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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (formerly curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona) & Jordi Fabre
Alfredo Petrov Translation: Alfredo Petrov
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White


ANHUI PROVINCE

Calcite
Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Fluorescent light (daylight)
Calcite
 

XM2190EPB: Pair of complex Calcite crystals, lustrous and translucent, becoming transparent towards the terminations. It displays interpenetration twins, with very well defined faces and edges and marked striations on some of the faces.
High quality for the locality.
Tongling Prefecture, Anhui Province  China

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.89” × 1.38” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.89” × 0.94”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Azurite with Malachite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TFR69AQ0: Druse of Azurite crystals with sharp crystal forms of lenticular habit, with very good luster and very vivid color reminiscent of some specimens from Milpillas. In matrix, with Malachite growths.
Liufengshan Mine, Guichi District, Chizhou Prefecture, Anhui Province  China

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.5 × 5.2 cm = 2.52” × 2.17” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.35” × 0.28”




Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.
Azurite with Malachite.
Copper with Cuprite
Copper with Cuprite. Front
Front
Copper with Cuprite. Side
Side
Copper with Cuprite.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

ETW74AP3: Arborescent aggregate of native Copper, very aerial, with well defined crystals for the species, with good luster and partially coated by very sharp octahedral Cuprite crystals, lustrous and deep red.
Liufengshan Mine, Guichi District, Chizhou Prefecture, Anhui Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 12.3 × 4.8 cm = 4.49” × 4.84” × 1.89”




Fluorite with Quartz

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TFB76AN9: Group of Fluorite crystals with cubic habit and very well marked, transparent, lustrous polycrystalline growths, with shades between deep blue and violet and with intense geometric color zoning, on a matrix of small Quartz crystals. From a locality not well known for quality fluorites.
Jingbian Mine, Hengbu, Zongyang, Anqing Prefecture, Anhui Province  China

Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.8 × 2.9 cm = 2.32” × 2.28” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2 cm = 0.83” × 0.79”

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV



Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Front with light behind
Front with light behind

FUJIAN PROVINCE

Manganese oxides after Helvine with Spessartine
Manganese oxides after Helvine with Spessartine.
 

TR50V2: Manganese oxides after tetrahedral crystals of Helvine. On a matrix with small crystals of Spessartine that also partially coat the former Helvine. These samples were initially described as the species “Helvine” but later they were confirmed as pseudomorphous after Helvine.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.24” × 1.69” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.42” × 0.83”




Beryl

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TFR29AN9: Single Beryl crystal with an unusual cylindrical habit, with a progressive narrowing in the lower part and a finely polycrystalline termination. It is transparent, lustrous, and with very distinct color zoning: pink in the middle, with greenish blue tones at the ends. Of the best possible quality for this deposit.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China

Specimen size: 5 × 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.97” × 0.55” × 0.55”




Beryl. Front
Front
Beryl. Rear
Rear
Quartz after Fluorite with Quartz
Quartz after Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz after Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Quartz after Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

MRB52AP9: Complete sphere of microcrystalline Quartz, pseudomorph after a spheroidal Fluorite, blue-green in color, on a Quartz matrix. Unlike any other we have seen before.
Anxi, Quanzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2017)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.8 × 6.4 cm = 3.03” × 2.68” × 2.52”

Main crystal size: 6.7 × 6.3 cm = 2.64” × 2.48”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite with Quartz
 

MG89AM0: Cubic crystals clearly beveled by dodecahedron faces, transparent, very shiny, and somewhat bicolored between blue and green. On matrix, with small Quartz crystals.
Quanzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2018)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 6.1 × 4.1 cm = 2.48” × 2.40” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 2.6 cm = 1.38” × 1.02”

Minor fluorescence long UV



Fluorite with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

GUANGDONG PROVINCE

Malachite
Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Side
Side

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

THL86AN3: Botryoidal growth of very aesthetic shapes, with bands of different shades of green and an intense silky luster, which gives it a peculiar 'chatoyant' appearance.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.6 × 3.6 cm = 1.85” × 1.42” × 1.42”




Malachite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TMR96AN4: Aerial Malachite floater group with very aesthetic irregular growths. It has an intense silky luster, bands of different shades of green, and surface areas with a fibrous appearance. Very elegant.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.2 × 3.2 cm = 2.44” × 2.05” × 1.26”




Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Rear
Rear
Malachite
Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Rear
Rear

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

EYZ71AO0: Botryoidal growth of very aesthetic forms of Malachite, banded with different shades of green and with an intense silky luster, which gives it a peculiar chatoyant appearance.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 7.4 × 4.1 cm = 2.95” × 2.91” × 1.61”




Malachite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TMA66AN7: Botryoidal growths of very aesthetic Malachite shapes, with bands of different shades of green and an intense silky luster, which gives it a peculiar 'chatoyant' appearance.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 8 × 4.5 × 2.7 cm = 3.15” × 1.77” × 1.06”




Malachite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Malachite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Malachite
Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Rear
Rear

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

MXZ72AO2: Columnar and stalactitic growths, very aerial, of Malachite, with the intense silky sheen typical of specimens from this locality, which gives them a peculiar "chatoyant" appearance. Deep green in color, it also has some curious concretionary Malachite growths with a much lighter tone, with small recrystallized holes in the terminations, probably due to very rapid growth.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 8 × 7.8 × 4.8 cm = 3.15” × 3.07” × 1.89”




Malachite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

EEB94AN7: Botryoidal growths of very aesthetic Malachite shapes, with bands of different shades of green and an intense silky luster, which gives it a peculiar 'chatoyant' appearance.
This particular piece features a pareidolia phenomenon, simulating a group of human figures (or a pair of joined water bottles)
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 8 × 3.3 cm = 3.27” × 3.15” × 1.30”




Malachite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Malachite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Malachite
Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Rear
Rear

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

EXA47AO0: Botryoidal growth of very aesthetic forms of Malachite, banded in different shades of green and with an intense silky luster, which give it a peculiar chatoyant appearance.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 2.6 × 2.3 cm = 3.43” × 1.02” × 0.91”




Hematite (variety iron rose) with Quartz
 

TD53AL7: Rosette-like growths of very flattened sharp lenticular Hematite crystals with good luster and on a matrix of Quartz crystals. A modern classic which is now scarce due to the disappearance of the locality where they used to be found.
Jinlong Hill, Longchuan, Heyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China

Specimen size: 18.1 × 10.2 × 7.3 cm = 7.13” × 4.02” × 2.87”




Hematite (variety iron rose) with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Hematite (variety iron rose) with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Hematite (variety iron rose) with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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. Mimetite.
 

PZ67F2: Two generation of Mimetite, of a different color, come together in this specimen. The orange of the first is very intense and the second is a yellow.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (01/2003)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.5 × 5 cm = 2.76” × 1.77” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.20” × 0.20”





GUANGXI ZHUANG AUTONOMOUS REGION

Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

EFM71AP3: Very aerial crystal of translucent Fluorite, with a violet color on the edges and blue in the center of the crystal, on a fine Quartz matrix.
Higher quality than usual for this locality.
Dachang District, Nandan, Hechi Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (02/2022)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 7.8 × 3.4 cm = 4.02” × 3.07” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 4 × 4 cm = 1.57” × 1.57”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz. Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz.
Fluorite with Dolomite
Fluorite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Dolomite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Dolomite.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
Fluorite with Dolomite
 

SV1200MXM: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals that are translucent, lustrous and with a
very marked color zoning, with the faces of the crystals exhibiting prominent polycrystalline growths highlighted by lines of deeper color, and dotted with small rhombohedral crystals of white Dolomite. More vivid in color than most other specimens from this locality.
Dachang District, Nandan, Hechi Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (10/2022)

Specimen size: 15.4 × 12.3 × 4.4 cm = 6.06” × 4.84” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 2 cm = 2.20” × 0.79”




Topaz

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

ERB46AP3: Isolated Topaz crystal of good size, on matrix, with very sharp crystal forms, between transparent and translucent depending on the area, lustrous and pale blue, a rarity in China with this quality and size.
Daguishan, Babu District, Hezhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (10/2021)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.1 × 6.8 cm = 2.87” × 2.01” × 2.68”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Topaz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Topaz. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rhodochrosite with Quartz
Rhodochrosite with Quartz. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Quartz. Side
Side
Rhodochrosite with Quartz. Rhodochrosite with Quartz.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TRF16AN6: Druse, on matrix, of very flattened and sharp lenticular crystals of Rhodochrosite, with good luster and an intense and uniform color. Very fine and elegant.
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2021)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.7 × 2.7 cm = 2.52” × 2.24” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.39” × 0.24”





Guilin area

Pyromorphite
 

TYV66AN3: Floater group of Pyromorphite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with parallel polycrystalline growths and hopper growths. Translucent, with good luster and a very intense and uniform green color.
We will ship the piece in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.4 × 1.1 cm = 0.98” × 0.55” × 0.43”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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

TH67T2: Group of crystals with slightly curved faces and edges, with excellent terminations and most of them doubly terminated, very bright and with excellent color, very uniform.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2009)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.1 × 2.1 cm = 1.02” × 0.83” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.4 cm = 0.43” × 0.16”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Pyromorphite
 

TE57N9: Very aerial group of crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with multiple terminations as pinacoid. Their luster and color, very vivid and uniform, are excellent.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2009)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 1.06” × 0.91” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1 cm = 0.71” × 0.39”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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

EQ46X3: Very aerial miniature formed by divergent aggregates of very elongated prismatic crystals, almost acicular but with good terminations. Those crystals show a good luster and a uniform apple-green color.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2010)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 1.54” × 1.18” × 0.98”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Pyromorphite
 

TJ87S9: Group of translucent crystals with an intense green color and on matrix. Some of them are doubly terminated, with slight curvatures on their edges and hollow terminations.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2009)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.65” × 1.50” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 0.43” × 0.28”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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

LA69AK4: Floater group with parallel growths, very marked hopper formations and very sharp pyramidal polycrystalline terminations. Bright and a uniform yellowish green. The sample is from the Philippe Morelon collection (No. 680), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (±2009)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2 × 1.7 cm = 1.73” × 0.79” × 0.67”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Philippe Morelon



Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite
 

TB6Z7: Botryoidal Plumbogummite growth with velvety surfaces and a very deep and intense greenish-blue color coating a matrix of yellow Pyromorphite crystals. Due to the softness of the surface 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 / Laohu area, Haiyang Mountains, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.87” × 0.63” × 0.59”




Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite.
 

MP48AA7: Aggregate of Pyromorphite crystals, on matrix, with parallel growths and slight curvatures on their faces and edges, with a yellowish green color and coated by bluish-green Plumbogummite with yellowish shades in some areas. Both the Pyromorphite and the Plumbogummite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Yangshuo / Laohu area, Haiyang Mountains, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (02/2014)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.34” × 1.02” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.67” × 0.12”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite
 

MK87AA7: Aggregate of Pyromorphite crystals with parallel growths and slight curvatures on their faces and edges, with a yellowish green color and coated by bluish-green Plumbogummitewith yellowish shades in some areas. Both the Pyromorphite and the Plumbogummite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Yangshuo / Laohu area, Haiyang Mountains, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (02/2014)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.9 × 2.1 cm = 1.54” × 1.14” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.51” × 0.28”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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

TC94AB6: Parallel aggregate of elongated Pyromorphite crystals, some 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. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Yangshuo / Laohu area, Haiyang Mountains, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (01/2015)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.3 × 2.6 cm = 2.17” × 1.30” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.5 cm = 1.57” × 0.59”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Pyromorphite and Plumbogummite
 

TA50AB6: Fanlike aggregate of elongated Pyromorphite crystals with hollowed terminations and partially coated and embedded by intense sky blue Plumbogummite. The samples are from a very recent find and have different morphological characteristics compared to those previously known. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Yangshuo / Laohu area, Haiyang Mountains, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (01/2015)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.1 × 2.2 cm = 2.20” × 2.01” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.9 cm = 0.79” × 0.35”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Pyromorphite and Plumbogummite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite and Plumbogummite. Rear
Rear

GUIZHOU PROVINCE

Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum
Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum. Rear
Rear

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TMB26AN5: Fluorite crystals, very sharp and extraordinarily lustrous, covering a group of scalenohedral Calcite crystals, and all partially covered by thin layers of Gypsum. The specimen has been thoroughly analyzed and no traces of Yttrium were found. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.50” × 1.42” × 0.75”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

With analysis copy



Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TFB46AN5: Fluorite crystals, very sharp and extraordinarily lustrous, covering a group of scalenohedral Calcite crystals, and all partially covered by thin layers of Gypsum. The specimen has been thoroughly analyzed and no traces of Yttrium were found. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3 × 2.4 cm = 1.85” × 1.18” × 0.94”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

With analysis copy



Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum
Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum. Rear
Rear

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TFA47AN4: Very sharp and extraordinarily lustrous Fluorite crystals that cover a group of scalenohedral Calcite crystals, all partially covered by thin layers of Gypsum.
The specimen has been thoroughly analyzed and no traces of Yttrium have been found. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.8 × 2.6 cm = 2.72” × 1.89” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.06” × 0.55”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

With analysis copy



Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TFB67AN4: Very sharp and extraordinarily lustrous Fluorite crystals that cover a group of scalenohedral Calcite crystals, all partially covered by thin layers of Gypsum.
The specimen has been thoroughly analyzed and no traces of Yttrium have been found. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.2 × 2.4 cm = 2.76” × 1.65” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 0.67” × 0.47”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

With analysis copy



Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum. Fluorite with Calcite and Gypsum.
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Front
Front
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Rear
Rear
 

AX11AL9: Felted aggregates of filiform crystals of Carbonatecyanotrichite, a different species from the better known Cyanotrichite, with an intense and uniform blue color. On matrix, with Calcite and small Fluorite crystals.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 1.4 × 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.55” × 0.35” × 0.28”




Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite
 

AV13AL9: Felted aggregates of filiform crystals of Carbonatecyanotrichite, a different species from the better known Cyanotrichite, with an intense and uniform blue color. On matrix, with Calcite and small Fluorite crystals.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.59” × 0.39” × 0.31”




Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Front
Front
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Rear
Rear
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Front
Front
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Rear
Rear
 

AR12AL9: Felted aggregates of filiform crystals of Carbonatecyanotrichite, a different species from the better known Cyanotrichite, with an intense and uniform blue color. On matrix, with Calcite and small Fluorite crystals.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 2,7 × 1.3 × 1.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.51” × 0.55”




Carbonatecyanotrichite with Azurite and Calcite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

AFM37AP4: Felty aggregates of filiform crystals of Carbonatecyanotrichite, a different species from the better known Cyanotrichite, with an intense and uniform blue color. They are on matrix, with Calcite and small Azurite crystals that add a little something different from the usual.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 8.6 × 4.9 × 2.7 cm = 3.39” × 1.93” × 1.06”




Carbonatecyanotrichite with Azurite and Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Azurite and Calcite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Azurite and Calcite. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Azurite and Calcite. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén

HENAN PROVINCE

Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Top
Top
Fluorite. Rear
Rear

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EDL99AN8: Spheroidal growth of small translucent octahedral Fluorite crystals, with good luster and an intense and uniform emerald-green color, something remarkable because the vast majority of pieces found so far in this mine were of a more or less intense lilac-purple color which, due to lack of the intense green shown by this specimen, did not stand out.
Guxian, Tongbai, Nanyang Prefecture, Henan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.6 × 3.8 cm = 2.36” × 1.81” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 4 cm = 1.65” × 1.57”

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Fluorite

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MXJ93AO0: Growth of small Fluorite crystals that form a large sphere. Translucent, with excellent luster and an intense and uniform dark green color, which is remarkable since the vast majority of pieces found so far in this mining district were more or less intense lilac-purple, but they are not noted for a greenish color as intense as the one shown by this specimen.
Guxian, Tongbai, Nanyang Prefecture, Henan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 8.1 × 7.5 cm = 3.46” × 3.19” × 2.95”




Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
 

MZ74AH1: Globular Fluorite Crystal of great size. It is translucent with deep green color and white inclusions and is implanted on a crystalline Quartz matrix.
Guxian, Tongbai, Nanyang Prefecture, Henan Province  China (2016)

Specimen size: 10 × 9.7 × 4.7 cm = 3.94” × 3.82” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 6.3 × 5.4 cm = 2.48” × 2.13”

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HUBEI PROVINCE

Calcite with iron oxides inclusions

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EXL97AP6: Group of Calcite crystals dominated by trapezohedron forms, with faces and edges perfectly defined and with color caused by iron oxide inclusions that grow oriented on a first generation 'phantom' of Calcite crystals.
Comes from a deposit type that corresponds to an iron ore affected by a skarn.
Daguangshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7.3 × 4.2 cm = 3.07” × 2.87” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.9 cm = 1.61” × 1.54”




Calcite with iron oxides inclusions. Calcite with iron oxides inclusions.
Calcite with iron oxides inclusions.
Calcite with iron oxides inclusions
Calcite with iron oxides inclusions.
Calcite with iron oxides inclusions.

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Calcite with iron oxides inclusions
 

XM2440EXA: Group of Calcite crystals with the dominant forms of the trapezohedron, with perfectly defined faces and edges and with colors caused by iron oxide inclusions that grow oriented on a first generation of Calcite crystal phantoms. Comes from an iron deposit affected by skarn.


Daguangshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 7.4 × 4.9 cm = 3.78” × 2.91” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.4 cm = 0.94” × 0.94”




Chalcopyrite with Calcite

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ETT50AP1: From a find made in the spring of 2022. Botryoidal microcrystalline growth of Chalcopyrite, shiny and with reddish and mauve metallic iridescence, on a Calcite matrix. Very unusual.
Daguangshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (05/2022)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.9 × 2.1 cm = 1.57” × 1.14” × 0.83”




Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcopyrite with Calcite
Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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ERB90AP1: From a recent find in the spring of 2022. Botryoidal microcrystalline growth of Chalcopyrite, lustrous and with golden metallic iridescence, on matrix, with Calcite crystals. Very unusual.
This specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Le Rčgne Minéral’ number 168/2022, page 17
Daguangshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (05/2022)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.9 × 1.8 cm = 2.52” × 1.93” × 0.71”




Pyrite with Calcite

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EPR97AP2: Botryoidal Pyrite growths with very vivid metallic iridescence, very lustrous, in matrix, with acute scalenohedral Calcite crystals.
Daguangshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 4.3 × 2.6 cm = 2.95” × 1.69” × 1.02”




Pyrite with Calcite. Pyrite with Calcite.
Calcite
Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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ETV96AP1: Twinned Calcite crystal rich in complex crystal forms. Very transparent and lustrous, colorless, and in matrix.
Tonglüshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (02/2022)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.8 × 2.5 cm = 1.14” × 1.10” × 0.98”

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Calcite

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ELP48AP3: Doubly terminated scalenohedral Calcite crystal, on matrix, transparent and extraordinarily lustrous, with reddish inclusions of iron oxides. A miniature of great quality and very aesthetic.
Tonglüshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.2 × 2.6 cm = 1.69” × 1.65” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2 cm = 1.57” × 0.79”




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

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ELM67AP1: Complex Calcite crystals, one of them very aerial and clearly dominant, very rich in crystal forms, with the dominant scalenohedron, transparent, extraordinarily lustrous and with reddish inclusions of iron oxides. Elegant and very aesthetic.
Tonglüshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.8 × 3.7 cm = 1.77” × 1.50” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.8 cm = 0.83” × 0.71”

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Calcite with iron oxides inclusions

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EQQ29AP6: Complex doubly terminated crystal of Calcite, very rich in crystal forms and dominated by the scalenohedron. Transparent, shiny and with reddish inclusions of iron oxides.
A specimen of high quality and very aesthetic.
Tonglüshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 6.1 × 4.3 cm = 2.60” × 2.40” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.54” × 1.02”




Calcite with iron oxides inclusions. Calcite with iron oxides inclusions.
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.

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EMM91AP3: Group of scalenohedral Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and of good size, translucent, very bright and with reddish inclusions of iron oxides that got concentrated at the vertices.
Tonglüshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 10.8 × 6.3 cm = 4.49” × 4.25” × 2.48”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 4 cm = 2.52” × 1.57”

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Calcite with iron oxides inclusions

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Calcite with iron oxides inclusions
 

SV490MXT: Complex Calcite crystals very rich in crystal forms, with the scalenohedron dominant, transparent, extraordinarily lustrous and with reddish iron oxide inclusions. A very aesthetic set.
Tonglüshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (09/2022)

Specimen size: 14.4 × 10.4 × 4.4 cm = 5.67” × 4.09” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.3 cm = 1.46” × 1.30”




Calcite with iron oxides inclusions.
Calcite with iron oxides inclusions.
Hubeite with Inesite
Hubeite with Inesite. Hubeite with Inesite.
Hubeite with Inesite.

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EMR78AP3: Equant transparent to translucent Hubeite crystals, with great luster and a brown color with very deep reddish tones, in a group of deep pink, very elongated and flattened Inesite crystals.
This specimen comes from the type locality for Hubeite.
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (±2003)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.80” × 2.09” × 0.94”

Type locality



Analcime with Fluorapophyllite-(K)

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TMX89AQ0: Trapezohedral crystals of Analcime with very sharp crystal forms, one of them clearly dominant, transparent, lustrous, on matrix and with small crystals of Fluorapophyllite-(K).
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5 × 3.8 cm = 2.80” × 1.97” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 0.75” × 0.71”




Analcime with Fluorapophyllite-(K). Analcime with Fluorapophyllite-(K).
Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) with Calcite, Hubeite and Quartz
Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) with Calcite, Hubeite and Quartz. Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) with Calcite, Hubeite and Quartz.
 

EX47AL4: Clusters of tabular Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) crystals, very sharp, transparent and shiny, with dark inclusions of small Hubeite crystals that are concentrated mainly on the edges. On matrix and with related Quartz and Calcite crystals.
Daye mining area, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.5 × 3.8 cm = 2.68” × 2.17” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 0.63” × 0.47”


minID: VJH-VTK



Inesite with Hubeite

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MG67AJ4: Hubeite crystals with a very good length for the species. They are very well defined and bright with a dark brown color and implanted on very fine Inesite crystals that are between translucent and transparent, bright and with an intense pink color. The Chinese Hubeites that even during their best times were scarce are currently very difficult to find.
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China

Specimen size: 11.2 × 9 × 4 cm = 4.41” × 3.54” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.47” × 0.08”

Former collection of Miguel Salvador Robles



Inesite with Hubeite. Inesite with Hubeite.
Hubeite with Calcite
Hubeite with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Hubeite with Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Hubeite with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MTA66AO0: Groups of very sharp Hubeite crystals much larger than usual for what was known up to now for the species, with good luster and a dark reddish brown color, implanted on a matrix with white rhombohedral Calcite crystals.
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (±2001)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 9.7 × 3.7 cm = 3.07” × 3.82” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.24” × 0.08”

Type locality



Chalcopyrite

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ELR27AP6: Floater group with botryoidal Chalcopyrite growths, brilliant, very aesthetic and unusual.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.81” × 1.54” × 1.02”




Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear
Chalcopyrite with Calcite
Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Front
Front
Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Chalcopyrite with Calcite.

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Chalcopyrite with Calcite
 

SV460EFG: Spheroidal aggregates of very shiny Chalcopyrite crystals on a matrix formed by a growth of Calcite crystals in two phases: the first as darker scalenohedral crystals, and the second in the form of coatings of small clearer crystals. On the back, crystals of Chalcopyrite cover practically the entire piece. Comes from a mine which exploits a deposit rich in copper and molybdenum.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.4 × 3.3 cm = 2.20” × 1.73” × 1.30”




Chalcopyrite with Calcite

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EEA49AP1: From an unusual discovery made in the year 2022. Polycrystalline growths of crystals of very shiny Chalcopyrite on a Calcite matrix.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 8.2 × 5 cm = 3.31” × 3.23” × 1.97”




Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcopyrite with Calcite
Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén

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ELE90AP4: Spheroidal aggregates of lustrous Chalcopyrite crystals, bordered by a growth of Calcite crystals formed in two phases: the first as dark scalenohedral crystals and the second in the form of coatings of small white crystals. One of the most aesthetic pieces from the find.
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 5.6 × 3.7 cm = 3.62” × 2.20” × 1.46”




Chalcopyrite

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EBB46AP1: From an unusual discovery made in the year 2022. Botryoidal, spheroidal and very aerial stalagmites of very shiny Chalcopyrite microcrystals on a matrix of the same Chalcopyrite. Spectacular.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 180 in the volume 54, number 1, January-February 2023, and in the magazine ‘Le Rčgne Minéral’ number 168/2022, page 16
Tongshankou Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 8.4 × 5.1 cm = 4.49” × 3.31” × 2.01”




Chalcopyrite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcopyrite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcopyrite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite with Celestine
Calcite with Celestine. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite with Celestine. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TRB87AN4: Calcite crystal with the dominant forms of the scalenohedron, translucent, with good luster and a pale yellow color, on matrix, with sharp crystals of Celestine, very transparent, lustrous and with a very pale blue color.
Daye mining area, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.34” × 1.02” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.1 cm = 0.87” × 0.83”

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Calcite

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TXX86AP6: From a 2022 discovery in the Daye area. Parallel growths of lenticular Calcite crystals, very aerial, on matrix. They are translucent, shiny, yellow in color with red inclusions and geometric color zoning. Very aesthetic.
Daye mining area, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 5.1 × 2.8 cm = 2.05” × 2.01” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”




Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.

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TPM27AP6: From a 2022 discovery in the Daye area. Parallel growths of lenticular Calcite crystals, very aerial, on matrix. They are translucent, shiny, yellow in color with red inclusions and geometric color zoning. Very aesthetic.
Daye mining area, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 5.2 × 4.7 cm = 2.09” × 2.05” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.51” × 0.39”




Calcite

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TYB37AP3: From a discovery in the year 2022 in the Daye area: Parallel growths of lenticular and very aerial Calcite crystals, on matrix. They are translucent, lustrous, yellow in color with red Hematite inclusions and geometric color zoning. Very aesthetic.
Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.3 × 4.1 cm = 2.20” × 1.69” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”




Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear
Calcite.

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Calcite
 

SV2290TXA: From a 2022 discovery in the Daye area, parallel growths of lenticular and very aerial Calcite crystals forming stacks, on matrix. They are translucent, lustrous, yellow with red Hematite inclusions and geometric color zoning that gives a very aesthetic result.
Daye mining area, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.1 × 3.9 cm = 2.24” × 2.01” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.39” × 0.39”





HUNAN PROVINCE

Smithsonite with Calcite

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Smithsonite with Calcite
 

SV280MXB: Globular aggregates of rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals with very rounded faces and edges, its yellowish green tones displaying a predominance of the latter, with velvety appearance and satiny luster, dotted with small but very sharp scalenohedral crystals of snow-white Calcite, giving a beautiful color contrast to the specimen. Smithsonite had not been reported from this mine before, so this specimen helps to expand its paragenesis.
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2019)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.9 × 3.3 cm = 2.64” × 1.93” × 1.30”




Smithsonite with Calcite.
Smithsonite with Calcite.
Calcite with iron oxides inclusions
Calcite with iron oxides inclusions. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite with iron oxides inclusions. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TFF67AO5: Parallel growths of Calcite crystals with very sharp prism forms, terminated by flattened rhombohedron faces, transparent, lustrous, with very pronounced phantom growths, colorless and with pink inclusions.
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 9.3 × 8.6 × 6.6 cm = 3.66” × 3.39” × 2.60”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.5 cm = 0.98” × 0.98”

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Fluorite
 

EP89AM0: Druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, extraordinarily transparent, with good luster and a very vivid and uniform color.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2018)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 2.4 × 3.7 cm = 3.70” × 0.94” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 0.98” × 0.79”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite
Fluorite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
 

EK89AM0: Druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, extraordinarily transparent, with good luster and a very vivid and uniform color.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2018)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 7 × 3 cm = 4.41” × 2.76” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.63” × 0.59”

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Fluorite

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EAX52AO7: Druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, extraordinarily transparent, with good luster and a very vivid and uniform green color.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2018)

Specimen size: 13.4 × 9.8 × 5.4 cm = 5.28” × 3.86” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.2 cm = 0.75” × 0.47”

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Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite.
Fluorite
Fluorite.

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Fluorite
 

TC980MT: Group of cubic crystals beveled by dodecahedron faces, transparent, shiny and with a uniform pale green color. Very perfect, especially considering its large size.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2004)

Specimen size: 19.5 × 15.2 × 9.4 cm = 7.68” × 5.98” × 3.70”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 6 cm = 2.44” × 2.36”




Liroconite

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ERF27AP7: Interesting Chinese novelty. Very sharp dipyramidal crystals of Liroconite, with good luster and an intense blue color, with green tones in some areas of the specimen, on matrix. The specimen has been analyzed in depth due to the curious presence of greenish tones in the crystals that turned out to be due to slight impurities of iron.
We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.59” × 0.47” × 0.31”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

With analysis copy



Liroconite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite
Liroconite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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EFX67AP9: Interesting novelty of the year 2021. Very sharp bipyramidal crystals of Liroconite, with bright luster and an intense blue color, with green tones in some areas of the specimen, and on matrix.
This specimen has been analyzed in detail due to the curious presence of greenish tones in some crystals that turned out to be due to minor iron impurities. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.67” × 0.51” × 0.28”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

With analysis copy



Liroconite

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EPX87AP9: Interesting novelty of the year 2021. Very sharp bipyramidal crystals of Liroconite, with bright luster and an intense blue color, with green tones in some areas of the specimen, and on matrix.
This specimen has been analyzed in detail due to the curious presence of greenish tones in some crystals that turned out to be due to minor iron impurities. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.79” × 0.51” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

With analysis copy



Liroconite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite
Liroconite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TXA16AP9: Interesting novelty of the year 2021. Very sharp bipyramidal crystals of Liroconite on matrix, with bright luster and an intense and uniform blue color.
The specimen, very rich in crystals and of high quality, has been analyzed in detail due to the curious presence of greenish tones in some crystals that turned out to be due to minor iron impurities. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.87” × 0.59” × 0.43”

Main crystal size: 0.15 × 0.1 cm = 0.06” × 0.04”

With analysis copy



Liroconite

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EPX48AP9: Interesting novelty of the year 2021. Very sharp bipyramidal crystals of Liroconite, with bright luster and an intense blue color, with green tones in some areas of the specimen, and on matrix.
This specimen has been analyzed in detail due to the curious presence of greenish tones in some crystals that turned out to be due to minor iron impurities. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.94” × 0.55” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

With analysis copy



Liroconite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite
Liroconite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TFA36AP9: Interesting novelty of the year 2021. Very sharp bipyramidal crystals of Liroconite on matrix, with bright luster and an intense and uniform blue color.
The specimen, very rich in crystals and of high quality, has been analyzed in detail due to the curious presence of greenish tones in some crystals that turned out to be due to minor iron impurities. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.98” × 0.51” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

With analysis copy



Liroconite

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TFG89AP9: Interesting novelty of the year 2021. Very sharp bipyramidal crystals of Liroconite, with bright luster and an intense blue color, with green tones in some areas of the specimen, and on matrix.
This specimen has been analyzed in detail due to the curious presence of greenish tones in some crystals that turned out to be due to minor iron impurities. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.02” × 0.63” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

With analysis copy



Liroconite. Liroconite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite
Liroconite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Liroconite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TFR90AP9: Interesting novelty of the year 2021. Very sharp bipyramidal crystals of Liroconite, with bright luster and an intense blue color, with green tones in some areas of the specimen, and on matrix.
This specimen has been analyzed in detail due to the curious presence of greenish tones in some crystals that turned out to be due to minor iron impurities. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 1.6 × 1.6 cm = 1.22” × 0.63” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

With analysis copy



Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite
 

JR50X5: Group of very well defined octahedral crystals with clear green color, polycrystalline growths on their faces and small cubic recrystallizations on some of their octahedral points.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2000)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.5 × 6 cm = 3.74” × 2.56” × 2.36”

Main crystal size: 6 × 4.5 cm = 2.36” × 1.77”

Minor fluorescence long UV



Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite.
Valentinite with Quartz
Valentinite with Quartz. Valentinite with Quartz.
 

MA89AG7: Spheroidal aggregates of radial Valentinite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright, with a color between yellow and orange, both intense and uniform. On a rocky matrix with Quartz coatings.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2016)

Specimen size: 9.1 × 8.9 × 3.5 cm = 3.58” × 3.50” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.31” × 0.31”





Yaogangxian Mine

Stannite with Muscovite and Arsenopyrite
 

TAZ76AO3: Group on matrix of lustrous dark grey Stannite crystals whose faces and edges show very pronounced curvatures. The Stannite contrasts with the lamellar crystals of Muscovite and the crystals of Arsenopyrite, which are very sharp and have a lighter metallic tone.
We will send the buyer the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. (Bob) Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2 × 2.1 cm = 0.91” × 0.79” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.51” × 0.43”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Stannite with Muscovite and Arsenopyrite. Stannite with Muscovite and Arsenopyrite.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

JM76X9: Floater aggregate of crystals, formed by the dodecahedron, the octahedron and the cube, with a small coating of Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated. The sample is from the first Fluorite finds at the Yaogangxian mine.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1992)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.9 × 4.2 cm = 1.97” × 1.93” × 1.65”

Former collection of James Catmur



Fluorite with Quartz

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Fluorite with Quartz
 

TC90DD: Two very sharp Fluorite crystals, transparent and lustrous, with blue color zoning with more intense violet tones inside, implanted on the terminations of a Quartz crystal.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 6.1 × 2.4 × 1.8 cm = 2.40” × 0.94” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.51” × 0.39”




Fluorite with Quartz.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
 

GC29AK0: Group of cubo-octahedral crystals whose forms are disguised due to the intense polycrystalline growth which is translucent, bright with an uniform green color and on a Quartz matrix. The sample is from the Casado Margolles collection (number FRM 212) whose file we will send to the buyer.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2006)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 8.1 × 4.8 cm = 4.06” × 3.19” × 1.89”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Casado Margolles



Fluorite with Quartz
 

TZ72J8: Group of cubic crystals, very transparent and extraordinarily bright, with echeloned growths on vertices and a very well marked zonation of color on corners and edges. The matrix is a group of Quartz crystals.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 18 × 9 × 6.2 cm = 7.09” × 3.54” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 4.2 cm = 1.77” × 1.65”




Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
Sphalerite
Sphalerite. Front
Front
Sphalerite. Front
Front
 

TZX14AN2: Floater twinned Sphalerite crystal, flattened, sharp and very lustrous.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.7 × 1.1 cm = 1.10” × 0.67” × 0.43”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Sphalerite with Quartz
 

EB13J0: A practically spherical group of small crystals of bright and very well defined faces and edges, on a matrix of prismatic crystals of Quartz. The specimen is much more esthetic than the picture suggests.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 4 × 3.3 × 2.6 cm = 1.57” × 1.30” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.79” × 0.75”




Sphalerite with Quartz.
Chalcopyrite with Ferberite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite)
Chalcopyrite with Ferberite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite) . Front
Front
Chalcopyrite with Ferberite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite) . Rear
Rear
Chalcopyrite with Ferberite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite) .
 

TA78Z0: Spheroidal, almost a floater, aggregate of twinned Chalcopyrite crystals with parallel growths of Ferberite crystals and small mossy Boulangerite (variety plumosite) aggregates.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 4 × 4 × 3.9 cm = 1.57” × 1.57” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.6 cm = 0.55” × 0.24”




Arsenopyrite with Quartz
 

TY16AN2: Group of Arsenopyrite crystals with very marked curvatures and parallel growths on some faces and edges that give them a curious habit reminiscent of a mushroom. The Arsenopyrite is on matrix, with lustrous and transparent Quartz crystals.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.7 × 3.1 cm = 1.22” × 1.06” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.2 cm = 0.83” × 0.47”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Arsenopyrite with Quartz. Front
Front
Arsenopyrite with Quartz. Front
Front
Arsenopyrite with Quartz. Side
Side
Scheelite with Fluorite, Quartz and Calcite
Scheelite with Fluorite, Quartz and Calcite. Scheelite with Fluorite, Quartz and Calcite.
 

EF97AC6: Dipyramidal Scheelite crystals with a very good smoky color, an unusual shape, flattened and with parallel growths, with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and on matrix, with Quartz, Calcite and small cubic Fluorite crystals.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2012)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.5 × 1.7 cm = 2.05” × 1.38” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 1.6 cm = 1.10” × 0.63”

Intense fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Hübnerite with Quartz

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MFA1AO4: Groups of very sharp Hübnerite crystals, with a short prism that gives them an appearance between tabular and lamellar. Very lustrous, with vivid reddish internal reflections, implanted in a matrix covered by white microcrystals of Quartz. The matrix was sawn on the back.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.2 × 2.2 cm = 2.36” × 2.05” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.47” × 0.28”

With analysis copy



Hübnerite with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Hübnerite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Hübnerite with Quartz
Hübnerite with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Hübnerite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MLR52AO4: Groups of very sharp Hübnerite crystals, with a short prism that gives them an appearance between tabular and lamellar. Very lustrous, with vivid reddish internal reflections, implanted in a matrix covered by white microcrystals of Quartz. The matrix was sawn on the back.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.2 × 1.4 cm = 2.87” × 2.05” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.28” × 0.24”

With analysis copy




Sphalerite from Rucheng

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
 

MJ16R4: Aggregate of complex crystals, very rich of faces, bright, translucent and with good color. Partially covered by microcrystals of Quartz.
Kangjianwan Mine, Shuikoushan ore field, Changning, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.4 × 2.8 cm = 1.46” × 1.34” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.43” × 0.31”




Sphalerite with Quartz. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Quartz. Top
Top
Sphalerite with Quartz
Sphalerite with Quartz.
Sphalerite with Quartz.
Sphalerite with Quartz.
Sphalerite with Quartz  

SV210MLH: Complex crystals of Sphalerite, equant, transparent, with very good luster and an intense color, with defined edges and faces, some of them showing polycrystalline growths, on a matrix partially covered by small Quartz crystals, from a skarn deposit with Cu-Pb-Zn enrichment. The specimen is of better quality and luster than what usually appears at this mine.
Shuikoushan Mine, Shuikoushan ore field, Changning, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (11/2022)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6.3 × 4.2 cm = 2.68” × 2.48” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.59” × 0.43”




Sphalerite with Quartz
 

MA47N8: Complex isolated crystals of good luster and transparency and a very deep color, on a matrix coated by very small Quartz crystals.
Kangjianwan Mine, Shuikoushan ore field, Changning, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2008)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 9.6 × 4.8 cm = 3.82” × 3.78” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.8 cm = 0.87” × 0.71”




Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.
 

TR51AE1: Equant complex Sphalerite crystals that are transparent, very bright with a very intense color and on a matrix coated by microcrystalline Quartz and cubo-octahedral Galena crystals that have very well defined faces and edges.
Kangjianwan Mine, Shuikoushan ore field, Changning, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 10.5 × 7 × 5.5 cm = 4.13” × 2.76” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3 cm = 1.38” × 1.18”




Sphalerite with Quartz

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Sphalerite with Quartz
 

TC890ER: Druse of complex, transparent, very lustrous Sphalerite crystals with an intense orange color with reddish tones, partially covered by microcrystalline Quartz. The specimen comes from the Raúl Sanabria Orellana collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Shuikoushan Mine, Shuikoushan ore field, Changning, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2005)

Specimen size: 18.7 × 13.4 × 10.2 cm = 7.36” × 5.28” × 4.02”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2 cm = 0.83” × 0.79”




Sphalerite with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

INNER MONGOLIA AUTONOMOUS REGION

Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group)
Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MHR27AO2: Spheroidal and centered growths of white acicular Bultfonteinite crystals, covered almost entirely by a subsequent growth of pink Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite. The specific spot at the locality where the find was made has already been closed, so no new discoveries can be expected in that specific place.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 1.10” × 0.91” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.31” × 0.31”

With analysis copy



Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite

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TFR50AP2: Spheroidal growths of Bultfonteinite, of good size, on matrix, with Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite that forms small fibrous spheroidal coatings of white color associated with Andradite on the matrix.
The specific area in the locality where the discovery took place has now been covered over, so no new finds are expected at that specific location.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6.1 × 4.6 cm = 3.23” × 2.40” × 1.81”

With analysis copy



Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite. Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite.
Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group)
Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group).
Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group).

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Bultfonteinite with Tobermorite (Group)
 

SV360TAR: A novelty for 2021: Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite, on matrix, forms small fibrous spheroidal coatings of intense pink color that accompany spheroidal growths of orange-brown Bultfonteinite.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you wish to delve deeper into the species and parageneses of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China”. Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2022)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 4.3 × 4.3 cm = 3.23” × 1.69” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.24” × 0.24”

With analysis copy



Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite

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EPF67AN8: A novelty in the summer of 2021 and, in all likelihood, the best known for the species thus far. Imayoshiite occurs in numerous very sharp crystals, with a tabular habit and hexagonal outline, transparent, very lustrous and colorless to slightly yellow, associated with spheroidal growths of pinkish Bultfonteinite, with small white fibrous coatings of Tobermorite (Group) and on an Andradite matrix.
The specimens have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
To learn more about this species and the rest of the paragenesis discovered so far in this mine, it is essential to read the article 'Rare Borate Minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China' whose authors are César Menor-Salván, Berthold Ottens and Ed Richard, featured in Rock & Minerals magazine of September/October 2021, volume 96, number 5
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 × 2.8 cm = 1.34” × 1.06” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.6 cm = 0.51” × 0.24”




Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite. Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite.
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite.
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MFG10AO0: New for 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. Imayoshiite occurs as numerous very sharp crystals, with a tabular shape and hexagonal outline, transparent, very lustrous and colorless to slightly yellow, which occur together with spheroidal growths of pink-orange Bultfonteinite, with small white fibrous coatings of a Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite, on Andradite matrix.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021).
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.7 × 1.9 cm = 1.61” × 1.46” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.35” × 0.20”




Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite

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MZL29AO0: New for 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. Imayoshiite occurs as numerous very sharp crystals, with a tabular shape and hexagonal outline, transparent, very lustrous and colorless to slightly yellow, which occur together with spheroidal growths of pink-orange Bultfonteinite, with small white fibrous coatings of a Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite, on Andradite matrix.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.65” × 0.83” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”




Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) y Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MMX70AO0: New for 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. Imayoshiite occurs in numerous very well defined crystals, with a tabular shape and hexagonal outline, transparent, very lustrous and between colorless and slightly yellow, which are associated with small white fibrous coatings of a Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite, on an Andradite matrix.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.06” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.31” × 0.16”




Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite

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EYA11AO0: A novelty of 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. Imayoshiite occurs in numerous very sharp crystals, with tabular shape and hexagonal outline, transparent, with great luster, and with white globular growths of Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite and some Calcite crystals
The specimen, which appears reviewed and photographed in issue 162 (November-December 2021) of the magazine ‘Le Rčgne Minéral‘ (page 15), has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.2 × 2.6 cm = 1.81” × 1.26” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.28” × 0.12”




Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Side  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Axinite-(Fe)
Imayoshiite with Axinite-(Fe). Front
Front
Imayoshiite with Axinite-(Fe). Side
Side
Imayoshiite with Axinite-(Fe). Imayoshiite with Axinite-(Fe).

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MAB88AO0: New for 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. Imayoshiite occurs as numerous very sharp crystals, with tabular shape and hexagonal contour, transparent, very lustrous and colorless to slightly yellow, together with small, very sharp Axinite-(Fe) crystals that are translucent and light brown.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.85” × 1.10” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.24” × 0.12”




Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite

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EYZ11AN9: A novelty for the summer of 2021 and, in all likelihood, the best known for the species so far. Imayoshiite occurs in numerous very sharp crystals, with a tabular habit and hexagonal contour, transparent, very lustrous and between colorless and slightly yellow, occuring together with spheroidal growths of pinkish Bultfonteinite and with small white fibrous coatings of some Tobermorite group species, on Andradite matrix. These specimens have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. To learn more about this species and the rest of the paragenesis discovered so far in this mine, it is essential to read the article 'Rare Borate Minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China' whose authors are César Menor-Salván, Berthold Ottens and Ed Richard, featured in Rock & Minerals magazine, September-October 2021, Volume 96, Number 5.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.2 × 3.5 cm = 1.85” × 1.26” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.31” × 0.16”




Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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EQT3AN6: New in the summer of 2021 and by far the best known for the species thus far. Sharp crystals, of great size, with a tabular habit and hexagonal contour, very lustrous, transparent, colorless, with pinkish Bultfonteinite and small white coatings of Tobermorite (Group).
The species have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.3 × 2.9 cm = 2.05” × 1.30” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.28” × 0.20”




Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group)

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TTF89AQ0: The best known so far for the species. Imayoshiite occurs as crystals of very sharp tabular habit and hexagonal outline, transparent, very lustrous and colorless. On matrix, with leafy growths of Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite.
If you want to know more about the species and the paragenesis of the mine, you can consult the
article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the
Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China”. Rocks & Minerals. 96(5): (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (10/2021)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.6 × 1.9 cm = 2.09” × 1.42” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.28” × 0.28”

With analysis copy



Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group). Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group).
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Datolite (variety bakerite)
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Datolite (variety bakerite). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group) and Datolite (variety bakerite). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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EFJ86AN6: A novelty from the summer of 2021 and by far the best known for the species so far, in very sharp crystals, of large size, with a tabular habit and hexagonal outline, transparent, very lustrous, colorless, on matrix, associated with Andradite, pinkish Bultfonteinite and small white coatings of Tobermorite.
The species have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.4 × 2.8 cm = 2.09” × 1.73” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.31” × 0.20”




Imayoshiite with Datolite (variety bakerite), Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Andradite

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EZR26AO0: A novelty for 2021: Very sharp crystals of Imayoshiite, a rare calcium and aluminum carbonate-borate, many of them doubly terminated, with a hexagonal prismatic shape and very well defined parallel growths, transparent, very lustrous, and on matrix. With Andradite and small reddish brown crystals of Datolite (bakerite variety) and Fluorapophyllite-(K). Very good quality for the species.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.7 × 1.8 cm = 2.24” × 1.46” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.39” × 0.12”




Imayoshiite with Datolite (variety bakerite), Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Andradite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Datolite (variety bakerite), Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MRL46AO0: New for 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species, with spheroidal growths of Bultfonteinite, of good size and pink color, with very sharp Imayoshiite crystals with tabular shape and hexagonal outline, transparent, very lustrous and colorless.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of the mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.2 × 4.7 cm = 2.76” × 2.44” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.28” × 0.16”




Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group), Datolite, Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Calcite

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EYB99AO0: A novelty for 2021: Imayoshiite crystals, a rare calcium and aluminum carbonate-borate, many of them doubly terminated, with a hexagonal prismatic shape and very well marked parallel growths, transparent, very lustrous, on matrix, with white fibrous coatings of some Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite, small reddish brown crystals of Datolite (variety bakerite), Fluorapophyllite-(K) and some lamellar orange-brown Calcite crystals.
This specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of the mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.5 × 2.4 cm = 2.80” × 2.17” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.08” × 0.08”




Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group), Datolite, Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Calcite. Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group), Datolite, Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
Imayoshiite and Tobermorite (Group) with Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Datolite (bakerite variety)
Imayoshiite and Tobermorite (Group) with Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Datolite (bakerite variety). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite and Tobermorite (Group) with Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Datolite (bakerite variety). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite and Tobermorite (Group) with Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Datolite (bakerite variety). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite and Tobermorite (Group) with Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Datolite (bakerite variety). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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EMX49AN6: A novelty from the summer of 2021: Very sharp crystals of Imayoshiite, a rare carbonate-borate of calcium and aluminum, many of them doubly terminated, with a prismatic hexagonal habit and very marked parallel growths, transparent, very lustrous and largely covered by white spheroidal growths of a Tobermorite group mineral. On matrix, associated with small reddish brown crystals of Datolite (variety bakerite) and Fluorapophyllite-(K). Very good quality for the species.
The species have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.7 × 3.3 cm = 2.91” × 2.24” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”




Imayoshiite with Datolite (variety bakerite), Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Andradite

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EBR36AO0: A novelty for 2021: Very sharp crystals of Imayoshiite, a rare calcium and aluminum carbonate-borate, many of them doubly terminated, with a hexagonal prismatic shape and very well defined parallel growths, transparent, very lustrous, and on matrix. With Andradite and small reddish brown crystals of Datolite (bakerite variety) and Fluorapophyllite-(K). Very good quality for the species.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 8 × 3.4 × 2.2 cm = 3.15” × 1.34” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.16”




Imayoshiite with Datolite (variety bakerite), Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Andradite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Datolite (variety bakerite), Fluorapophyllite-(K) and Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group), Datolite (variety bakerite) and Andradite
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group), Datolite (variety bakerite) and Andradite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group), Datolite (variety bakerite) and Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Bultfonteinite, Tobermorite (Group), Datolite (variety bakerite) and Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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EJM67AN6: A novelty from the summer of 2021 and by far the best known for the species so far, in very sharp crystals, of large size, with a tabular habit and hexagonal outline, transparent, with very bright luster, colorless, on matrix, associated with pinkish Bultfonteinite, Andradite and small white coatings of Tobermorite. A good size piece worthy of any Museum.
The species have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 5.8 × 3.6 cm = 3.82” × 2.28” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.47” × 0.35”




Imayoshiite

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MFR96AP3: Novelty of the summer of 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. The Imayoshiite occurs as numerous very sharp crystals with a hexagonal lenticular habit, transparent, very lustrous and colorless to cream-colored, with a single large crystal. An exceptional specimen, worthy of any museum. These specimens have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
To learn more about this species and the rest of the paragenesis discovered so far in this mine it is essential to read the article ‘Rare Borate Minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China', whose authors are César Menor-Salván, Berthold Ottens and Ed Richard, featured in Rocks & Minerals, September/October 2021, volume 96, number 5
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8.9 × 5.3 cm = 4.53” × 3.50” × 2.09”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.9 cm = 0.71” × 0.35”




Imayoshiite. Front
Front
Imayoshiite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Andradite
Imayoshiite with Andradite. Front
Front
Imayoshiite with Andradite.
Imayoshiite with Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TBF27AP3: Novelty in the summer of 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. The Imayoshiite occurs as numerous sharp crystals with a tabular habit and hexagonal outline, transparent and very lustrous, directly associated with crystalline Andradite that, due to its intense color, gives a good contrast to the Imayoshiite. An exceptional specimen, worthy of any museum. These specimens have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
To learn more about this species and the rest of the paragenesis discovered so far in this mine it is essential to read the article ‘Rare Borate Minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China', whose authors are César Menor-Salván, Berthold Ottens and Ed Richard, featured in Rocks & Minerals, September/October 2021, volume 96, number 5
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 9.6 × 6.8 cm = 4.61” × 3.78” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”




Quartz with Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite
 

TK48AF7: Chalcopyrite crystals with tetrahedral morphology superficially substituted for and recrystallized by Sphalerite. The Chalcopyrite-Sphalerite crystals are implanted on a transparent Quartz crystal.
Qagan Obo deposit (Rongguan), Diyanqinamu mining district, East Ujimqin Banner (Dongwu Qi), Xilin Gol League (Xilinguole Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (05/2016)

Specimen size: 20.3 × 3.2 × 3.4 cm = 7.99” × 1.26” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 0.67” × 0.59”




Quartz with Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Quartz with Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear
Quartz with Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite.
Quartz with Hematite
Quartz with Hematite. Front
Front
Quartz with Hematite. Rear
Rear
Quartz with Hematite. Quartz with Hematite.
 

MR50AE9: A novelty at Tucson 2017. Translucent quartz crystals that are between white and colorless, with zones of intense pinkish color due to Hematite staining, and with rosette aggregates (iron rose variety) of laminar Hematite crystals. We’ll send a copy of the Hematite analysis to the buyer. Due to their similarity to the samples from the Huanggang mines they can easily be confused with those.
Qagan Obo deposit (Rongguan), Diyanqinamu mining district, East Ujimqin Banner (Dongwu Qi), Xilin Gol League (Xilinguole Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 21.5 × 8.5 × 7.8 cm = 8.46” × 3.35” × 3.07”

Main crystal size: 21.5 × 4.8 cm = 8.46” × 1.89”





Olshanskyite

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Olshanskyite
 

EV28AI0: Druse, on matrix, of well-differentiated elongated crystals that are transparent, colorless and extraordinarily bright with very sharp crystalline forms. On the Olshanskyite small Andradite crystals have grown. 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 recent find has raised the roof of quality to unforeseen levels. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (04/2017)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.4 × 3.8 cm = 1.89” × 1.73” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.2 cm = 0.35” × 0.08”




Olshanskyite. Olshanskyite.

Roweite

Roweite
Roweite.

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Roweite
 

XM2440EXL: Aggregate of lamellar Roweite crystals, on matrix and of good size for the species. Intergrown with each other and of a much deeper and more vivid orange hue than the specimens usually found at the locality. One of the more interesting borates from a mine that is exploited for lead and zinc.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (04/2017)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.6 × 3.6 cm = 2.28” × 1.42” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.39” × 0.28”




Roweite with Olshanskyite, Andradite and Calcite
 

EF89AF9: Aggregates of laminar Roweite crystals of great size and quality for what has been known of this species. They are on matrix, with colorless and translucent Olshanskyite crystals and small Andradite crystals. The Roweite crystals, that are well differentiated, have a light creamy color with very well defined faces and edges. The quality of the specimens is undoubtedly superior to what was previously known, both for the individuality of the crystals and for their sharpness, but also for the size of the crystals and their association with first class Olshanskyite which makes them deserving to be in the best private collections and museums. We have analyzed specimens to confirm the identity of the species and we will send a copy of the different species to buyers.
The specimen has been published in the book 'China II', by Berthold Ottens, on page 258
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (04/2017)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.9 × 2.9 cm = 2.60” × 1.54” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”




Roweite with Olshanskyite, Andradite and Calcite. Roweite with Olshanskyite, Andradite and Calcite.

Huanggang Mines

Fluorite (octahedral) with Mica (Group)
Fluorite (octahedral) with Mica (Group).

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Fluorite (octahedral) with Mica (Group)
 

XM2480MAR: Group of Fluorite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, aerial and extraordinarily limpid and transparent, with predominant octahedron forms and well-defined faces and edges. Color centers give it delicate misty bluish purple tones. On the back, the main crystal exhibits figures of contact dissolution during growth. These Fluorite crystals are implanted in a matrix formed of Mica crystals.
Huanggang Mines, shaft 2, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2022)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.9 × 1.8 cm = 1.81” × 1.14” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.6 cm = 0.98” × 0.63”




Fluorite (spinel twin) with Calcite

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EFP1AP4: Curious growth of Fluorite: a complete floater crystal with a very flattened and elongated morphology, with very distinct spinel-law twinning. The crystal is between transparent and translucent, very lustrous, and has concentric geometric color zoning. It is on matrix, with small Calcite crystals.
Weilasituo Mine, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.6 × 1.7 cm = 2.01” × 1.42” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 5.1 × 3.1 cm = 2.01” × 1.22”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorite (spinel twin) with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite (spinel twin) with Calcite. Rear / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite (spinel twin) with Calcite
Fluorite (spinel twin) with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite (spinel twin) with Calcite. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite (spinel twin) with Calcite. Rear
Rear

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ERR1AP2: Curious growth of Fluorite, a complete floater crystal with a very flattened and elongated morphology, a very distinct spinel-law twin. Between transparent and translucent, with good luster and concentric geometric color zoning. In matrix, with small Calcite crystals.
Weilasituo Mine, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4 × 2.5 cm = 2.48” × 1.57” × 0.98”




Fluorite with Dolomite and Pyrite
 

MK90X5: Group of clear and extraordinarily bright Fluorite crystals. They are morphologically complex, as they have equilibrated growth of the cube, the octahedron and the dodecahedron. The sample, also rich in inclusions, is with small Pyrite and Dolomite crystals. We note that the photograph doesn’t do justice to the exemplary, very much better, beauty of the piece.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 4.5 × 4 cm = 2.95” × 1.77” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 3.7 cm = 1.54” × 1.46”




Fluorite with Dolomite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Dolomite and Pyrite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

EB37AL4: Group of cubic Fluorite crystals with edges bevelled by the rhombododecahedron, with an unusual habit for the species due to the balanced growth of these isometric forms, polycrystalline and with deep hoppers and smooth rhombododecahedral faces, but with pronounced curvatures on faces and edges. The color is very deep and vivid, between indigo and navy blue. On Quartz matrix. Totally different from other Huanggang specimens.
Huanggang Mines, shaft 4, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (05/2014)

Specimen size: 9 × 4.7 × 4.3 cm = 3.54” × 1.85” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.4 cm = 0.94” × 0.94”


minID: NA9-GFT



Scheelite with Molybdenite, Arsenopyrite and Magnetite
 

TY29AL3: Group of Scheelite crystals with bipyramidal habit rich in faces, very well defined, of unusual color, white with reddish areas, translucent, shiny and implanted on matrix with Magnetite and Arsenopyrite crystals. Also it has notable Molybdenite inclusions, giving a kind of peculiar fluorescence. The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.6 × 3.9 cm = 2.72” × 2.20” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.77” × 0.91”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

minID: JQH-3M4



Scheelite with Molybdenite, Arsenopyrite and Magnetite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Molybdenite, Arsenopyrite and Magnetite. Side
Side
Scheelite with Molybdenite, Arsenopyrite and Magnetite.
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite. Front
Front
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite. Rear
Rear
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite. Bottom
Bottom
 

MF68AL3: Group of Löllingite crystals with polycrystalline growths, very sharp for the species, brilliant, and with small bipyramidal Arsenopyrite crystals scattered non-epitactically on the surface of the faces. Both the Löllingite and Arsenopyrite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6.1 × 3.6 cm = 2.56” × 2.40” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 1.61” × 1.26”


minID: 93J-QXC



Löllingite with Fluorite, Magnetite and Calcite
 

TY87W1: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Crystals of Löllingite, very well defined for the species, with polycrystalline growths, very bright, with clear colorless crystals of Fluorite showing the forms of the dodecahedron, the octahedron and the cube, all them well defined. They are on matrix, with Magnetite. The sample has been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.6 × 4.3 cm = 2.64” × 2.20” × 1.69”




Löllingite with Fluorite, Magnetite and Calcite. Front
Front
Löllingite with Fluorite, Magnetite and Calcite. Top
Top
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Quartz, Magnetite and Calcite
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Quartz, Magnetite and Calcite. Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Quartz, Magnetite and Calcite.

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EX66AG9: Löllingite crystal with strongly curved edges, completely coated by equant Arsenopyrite crystals and on matrix, with aggregates of Quartz crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.5 × 4.7 cm = 2.68” × 2.17” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 6 × 4.6 cm = 2.36” × 1.81”




Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Quartz

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Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Quartz
 

TC360ER: Löllingite crystal with very curved edges, totally covered by equant Arsenopyrite crystals, on matrix, with aggregates of Quartz and Calcite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2012)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.8 × 3 cm = 2.72” × 2.28” × 1.18”




Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Quartz.
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Quartz.
Löllingite with Fluorite, Magnetite and Calcite
Löllingite with Fluorite, Magnetite and Calcite. Front
Front
Löllingite with Fluorite, Magnetite and Calcite. Rear
Rear
 

TX88W1: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Crystals of Löllingite, very well defined for the species, with polycrystalline growths, very bright, with clear colorless crystals of Fluorite showing the forms of the dodecahedron, the octahedron and the cube, all them well defined. They are on matrix, with Magnetite. The sample has been analyzed and we'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 7 × 5.5 × 4.9 cm = 2.76” × 2.17” × 1.93”




Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz
 

TR99AL3: Group of Löllingite crystals with polycrystalline growths, very sharp for the species, with great luster and with small bipyramidal Arsenopyrite crystals scattered non-epitactically on the surface of the faces. On a matrix of Quartz crystals with water-clear Fluorite crystals dominated by octahedral and rhombododecahedral forms. Both the Löllingite and Arsenopyrite have been analyzed and we will send copies of both analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 7.1 × 3.7 cm = 2.87” × 2.80” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 3.3 cm = 1.89” × 1.30”


minID: 5HR-D3N



Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz. Front
Front
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz. Side
Side
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz.
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Magnetite, Fluorite and Calcite
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Magnetite, Fluorite and Calcite. Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Magnetite, Fluorite and Calcite.

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TV69W1: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Group of very bright crystals of Löllingite with polycrystalline growths. They have an extraordinary size for the species and have radial, not epitactic, dipyramidal crystals of Arsenopyrite on the surfaces of their faces. They are on matrix, with Calcite, Fluorite and Magnetite. Both the Löllingite and Arsenopyrite have been analyzed and we'll send a copy of both analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 5.8 × 4.4 cm = 3.27” × 2.28” × 1.73”




Löllingite with Magnetite and Calcite

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TT88W1: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Group of crystals of Löllingite, very well defined for the species, with polycrystalline growths, very bright, and with some radial, not epitactic, small dipyramidal crystals of Arsenopyrite on the surface of their faces. They are on matrix, with Calcite and Magnetite. Both the Löllingite and Arsenopyrite have been analyzed and we'll send a copy of both analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 9 × 6.7 × 4.5 cm = 3.54” × 2.64” × 1.77”




Löllingite with Magnetite and Calcite. Front
Front
Löllingite with Magnetite and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Sphalerite with Arsenopyrite, Magnetite and Muscovita
Sphalerite with Arsenopyrite, Magnetite and Muscovita.
Sphalerite with Arsenopyrite, Magnetite and Muscovita.
Sphalerite with Arsenopyrite, Magnetite and Muscovita  

XM220ET: Complex Sphalerite crystal with rounded and poorly defined faces and edges, translucent and with a light yellow color. Very aerial and on matrix, with small very sharp crystals of Arsenopyrite, Magnetite, and Muscovite.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.81” × 1.26” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2 cm = 0.83” × 0.79”




Sphalerite on Arsenopyrite
 

TT37AC4: Very aerial aggregate, on matrix, of Sphalerite crystals with rounded and poorly defined faces. The crystals are translucent, with a clear yellow color, and with small but very sharp Arsenopyrite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, shaft 5, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (10/2014)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.1 × 2.9 cm = 2.05” × 1.61” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 0.83” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Sphalerite on Arsenopyrite. Sphalerite on Arsenopyrite.
Sphalerite with Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Magnetite
Sphalerite with Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Magnetite. Sphalerite with Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Magnetite.
 

TJ29AC4: Twinned Sphalerite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, with a greenish-yellow color and on matrix, with very sharp and bright Arsenopyrite crystals, lenticular Calcite and small Magnetite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.17” × 2.17” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.2 cm = 0.75” × 0.47”




Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite and Sphalerite
 

EG88AK7: Complex crystal of Sphalerite with sharp faces and edges, translucent, intense yellow, on matrix, with very sharp small crystals of Arsenopyrite, white lenticular Calcite crystals, Quartz crystals and other small, darker and more metallic looking Sphalerite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.4 × 3.2 cm = 3.31” × 2.13” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 0.67” × 0.63”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite and Sphalerite. Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite and Sphalerite.
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Front
Front
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Side
Side
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite.
 

EF97AA5: Parallel growths of dipyramidal Quartz crystals with sceptered terminations, some of them doubly terminated. 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 aggregates of acicular carbonate crystals and by Magnetite.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 6.9 × 4.2 cm = 4.57” × 2.72” × 1.65”

Calcite fluorescent short UV



Quartz with Calcite and Dolomite
Quartz with Calcite and Dolomite  

TC220MF: Parallel growths of Quartz crystals with dipyramidal habit and scepter terminations. Some of the crystals apparently lack prism faces, which has sometimes led to the erroneous belief that they are β-Quartz. The crystals, rich in inclusions, are partially covered by small white Calcite-Dolomite crystals.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 12.4 × 4.4 × 2.8 cm = 4.88” × 1.73” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 12.4 × 2.6 cm = 4.88” × 1.02”




Quartz with Calcite and Dolomite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Quartz with Calcite and Dolomite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Quartz with inclusions, Magnetite and Calcite
Quartz with inclusions, Magnetite and Calcite. Front
Front
Quartz with inclusions, Magnetite and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Quartz with inclusions, Magnetite and Calcite. Side
Side
Quartz with inclusions, Magnetite and Calcite.
 

EV50AA8: Divergent parallel growths of Quartz crystals with dipyramidal-shaped sceptered terminations, and very rich with inclusions, with Magnetite and Calcite. Most of the crystals have no prism faces and such crystals have sometimes been erroneously described as β-Quartz.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 15.5 × 7.1 × 4.6 cm = 6.10” × 2.80” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 7.1 × 1.6 cm = 2.80” × 0.63”

Calcite fluorescent short UV



Ilvaite with Quartz
 

MB99R5: A novelty in Munich 2010. Divergent growths and parallel growths of bright crystals of Ilvaite, with very well defined faces and edges with perfect terminations and small coatings of Quartz.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (10/2010)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 2 × 2 cm = 2.52” × 0.79” × 0.79”




Ilvaite with Quartz. Front
Front
Ilvaite with Quartz. Top
Top
Ilvaite with Quartz
Ilvaite with Quartz. Front
Front
Ilvaite with Quartz. Side
Side
Ilvaite with Quartz. Top
Top
 

MV34R5: A novelty in Munich 2010. Aggregate of prismatic crystals with slightly curved edges. They are very bright and have big polycrystalline terminations and small coatings of Quartz.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (10/2010)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.2 × 5.2 cm = 2.68” × 2.05” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 3.8 cm = 2.44” × 1.50”




Ilvaite
 

MX52X4: Group of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, perfect terminations, a good size, and especially with a splendid luster. The supply of samples with these characteristics has currently decreased because most of the pieces now seen have a dull matte luster.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (10/2010)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4 × 3.7 cm = 3.07” × 1.57” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 7.8 × 3.7 cm = 3.07” × 1.46”




Ilvaite. Front
Front
Ilvaite. Top
Top
Ilvaite with octahedral Fluorite and Quartz
Ilvaite with octahedral Fluorite and Quartz. Ilvaite with octahedral Fluorite and Quartz.
 

MA66AD2: Aggregate of very thick short prismatic crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are partially coated by small octahedral Fluorite crystals and are on a Quartz matrix. The crystals are really large, and brighter than usual with Ilvaite from this mine whose samples are progressively scarce.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 8.5 × 10.5 cm = 4.13” × 3.35” × 4.13”




Helvine with Quartz

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TJ74W1: Group of very sharp tetrahedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are brown, with reddish reflections, and are locally coated by small crystals of Quartz. Analysis indicates that it is really Helvine, both externally and in the interior. We'll send both analytical results (external and internal) to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.1 × 3.5 cm = 1.89” × 1.61” × 1.38”




Helvine with Quartz. Front
Front
Helvine with Quartz. Side
Side
Helvine with Quartz
Helvine with Quartz. Front
Front
Helvine with Quartz. Side
Side
Helvine with Quartz. Rear
Rear

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MJ27Z5: Aggregate of very sharp tetrahedral Helvine crystals with very well defined parallel growths and partially coated by Quartz crystals. The crystals have been Raman analyzed on their surface and in the interior, both analyses giving Helvine. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Due the size and perfection of the crystals it is a sample worthy being in a Museum.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5 × 4.1 cm = 2.40” × 1.97” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 4.2 cm = 1.69” × 1.65”




Helvine with Quartz

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TK16W1: Group of very sharp tetrahedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are brown, with reddish reflections, and are with a group of Quartz crystals in parallel growths. Careful analyses indicate it is really Helvine, both externally and in the interior. We'll send both analytical results (external and internal) to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 8.9 × 6 × 6.2 cm = 3.50” × 2.36” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3 cm = 1.38” × 1.18”




Helvine with Quartz. Front
Front
Helvine with Quartz. Side
Side
Helvine with Quartz. Top
Top
Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz
Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz. Front
Front
Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

TQ87Z7: Aggregate of very sharp tetrahedral crystals, bright with dark a 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 (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 1.14” × 0.87” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”




Helvine-Genthelvite with Quartz and Calcite
 

TP88Z7: Aggregate of very sharp tetrahedral crystals, bright with a dark brown color and with small parallel Quartz aggregates and a strongly flattened Calcite crystal with its contour complete. 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 (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 3.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.26” × 1.22” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.47” × 0.35”




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

TB98Z7: 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 (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.50” × 1.14” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.43” × 0.35”




Genthelvite with Calcite and Chlorite
 

EN99Y6: Very aerial group, on a Calcite matrix, of very sharp tetrahedral crystals with a clear salmon color and zonal growth. The analysis indicates that both the external zone and the inner crystal are Genthelvite. We’ll send a copy of both analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (±2012)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.6 × 3.8 cm = 1.61” × 1.42” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Genthelvite with Calcite and Chlorite. Genthelvite with Calcite and Chlorite.
Genthelvite with Quartz, Calcite and Chlorite
Genthelvite with Quartz, Calcite and Chlorite. Front
Front
Genthelvite with Quartz, Calcite and Chlorite. Side
Side
 

MR32AB1: Very sharp polycrystalline Genthelvite growth with a neatly tetrahedral shape and dark brown color. It is on a matrix with Quartz crystals and extremely flattened Calcite crystals (papierspat). Analyzed by Raman, the sample is Genthelvite both on its surface and its interior. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 5.5 × 4 cm = 3.27” × 2.17” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 3 cm = 1.30” × 1.18”

Calcite fluorescent short UV




JIANGXI PROVINCE

Galena with Quartz

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EJA88AP3: Very sharp cubic Galena crystals, very shiny, implanted on a matrix of small white Quartz crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (2014)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.7 × 2.4 cm = 2.36” × 1.46” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.59” × 0.59”




Galena with Quartz. Front
Front
Galena with Quartz. Side
Side
Galena with Quartz and Pyrite
Galena with Quartz and Pyrite.

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EFE99AP3: Cubic crystal of Galena with the vertices beveled by minor octahedron forms, on a little matrix with Quartz coatings and Pyrite microcrystals.
Exceptional quality for the species at this locality.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (2018)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.2 × 4.1 cm = 2.76” × 1.65” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.8 cm = 1.61” × 1.50”




Chalcopyrite coating Tennantite-Tetrahedrite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions

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ETP37AP2: Very aerial group of Tennantite-Tetrahedrite crystals covered by a fine surface film of Chalcopyrite, on matrix with Quartz crystals rich in reddish inclusions of iron oxides.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (07/2021)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.4 × 2 cm = 1.54” × 0.94” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.51” × 0.39”




Chalcopyrite coating Tennantite-Tetrahedrite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions. Front
Front
Chalcopyrite coating Tennantite-Tetrahedrite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions. Rear
Rear
Sphalerite with Calcite
Sphalerite with Calcite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Calcite. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Sphalerite with Calcite. Side
Side
Sphalerite with Calcite. Side with light behind
Side with light behind

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ELY98AO9: A novelty at Sainte Marie 2022
Group of sharp twinned Sphalerite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous, and an intense reddish orange. On matrix, with small white Calcite crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm = 2.05” × 1.61” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.94”




Sphalerite with Calcite

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EBR50AP3: New at Ste. Marie 2022
Twinned Sphalerite crystals, more isolated than usual, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous and very intense reddish, on matrix, with small white Calcite crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.7 × 4.4 cm = 3.31” × 2.64” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.10” × 0.94”




Sphalerite with Calcite. Sphalerite with Calcite. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Sphalerite with Calcite. Sphalerite with Calcite. Detail with light behind
Detail with light behind
Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena
Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena. Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena.
Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena.

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ETV89AP3: New at Ste. Marie 2022
Twinned Sphalerite crystals, more isolated than usual, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous and very intense reddish, on matrix, with small white Calcite crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.3 × 5.8 cm = 3.43” × 2.48” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.10” × 0.79”




Sphalerite with Calcite and Quartz

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ETB88AP1: A novelty at Sainte Marie 2022. Twinned Sphalerite crystals more isolated than usual, sharp, with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, with good luster and an intense reddish orange color. On matrix, with small white crystals of Calcite and Quartz.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 5.2 × 4.1 cm = 4.45” × 2.05” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.14” × 0.87”




Sphalerite with Calcite and Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Pyrite, Calcite and Quartz
Sphalerite with Pyrite, Calcite and Quartz. Sphalerite with Pyrite, Calcite and Quartz.

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EMA37AQ0: Twinned Sphalerite crystals with the dominant forms of the tetrahedron, translucent and of orange color, on matrix, with spheroidal aggregates of Pyrite crystals, groups of white Calcite crystals and small groups of Quartz crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 10.3 × 6 cm = 4.92” × 4.06” × 2.36”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.9 cm = 0.87” × 0.75”




Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz and Galena

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ERT90AP3: New at Ste. Marie 2022
Twinned Sphalerite crystals more isolated than usual, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous, with an intense reddish color, on matrix, with small white Calcite crystals and Galena crystals with a cubic habit.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 9.4 × 6.8 cm = 5.04” × 3.70” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 0.94” × 0.83”




Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz and Galena. Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz and Galena.
Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz and Galena.
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite.

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Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite
 

XM275ELJ: Cubic Fluorite crystals with faces and edges well defined, on a matrix of crystalline Quartz dotted with small Calcite crystals, from a mine that exploits tungsten and tin hosted in Quartz veins.
Piaotang Mine, Dayu, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.4 × 3.7 cm = 2.20” × 1.73” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”




Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite

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EPM96AP3: Equant translucent Fluorite crystals with a very deep color and irregular zoninG. On matrix, with Quartz and yellow Calcite microcrystals.
The specimen comes from finds made in March 2022.
Piaotang Mine, Dayu, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.5 × 4 cm = 2.48” × 1.77” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.39” × 0.39”




Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite. Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite.
Quartz coating Fluorite with Hematite
Quartz coating Fluorite with Hematite.
Quartz coating Fluorite with Hematite.

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Quartz coating Fluorite with Hematite
 

SV420MMB: Pair of very sharp octahedral Fluorite crystals completely covered by very lustrous Quartz microcrystals that perfectly preserve the Fluorite crystal morphology. They are arranged in a matrix of rock totally covered by an earlier generation of Quartz crystals, some of them with dark inclusions of Hematite. This material was unknown until now at this locality.
Ruijin, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (09/2022)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.1 × 3.5 cm = 1.93” × 1.61” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2 cm = 0.83” × 0.79”




Quartz coating Fluorite

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Quartz coating Fluorite
 

SV280MFF: Group of octahedral Fluorite crystals completely coated by very lustrous Quartz microcrystals that perfectly preserve the morphology of the Fluorite crystals. One of the crystals preserves part of the original greenish Fluorite, as can be seen on the left side of the specimen. They are arranged in a matrix of rock completely coated by an earlier generation of Quartz crystals. This material was unknown until now at this locality.
Ruijin, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (09/2022)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 5.4 × 4.4 cm = 3.66” × 2.13” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.94”




Quartz coating Fluorite.
Quartz coating Fluorite.
Quartz coating Fluorite
Quartz coating Fluorite.
Quartz coating Fluorite.

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Quartz coating Fluorite
 

SV230MLH: Group of octahedral Fluorite crystals completely covered by microcrystals of very lustrous Quartz that perfectly preserves the morphology of the Fluorite crystals. They are arranged on a rock matrix fully carpeted by an earlier generation of Quartz crystals. This material was unknown until now from this locality.
Ruijin, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (09/2022)

Specimen size: 10.1 × 8 × 5.4 cm = 3.98” × 3.15” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.79” × 0.75”




Quartz coating Fluorite

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Quartz coating Fluorite
 

SV560MXA: Group of octahedral Fluorite crystals completely covered by microcrystals of very lustrous Quartz that perfectly preserves the morphology of the Fluorite crystals. They are arranged in a rock matrix fully covered by an earlier generation of Quartz crystals.
Ruijin, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (09/2022)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 7.6 × 5.1 cm = 4.45” × 2.99” × 2.01”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.02” × 1.02”




Quartz coating Fluorite.
Quartz coating Fluorite.
Copper
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper.

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EFB69AP3: Very aerial arborescent aggregate of Copper in which sharp crystals coexist with lamellar forms, with two different metallic tones, one more yellowish and the other more reddish.
Chengmenshan Mine, Jiujiang Co., Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 6.4 × 4.8 cm = 4.06” × 2.52” × 1.89”





SHANDONG PROVINCE

Silver with Calcite

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Silver with Calcite
 

XM2220TPF: On a spherical aggregate of Calcite crystals there is a swarm of Silver filaments, some of them more developed and more isolated, enveloping the Calcite core.
Comes from a gold deposit in Shandong Province in China.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2 × 2 cm = 0.94” × 0.79” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.1 cm = 0.71” × 0.04”




Silver with Calcite.
Silver with Calcite.
Silver with Calcite
Silver with Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Calcite. Rear
Rear

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Silver with Calcite
 

XM2640TBT: Elegant specimen composed of a matrix of tabular Calcite crystals on which are arranged thick, very aerial and arborescent Silver crystals, curved and with twisted terminations.
Comes from a gold deposit in Shandong Province in China.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 5 × 2.1 × 1.8 cm = 1.97” × 0.83” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 0.3 cm = 1.26” × 0.12”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Silver with Calcite

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TXF99AO4: A novelty on the market in 2022. Very aerial and aesthetic arborescent growth of Silver, with a very marked spinel-law twin plane. With Calcite that differentiate it from the classic Hongda silvers.
These pieces come from a find made in a small gold working, currently closed, and which showed no evidence of such good silvers until now.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 2.13” × 1.57” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 0.1  cm = 1.38” × 0.04”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Silver with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite
Silver with Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Calcite. Side
Side
Silver with Calcite.

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TFR89AO6: New on the market in 2022. Different from the usual. Apart from the filiform growths, the main crystal stands out, extraordinarily elongated but thick and sharp and with a very distinct spinel-law twin. With Calcite crystals that differentiate it from the classic Hongda silvers.
These pieces come from a find made in a small gold working, currently closed, and of which until now there was no evidence that silver of such quality had been found there.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.8 × 3.3 cm = 2.13” × 1.89” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.98” × 0.08”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Silver with Calcite

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Silver with Calcite
 

SV2680TGA: Novelty on the market in 2022.
Arborescent Silver, very aerial and aesthetic, with very marked spinel-law twinning. It is on matrix, surrounding a rocky core decorated by Calcite crystals that differentiate it from the classic Hongda silvers.
These pieces come from a find made in a small gold working, currently closed, and from which until now there was no evidence that such good silvers had been found there.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 3.2 × 2 cm = 2.48” × 1.26” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 0.15 cm = 1.22” × 0.06”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Silver with Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Silver with Calcite
Silver with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TVM88AO4: A novelty on the market in 2022. Very aerial and aesthetic arborescent growth of Silver, with a very marked spinel-law twin plane. With small Calcite crystals that differentiate it from the classic Hongda silvers.
These pieces come from a find made in a small gold working, currently closed, and which showed no evidence of such good silvers until now.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 2.3 × 1.2 cm = 2.64” × 0.91” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 0.1 cm = 1.89” × 0.04”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Silver with Calcite

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TXF73AO5: A novelty on the 2022 market. Very aerial arborescent Silver growths, with a very distinct spinel-law twin plane and with small Calcite crystals that differentiate it from the classic Hongda silvers.
These pieces come from a find made in a small gold working, currently closed, and from which until now there was no evidence that such good silvers could be found there.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 7.1  × 6 × 3.9 cm = 2.80” × 2.36” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 0.1 cm = 1.73” × 0.04”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Silver with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite
Silver with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TBR27AO3: A novelty on the market in 2022. Very aerial and aesthetic arborescent growth of Silver, with a very marked spinel-law twin plane. With small Calcite crystals that adorn it and differentiate it from the classic Hongda silvers.
These pieces come from a find made in a small gold working, currently closed, and which showed no evidence of such good silvers until now.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 3.1 × 1 cm = 3.74” × 1.22” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 8.8 × 0.1 cm = 3.46” × 0.04”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV




SHANXI PROVINCE

Acanthite with Silver
 

EC48K0: Very stylized group of deformed cubic crystals. Hooked and coiled wirelike crystals of native Silver contrast with the darker Acanthite.
66 line Mine, Gaoliangchun, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2 × 2.6 cm = 1.50” × 0.79” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1 cm = 0.63” × 0.39”




Acanthite with Silver. Front
Front
Acanthite with Silver. Side
Side
Acanthite with Silver
Acanthite with Silver. Front
Front
Acanthite with Silver. Side
Side
 

EA56K0: Group of cuboctahedral crystals with strange curvatures and deformations. Hooked and coiled wirelike crystals of native Silver contrast with the darker Acanthite.
66 line Mine, Gaoliangchun, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.8 × 3.6 cm = 1.54” × 1.10” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.08” × 0.08”





SICHUAN PROVINCE

Gold
 

TQ49Z7: Aggregate of elongated octahedral crystals with skeletal and hollow growths but with very well defined crystalline forms. The crystals are extraordinarily bright and have a very intense color.
Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 1.1 × 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.43” × 0.35” × 0.20”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.39” × 0.12”

Weight: 1.6 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Gold with Quartz.

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TX26AF0: Very aerial growth with elongated forms and very well defined octahedral crystals with hoppered faces. Some of the Quartz matrix remains dispersed throughout the Gold crystals
Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2014-2015)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 1.22” × 0.83” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.20” × 0.04”

Weight: 8.8 grams




Xuebaoding area

Scheelite with Albite and Muscovite

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TFX71AO3: Very sharp bipyramidal Scheelite crystal, with parallel growths, translucent, lustrous and with a bright orange color. Associated with an unusually transparent-translucent polycrystalline growth of Albite, and also with lamellar Muscovite crystals.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.8 × 4 cm = 2.24” × 1.50” × 1.57”

Intense fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Scheelite with Albite and Muscovite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Scheelite with Albite and Muscovite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Scheelite with Fluorite and Muscovite
Scheelite with Fluorite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Fluorite and Muscovite. Rear
Rear
Scheelite with Fluorite and Muscovite. Top
Top
 

MH21AJ8: Complete and partially dipyramidal Scheelite crystal that is translucent, very bright and has a very intense orange color. It is partially coated by laminar Muscovite crystals and white cubic Fluorite crystals.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2016)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.9 × 6 cm = 2.56” × 2.32” × 2.36”

Extremely fluorescent short UV



Scheelite with Muscovite

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BRB94AP3: Parallel polycrystalline growth of octahedral Scheelite crystals, translucent, very lustrous and a very vivid orange, on matrix.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (1996)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5 × 3.4 cm = 2.64” × 1.97” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.55” × 0.39”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV



Scheelite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Muscovite. Side
Side
Scheelite with Muscovite.
Scheelite with Muscovite
Scheelite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Muscovite. Side
Side
 

TT50AE1: Very sharp dipyramidal Scheelite crystals, with parallel growths, translucent, very bright, with a color between yellow and orange and implanted on a matrix of Muscovite crystals.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 8 × 5 × 5.5 cm = 3.15” × 1.97” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 6 × 5.7 cm = 2.36” × 2.24”

Extremely fluorescent short UV



Scheelite with Albite

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TFR53AP3: Group of dipyramidal Scheelite crystals of good size, translucent and deep orange, in an Albite matrix.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 9.1 × 6.4 × 3.6 cm = 3.58” × 2.52” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 7.1 × 5 cm = 2.80” × 1.97”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV



Scheelite with Albite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Albite. Side
Side
Cassiterite with Muscovite
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Cassiterite with Muscovite.

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EBX49AP3: Polycrystalline aggregate of twinned Cassiterite crystals, with very sharp crystal forms, extraordinarily lustrous and with a deep black color, on a matrix of very sharp lamellar Muscovite crystals.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 6 × 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 2.36” × 1.73” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 2.5 cm = 1.61” × 0.98”




Cassiterite with Muscovite

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TM37AF6: Isolated groups of twinned Cassiterite crystals with very well defined forms. The highly lustrous crystals are implanted on a rocky matrix coated by sharp, bright, laminar Muscovite crystals. Because of its size and quality, this could be called a “museum” specimen.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 16.7 × 16.5 × 6.2 cm = 6.57” × 6.50” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 3.6 cm = 1.50” × 1.42”

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo



Cassiterite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Side
Side
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Cassiterite with Muscovite.
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite. Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite.
 

TZ99AA0: Aggregate of thick tabular crystals very rich in forms. They are transparent, extraordinarily bright and have a very uniform sky-blue color. They are on matrix with aggregates of very Sharp small Muscovite crystals.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2013)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 3.7 × 4.2 cm = 3.43” × 1.46” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 1.9 cm = 1.14” × 0.75”

Slight fluorescence in the corners




YUNNAN PROVINCE

Cassiterite with Quartz and Mica

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EEB92AP5: Twinned Cassiterite crystal with very sharp crystal forms, transparent dark brown, with an extraordinarily bright luster, in a very aerial position on a matrix of Quartz crystals with leafy Mica aggregates.
Yalian Township, Yongde, Lincang, Yunnan Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.8 × 4.6 cm = 2.91” × 2.28” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.8 cm = 0.79” × 0.71”




Cassiterite with Quartz and Mica. Cassiterite with Quartz and Mica.
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).

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Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
 

XM2230MFR: Druse of Calcite crystals (cobalt-rich variety) showing scalenohedral habits in some deeper toned crystals and globular forms of lighter color in others. Accompanied by fine acicular radiating crystals.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.6 × 1.6 cm = 1.46” × 1.02” × 0.63”




Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)

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Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
 

XM2230MAX: Druse of Calcite crystals (cobalt-rich variety) with mauve-pink tones, in a rock matrix, on a first generation of Calcite crystals which were not stained by cobalt ions.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.6 × 2.9 cm = 1.73” × 1.42” × 1.14”




Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).

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Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
 

XM2340MAB: Crystals of Calcite (cobalt-rich variety) as growths between coralloidal and arborescent, on a rock matrix, with a gradation of color, partially covering a first generation of lamellar Calcite crystals.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 2.1 × 2.7 cm = 2.01” × 0.83” × 1.06”




Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)

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EMR68AP6: Botryoidal growths of Calcite of an intense mauve color (Co-bearing variety), in matrix, and with a second generation of botryoidal Calcite with bluish tones.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.1 × 3.8 cm = 2.56” × 2.01” × 1.50”




Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite). Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite) with Talmessite
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite) with Talmessite. Front
Front
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite) with Talmessite. Side
Side
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite) with Talmessite.

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EFX99AP5: Botryoidal growths of Calcite of an intense mauve color (cobalt-bearing variety), in matrix, with fibrous aggregates of Talmessite covering small Calcite crystals.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 6.3 × 2.7 cm = 2.60” × 2.48” × 1.06”

With analysis copy



Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)

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EXP51AP1: From important finds made in the Lanping area in early 2022. Coralloidal growths of Calcite on matrix with an intense pink-mauve color (cobalt-bearing variety)
This specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Le Rčgne Minéral’ number 168/2022, page 17
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 10.3 × 5.6 cm = 4.92”

Main crystal size: 4.9 × 4 cm = 1.93” × 1.57”




Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite). Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).
Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite). Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).
Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).

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ETP33AP1: A novelty from China. Calcite crystals coated by Talmessite with pinkish tones, more or less reddish depending on the area of the specimen. On matrix, with white, slightly bluish growths of Calcite and with Calcite (cobalt-bearing variety) with a very intense mauve color.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Le Rčgne Minéral’ number 168/2022, page 17
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 8.1 × 4.1 cm = 3.35” × 3.19” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”

With analysis copy

Fluorescent long & short UV



Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite

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ERM73AP1: A novelty from China. Calcite crystal rosettes coated by Talmessite with pink tones, more or less reddish depending on the area of the specimen. On matrix, with slightly bluish botryoidal growths of Calcite.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 8 × 4.4 cm = 3.39” × 3.15” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”

With analysis copy

Fluorescent long & short UV



Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite. Front
Front
Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite. Side
Side
Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite. Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite.
Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite). Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).
Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).

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EFX90AP1: A novelty from China. Calcite crystals coated by Talmessite with pinkish tones, more or less reddish depending on the area of the specimen. On matrix, with coralloidal growths of Calcite (cobalt-bearing variety) of a very intense mauve color.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 9 × 5.2 × 1.9 cm = 3.54” × 2.05” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.08” × 0.08”

With analysis copy



Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)

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EAX33AP1: A novelty from China. Calcite crystals coated by Talmessite with pinkish tones, more or less reddish depending on the area of the specimen. On matrix, with botryoidal growths of Calcite (cobalt-bearing variety) of a very intense mauve color.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 9.1 × 8.2 × 5 cm = 3.58” × 3.23” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”

With analysis copy



Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite). Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).
Talmessite coating Calcite with manganese oxides
Talmessite coating Calcite with manganese oxides.
Talmessite coating Calcite with manganese oxides.

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Talmessite coating Calcite with manganese oxides
 

SV740EBB: Druse of Calcite crystals partially covered by pinkish Talmessite, deeper pink in some areas of the specimen, showing coralloidal forms, with darker banded areas caused by manganese oxide stains.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 10 × 5.8 cm = 4.02” × 3.94” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”

With analysis copy



Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite

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EPT99AP1: A novelty from China. Calcite crystals coated by Talmessite with pinkish tones, more or less reddish depending on the area of the specimen.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Lanping, Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (07/2022)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 11.6 × 9.2 cm = 4.65” × 4.57” × 3.62”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.20” × 0.12”

With analysis copy



Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite. Talmessite coating Calcite and with Calcite.
Aurichalcite with Chalcopyrite
Aurichalcite with Chalcopyrite. Aurichalcite with Chalcopyrite.

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EFM67AP2: Botryoidal and spheroidal growths of light bluish green Aurichalcite, on matrix, associated with trapezohedral Chalcopyrite crystals with an external patina of oxides.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.9 × 2.7 cm = 1.89” × 1.54” × 1.06”

With analysis copy



Aurichalcite with Chalcopyrite, Baryte and Quartz

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EPR87AP2: Botryoidal and spheroidal growths of light green Aurichalcite, on matrix, associated with trapezohedral Chalcopyrite crystals with an external patina of oxides, Baryte and small Quartz crystals. The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 4.1 × 3.8 cm = 3.46” × 1.61” × 1.50”

With analysis copy



Aurichalcite with Chalcopyrite, Baryte and Quartz. Aurichalcite with Chalcopyrite, Baryte and Quartz.
Aragonite on Calcite
Aragonite on Calcite. Aragonite on Calcite.

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MLC96AO2: New on the market in 2022. Botryoidal growths of Aragonite, very aerial, translucent and with an intense blue color due to inclusions of copper salts. Curiously, its duller green matrix is Calcite instead of Aragonite, as analysis surprisingly showed the presence of both polymorphs in the same piece.
Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 6.3 × 3.9 cm = 3.66” × 2.48” × 1.54”

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Tyrolite with Theisite

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Tyrolite with Theisite
 

SV180MBR: Groups of crystals in radial fibrous aggregates composed of Tyrolite crystals, with bluish green tones, arranged on a matrix partially covered by a thin crystalline crust of Theisite. From a Chinese locality, Sanguozhuang, where lead and zinc are extracted, and which is the type locality for 5 new mineral species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.34” × 1.18” × 0.71”




Tyrolite with Theisite.
Tyrolite with Theisite.
Cuprodongchuanite with Veszelyite
Cuprodongchuanite with Veszelyite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Cuprodongchuanite with Veszelyite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Cuprodongchuanite with Veszelyite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Cuprodongchuanite with Veszelyite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MJR99AO3: Translucent and lustrous spheroidal aggregates with a pale bluish green color of Cuprodongchuanite, a rare phosphate of lead, copper and zinc, discovered very recently and approved by the IMA as a new species in 2021. On matrix, accompanied by numerous Veszelyite crystals, very sharp and deep blue.
The specimen is from the type locality for the species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.1 × 1.6 cm = 1.38” × 1.22” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

Type locality



Cuprodongchuanite with Hemimorphite and Veszelyite

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TVX46AO3: Translucent, lustrous pale bluish green spheroidal aggregates of Cuprodongchuanite, a rare phosphate of lead, copper and zinc, discovered very recently and approved by the IMA as a new species in 2021. On matrix, with white aggregates of Hemimorphite and small blue crystals of Veszelyite.
The specimen is from the type locality for the species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.42” × 1.02” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

Type locality



Cuprodongchuanite with Hemimorphite and Veszelyite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Cuprodongchuanite with Hemimorphite and Veszelyite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Veszelyite
Veszelyite.
 

TJA98AO7: Group, on matrix, of elongated and extraordinarily sharp Veszelyite crystals, with very sharp crystal forms, translucent, with great luster and an intense, deep and uniform color. Of optimum quality for the species, with its very unique-looking sheaf of crystals.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 1.2 × 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.47” × 0.47” × 0.43”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.35” × 0.28”




Veszelyite
Veszelyite  

SV320MTR: Aesthetic and elegant miniature, very aerial, formed by Veszelyite crystals grouped in spheroidal shapes and arranged in a fan, very sharp and with perfectly defined crystal forms, with an intense and uniform color and extraordinarily lustrous. From a Chinese locality, Sanguozhuang, where lead and zinc are mined, and which is the type locality for 5 new mineral species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 1.6 × 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.63” × 0.47” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.24” × 0.24”




Veszelyite.
Veszelyite.
Veszelyite
Veszelyite. Front
Front
Veszelyite. Side
Side
 

TJB49AO7: Group, on matrix, of elongated and extraordinarily sharp Veszelyite crystals, with very sharp crystal forms, translucent, with great luster and an intense, deep and uniform color. Of optimum quality for the species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.67” × 0.59” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”




Veszelyite with Theisite
Veszelyite with Theisite  

SV280MBX: Distinct groups of Veszelyite crystals on matrix, aggregated in sheaf-like habits, each with preferred and parallel orientations, elongated and very sharp, with well defined crystal forms and an intense and uniform color, standing out on a thin crystalline layer of very pale blue Theisite coating the rock matrix, which gives a beautiful color contrast with the Veszelyite crystals. From a Chinese locality, Sanguozhuang, where lead and zinc are extracted, and which is the type locality for 5 new mineral species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (11/2022)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.71” × 0.59” × 0.51”




Veszelyite with Theisite. Front
Front
Veszelyite with Theisite. Top
Top
Veszelyite
Veszelyite. Front
Front
Veszelyite. Side
Side

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MAR88AO0: Group of elongated and very sharp Veszelyite crystals, with very sharp crystal forms, translucent, with great luster and an extraordinarily intense and uniform color. Of the highest quality for the species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.1 × 1.1 cm = 0.79” × 0.43” × 0.43”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.4 cm = 0.43” × 0.16”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite
 

TPE77AN3: Spheroidal group of tabular crystals of the rare species Veszelyite, with very sharp polycrystalline growths. Translucent, lustrous and deep blue. On matrix, with very pale greenish blue botryoidal Hemimorphite.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.18” × 0.91” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.24” × 0.24”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite. Veszelyite with Hemimorphite.
Veszelyite with Quartz
Veszelyite with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Veszelyite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MFR16AO4: Small Veszelyite crystal, but peculiar for being isolated on the tip of a Quartz crystal. It has very sharp crystal forms, is translucent, and has good luster and an intense color.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 1.42” × 1.38” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.08” × 0.08”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite
 

TFE3AN3: Groups of fine tabular crystals of the rare species Veszelyite, with very sharp polycrystalline growths, translucent, lustrous and deep blue. On matrix, with greenish botryoidal Hemimorphite.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.6 × 2.2 cm = 1.42” × 1.42” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite. Front
Front
Veszelyite with Hemimorphite. Side
Side
Veszelyite with Hemimorphite.
Veszelyite
Veszelyite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Veszelyite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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ELM94AP3: Group, on matrix, of elongated Veszelyite crystals, with very sharp crystal forms, translucent, with very good luster and an intense, deep and uniform color. Optimum quality for the species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.46” × 1.22” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.24” × 0.12”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite and Quartz

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MXM99AO1: Group of very sharp Veszelyite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very sharp crystal forms, translucent, with very bright luster and an extraordinarily intense and uniform color. On matrix with white globular Hemimorphite growths that partially cover small Quartz crystals. High quality for the species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.7 × 3.2 cm = 1.57” × 1.06” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite and Quartz. Veszelyite with Hemimorphite and Quartz.
Veszelyite with Cuprodongchuanite and Hemimorphite
Veszelyite with Cuprodongchuanite and Hemimorphite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Veszelyite with Cuprodongchuanite and Hemimorphite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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TMA96AN5: Veszelyite crystals isolated or in small groups, very sharp, of extraordinary quality for the species and very similar to the famous ones from the Black Pine mine but even more intense in color. They are translucent, lustrous and deep blue, and on a matrix with green Cuprodongchuanite and white Hemimorphite. Only a few specimens of this type were uncovered during the finds of the year 2021.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.3 × 2.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.30” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.4 cm = 0.35” × 0.16”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite

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TPD70AN5: Veszelyite crystals isolated or in small groups, very sharp, of extraordinary quality for the species and very similar to the famous ones from the Black Pine mine but even more intense in color. They are translucent, lustrous and deep blue, and on a matrix with white Hemimorphite. Only a few specimens of this type were uncovered during the finds of the year 2021.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.7 × 4.1 cm = 1.73” × 1.46” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Veszelyite with Hemimorphite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Veszelyite with Quartz
Veszelyite with Quartz. Veszelyite with Quartz.
Veszelyite with Quartz. Veszelyite with Quartz. Foto: Joaquim Callén
Foto: Joaquim Callén

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EFF92AP5: Group of elongated crystals of Veszelyite, a rare phosphate of zinc and copper, of good size for the species, extraordinarily sharp and defined, in matrix, and associated with sharp Quartz crystals. An excellent miniature from a classic locality for the species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4 × 3.2 cm = 1.85” × 1.57” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.16” × 0.08”




Veszelyite with Hemimorphite

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MXE70AO2: Drusy aggregate of very sharp Veszelyite crystals, with well defined crystal forms, translucent, with great luster and an extraordinarily intense and uniform color. On matrix, with globular growths of light blue Hemimorphite. High quality for the species.
The Hemimorphite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (10/2021)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.4 × 2.4 cm = 1.93” × 1.34” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.08” × 0.08”

With analysis copy



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

TC92AL5: Groups of crystals of Veszelyite with fairly well defined crystalline forms, intense color, randomly distributed in a matrix with white botryoidal coatings of Hemimorphite.
The specimen comes from the Rock Currier collection (no. 8979), whose label we will send to the buyer. It has a sawn matrix on the rear.
Laochang ore field, Gejiu, Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan  China

Specimen size: 7.5 × 7.4 × 2.6 cm = 2.95” × 2.91” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Former collection of Rock Currier

minID: K2T-86V



Veszelyite on Hemimorphite

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TBR66AO4: Rosette aggregates of very sharp Veszelyite crystals, with well defined crystal forms, translucent, with good luster and an extraordinarily intense and uniform color, on matrix.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 9 × 6.8 × 3.4 cm = 3.54” × 2.68” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”




Veszelyite on Hemimorphite. Front
Front
Veszelyite on Hemimorphite. Side
Side
Veszelyite on Hemimorphite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Veszelyite on Hemimorphite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear
 

TR94R9: Group of acute scalenohedral crystals of Calcite that formed on a stalactitic growth with a very neat central cannel.
Wenshan area, Yunnan  China (09/2008)

Specimen size: 16.2 × 10.4 × 10.4 cm = 6.38” × 4.09” × 4.09”

Main crystal size: 7.2 × 2.7 cm = 2.83” × 1.06”




Fluorite with Baryte and Stibnite
 

EB68AE8: Double elongated cluster of cubic Fluorite crystals beveled by the faces of the dodecahedron. They are translucent, with lilac color on their faces and strongly saturated violet color on the edges. They are partially coated by Baryte and they growth around a Stibnite crystal that is partially visible by transparence.
The specimen has been published in the book 'China II', by Berthold Ottens, on page 370
Weishan, Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2016)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.85” × 1.77” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.39” × 0.39”




Fluorite with Baryte and Stibnite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte and Stibnite. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Baryte and Stibnite.
Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
Fluorite with Baryte.

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EFL69AP3: Stalactitic growth of translucent Fluorite crystals with an intense violet color, with geometric color zoning, more saturated on the edges, and with white coatings of Baryte.
Weishan, Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 3.4 × 3 cm = 4.61” × 1.34” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.47” × 0.43”




Cassiterite with Quartz

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EFR97AP3: Twinned Cassiterite crystal, very aerial on matrix, with very sharp crystal forms, between transparent and translucent, with very bright luster and with color zoning, denser in the center of the crystal.
Amo deposit, Ximeng, Pu'er Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.42” × 0.94” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.71” × 0.59”




Cassiterite with Quartz. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Quartz. Side
Side
Cassiterite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Cassiterite
Cassiterite. Front
Front
Cassiterite. Top
Top

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MV68AL3: Multiple twin of Cassiterite with elongated habit, very rich in crystal forms, partially doubly terminated, translucent, shiny and of uniform dark brown color. From a locality that has given just few specimens.
Amo deposit, Ximeng, Pu'er Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 1.46” × 1.22” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.4 cm = 1.34” × 0.94”


minID: FH0-VD6



Cassiterite with Quartz
 

TP70AA0: Transparent cyclic twinned crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, with a brown color and toasted honey reflections and on a Quartz matrix. Good Cassiterite samples from this locality are currently very scarce, especially, as in this case, for crystals free of damage.
Amo, Ximeng, Yunnan  China (2013)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.8 × 4.4 cm = 2.13” × 1.89” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2 × 2 cm = 0.79” × 0.79”




Cassiterite with Quartz. Cassiterite with Quartz.
Cassiterite with Quartz.

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 Calcite and Quartz
Babingtonite with Calcite and Quartz.
Babingtonite with Calcite and Quartz.
 

MX97G5: Crystals, very definite and bright, grown on a Quartz group standing on a Calcite crystal. We’ll give a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4 × 4.3 cm = 2.56” × 1.57” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”




Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz

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THM46AQ1: Prismatic and flattened crystals of Babingtonite, many of them doubly terminated, very lustrous, on a matrix of light green botryoidal Prehnite and Quartz crystals.
The specimen comes from a find in April 2023.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (04/2023)

Specimen size: 16.7 × 12.8 × 4 cm = 6.57” × 5.04” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.3 cm = 0.87” × 0.51”




Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz.

ZHEJIANG PROVINCE

Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz
Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz. Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz.
 

TX17AN2: Druse of octahedral Fluorite crystals, lustrous, translucent and with an intense green color, with a second generation of violet crystals, and all of them outlined by fine white Quartz coatings. Some matrix has been cut awayt at the back, as is often the case with specimens from China.
Wuyi ore field, Wuyi, Jinhua Prefecture, Zhejiang Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 22.4 × 10.2 × 3.9 cm = 8.82” × 4.02” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.8 cm = 1.34” × 1.10”

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Calcite with Inclusions
 

TC51AM0: Doubly terminated floater Calcite crystal with dominant elongated faces and a very flattened terminal rhombohedron. Translucent, lustrous and very rich in oriented inclusions. The back is complete and exhibits a curious recrystallized growth that makes the crystal appear to be hemihedral.
Lishui Prefecture, Zhejiang Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.4 × 2.6 cm = 1.85” × 1.73” × 1.02”




Calcite with Inclusions. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite with Inclusions. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite with inclusions
Calcite with inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with inclusions. Side
Side
Calcite with inclusions.
 

TT51AE9: 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.
Lishui Prefecture, Zhejiang Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.3 × 5.2 cm = 2.36” × 1.69” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 4.9 × 4 cm = 1.93” × 1.57”

Minor fluorescence short UV



Calcite with inclusions
 

TA71AF1: Floater aggregate of crystals that have a thick tabular shape, with clear and very bright prismatic faces, with inclusions, and a greatly flattened terminal rhombohedron, transparent in the interior and whitish and translucent on their borders. We especially note the unusual morphology of the crystals and, typical for this locality, the curious “mossy” inclusions of, very probably, iron oxides.
Lishui Prefecture, Zhejiang Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 3.4 × 3.8 cm = 3.39” × 1.34” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 2.7 cm = 1.69” × 1.06”

Minor fluorescence short UV



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