Cassiterite Specimens From China



                                                                                        The specimens seen above are all Cassiterite


Great cassiterites come from numerous locations in China including Ping Wu, Yaogangxian and Dayu.  These mines have produce well formed, highly lustrous, sometimes transparent and occasionally huge crystals of cassiterite.  These crystals are sometimes found in combination with other fine minerals.  One of the "Holy grails" of Chinese minerals is combination pieces from Ping Wu which include cassiterite in combination with scheelite, aquamarine and other minerals.





OKI-514    Cassiterite, Muscovite, Fluorite and Quartz     Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  A nice 1.1 cm considerate twin sits among cleat, slightly yellow muscovite blades.  Only damage is a tiny broken off quartz point.  7.5 x 4 x 2.7 cm.  Attractive specimen and price….35$






OKD-020         Cassiterite  Xue Bao Diang Mt., Pingwu, Chendgdu, Sichuan Prov., China.  Impressive cluster of intergrown crystals to 4 cm each.  4.5 x 3 x 3.5 cm overall.  Super high luster, minor muscovite.  80$





OKB-512   Cassiterite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite, Muscovite and Fluorite  Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.    Beautiful display of this mix of crystals.  Cassiterites to 1.2 cm are perfectly formed and opaque.  All mineral in great shape except two small quartz points which are broken off.  Very aesthetic minature which measures 7 x 4 cm overall.  On back are a few small, purple, transparent fluorites which do not show in these photos.  70$






OKB-511   Cassiterite and Quartz   Dayu,  Jiang Xi Prov., China.    7 x 5 cm plate if transparent casssiterites which are up to 2 cm across each.  Even brown color, high luster and great form make these exceptional crystal.  The gemmyness of these crystals is difficult to evaluate from my photos but it is certainly exceptional.   240$




OKA-666 Cassiterite Ping Wu, Sichuan, China. This beautifully formed modified octahedral (twin?) is about 2/3rds exposed from its matrix of massive quartz and muscovite crystals. This is a superior cassiterite crystal (2 cm on edge). Someone will be getting a deal on this one. 90$