Chinese Amethyst Specimens

 

Quartz (Amethyst), Hubeite and Apophyllite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., 
China 

               Quartz (Variety Amethyst) with Fluorapophyllite

 

The fine amethyst (light purple almost pink in color) from the Fengjiashan Mine, Daye, Hubei Prov., China was a blip on the mineralogical radar between 2000 and 2002.  Now these specimens are difficult to find, and to date, more have not been mined.  The associated minerals are usually calcite, tabular apophyllites, hubeite and sometimes inestite.  The surfaced of the amethyst shows a mild step growth effect which is both interesting and aesthetic.  Lots of great specimens are still coming from this locale....but what happened to the amethyst??

These are definitely some of the most aesthetic quartz specimens I have seen. Light purple (almost a light pink), great form and generator (symmetrical) terminations, most single crystals. Coating one side only you will find tabular, double terminated, clear/ slightly milky fluorapophyllites.  Fluorapophyllites are .5 to 1.5 cm each. Usually coating one side of each fluorapophyllite is the newly named mineral hubeite. The hubeite appears as a tan colored druze on these specimens.  This is a very rare and unusual combination. All the minerals show well because the mineral coating it does so only on one side.  Usually no damage on any of these. The big ones are few and far more expensive. Top shelf material in all regards.

 

 

 

OKK-642

OKK-642    Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite on Amethyst     Fengjiashan Mine, Hubei Province, China.  5.2 x 3 x 2.8 cm piece with a nice amethyst point and attached tabular, clear apophyllite crystals.  The hubeite is brown.  Some minor cleaves on a couple of apophyllites but overall in very good condition as can be seen in the images.  This material is very desirable since it was only available for a short time more than a decade ago and was not common then.  This one sits nicely too.  $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-136

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OKK-136    Quartz (variety Amethyst) with Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite    Fengjiashan Mine, Hubei Province, China.  Very important material when first found and not seen since.  7 x 3.5 x 3 cm quartz point of light amethyst color with lots of apophyllite blades and brown hubeite on side and back.  A couple apophyllite blades are cleaved so the price is very reasonable for this now uncommon material.  Fine luster, very displayable.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-084

OKI-084    Quartz (Amethyst), Hubeite and Fluorapophyllite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  This fine specimen was in my personal collection for many years and now needs a home due to my change in what I collect.  The amethyst is a very light purple and the crystals even look smoky due to the brown hubeite on there reverse sides.  Perfection with only a tiny, couple of millimeters, ding on the backside of one quartz.  Sits beautifully and measures in at 5.5 x 5.2 x 4.3 cm.  Back view is great too...I just forgot to photograph it.  230$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-289

OKE-289    Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite on Amethyst    Daye, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   Great material from back in 2002 which has not reappeared in specimens of this quality.  I had a few put away and now they need homes.  The color of the amethyst is a pleasing pinkish purple and the apophyllites are clear to white and sprinkled with fine light brown hubeites.  This specimen is a pair of crystals with the largest measuring 4.5 cm and has some minimal apophyllite damage at the base of specimen on backside associated with crystal removal.  I feel safe calling it damage free.  A great value on an old specimen which is exceedingly difficult to find today.  160$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-290

OKE-290    Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite on Amethyst    Daye, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   Great material from back in 2002 which has not reappeared in specimens of this quality.  I had a few put away and now they need homes.  The color of the amethyst is a pleasing pinkish purple and the apophyllites are clear to white and sprinkled with fine light brown hubeites.  This specimen is damage free.  A great value on an old specimen which is exceedingly difficult to find today.  An excellent specimen.  130$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-231

OKE-231    Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite on Amethyst    Daye, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   Great material from back in 2002 which has not reappeared in specimens of this quality.  I had a few put away and now they need homes.  The color of the amethyst is a pleasing pinkish purple and the apophyllites are clear to white and sprinkled with fine light brown hubeites.  This specimen is 5 cm and has no damage.  A great value on an old specimen which is exceedingly difficult to find today.  85$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-232

OKE-232    Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite on Amethyst    Daye, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   Great material from back in 2002 which has not reappeared in specimens of this quality.  I had a few put away and now they need homes.  The color of the amethyst is a pleasing pinkish purple and the apophyllites are clear to white and sprinkled with fine light brown hubeites.  This specimen is 5 cm and has a tiny tip ding and 2 damaged apophyllites.  A great value on an old specimen which is exceedingly difficult to find today.  50$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-233

OKE-233    Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite on Amethyst    Daye, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   Great material from back in 2002 which has not reappeared in specimens of this quality.  I had a few put away and now they need homes.  The color of the amethyst is a pleasing pinkish purple and the apophyllites are clear to white and sprinkled with fine light brown hubeites.  This specimen is 6.4 cm and has some minimal apophyllite damage.  A great value on an old specimen which is exceedingly difficult to find today.  140$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-234

OKE-234    Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite on Amethyst    Daye, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   Great material from back in 2002 which has not reappeared in specimens of this quality.  I had a few put away and now they need homes.  The color of the amethyst is a pleasing pinkish purple and the apophyllites are clear to white and sprinkled with fine light brown hubeites.  This specimen is 3.6 cm and has one apophyllite crystal near the termination which is damaged.  A great value on an old specimen which is exceedingly difficult to find today.  35$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-235

OKE-235    Fluorapophyllite and Hubeite on Amethyst    Daye, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   Great material from back in 2002 which has not reappeared in specimens of this quality.  I had a few put away and now they need homes.  The color of the amethyst is a pleasing pinkish purple and the apophyllites are clear to white and sprinkled with fine light brown hubeites.  This specimen is 7.9 cm and has no damage except for a small quartz at the base which is broken.   This is a exceptional piece composed of two big crystals of amethyst and a smaller one.  The hubeite also is more substantial with one ball measuring .5 cm.  A great value on an old specimen which is exceedingly difficult to find today.  325$

 

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