Shizhuyuan Mine, Chenzhou, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 7.0 x 4.4 cm
Start Time: 06/02/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/09/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

I remember that these were some of the first Sphalerites to come out of China a little over 10 years ago, and the color is amazing. This specimen feature several sharp, lustrous, gemmy, RICH red-orange color modified crystal groups of Sphalerite up to 2.7 cm across on matrix. When these crystals are backlit, the color they exhibit is fantastic, and truly doesn't look quite like Sphalerite from any other mine in the world. This is beautiful material, especially considering it's a transparent sulfide! There aren't many localities producing gem quality Sphalerite these days, and these specimens from Shizhuyuan are becoming more and more difficult to find. Enjoy.

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