Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite (Part II)

As I noted when I first posted these, I consider this find to be one of the major Chinese occurrences of the last few years, and it's certainly the most important thing to come from the country since the onset of the Huanggang finds 5 years ago .  Many of these retain the form of the incredibly large pyromorphite crystals that they are pseudomorphing, though in general I have noticed that the better the color, the more weathered the overall form seems to be. In this batch however, there are a number of examples that have the top color while retaining good form (albeit with smaller, 2-3 cm crystals) and other large ones that are not quite as pseudomorphed, though which retain exceptional sharpness.

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2PGM01 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
12.0x 8.5x 3.8 cm
$1350

A cabinet specimen hosting hundreds of light sky-blue pseudomorphs of plumbogummite after pyromorphite on a limonite matrix.  An unusually large and rich example of this habit, one of several to come from the find.   The color is particularly good too.







2PGM02 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
5.3x 3.0x 2.4 cm
$1500

A pair of large hoppered pyromorphite crystals, from a recent (late 2014) find at the Daoping-Yangshou orebody.  These hoppers were found in the earlier stages of the discovery, and combine the largest crystal size with what I would consider to be some of the better color. While other examples with good color and crystal size were later found, few possessed both.











2PGM03 Plumbogummite and Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
7.3x 6.4x 3.7 cm
$485

A beautiful specimen of pyromorphite WITH plumbogummite, rather than entirely coated/ psudomorphed by it.

Of all the pieces I have seen from this location, this one reminds me most of the classic 19th century examples from Caldbeck Fells in the United Kingdom.  Like those, these has the pleasing combination of both blue and green-- though there are a couple notable differences-- the pyromorphite is next to the plumbogummite (as opposed to being a selective overgrowth) and the blue color on this Chinese piece is better than the UK average.

Sawed on the back and around the edges. 







2PGM04 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
4.4x 4.9x 2.2 cm
$1400

This is an example from later in the find.  It is not as completely pseudomorphed as others, and this can be seen in the color (a lighter blue-green) and felt in the weight (it's considerably denser.)

Whatever the case, it displays exceptional form and balance, and is quite simply a beautiful example from this occurrence.







2PGM05 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
7.5x 3.5x 2.8 cm
$400

Numerous hexagonal crystals of pyromorphite, in various stages of being pseudomorphed to plumbogummite, on 2 sides of a thin (hard) limonite matrix.

A very colorful example.







2PGM06 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
6.7x 3.7x 4.3 cm
$840

A group of large hoppered pyromorphite crystals, from a recent (late 2014) find at the Daoping-Yangshou orebody.  

These hoppers were found in the earlier stages of the discovery, and combine the largest crystal size with what I would consider to be some of the better color. 

This piece does have a missing crystal, you can see the pyromorphite core in the spot where it once was.  The price takes this into account.









2PGM07 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.2x 2.4x 2.3 cm
$465

A beautiful miniature specimen of smaller hoppered pyromorphite crystals, displaying the best color from the find.  

The crystals have pseudomorphed terminations and backs, making for a beautiful contrast between the blue plumbogummite and green pyromorphite












2PGM08 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.6x 3.1x 2.4 cm
$425

A beautiful miniature specimen of smaller hoppered pyromorphite crystals, displaying the best color from the find.  












2PGM09 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.0x 2.7x 1.4 cm
$585

A box buster thumbnail with good color (just a shade greener and less blue than some of the others here) but excellent form, with two hoppered crystals connected at their bases. 







2PGM10 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
2.9x 2.7x 1.0 cm
$175

A pair of hoppered pyromorphite crystals, almost entirely pseudomorphed to plumbogummite and displaying a good blue color.  When displayed with the hoppered termintoins facing forward, please note that the contact with the matrix (visible as a greenish area near the base) is more visible.







2PGM11 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.3x 2.1x 2.0 cm
$185

A beautiful miniature specimen of smaller hoppered pyromorphite crystals, some of the bluer color from the find.  











2PGM12 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
4.0x 2.6x 2.0 cm
$345

A beautiful cluster of pyromorphite crystals pseudomorphed by plumbogummite, displaying some of the best color from the find.










2PGM13 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
2.5X 2.0X 1.6 cm
$185

A beautiful thumbnail, consisting of a spray of pyromorphite crystals pseudomorphed to plumbogummite.  This piece displays the best color from the find.







2PGM14 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.3x 2.5x 1.9 cm
$265

A nice miniature sample pf plumbogumite after pyromorphite, diplaying the best color from the find.  There is a little damage to some of the smaller peripheral crystals.







2PGM15 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.7x 1.6x 1.1 cm
$225

A large hoppered pyromorphite crystal, with its termination and upper half pseudomorphed to light blue plumbogummite.







2PGM16 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
4.0x 2.2x 1.8 cm
$240

A beautiful pseudomorph of plumbogummite after a large, elongated crystal of pyromorphite, displaying a beautiful blue color.







2PGM17 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
2.6x 2.7x 1.8 cm
$245

Not the most photogenic piece due to its three-dimensinality (it makes it difficult for the camera to focus), but this is a beautiful thumbnail displaying the best color from the find.







2PGM18 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.1x 2.3x 1.8 cm
$195

A miniature sample of plumbogummite after pyromorphite, displaying the best blue color from the find.







2PGM19 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.2x 2.7x 1.7 cm
$185

 A beautiful example of plumbogummite replacing an elongated pyromorphite crystal, displaying excellent blue color.







2PGM20 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
2.7x 2.9x 2.1 cm
$0

A nice sample of very bright blue plumbogummite replacing pyromorphite.  This piece displays the best color from the find.

This obne has more peripheral damage than most, but again, the main crystals are fine and the color is excellent. 







2PGM21 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.3x 1.1x 1.3 cm
$165

A large, hoppered crystal of pyromorphite with a termination that has pseudomorphed to nice blue plumbogummite.







2PGM22 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.2x 2.6x 1.6 cm
$165

A pair of plumbogummite crystals displaying the best blue color from the find.  One of the crystals is not terminated.







2PGM23 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
2.8x 1.8x 1.5 cm
$180

A sample of hoppered pyromorphite crystals pseudomorphing to blue plumbogummite.







2PGM24 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.5x 2.0x 2.1 cm
$165

A cluster of pyromorphite crystals pseudomorphed to blue plumbogummite.  This piece displays the best color from the find.







2PGM25 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.6x 3.0x 1.8 cm
$275

A group of larged hoppered pyromorphite crystals, partially pseudomorphed to plumbogummite.









2PGM26 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
5,5x 3,3x 3.4 cm
$440

A cluster of blue pyromorphite crystals that have pseudomorphed to plumbogummite.  There is some damage.









2PGM27 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
5.0x 4.9x 2.2 cm
$450

A cluster of elongated plumbogummite pseudomorphs after pyromorphite.  Very large crystals.  The main ones are intact, though there is some peripheral damage.







2PGM28 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.6x 3.3x 3.2 cm
$425

A specimen of hoppered pyromorphite crystals that are partially pseudomorphed to plumbogummite.  These have a lighter blue green color, though display excellent form/







2PGM29 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
4.4x 3.5x 3.1 cm
$285

A specimen of hoppered pyromorphite crystals that are partially pseudomorphed to plumbogummite.  These have a lighter blue green color.







2PGM30 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.9x 3.0x 2.5 cm
$165

A cluster of pyromorphite crystals in various stages of transformation to bluish plumbogummite.







2PGM31 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
4.2x 3.4x 2.0 cm
$185

A cluster of pyromorphite crystals in various stages of transformation to more bluish plumbogummite.









2PGM32 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.2x 1.9x 0.4 cm
$120

A hoppered crystal of pyromorphte, pseudomorphed to a very light bluish green. 







2PGM33 Plumbogummite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
4.1x 3.0x 3.1 cm
$170

A coating of unusually bright blue plumbogummite over pyromorphite.  This is somewhat more 2D than the pictures indicate, and the rock on the display face beneath the plumbogummite is a flat, sawn surface. (To see what i mean, look at the picture directly below this description-- the display face is facing to the left in this picture)  Still, the color is really, really good.







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