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Gold with Quartz  

 

 

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

TR76AJ9
Very aerial and elegant group of Gold crystals with the well-defined crystalline forms of the octahedron and the dodecahedron. They are elongated, some of them with window and skeletal growths and some laminar forms.

Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China

2014-2015

Weight: 7.4 grams

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.9 × 0.9 × 0.4

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

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  Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite

Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province
China

±2004


Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.3 × 3.1 cm = 1.4 × 1.3 × 1.2

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

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Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite. Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite.

MR26AJ9
Different from Helvine crystals from other Chinese provenances, these are isolated, sharp and formed by the positive and negative rhombohedron, with the color between dark honey brown and yellow distributed in zones. They are on a matrix coated with orange trapezohedral Spessartine crystals and leafy aggregates of Chlorite. The Helvine has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.

  Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite

Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite  

 

 

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

TR91AJ9
One of the attractive aspects of the sample is the contrast between the dark crystalline matrix and the pale shades of the elongated Pyromorphite crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated, with hollow terminations and partially coated and replaced by Plumbogummite of a pale blue color.

Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
China

01/2015


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 5.2 × 5.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.0 × 2.0 × 1.5

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

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  Octaedral Fluorite with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite

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

2014


Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.2 × 5.3 cm = 2.5 × 1.3 × 2.1

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.0 × 0.8

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Octaedral Fluorite with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite. Front
Front
Octaedral Fluorite with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite. Side
Side

MP88AJ9
A very well balanced sample which spotlights their transparency and the luster and diaphaneity of the octahedral Fluorite crystals beveled by the dodecahedron and the cube, and the right matrix with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite.

  Octaedral Fluorite with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite

Hematite with Quartz  

 

 

Hematite with Quartz  
Hematite with Quartz. Hematite with Quartz.
Hematite with Quartz.

TL68AJ9
The sample is especially attractive due the contrast between the thin and sharp forms of the rosette aggregates of the laminar Hematite crystals, very bright, and the rounded outlines of the aggregates of white Quartz crystals with the artichoke-like shape.

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

2013


Specimen size: 9.5 × 3.1 × 5.2 cm = 3.7 × 1.2 × 2.0

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  Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite

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

2014


Specimen size: 11.2 × 3.5 × 4.8 cm = 4.4 × 1.4 × 1.9

Main crystal size: 9.7 × 3.1 cm = 3.8 × 1.2

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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.

EV97AJ9
Perhaps simply Quartz but it has a surprising variety of forms and morphological changes, with parallel growths on the scepter terminations, dipyramidal, with a short prism (in some cases those faces are nonexistent or poorly visible and such crystals have sometimes been erroneously described as β-Quartz). The Quartz group is very rich in inclusions and partially coated by small, white Calcite-Dolomite crystals.

  Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite

Fluorite with Quartz  

 

 

Fluorite with Quartz  
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.

MP89AJ9
Another demonstration of the morphological and chromatic diversity to which the Chinese Fluorites accustomed us. In this case a group of cubic crystals that are transparent, bright, with a deep green color and strategically placed on a group of Quartz crystals with recrystallizations and partially coated by equant Calcite crystals.

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

2015


Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7 × 4.6 cm = 4.9 × 2.8 × 1.8

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.7 cm = 1.6 × 1.5

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  Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite

Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

04/2917


Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.6 × 4.1 cm = 2.5 × 1.8 × 1.6

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Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite. Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite.
Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite. Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite.

EA89AJ9
If the variation is pleasant, what better than this association of four species, two of them (Roweite and Olshanskyite) very rare? The Roweite is in aggregates of laminar crystals of great size and quality for what has been known for the species, and it is on matrix, with very sharp, clear and colorless Olshanskyite crystals, small Andradite crystals and octahedral Magnetite crystals. The Roweite crystals are neatly differentiated and have well defined faces and edges with a light creamy color. The quality of these specimens is undoubtedly superior to what was previously known, both for the individuality of the crystals and for their sharpness, but also for their association with first level Olshanskyite crystals, which makes them deserving to be in the best private collections and museums. We have analyzed samples to confirm the identity of the different species and well send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.

  Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite

Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz  

 

 

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

TV50AJ9
Very well known in mineral collecting the beauty of these complex Sphalerite crystals never ceases to amaze us. They are translucent, very bright and with a very deep color, on a matrix coated bay small Quartz crystals and cubo-octahedral Galena crystals with very well defined faces and edges.

Tongren Mine, Tongren, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province
China


Specimen size: 14.5 × 10.4 × 8.3 cm = 5.7 × 4.1 × 3.3

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.3 cm = 1.6 × 1.3

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  Twinned Cerussite

Nakhlak Mine, ↓180 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

03/2016


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.6 × 1.4 × 1.1

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Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear

TH96AJ9
We must especially note the esthetic quality of this kind of floater Cerussite aggregates forming multiple twins of very sharp crystals that are between laminar and tabular, transparent, very bright and more neat and perfect than most of the samples from this locality.

  Twinned Cerussite

Twinned Cerussite  

 

 

Twinned Cerussite  
Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear

TJ17AJ9
We must especially note the esthetic quality of this kind of floater Cerussite aggregates forming multiple twins of very sharp crystals that are between laminar and tabular, transparent, very bright and more neat and perfect than most of the samples from this locality.

Nakhlak Mine, ↓180 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

03/2016


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.2 × 2.6 cm = 1.7 × 1.7 × 1.0

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  Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite and Hemimorphite

Chah Milleh Mine, Chah Milleh, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

08/2015


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 7.6 × 5.4 × 5.3 cm = 3.0 × 2.1 × 2.1

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.3 × 1.2

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Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite and Hemimorphite. Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite and Hemimorphite.

MK87AJ9
Very aerial and esthetic arborescent and flattened growth of Willemite crystals after Descloizite, partially coated by small barrel-shaped Mimetite crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated, with an intense reddish yellow color.

  Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite and Hemimorphite



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