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A111 - Scheelite on Muscovite $ 260 SOLD
Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China
miniature - 5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a111a.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a111b.jpg]

A 2.8 cm Scheelite octahedron in Muscovite with good luster and sharp edges, size 5 x 4 x 3 cm.


A696 - Orpiment with Calcite $ 350 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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.

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