Tag Archives: Asia
Light bluish purple, gemmy cubes of fluorite are sprinkled with off white botryoidal aggregates of aragonite. No telling when these were mined, but they came on the market in 2014.
Location: Konshejeh Mine, Ardestan County, Esfahan Province, Iran
Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.3 x 6cm
Size: Small Cabinet
Brassy golden dodecahedrons of pyrite that appear to have layers on the surface of the crystals. These sit on a matrix of clear calcite prisms. Wonderful to find a Chinese pyrite with no damage.
Location: Daye Copper Mine, Daye County, Hubei Province, China
Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.3 x 3.5cm
Size: Small Cabinet
Brilliant grass green barrel shaped crystals of pyromorphite (some with beveled edges) to 1.8 cm on a tan stalactitic matrix. Some of the crystals (including the larger ones) are doubly terminated. Choice miniature.
Location: Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.2 x 1.9cm
A very special piece from the Shimen Mine in China. It is a two sided specimen where calcite prisms are selectively sprinkled with acicular orpiment crystals and are completely blanketed on the other side. It is undamaged (very rare for Shimen specimens) and is a complete floater. Super!
Location: Shimen Mine, Changde Prefecture, Hunan County, China
Dimensions: 1.3 x 9.5 x 3cm
Size: Cabinet & Larger
During the summer of 2012, a small lot of the deep blue aquas appeared on the market and were thought to be Vorobyevite. After analysis by Dr. Federico Pezzotta in Milan, they were confirmed to be a cesium included beryl, but not rich enough to be vorobyevite. Most of the crystals found were under 2.5 cm wide, so this one would be in the top percent for quality color and crystal size (3.4 cm!). No more have been found.
Location: Deo Darrah, Khash, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.1 x 3cm
A doubly terminated, highly lustrous dark smoky quartz crystal, is host to scattered gemmy orange spessartine crystals. The quartz is transparent under very strong light.
Location: Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Fujian Province, China
Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.1 x 3cm