Chinese Sphalerite Specimens

 

   

               Sphalerite, Galena, and Quartz                                        Sphalerite on Quartz                         Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite, Pyrite, and Quartz

 

Wonderful sphalerite specimens of various colors have come from locations in China.  China's massive mining efforts, and specifically their search for zinc, have lead to fine example like those seen here.

 

 

 

OKN-643

OKN-643    Sphalerite and Quartz     Lian Shan, Guangdong Province, China.  A large heavy pair of sphalerite crystals with a frontside coating of tiny bright quartz points.  10.6 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm overall.  One sphalerite is twinned and the other may or may not be but is interesting for the well developed growth hillocks seen in the last image.  There are a couple of bumps on top and back but front with the quartz is damage free.  The sphalerite is lustrous (resinous as it should be) and slightly translucent.  An impressive sphalerite specimen!  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-213

OKN-213     Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite, Pyrite and Quartz      Yinfengjian Mine, Dongxiang County, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiagxi Province, China.  This is a twinned sphalerite crystal with lots of accessories.  The crystal has dozens of chalcopyrites in high relief dotting its surfaces.  These chalcos are mostly in epitactic alignment with the sphalerite's crystalography!  Next came the pyrite in a form that looks just like someone painted the material onto the surfaces of the chalcos and the sphalerite.  Next came more pyrite in well formed crystals randomly scattered about on everything!  one tiny cleave to the sphalerite will need to be searched for as it blends in making the piece look to be damage free.  This is a very impressive piece.  I only found three of these with all the Chinese dealers that I felt were in good enough condition to invest in.  $375

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-196

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OKN-196      Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite, Pyrite and Quartz      Yinfengjian Mine, Dongxiang County, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiagxi Province, China.  This is a twinned sphalerite crystal that sits on a plate of quartz crystals.  The crystal weighs several pounds and has dozens of chalcopyrites in high relief dotting its surfaces.  These chalcos are in epitactic alignment with the sphalerite's crystallography!  Next came the pyrite in a form that looks just like someone painted the material onto the surfaces of the chalcos and the sphalerite.  Next came more pyrite in well formed crystals randomly scattered about on everything!  Everything has a high to very high luster.  What an unusual and aesthetic assemblage (although the piece is far more aesthetic and interesting in hand).  Backside has a couple crystals missing but sides, top, and front are in great condition and display better than the images indicate.  This is a very impressive piece!!!  I only found three of these with all the Chinese dealers that I felt were in good enough condition to invest in.  This was the finest, by far.  This specimen will include a custom engraved acrylic base.   $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-774

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OKM-774    Sphalerite on Quartz     Rucheng MIne, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Prov., China.  I try to buy this material whenever it becomes available, which has been seldom in the past few years.  They have to rank among the nicest sphalerites to date from China and frankly from almost anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy to translucent, of the highest luster found in the species, large and complex in their form.  Being on quartz gives them excellent contrast making for fine specimens.  This example measures 7.9 x 5 x 2.9 cm overall with crystals to 1.4 cm in diameter.  It is a floater less the contact in a small area of one edge.  At that small contact area on the backside of specimen a small sphalerite is missing.  These notes do not mean this is a poor specimen by any means.  It it displays great from front, top sides and is of excellent quality.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-775

OKM-775    Sphalerite and Galena on Quartz     Rucheng MIne, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Prov., China.  I try to buy this material whenever it becomes available, which has been seldom in the past few years.  They have to rank among the nicest sphalerites to date from China and frankly from almost anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy to translucent, of the highest luster found in the species, large and complex in their form.  Being on quartz gives them excellent contrast making for fine specimens.  This example measures 6.5 x 5.5 x 3.2 cm and has one larger crystal that is 1.5 cm in diameter.  The matrix looks duller because there are galena crystals on the matrix surface coated by quartz.  Excellent condition with only minor edge contact.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-776

OKM-776    Sphalerite on Quartz     Rucheng MIne, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Prov., China.  I try to buy this material whenever it becomes available, which has been seldom in the past few years.  They have to rank among the nicest sphalerites to date from China and frankly from almost anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy to translucent, of the highest luster found in the species, large and complex in their form.  Being on quartz gives them excellent contrast making for fine specimens.  This example measures 7 x 5 x 3.9 cm overall.  The sphalerites are large and of excellent quality.  Base contact on which the specimen sits nicely, displaying from all views.  A very fine example of this important material.  $225

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-957

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OKL-957    Sphalerite and Quartz    Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is old and great material.  The specimen seen here is a damage free floater (very unusual for the location).  There are nicely formed, bright red sphalerites to 1.5 cm each.  The small to medium sized ones display as transparent and the larger translucent.  9.2 x 6 x 5.6 cm.  Entire piece is a druse of quartz.  I believe these rank among the finest sphalerites to be found anywhere and are modern day classics.  Fantastic example.  $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-852

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OKL-852     Sphalerite and Galena on Quartz     Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is old material that I purchased this year at Tucson (2015).  The material was cleared from a Chinese warehouse and came out in the mid 1990's and has been recognized as some of the finest sphalerite found anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy, of high luster and up to 1.3 cm each.  The specimen measures 12 x 12 x 9.3 cm.  Most of the galena crystals are well formed, smaller than the sphalerites, and on the backside of the piece.  The specimen views from all sides with no damage from any position (except the base where it was once connected to matrix).  Very three dimensional with waves of quartz plates and sphalerite crystals scattered about.  Top quality example of this now more difficult to find material.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-853

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OKL-853     Sphalerite on Quartz     Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is old material that I purchased this year at Tucson (2015).  The material was cleared from a Chinese warehouse and came out in the mid 1990's and has been recognized as some of the finest sphalerite found anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy, of high luster and up to 1 cm each.  The specimen measures 7 x 6.1 x 3.3 cm.  Front and sides are wonderful.  Minor side contacts.  Back is fully crystallized too but is missing one sphalerite.  Nice, showy example.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-854

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OKL-854     Sphalerite on Quartz     Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is old material that I purchased this year at Tucson (2015).  The material was cleared from a Chinese warehouse and came out in the mid 1990's and has been recognized as some of the finest sphalerite found anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy, of high luster and up to 1.1 cm each.  The specimen measures 12.5 x 7.2 x 3.5 cm.  All sides, front, back are mineralized.  One crystal is missing on front so it will be priced low for this material.  The small crystals are especially transparent.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-221

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OKE-221    Quartz on Sphalerite   Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  A wonderful and large piece showing clear tint quartz on sphalerite crystals.  The piece measures 11 x 8 x 6 cm.  The sphalerites are not in discrete crystals but in more of an intergrown mat.  They are nicely translucent.  The specimen has no damage and only minimal contact areas along one side of the piece.  A very fair price on what is normally costly material…especially in damage free specimens.    175$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD036

OKD-036   Sphalerite, Galena, Quartz    Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.    8.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm domed grouping with huge sphalerites to 4 cm in a tight mound.  Gemmy even though large crystals.  A minor rub on one crystal otherwise damage free.    470$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-037

 OKD-037    Sphalerite, Galena, Quartz    Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.    11 x 7.5 cm slab with somewhat tabular sphalerites to 1 cm.  They appear gemmier due to their being thinner.  No damage.  200$  

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-038

OKD-038    Sphalerite, Galena, Quartz    Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.    9 x 5 x 5 cm steeply faced dome with a great mix of all the minerals mentioned above.  Sawn flat on base.  One contact spot near top of specimen otherwise fully viewable from all sides.  440$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-039 Close-up

OKD-039

OKD-039    Sphalerite, Galena, Quartz    Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  One primary sphalerite twin on this wonderful quartz.  It measures 1.3 cm and stands up showing off on the high part of the piece.  Minor galena and other sphalerites.  195$

 

 

 

OKA-424 Sphalerite on Quartz     Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China. Gemmy and translucent/ gemmy crystals to 1 cm form clusters as large as 3.5 cm across on micro quartz. Piece is 9 cm tall and 5 cm wide. Great looking specimen. 25$

 

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