Chinese Hubeite specimens

 

 

          Hubeite and Apophyllite on Quartz                                               Hubeite

 

This material was first identified from the Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei, China and was on the market in limited amounts and small pieces. There is now more and in better specimens but it still is coming out as a trickle.  The crystals are tiny and brown and they form tight balls on matrices of quartz, apophyllite and calcite. 

 

Also see Inestite        Also see Apophyllite

 

 

 

OKO-153

OKO-153    Hubeite on Fluorapophyllite   Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  3.7 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm plate of calcite coated by clear and cloudy  apophyllites to 1.2 cm on edge.  Brown balls and coatings of the rare species hubeite.  No damage.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-768

Bottom

OKM-768     Hubeite, Calcite, and Inesite on Quartz     Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  Numerous radiating points of milky quartz to 5.2 cm each.  The piece measures 8 x 6 x 4.6 cm and has nice coatings of hubeite and rhombs of calcite.  One spot of damage on this floater so the price will be low...  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-769

OKM-769     Hubeite, Calcite, and Inesite on Quartz     Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A large partially clear, partially milky point with nice accessory minerals.  One tiny point on backside is broken of otherwise in fine condition.  A really nice example of this material measuring 9.5 x 3.5 x 3.1 cm.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-770

Healed base termination

OKM-770     Hubeite, Calcite, and Inesite on Quartz     Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A single point that is double terminated with no contacts or damage.  Good coating of brown hubeite and light coating of inestite below.  Several small gray calcites. 7.7 x 3.4 x 3 cm.  Nice.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-771

Back

OKM-771     Hubeite, Calcite, Pyrite and Chalcopyrite, on Quartz     Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  Bright, attractive grouping with a huge mix of minerals for a 7 x 4.4 x 3 cm specimen.  Both sides coated with high luster crystals.  A floater with two small areas of damage (two small points of quartz).  Overall, in good condition as seen.  Lots to see including a white unknown (possibly dolomite) in this specimen.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-772

OKM-772     Hubeite on Quartz     Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A stocky single point, mostly clear, with interesting surface growth features.  6.7 x 3.7 x 3 cm overall.  Several tiny dings but an interesting and nice displayable piece just the same.  Stands on end for display.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-773

Botom

OKM-773     Hubeite and Calcite on Quartz     Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A floater with no damage that measures 4.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm.  Light brown hubeite on numerous quartz points single and double terminated.  Blocky white calcites and a white unknown.  Excellent example.   $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-855

OKL-855     Hubeite, Quartz, Calcite, Inestite, Pyrite      Dayes Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  Two nicely formed, lustrous double terminated quartz crystals to 7.6 cm each with coatings of the mentioned mineral species.  7.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 cm overall.  No damage to this floater.  Great mineral assemblage.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-856

OKL-856     Hubeite, Quartz, Calcite, Inestite, Pyrite      Dayes Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  A double terminated crystal of quartz with nice coatings of all the mentioned minerals.  7.8 x 4.3 x 3 cm floater with no damage.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-857

OKL-857     Hubeite, Quartz, Calcite, Inestite      Dayes Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  A double terminated crystals of quartz with nice coatings of all the mentioned minerals.  5.3 x 4.5 x 3.3 cm piece with only one area of contact and no damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-858

OKL-858     Hubeite, Apophyllite, Quartz, Inestite      Dayes Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  Slightly amethyst colored quartz heavily coated by blades of clear apophyllite.  Attractive coatings of hubeite and inestite.  6.4 x 4 x 3.1 cm.  A fine example of this material.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-414

OKF-414        Quartz, Calcite, Hubeite and Apophyllite    Daye Mines, Hhuangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  This fine specimen is the 14th piece I added to my private collection back in the mid-1990s when I collected Chinese minerals exclusively.  It was even before the identification of the species Hubeite!!  The specimen is 9.5 x 8 x 6.5 cm overall and is comprised of a wonderful mix of species.  The quartz is milky to clear and along with the calcite rhombs (to 1.7 cm on edge) make up the body of the specimen.  Sprinkled on these minerals are gem clear apophyllite tabs to 1.2 cm and brown hubeite balls to .9 cm each.  There is a frosted effect to the front of the specimen yet the back of the piece is missing this effect.  This piece is better that almost all I have seen.  Perfectly sized and very aesthetic.  Everything is terminated, damage free and interesting to look at.  Minor basal contact and viewable from all sides.  The specimen even sits well for display.  This piece has it all!  I do not believe you will find a more displayable specimen of this mix of minerals for sale anywhere.  350$

 

 

 

 

OKE-287

OKE-287    Hubeite and Apophyllite     Daye, Fengjiashan Mine, Huangshi, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   A specimen with dark hubeite balls to .4 cm on apophyllite.  There is a second generation of druzy hubeite (lighter brown) and clear, complex apophyllites.  5.3 x 2.4 x 2.2 cm overall.  Damage free and attractive.    50$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-228

OKE-228    Hubeite and Apophyllite on Quartz and Calcite    Daye, Fengjiashan Mine, Huangshi, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   Large ball of hubeite measuring .9 cm with others on primarily a single large quartz.  There are also nice tabular apophyllites to 1.3 cm on edge which are transparent through the length of each crystal.  Some moderate quartz overgrowths.  4.5 x 4.3 x 3 cm overall.  Small part of a calcite missing on left edge of piece.  More aesthetic than most specimens from here.    50$

 

 

 

 

OKE-224

Calcite, Apophyllite and Hubeite

OKE-224    Hubeite and Apophyllite on Quartz and Calcite    Daye, Fengjiashan Mine, Huangshi, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   A busy specimen with dark hubeite balls to .7 cm on quartz and calcites.  There are also nice tabular apophyllites to 1.4 cm on edge which are transparent through the length of each crystal.  Some minor quartz overgrowths.  5.8 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm overall.   60$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-225

OKE-225    Hubeite and Apophyllite on Quartz and Calcite    Daye, Fengjiashan Mine, Huangshi, Fengjiashan, Hubei Prov., China.   A busy specimen with dark hubeite balls to .6 cm on quartz and calcites.  There are also nice tabular apophyllites to 1.6 cm on edge which are transparent through the length of each crystal.  Some moderate quartz overgrowths.  5.4 x 4 x 2.9 cm overall.  Minor scuffs to calcites on backside of piece.    50$

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-228

OKB-228    Hubeite and Inestite on Quartz    China.  5 cm quartz crystal with clear tip and milky phantomed stem are coated on one side by hubeites and inestite.  Secondary quartz druze adds flash.  30$

 

 

 

OKA-775 Hubeite on Apophyllite/ Calcite/ Pyrite/ Quartz Hubei Prov., China. This is probably also from the Fengjiashan Mine near Daye, however, the Chinese are being secretive about the exact location. This is a newly discovered and named mineral (named after the Hubei Province where it was discovered). Beautifully formed, clear, tabular apophyllites to 3.5 cm have light brown to very dark walnut brown rosettes of this new mineral, hubeite. Larger specimens are usually on a large calcite rhomb to 4 cm each. The quartz and pyrite are uncommon on these specimens. The hubeite clusters are seldom more than .5 cm wide but easy to see and examine. They look like hematite roses but brown. I have seen very little of this material around and the dealers tell me there wonąt be much available. This was very expensive stuff so I will be selling it at cost to my customers only (no dealers please). I will not describe each piece because they are all very similar. The price breakdown is as follows:

OKA-775A Clusters and single apophyllites to 4 cm each. 20$

OKA-775B Clusters to 4 cm with better hubeites. 25$

OKA-775C 4 to 5 cm clusters with more aesthetic form. 40$

OKA-775D Largest and best clusters to 6 cm each. Best form and best hubeites. 50$

 

 

OKA-862B Hubeite/ Apophyllite/ Quartz / Calcite Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei, China. This material was first identified last year and was on the market in limited amounts and small pieces. There is now more and in better specimens. This one is a large (8 x 9 x 6 cm) specimen with a nice mix of tabular clear apophyllites (to 1 cm) and brown hubeite balls (to .7 cm). A light druze (quartz?) coats much of the piece giving it a frosted appearance. The matrix is large calcite rhombs to one cm each and quartz crystals to over 6 cm. Some matrix contacts but they are not apparent when correctly displayed. The big quartz crystals radiate outward in numerous directions on this free standing piece. It views well from all sides. Impressive specimen. 125$

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