aggregate of elongated Chalcocite crystals with very well defined faces and edges finished with an arborescent growth and completely coated by iridescent Chalcopyrite, with dominant blue shades. By recent reports, it seems that in some cases the Chalcocite crystals are partially replaced by Djurleite.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 1.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.9 × 0.6 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.7 cm = 1.2 × 0.7

Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite

TM36Z2: A novelty at Tucson 2014. Aggregate of extraordinarily elongated Chalcocite crystals completely coated by iridescent Chalcopyrite, with dominant blue shades. By recent reports, it seems that in some cases the Chalcocite crystals are partially replaced by Djurleite.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 2.1 × 0.2 × 0.2

Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear

TY38Z2: A novelty at Tucson 2014. Aggregate of extraordinarily elongated Chalcocite crystals and arborescent growths completely coated by iridescent Chalcopyrite, with dominant blue shades. By recent reports, it seems that in some cases the Chalcocite crystals are partially replaced by Djurleite.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.7 × 3.8 cm = 2.2 × 1.9 × 1.5

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.6 cm = 1.6 × 0.6

Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite

TJ66Z2: A novelty at Tucson 2014. Aggregate of extraordinarily elongated Chalcocite crystals completely coated by iridescent Chalcopyrite, with dominant blue, violet and golden shades. By recent reports, it seems that in some cases the Chalcocite crystals are partially replaced by Djurleite.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine Lapis on page 31, volume 39, number 5, May 2014
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 2.3 × 0.2 × 0.1

Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Chalcocite and Djurleite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear

TX66Z2: A novelty at Tucson 2014. Aggregate of extraordinarily elongated Chalcocite crystals completely coated by iridescent Chalcopyrite, with dominant green and violet shades. By recent reports, it seems that in some cases the Chalcocite crystals are partially replaced by Djurleite.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 2.8 × 0.2 × 0.2


Hubeite

After a long wait the IMA have published Hubeite as a new mineral species (see IMA listing ). This mineral, which has a strong structural resemblance to Manganbabingtonite, is now officially a new member of the mineral family. To celebrate this we have looked through the stock that we have held since the specimens first appeared, awaiting this moment, and are now publishing them. As we have not seen new material for quite a while, we think that these are interesting specimens, especially as they all show good quality.

Hubeite with Inesite

T96DE1: Larger crystals of Hubeite than is typical that completely cover the surface of this floater plate, which also has some Inesite mixed in with the Hubeite and on the back of it. There is a second generation of Hubeite crystals that are smaller and a lighter color. These partially cover the larger, darker crystals
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2001)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 4.7 × 1.3 cm = 3.0 × 1.9 × 0.5

Hubeite with Inesite.
Hubeite with Inesite.
Hubeite with Inesite
Hubeite with Inesite. Front
Front
Hubeite with Inesite. Rear
Rear

T56KE1: This has a large number of crystals of Hubeite that have excellent color and brilliance, along with a little Inesite to add color. A good floater specimen.
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2001)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.5 × 1.7 cm = 2.1 × 1.4 × 0.7


Manganilvaite

These Manganilvaites have a curious history: in the year 2002 we obtained these samples and ignoring what they were then called we analyzed them. The analysis gave as a result that it could be a new species: Manganilvaite, not previously existing. We thought to present them to be approved but we decided not to due to the complexity of the process and the conviction that some other people could be working on them. Sure nough, a little time later Manganilvaite was officially published as new species.
We re-analyzed the samples we have and we can confirm they are Manganilvaite. Now we present them on our Web. A really long way to arrive to this point!
As we normally do in these cases we will send the buyer a copy of the analysis.

Manganilvaite with Quartz, Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Calcite

MR27I5: The specimen is more esthetic than usual for the species. It has a base of Quartz crystals with white rhombohedral crystals of Calcite and a coverage of Fluorapophyllite-(K) and black prismatic crystals of Manganilvaite, small but very well defined. Well send the analysis of the Manganilvaite to the buyer.
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 8.5 × 6.5 cm = 3.6 × 3.3 × 2.6

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.1 × 0.0

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Manganilvaite with Quartz, Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Calcite. Front
Front
Manganilvaite with Quartz, Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Calcite. Side
Side
Manganilvaite with Quartz, Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
Manganilvaite on Fluorapophyllite-(K)
Manganilvaite on Fluorapophyllite-(K).
Manganilvaite on Fluorapophyllite-(K).

AD96H6: Spheroidal groups, very rich of small, black, very bright crystals in oriented growth on a matrix of very sharp, tabular crystals of Fluorapophyllite-(K).
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 10 × 6.2 × 4.5 cm = 3.9 × 2.4 × 1.8


Babingtonite

Munich 2005 offered some samples from China that were offered as Manganbabingtonite. We had doubts about the composition so we did simple analysis and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results leave no doubts: they are really Babingtonite. They are exceptional in size, their association with Prehnite and Quartz and their agreeable esthetics.
Once more, China amazes us with something surpassing the best previously known for a species!

Babingtonite with Prehnite

MB97G5: On Prehnite, a big quantity of small Babingtonite crystals, but one of these crystals is very much bigger, doubly-terminated, bright and very sharp. Well give a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been published in the magazine Lapis on page 24, volume 33, number 6, June 2008.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 2.6 cm = 2.0 × 1.7 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.3 × 0.2

Babingtonite with Prehnite. Babingtonite with Prehnite.
Babingtonite with Prehnite, Quartz and Epidote
Babingtonite with Prehnite, Quartz and Epidote. Front
Front
Babingtonite with Prehnite, Quartz and Epidote. Side
Side
Babingtonite with Prehnite, Quartz and Epidote. Top
Top

EM68K3: Doubly terminated crystal of Babingtonite with very sharp faces and edges and a considerable size. The matrix is a group of small Quartz crystals with spheroidal Prehnite and small crystals of Epidote. Very esthetic.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.7 × 2.7 cm = 2.1 × 1.5 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2 cm = 0.9 × 0.8

Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz

TT94N9: An excellent example with a Babingtonite crystal, quite large for the species. It has very well defined faces and edges with perfect terminations, and, most importantly, they are very bright. It is on a matrix of green botryoidal Prehnite and small crystals of Quartz. A definitive piece.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 6 × 4 × 4.8 cm = 2.4 × 1.6 × 1.9

Main crystal size: 3.2 ×  2.7 cm = 1.3 × 1.1

Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Front
Front
Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Top
Top
Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz
Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Front
Front
Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Top
Top

ED64K6: Group of doubly terminated crystals of Babingtonite. They have a more than considerable size for the species. They are on a matrix of Prehnite with Quartz.
This specimen was photographed for the Sainte-Marie Show 2008 section of the magazine Minraux et Fossiles and appears on page 24 of number 373. We will send the purchaser a copy of the magazine.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.4 × 2.7 cm = 2.5 × 1.7 × 1.1


Sphalerite

In the Kanjianwan mine they found these excellent Sphalerites. They have very well defined crystal forms and are red (a little darker than the ones from Aliva, Spain). They are accompanied by Quartz and Galena so the overall effect is esthetic and competitive.

Sphalerite with Quartz and Galena

DC96H1: The crystal has excellent color and transparency and clearly shows the formation of the Spinel twin, which is defined by the numerous entrant angles. Its centered position on the matrix of Quartz crystals, with darker zones of Galena, is especially esthetic.
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.2 × 3 cm = 3.0 × 2.0 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.2 × 1.0

Sphalerite with Quartz and Galena.
Sphalerite with Quartz
Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.

MH86V1: Complex crystals of Sphalerite, translucent and very bright, with slight curvatures on some of their faces and edges and on a matrix of microcrystalline Quartz.
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 5.5 × 3.1 cm = 3.9 × 2.2 × 1.2

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.1 cm = 0.9 × 0.8

Fluorescence on the matrix (short and long UV)

Sphalerite with Baryte and Quartz

TR96M9: Group of complex crystals of Sphalerite. They are complex, twinned, translucent and have and attractive dark honey color. The matrix is a group of laminar crystals of transparent Baryte covered by small white Quartz crystals. A very esthetic piece.
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 12 × 9.2 × 5 cm = 4.7 × 3.6 × 2.0

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.8 cm = 0.9 × 0.7

Sphalerite with Baryte and Quartz. Sphalerite with Baryte and Quartz.
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz. Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.

EC27R3: Complex crystals of Sphalerite. Transparent, very bright and of a very intense red color. They are on a matrix of the same Sphalerite, partially coated by microcrystalline Quartz and with cuboctahedral crystals of Galena.
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2010)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 5.6 × 4.7 cm = 3.0 × 2.2 × 1.9

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.6 × 0.5

Galena with Sphalerite and Quartz

ED87R3: Cuboctahedral crystals of Galena, very aerial, twinned, with very well defined faces and edges and on a matrix with Sphalerite crystals that are bright, transparent and of an intense red color and partially coated by microcrystals of Quartz.
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2010)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.2 × 4.1 cm = 3.1 × 2.0 × 1.6

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.9 × 0.6

Galena with Sphalerite and Quartz. Galena with Sphalerite and Quartz.

Hbnerite

Ferberite is often found at the Yao-gan-xian mine, so the surprise for us was to find that some of the Wolframites, as Chinese geologists had told us, are not of iron (Ferberite) but of manganese (Hbnerite). They are also very pure (almost all manganese and very little iron).
As we often do with novelties, we will send the client that buys one a copy of our analysis.

Hbnerite
Hbnerite. Front
Front
Hbnerite. Rear
Rear

HE96F3: Doubly terminated crystals, very flat, with well-defined faces and edges, and marked striations along the prism. There are light, but noticeable, hints of red reflections that show its true composition to be Hbnerite.
Level 37, Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou, Hunan  China (2004)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4 × 0.8 cm = 2.6 × 1.6 × 0.3

Main crystal size: 6.7 × 2.3 cm = 2.6 × 0.9

Doubly terminated Hbnerite with Quartz

HB48F3: A powerful group of numerous crystals, most of which are doubly terminated. The striations let one see how each member of the group grew. One can see red reflections from the edges of the crystals.
Level 37, Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou, Hunan  China (2004)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 4.3 × 3 cm = 4.1 × 1.7 × 1.2

Doubly terminated Hbnerite with Quartz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Hbnerite with Quartz. Rear
Rear

Mimetite

During the 2003 Tucson Show the main novelty was, without doubt, the new Chinese Mimetites.
As you can see their quality is exceptional. We selected the more colorful orange ones, leaving from those we saw the more yellowish ones as they are too similar in our opinion of the former Thailand ones. Also we tried to get the more perfect specimens with the nicer and sharper forms.

Mimetite
Mimetite.

PA11D1: Nice isn't it? When I purchased it I wasn't very excited due to its really small size. However given its extremely original form, like a flower that includes the stem on the rear, its luster, and color I decided to offer it on the web looking for a collector of smaller than miniature specimens who is searching for a beauty.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 1 × 1 × 1 cm = 0.4 × 0.4 × 0.4

Mimetite

PT16E2: This one has good color and brilliance. And luminous specimen.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (01/03)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 1.3 × 0.9 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4 × 0.2

Mimetite.
Mimetite
Mimetite. Front
Front
Mimetite. Side
Side

MN50F1: The color and brilliance of this specimen are both great. The central crystal is large and shows exceptional quality, with the pinacoid facing forwards, so that one can easily see the hexagonal symmetry of the prism.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2 × 2.5 cm = 1.0 × 0.8 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.6 × 0.4

Mimetite

PM16N0: Excellent thumbnail with sharp hexagonal crystals on matrix. Their color, very deep, and their luster are extraordinary.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (01/2003)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1.5 × 2 cm = 0.7 × 0.6 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.3 × 0.2

Mimetite.
Mimetite
Mimetite.

EQ89D4: Extremely well colored and very lustrous Mimetite with a huge euhedral crystal at the top of the specimen. Minor matrix on its rear.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (01/03)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.7 × 1.5 cm = 1.1 × 1.1 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.2 cm = 0.5 × 0.5

Mimetite

ER36R5: Group of short prismatic crystals, many of them doubly terminated, of excellent color, between orange and yellow, and very bright. Relatively common just a few years ago, their high quality and their growing scarcity have made them modern-classics.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (01/2003)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.3 × 3.2 cm = 3.7 × 2.1 × 1.3

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2 × 0.2

Mimetite. Mimetite.

Pyromorphite

During 2000 the most important mineral 'explosion' has been the Pyromorphites found in Daoping Mine, China.

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

TA77M0: Curious and esthetic cluster of Pyromorphite formed by multiple crystals which show curved faces and edges. Color is not usual and varies between green and white.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2003)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.6 × 1.5 × 1.1

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.4 × 0.2

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

EF7V0: Aggregate of crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated, with slightly curved faces and edges. They are bright, with deep green color and most of them with yellow color zoning on the tips.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2000)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.1 × 2.5 cm = 2.2 × 2.0 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2 × 0.1

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear

TH67N9: Very aerial group of crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with terminations in pinacoid in some of them and clearly hollow in some others. Their luster and color, very vivid and uniform, are excellent.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2009)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 1.1 × 0.9 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1 cm = 0.7 × 0.4

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

TR69N9: Very aerial group of crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with terminations in pinacoid. Their luster and color, very vivid and uniform, are excellent.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2009)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.4 × 1.0 × 0.8

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.3 × 0.3

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

M70LF2: Among the many good things about this one the color and length of the crystals, some of which are hoppered.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (05/2000)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4 × 2.5 cm = 1.8 × 1.6 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.5 × 0.2

Pyromorphite

EZ92L3: Great specimen with some well defined Pyromorphite crystals and other structures like acicular growths and a complex crystallization in the form of crests. Excellent green color and luster. So, it is a really great specimen.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2007)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.8 × 1.8 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.4 × 0.2

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

EM46J7: One of the notable novelties from Ste. Marie-aux-Mines 2007. Group of prismatic crystals of very well defined faces and edges with skeletal terminations, on matrix. Their color and luster are really extraordinary, but we also especially note their translucency, easily visible under a strong light.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine Rivista Mineralogica Italiana on page 287 in number 2007/4.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2007)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2 × 2.5 cm = 1.4 × 0.8 × 1.0

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.4 × 0.3

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV

Pyromorphite

EA92Z0: Parallel growths of short prismatic hollow crystals. They are very bright and have a very vivid and uniform green color. A sample of great quality.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.7 × 1.1 × 0.9

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4 × 0.4

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear

TR47AC4: Two fanlike aggregates that are translucent and very bright with flat and smooth surfaces, phantom growths and transparent and bright terminal faces with very well defined edges. Very unusual and fine for the locality.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.3 × 1.1 × 0.6

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.4 cm = 1.1 × 0.9

Minor fluorescence short UV


Kermesite

This find represents the best samples ever found of this species. The size, perfect form as well as the cherry red color (when back lit) make them, in our opinion, one of the most significant finds of the last few years. We have selected solid specimens from our stock, so that shipping will not be a problem.

Please note that all this photos was taken with a strong light source at the rear of the specimen, in order to show its deep red color, under normal lighting this is not so visible.

Kermesite

BB42: One of the few pieces with matrix. The matrix is a mix of massive and crystallized Stibnite. The Kermesite is standing free on its small matrix and shows very well its morphology and its transparency (with intense light from the back) due its aerial position. A minor Stibnite crystal is crosses the left corner of the specimen.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 170.
Caiwa Mine, Danfeng, Shangluo Prefecture, Shaanxi Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 3.5 × 2.1 cm = 3.0 × 1.4 × 0.8

Kermesite.
Kermesite with Stibnite
Kermesite with Stibnite. Front
Front
Kermesite with Stibnite. Rear
Rear

BF96K1: Centered group of Kermesite crystals, red and flattened, that forms a fan on a group of prismatic crystals of Stibnite. The specimens of Kermesite from Yizhang, considered among the best known, are very scarce.
Caiwa Mine, Danfeng, Shangluo Prefecture, Shaanxi Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.1 × 1.3 cm = 2.1 × 1.6 × 0.5

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 1 cm = 2.2 × 0.4

Kermesite

BF50J1: Divergent groups of extraordinarily defined crystals. It has an excellent color and comes from the famous find in 2002 and even then they were scarce, and it is very difficult to obtain good samples. The specimen has high quality and it is a perfect representation of the species.
The specimen has been published in the book China, by Berthold Ottens, on page 505.
Caiwa Mine, Danfeng, Shangluo Prefecture, Shaanxi Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 3.1 × 1.9 cm = 3.8 × 1.2 × 0.7

Main crystal size: 8.5 × 0.5 cm = 3.3 × 0.2

Kermesite.
Kermesite
Kermesite. Front
Front
Kermesite. Rear
Rear

BB57L5: Fan-shaped group of very thin prismatic Kermesite crystals whose terminations become near plumose. With very intense reddish reflections. Actually it is very difficult to obtain these quality Kermesite specimens.
Caiwa Mine, Danfeng, Shangluo Prefecture, Shaanxi Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 3 × 0.9 cm = 3.9 × 1.2 × 0.4

Kermesite with Stibnite

BA89J1: Divergent group of extraordinarily defined crystals. It has an excellent color and comes from the famous find in 2002 and even then they were scarce, and it is very difficult to obtain good samples. The specimen has high quality and it is a perfect representation of the species.
Caiwa Mine, Danfeng, Shangluo Prefecture, Shaanxi Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 10.6 × 2.6 × 1.9 cm = 4.2 × 1.0 × 0.7

Main crystal size: 10.6 × 0.4 cm = 4.2 × 0.2

Kermesite with Stibnite. Front
Front
Kermesite with Stibnite. Rear
Rear
Kermesite with Stibnite. Top
Top
Kermesite with Valentinite
Kermesite with Valentinite. Front
Front
Kermesite with Valentinite. Rear
Rear
Kermesite with Valentinite.

BK99K1: Fan-shaped group of red and flattened crystals of Kermesite that has a considerable length. They are partially covered by Valentinite crystals. The specimens of Kermesite from Yizhang, considered among the best known, are very scarce. The Valentinite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the specimen.
Caiwa Mine, Danfeng, Shangluo Prefecture, Shaanxi Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 2.8 × 0.8 cm = 4.5 × 1.1 × 0.3

Main crystal size: 9.5 × 0.4 cm = 3.7 × 0.2



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