Chinese Scheelite Specimens



Scheelite occurs in China at a number of locations.  The fine crystals of Ping Wu have eclipsed all other scheelites in the world.  There is no contest from anywhere...they can reach enormous sizes (like basketballs), have a bright yellow orange color, high luster and can even be gemmy enough to cut fine stone from.  I have personally seen crystal reaching 2 feet in diameter (60 plus cm) and fine collectors pieces 20 cm on edge from Ping Wu.  Other locations produce fine and unusual scheelites, as well.  Watch out for counterfeits glued to matrix.  At some shows you will find more of these fakes than you will natural specimens!




OKL-967    Scheelite and Quartz     near Hu Ya, Xue Bao Diang Mountains, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China.  A 6.5 x 5.5 x 5.3 cm grouping of several large scheelites with numerous water clear quartz crystals on their surfaces.  The scheelites very in translucence with a few areas appearing gemmy.  The octahedrons are unusually steep and the luster is good.  There is a ding to the front central octahedron but it is not distracting given that it is in a non-distracting position.  Base and back have matrix contact.  Sits and displays nicely.  A nice example of what have to be viewed as the worlds best scheelites.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   Very bright fluorescence with these scheelites.  No more minerals from here...  now a panda reserve.   450$








OKE-261    Scheelite, Quartz and Muscovite       Near Hu Ya, Xue Bao Diang Mountains, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China.   An attractive scheelite specimen with some nice clear double terminated quartz crystals.  The scheelite grouping measures 3.3 cm across and is heavily frosted (they do retain good crystal form).  The piece is a matrix specimen which has not been cut or modified.  It measures 7 x 5.5 x 3.2 cm.  A nice, small displayable example.  95$








OKE-216    Scheelite and Quartz with Muscovite    Xue Bao Diang Mt. Pingwu, Chendgdu, Sichuan Prov., China.  These fine specimens are getting more and more difficult to fine.  They will be known as the best scheelite specimens on Earth in time.  This fine example is a scheelite measuring 3 cm on edge.  The muscovite is in large blades and mixed with some minor clear, double terminated quartz crystals.  The specimen measures 6 x 5 x 4.5 cm and is a floater with only a tiny contact in the area containing the muscovite.  Back edge of scheelite is chipped along part of its length.  It is not very noticeable and displays great despite the minor flaw.  Nice specimen.   210$






OKA-780 Scheelite Xue Bao Diang Mt., Ping Wu, Chendgha, Sichuan, China. This is a single monstrous crystal for peach colored scheelite with a single smaller sister crystal. The main crystal is 8 x 7 x 6 cm and sits on a tiny amount of muscovite matrix. Two ends of this enormous octahedron show damage from contact with other materials (matrix or other crystals). Some gemmy sections but mostly translucent. Very large for this species. 275$






OKD-041    Scheelite and Calcite on Quartz and Minor Wolframite   Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.   11 x 7 plate of large quartz crystals with a nice coating of white tabular calcites and gemmy, light tan scheelites to 4 millimeters each.  The scheelites are perfect octahedrons and scattered about nicely.  Zero damage and nice aesthetics.  125$





OKD-068   Scheelite and Gosenite on Muscovite and Feldspar   Xue Bao Diang Mt., Pingwu, Chendgdu, Sichuan Prov., China.   Big scheelites from Pingwu have become the standard to compare all others to.  Their form, luster, color and overall aesthetics have made them what could be argued to be the best of this species found anywhere.  This plate of mixed minerals displays a pair of small scheelites (to 1.5 cm on edge) central on the specimen and about a half dozen sharply formed, tabular, clear gosenites on one side.  The Beryls blend in given that they are clear.  No damage.  10 x 6 cm plate stands on edge for display because it is sawn flat on that same edge (and on back).    150$





OKA-579 Scheelite/ Quartz/ Fluorite/ Barite Szechwan Prov., China. Beautifully formed light brown scheelites (3 of them) to 1 cm on edge are partially embedded in a mix of quartz (to 1 cm), greenish clear fluorite (to .5 cm) and tiny white barites. Highly fluorescent crystals. Nice combo piece...nice price. 35$