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A431 - Aquamarine $ 600
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Sichuan Prov., China
small cabinet - 7 x 7 x 5 cm
ex.  Matthew Webb


Aquamarine from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a431a.jpg] Aquamarine from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a431b.jpg] Aquamarine from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a431c.jpg] Aquamarine from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a431d.jpg]

Tabular, glassy Aqua crystals on Muscovite matrix. The quality of the Aqua is much better than typical for this locality, and the main crystal is much thicker than normal, being 3.8cm wide and 2.3 cm thick. One or two tiny nicks present, but basically undamaged. Ex. Matthew Webb #353.


A949 - Calcite on Stibnite $ 300
Henan Prov., China
cabinet - 10.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Calcite on Stibnite from Henan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a949a.jpg] Calcite on Stibnite from Henan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a949b.jpg] Calcite on Stibnite from Henan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a949c.jpg]

Terminated Stibnite crystal with two attached white Calcite crystals to 3.5cm wide. I've had this piece for over 10 years and still have not seen one with larger and better Calcites, despite the quantities that have come out.


CH102 - Fluorite, Arsenopyrite on Ferberite $ 300
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., china
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2.2 cm


Fluorite, Arsenopyrite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., china [db_pics/pics/ch102a.jpg] Fluorite, Arsenopyrite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., china [db_pics/pics/ch102b.jpg] Fluorite, Arsenopyrite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., china [db_pics/pics/ch102c.jpg]

Classic combination specimen from Yaogangxian composed of a single Ferberite crystal with the backside and top overgrown by fine yellow Muscovite crystals, with Flourite cubes, Arsenopyrite, and clear Quartz crystals. .


A873 - Aquamarine on Muscovite $ 1500
Ping Wu, Sichuan, China
small cabinet - 7 x 4 x 4 cm


Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873a.jpg] Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873b.jpg] Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873c.jpg]

Highly lustrous, tabular blue crystals on Muscovite. Thick, high quality Aqua, undamaged.


TU39 - Fluorite $ 1200
Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 8.9 x 8 x 4.5 cm


Fluorite from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/tu39a.jpg] Fluorite from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/tu39b.jpg] Fluorite from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/tu39c.jpg] Fluorite from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/tu39d.jpg]

Transparent octahedral Fluorite crystals to 3cm on matrix.


TU61 - Quartz with Helvite $ 700
Jinlong Hill, Longchuan, Guangdong Prov., China
large cabinet - 18 x 6 x 5 cm


Quartz with Helvite from Jinlong Hill, Longchuan, Guangdong Prov., China [db_pics/pics/tu61a.jpg] Quartz with Helvite from Jinlong Hill, Longchuan, Guangdong Prov., China [db_pics/pics/tu61b.jpg] Quartz with Helvite from Jinlong Hill, Longchuan, Guangdong Prov., China [db_pics/pics/tu61c.jpg] Quartz with Helvite from Jinlong Hill, Longchuan, Guangdong Prov., China [db_pics/pics/tu61d.jpg]

Large, transparent Quartz crystal with attached and partially included black Helvite crystals. The Quartz has chlorite inclusions and has a well defined green phantom right near the termination. It also hasa slight reddixh cast in areas. As a bonus, the base of the crystal is completely rehealed.


A318 - Lollingite on Scheelite $ 350
Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 5.8 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm


Lollingite on Scheelite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a318a.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a318b.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a318c.jpg]

A 4.5 cm Scheelite crystal that is partially coated by Lollingite. The Scheelite crystal is partially etched. The Scheelite has a metallic silver-colored mineral (looks like Molybdenite) that formed as an epimorph of the Scheelite and was later covered by another layer of Scheelite.


A960 - Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz on Magnetite $ 450
Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China
cabinet - 10.5 x 10 x 5 cm


Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz on Magnetite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a960a.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz on Magnetite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a960b.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz on Magnetite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a960c.jpg] Lollingite on Scheelite with Quartz on Magnetite from Huanggangliang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a960d.jpg]

Large 5cm Scheelite crystal that is partially coated by Lollingite associated with green Quartz crystals, all of which are attached to a thick chunk of Magnetite crystals. The Scheelite crystal is partially etched at the bottom revealing a metallic silver-colored mineral (looks like Molybdenite) inside the Scheelite.


A304 - Calcite $ 250
Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm


Calcite from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a304a.jpg] Calcite from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a304b.jpg]

Translucent yelow/green Calcite crystal from a new find. An unusual neon color similar to Brazilianite color. Only 2 flats of this material were available at the show with one Chinese dealer, and 90% of those were only partial crystals, this one being one of the best complete crystals.


A306 - Quartz with Calcite $ 200
Huangang, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 6.5 x 4 cm


Quartz with Calcite from Huangang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a306a.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Huangang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a306b.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Huangang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a306c.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Huangang, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/a306d.jpg]

Lustrous and sharp sceptered Quartz crystal associated with peach colored Calcite crystals. Undamaged.


CH103 - Fluorite on Ferberite $ 290
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
miniature - 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.2 cm


Fluorite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch103a.jpg] Fluorite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch103b.jpg] Fluorite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch103c.jpg]

Transparent purple Fluorite cubes atop a Ferberite crystal. The Fluorites are glassy and undamaged.


CH107 - Fluorite on Muscovite $ 1500
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 5 cm


Fluorite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch107a.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch107b.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch107c.jpg]

Transparent purple/blue Fluorite cubes on a matrix of Muscovite. The Fluorites are glassy and undamaged. Chalcopyrite crystals are present along the left side.


TU224 - Quartz $ 600
Daye, Hubei Prov., China
large cabinet - 15.5 x 15.5 x 9.5 cm


Quartz from Daye, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/tu224a.jpg] Quartz from Daye, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/tu224b.jpg] Quartz from Daye, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/tu224c.jpg] Quartz from Daye, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/tu224d.jpg]

Amazing floater cluster composed entirely of double-terminated Quartz crystals. This stunning piece is complete all around and surprizingly undamaged for it's size and with so many different points sticking out in all directions. Individual Quartz crystals reach 14.5cm long. WAY better in person.


B560 - Azurite with Malachite $ 4000
Anhui Province, China
cabinet - 14.5 x 12.5 x 5.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b560a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b560b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b560c.jpg]

Shockingly bright, electric blue Azurite crystals lining a large, shallow vug. The color is a more dark, vibrant royal blue than the photos indicate. The photos also don't capture the bright reflections of the crystals - they look like blue foil. These are so incredibly bright I had to take a second look to make sure they weren't Linarite or some other species. I've never Azurite seen like this before, though I have heard Bisbee produced similar Azurites to this at one time. The backside is sawn revealing another small vug containing typical, darker blue Azurite crystals. If you want to add a large amount of bright blue to your case, this is the one.


B561 - Azurite with Malachite $ 300
Anhui Province, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b561a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b561b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b561c.jpg]

Shockingly bright, electric blue Azurite crystals lining a large, shallow vug. The color is a more dark, vibrant royal blue than the photos indicate. The photos also don't capture the bright reflections of the crystals - they look like blue foil. These are so incredibly bright I had to take a second look to make sure they weren't Linarite or some other species. I've never Azurite seen like this before, though I have heard Bisbee produced similar Azurites to this at one time.



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