Ferberite (Wolframite) Specimens From China

 

 

                Ferberite and Muscovite                       Ferberite and Fluorite

 

Ferberite crystals from China rival those from Peru.  They are often very high in luster, rise aesthetically off their matrices and are commonly found in association with other minerals.  Commonly referred to by the outdated name "wolframite" the specimens (at least those from the Yaogangxian Mine) have been tested as ferberite. 

 

 

 

OKK-618

OKK-618    Ferberite and Fluorite    Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  Nice ferberite blades sticking up from a cube of fluorite.  Back shows damage to the fluorite but the ferberites are perfect.  3.1 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm.  A steal at $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-199

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OKE-199    Ferberite, Fluorite and Mica    Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.   A nice floater piece with a nice blocky ferberites and its attached fluorite cubes.  Two cubes have very minor rubs on one edge otherwise in very nice shape and a floater grouping.  There are minor muscovite and very minor arsenopyrite too but barely enough to say so.  6.2 x 4.2 x 2 cm.  Good luster and interesting form.  Very displayable piece.  165$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-174

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OKE-174    Ferberite coated by Arsenopyrite, Quartz, Pyrite and Mica   Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.   This piece has a core of parallel growth (slightly diverging), high luster, double terminated ferberites to 5.2 cm.  These are heavily coated by an array of fine minerals.  The arsenopyrites dominate along with beautiful clear, tabular, double terminated quartz crystals.  There are a couple cubic pyrites and some mica to complete the assemblage.  What a killer.  Minor contact at base where it is mounted and a couple of tiny dings to the arsenos and one pyrite (thatís on the back).  A top miniature which should be mounted at a more appealing angle.  5.2 x 3.8 x 3.3 cm.  Outstanding example.  430$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-165

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Included fluorite

Included fluorite

OKE-165    Ferberite with Galenobismuthenite included Fluorite    Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.   A nice floater piece with some edge contact on backside.  One cube is dinged but otherwise in very nice shape.  The cubes are filled with tiny hairs of galenobismuthenite.  There are minor flakes of muscovite and minor arsenopyrite too but barely enough to say so.  7 x 3.1 x 2 cm.  Good luster and interesting form.  Very displayable piece.  180$

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-517

OKB-517    Wolframite, Arsenopyrite, Pyrite and Unknown.  Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.    Beautifully formed, undamaged 7 cm wolframite forma the primary mineralization on this specimen.  It is flanked by arsenos to 2 cm and a cap of massive gold colored pyrite.  The unknowns are metallic tetrahedrons to .4 cm which are most likely sphalerite.  135$ 

 

 

 

OKD-767

OKD-767     Ferberite, Arsenopyrite and Muscovite    Guangdong Prov., China.  Ex. Jim Turek Collection.  This specimen is very aesthetic, damage free, of a high luster and great form.  All the qualities one would look for in a quality ferberite.  It measures 5.5 x 4 x 4 cm overall and is composed of approx.  7 blades which individually measure up to just over 5 cm long each.  They are all well terminated and partially covered by well formed metallic arsenopyrite crystals and mica.  A fantastic display piece!  265$

 

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