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A696 - Orpiment with Calcite $ 350 (=~ € 287) SOLD
Shimen Realgar Mine, Hunan, China
cabinet - 14.5 x 7 x 6 cm


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Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Realgar Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a696a.jpg] Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Realgar Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a696b.jpg] Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Realgar Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a696c.jpg]

Bright golden Orpiment intermixed with scalenohedral white Calcite, size 14.5 x 7 x 6 cm.


A669 - Fluorite, Arsenopyrite on Muscovite $ 900 (=~ € 739) SOLD
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
cabinet - 11 x 7 x 5 cm


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Fluorite, Arsenopyrite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a669a.jpg] Fluorite, Arsenopyrite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a669b.jpg] Fluorite, Arsenopyrite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a669c.jpg]

Superb, 3-dimensional specimen with glassy, purple Fluorites to 2.4cm with unusually light or white colored Arsenopyrites, all on yellow Muscovite. I have searched through thousands of Yaogangxian specimens over the years and only a small percentage have the aesthetic appeal as this one, especially in a larger size like this. Very attractive display specimen, size 11 x 7 x 5 cm.


A734 - Bournonite $ 350 (=~ € 287) SOLD
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
miniature - 3.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Bournonite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a734a.jpg] Bournonite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a734b.jpg] Bournonite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a734c.jpg] Bournonite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a734d.jpg]

Bournonite crystals with brilliant, lustrous terminations intergrown with Quartz crystals. Size 3.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm.


A446 - Orpiment with Calcite $ 450 (=~ € 369) SOLD
Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China
small cabinet - 7 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm


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Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a446a.jpg] Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a446b.jpg] Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a446c.jpg] Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a446d.jpg]

Translucent orange Orpiment crystals with white scalenohedral Calcite. The most attractive Orpiment specimens from this mine occur associated with these Calcites, and this is a beautiful example, size 7 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm.


A791 - Scheelite on Muscovite $ 290 (=~ € 238) SOLD
Ping Wu Mine, Hunan Prov., China
small cabinet - 8 x 7.5 x 5 cm


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Scheelite on Muscovite from Ping Wu Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a791a.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Ping Wu Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a791b.jpg]

4cm wide orange Scheelite set in large Muscovite crystals. Size 8 x 7.5 x 5 cm.


A447 - Orpiment with Calcite $ 600 (=~ € 493) SOLD
Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China
small cabinet - 7 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm


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Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a447a.jpg] Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a447b.jpg] Orpiment with Calcite from Shimen Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a447c.jpg]

Translucent orange Orpiment crystals with white scalenohedral Calcite. The most attractive Orpiment specimens from this mine occur associated with these Calcites, and this is a beautiful example. Some Realgar present too and is in some of the Calcite. The large Calcite tip tapers and is complete andundamaged, size 7 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm.


A449 - Calcite on Fluorite with Pyrite on Ferberite $ 425 (=~ € 349) SOLD
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Calcite on Fluorite with Pyrite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a449a.jpg] Calcite on Fluorite with Pyrite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a449b.jpg] Calcite on Fluorite with Pyrite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a449c.jpg] Calcite on Fluorite with Pyrite on Ferberite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a449d.jpg]

Transparent blue Fluorite crystals partially covered by stacked, disk-shaped white Calcite crystals. Intergrown with the Fluorite is a large Ferberite crystal that is partially covered by Pyrite crystals. The Fluorites are also lightly coated by tiny pyrites. A fine quality classic Yaogangxian combo specimen, size 7 x 5.5 x 4 cm.


A618 - Fluorite, Pyrite on Green Quartz $ 275 (=~ € 226) SOLD
Shangbao Mine, Hunan Prov., China
cabinet - 9.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm


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Fluorite, Pyrite on Green Quartz from Shangbao Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a618a.jpg] Fluorite, Pyrite on Green Quartz from Shangbao Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a618b.jpg] Fluorite, Pyrite on Green Quartz from Shangbao Mine, Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a618c.jpg]

Large, fat single Green Quartz crystal with attached purple Fluorite cubes and Pyrite. From the new find, size 9.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm.


A956 - Azurite $ 375 (=~ € 308) SOLD
Shi Lu Copper Mine, Guangdong Province, China
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5.5 x 5 cm


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Azurite from Shi Lu Copper Mine, Guangdong Province, China [db_pics/pics/a956a.jpg] Azurite from Shi Lu Copper Mine, Guangdong Province, China [db_pics/pics/a956b.jpg] Azurite from Shi Lu Copper Mine, Guangdong Province, China [db_pics/pics/a956c.jpg]

Cluster of big, thick crystals, biggest crystals of the lot. Well crystallized on all around with exception of bottom which is undamaged but not well crystallized, size 5.5 x 5.5 x 5 cm.


A212 - Cinnabar on Dolomite $ 325 (=~ € 267) SOLD
Yanwuping Mines, Guizhou, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 6 x 3.5 cm
ex.  Bill Hiss


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Cinnabar on Dolomite from Yanwuping Mines, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a212a.jpg] Cinnabar on Dolomite from Yanwuping Mines, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a212b.jpg] Cinnabar on Dolomite from Yanwuping Mines, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a212c.jpg]

Classic Cinnabar penetration twin 1.4cm on Quartz druse with Calcite. Translucent red when backlit. Ex. Bill hiss collection, size 6.5 x 6 x 3.5 cm.


A877 - Spessartine on Quartz $ 250 (=~ € 205) SOLD
Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China
cabinet - 9.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm


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Spessartine on Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a877a.jpg] Spessartine on Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a877b.jpg] Spessartine on Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a877c.jpg]

These Quartz and garnet combos have been coming out of China steadily for a while now, however most of the Quartz, while being a good dark color, are not very transparent. This piece features a 6cm water clear Quartz with attached gemmy orange Spessartine on a matrix with similar Quartz and spessartine. Sawn base, size 9.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm.


A945 - Scheelite on Cassiterite $ 375 (=~ € 308) SOLD
Ping Wu, Sichuan, China
small cabinet - 6 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm


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Scheelite on Cassiterite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a945a.jpg] Scheelite on Cassiterite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a945b.jpg] Scheelite on Cassiterite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a945c.jpg]

Three small, gemmy Scheelite crystals to 6mm (two on the Cassiterite, one on the mica) with attractive Cassiterite on muscovite, size 6 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm.


A106 - Cinnabar $ 440 (=~ € 361)
Tongren, Guizhou, China
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm


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Cinnabar from Tongren, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a106a.jpg] Cinnabar from Tongren, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a106b.jpg] Cinnabar from Tongren, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/a106c.jpg]

2.8cm cluster of Cinnabar crystals on Dolomite. Sawn base and edges, size 7 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm.


A801 - Hemimorphite SOLD
Dulong Mine, Yunnan Prov., China
large cabinet - 17 x 12 x 5 cm


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Hemimorphite from Dulong Mine, Yunnan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a801a.jpg] Hemimorphite from Dulong Mine, Yunnan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a801b.jpg] Hemimorphite from Dulong Mine, Yunnan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a801c.jpg]

Flat, wide plate of botryoidal blue Hemimorphite with good sky blue color. No contacts anywhere across entire front surface. Rare to get such a large piece without any of the usual contacts commonly seen on these specimens, size 17 x 12 x 5 cm. This si the very best specimen from a parcel I bought years ago when these were first found. Valued at $350-$450.


A692 - Apatite on Quartz $ 290 (=~ € 238) SOLD
Chongyi, Jiangxi, China
miniature - 4 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Apatite on Quartz from Chongyi, Jiangxi, China [db_pics/pics/a692a.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Chongyi, Jiangxi, China [db_pics/pics/a692b.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Chongyi, Jiangxi, China [db_pics/pics/a692c.jpg]

New find of Apatite, this one the only one I've seen so far on Quartz. Apatite is pink with glassy luster and 9mm wide. The Quartz is included and covered with Chlorite with an internal phantom covered with a layer of tiny green spheres. Back side of Quartz crystal is covered by tiny white unidentified acicular crystals, size 4 x 3 x 2.5 cm.

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