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We pride ourselves on having some of the finest quality Chinese specimens to be found anywhere.  The best of these are always in high demand and tend to move quickly.  We also find that some Chinese mines produce huge numbers of specimens for extended periods of time.  Others only produce individual pockets with very limited numbers of specimens that are only available briefly.  We aggressively seek out the rare and unusual as long as they are reasonably priced.  Should you have specific needs, please let us know and we will try to find specimens to fill your desires.

 OKK-777

OKK-777     Scepter Quartz, Fluorite, Dolomite     Huanggangliang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.  This now famous material is often referred to as “Green Quartz” by the Chinese dealers.  This example is outstanding for its form, lack of damage, and for its beautiful association with octahedral fluorite and dolomite.  The plate is trimmed beautifully and it sits perfectly for display.  It measures 9.4 x 6.7 x 7 cm with scepters to 4.5 cm splaying out in all directions of this plate.  There is no damage even along the edges making it a top quality specimen.  Its only draw back is that the luster is moderate to low as is normally the case with this “green Quartz”.  One of the things making these scepters rather unique is the stems being stepped or coated by termination overgrowths and finally terminated by a beta form cap.  There are only two other world locations that I am aware of where this interesting and visually interesting from occurred.  I assume the inclusions leading to this color are chlorite but have not heard anything on that issue.  The fluorites are octahedrons modified by dodecahedrons and they also have the green inclusions.  The largest fluorite shows very good translucence to transparency.  A top quality specimen from this now historic mining and specimen producing region.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Specimen can be rotated any direction and show equally well.   $1,450  OKI-715  Back or bottom  Custom engraved acrylic base. OKI-715 Babingtonite, Prehnite and Quartz Near Meigu, Xichang County, Sichuan Prov., China. This amazing piece is certainly a show stopper. Measuring in at 11.3 x 5.5 x 4.2 cm it is the type of cabinet specimen which commands interest. A pleasing mix of species dominated by numerous HUGE babs to 4 cm each, many of which are double terminated and of high luster. Looks like a floater (maybe a small area of contact on some of the prehnite). NO damage. Everything is very clean and attractive. The double terminated quartz crystals scattered about on the specimen add flash. This piece displays wonderfully. It is not every day that killer specimens like this become available at the low price I am asking. You’ll be surprised.$5,000

 OKI-083
 Custom engraved acrylic base.

OKI-083    Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China.  I’ve owned probably 800 to 1,000 of these fine specimen and this beauty ranks in the top two or three.  It measures 7 x 6 x 3.8 cm and is somewhat triangular in shape.  The acanthite crystals are better than most from this locale being well formed and up to 1.5 cm each.  There are many silvers in the form of beautiful, metallic, lustrous curls of wire to around .7 cm each.  They are well anchored to the acanthite but stand up nice and high for inspection.  This may seem like a lot of money for a specimen but check out the prices on these with other dealers…comparable specimens seem to be in the 3 to 5K range.  No damage or problems with this one.  Just a great price compared to everyone else.   880$ OKF-560  Back  Bottom  Custom engraved acrylic base. OKF-560 Fluorite on Quartz Xie Fan Mine, Jianxi Prov., China. I don’t tend to carry a whole lot of specimens which I would consider to be the best of their kind. This piece however is the best of a find that came out of China two years ago and has yet to be topped. I have seen a few dozen chunks of fluorite and a few good miniatures from this find. Also, I own another, bigger, specimen from this find but it is not as displayable as this one. Specimens from this limited find seem to almost always have damage, too. This specimen measures 10.6 x 7.5 x 6 cm with cuboctahedral fluorites to 5 cm in diameter on milky quartz crystals to 5.8 cm in length. The entire specimen is a floater which was attached to other crystallized rock but has since separated and regrown crystal faces on those broken surfaces. The fluorites are a light sea green color and have interesting inclusions totally unique to this find. Inside the crystals on a lower level (earlier crystal surfaces) there are several forms of inclusions. The white spots could be anything, most likely tiny calcites or dolomites. The brown dendritic inclusions however are more complex. No analysis of these is known to me, but I believe they are branching groups of pyrite crystals which in some cases have altered to goethite on their ends (which were likely once exposed to oxygen). The backsides of the fluorites are stepped in growth while the fronts are very clean. Most surfaces look slightly etched (frosted) but this is an overgrowth of cubic crystal faces. There is no damage to this exceptional display piece. This is a world class fluorite specimen form a find which appears to be exhausted. 2,900$

 OKI-081
 Custom engraved acrylic base. (Proper color image)

OKI-081    Aquamarine and Quartz    Xue Bao Ding Mine, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China.  Here is a superb grouping of tabular crystals to 6 cm each.  The cluster measures 13.5 x 9.5 x 5.5 cm.  The back of the specimen was once attached to matrix but is now regrown so would classify as a floater in most books.  The color varies from almost clear (goshenite) to a nice blue typical, perhaps slightly darker than most, for this locale.  Several of the crystals stand up high on edge off the matrix.  It’s one of those specimens that you will have fun inspecting time and time again, finding new things each time you do.  The quartz are scattered on the surface and the matrix is both quartz and muscovite.  Nice surface growth features add interest.  This is a fine example of why Chinese aquas are so desirable.  Great piece!  1,300$ OKE-127  Top of crystal OKE-127 Elbaite, Quartz, Feldspar and Mica Yunnan, Wenshan Prov., China. This is a special and rather unique piece. I only found the single specimen at the 2007 Tucson Show and what a winner it is! Measuring 8.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 it is a substantial specimen with a large, almost black, tourmaline wrapped in feldspar, quartz crystals and interesting mica plates. There are lots of tiny thinner tourmalines (to 1.5 cm) which show a nice green color. The big primary crystal is 8 cm long and 2.2 cm thick. There is a thin ding which does not distract from the specimen’s appearance and certainly does no take away from the importance of this piece. The quartz crystals are clear and well formed. The feldspars are bright white and the mica forms thick flat books which are composed of aggregates of tiny, translucent, silver white crystals. What a nice specimen this one is even though I have it poorly positioned in these photos! 800$

 OKE-270

OKE-270    Azurite Ball    Chengmenshan, Jiangxi Prov., China.  I will begin by saying that these are among some of the finest azurite specimens I have ever seen from any location.  They are highly aesthetic and composed of large crystals.  I found a total of nine of these beauties at this year’s Tucson show and grabbed them all up.  There were a couple others which had noticeable damage which I passed on.  They are likely from an old find which did produce a few nice balls like this.  They were certainly few and far between then.  Now they are nearly impossible to find.  This ball is well formed measuring 8 x 6.9 x 5.8 cm and is the top deep blue color that one expects in a top azurite (and which is nearly impossible to photograph well).  The crystals are blocky and radiate out in fan like patterns with single crystals averaging about .5 to a cm on single edges.  Minor touch marks to a few crystals but not at all distracting to the appearance of this fine piece.  A free floater which is displayable from any angle and quite amazing.  A exceptional, aesthetic and rare specimen at this level of quality.  1,100$ OKE-175  Custom engraved acrylic base (proper color on this one) OKE-175 Aquamarine and Muscovite (2007 Specimen) Xue Bao Ding Mine, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China. This cluster is composed of deep blue crystals to 6.5 cm wide, 6 cm high and 4.2 cm deep with very complex form. Some unusual faces present here with which I am unfamiliar. There is thick shelf of muscovite separates the largest crystal and its riders from a layer of smaller crystal which make up the base of the piece. Overall measurements are 9.5 x 9.2 x 8 cm. The piece displays several different ways. The entire piece is a floater with only a couple tint attachment marks to quartz (on the bottom of specimen). The top of the main crystal which has a regrown contact mark which is distracting when viewed from the top down. At, or above, eye level this isn’t and issue. A fine piece in all regards. Excellent specimen! 1,200$

 OKE-130

OKE-130    Azurite Ball    Chengmenshan, Jiangxi Prov., China. Here is one of the finest azurite specimens I have ever seen from any location.  It is highly aesthetic and composed of large crystals.  I found a total of nine of these beauties at this year’s Tucson show and grabbed them all up.  There were a couple others which had noticeable damage which I passed on.  They are likely from an old find which did produce a few nice balls like this.  They were certainly few and far between then.  Now they are nearly impossible to find.  This ball is well formed measuring 8 x 7 x 7 cm and is the deep blue color that one expects in a top azurite (and which is nearly impossible to photograph well).  The crystals are thick and blocky and very large.  Some crystals are up to 2.2 cm each and most are well over a cm on edge.  This floater is displayable from any angle and quite amazing.  There are a couple minor rubs that are not readily evident.  This is a top shelf azurite specimen at a low price due to the overall lack of appreciation of these fine minerals from China.  Killer specimen….   1,200$ OKE-161 OKE-161 Fluorite Xianghuapu, Linwu County, Chenzhou District, Hunan Prov., China. Huge cluster of green cubes to \over 4 cm each on edge. The cluster is a dome shaped piece which is in excellent condition. There are two or three small rubs and one badly dinged cube on the backside. Great condition for such a large piece. Approximately 28 x 22 x 14 cm in size. Cubes have great clarity and a frosted surface effect yet retains a nice satin luster. Nice phantoms in some crystals. The matrix is brown and can be viewed through many of the crystals and between them in a coulpe of places. A fine specimen to bring some size contrast to a collection focusing on smaller specimens or an excellent home decor piece. 1,950$

 OKE-169
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 Fluorite on quartz and 2nd generation rhodo on 1st gen rhodo
 Fluorite close up

OKE-169    Rhodochrosite, Quartz, Fluorite   Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.   (I was told it was from Ba Pu, Guanxi Prov., China but I am 95% sure this is wrong and its owes its origins to the Yaogangxian Mine).   Most people have only recently become aware of rhodochrosite form China due to its influx beginning in 2005.  Truth is the material has trickled in for over a decade but in extremely small amounts, none of which has ever been very good.  I have followed this mineral closely over those years and have never found a finer, larger crystal than the one viewed here.  The rhodos from China are generally very poor.  Usually tabular and light pink in color no one has ever gotten too excited about them.  This crystal is 5.1 cm wide and 4.1 cm high.  It is very thin and translucent with the typical pink color.  Lots of other surface interest including fluorites, quartz, quartz capped by fluorite and a second generation of fluorite.  Small chip on one edge otherwise damage free.  I have this mounted showing the damage but it could easily be mounted in a way which would hide it.  This is truly an exceptional find which must rank as one of the top crystals to ever be found in China.  It would be an outstanding addition to any Chinese or rhodo collection.  Very displayable and desirable but not at a outrageous, rhodo type price.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  This one can be yours for…. 1,700\$