TIM10 Arsenopyrite on Lollingite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
12.3x 9.8x 5.6 cm
$600

A cabinet cluster of arsenopyrite on lollingite.  From the display side, the lollingite is almost invisible, as it is so completely overgrown by arsenopyrite, but the large underlying sheaves give the piece its form.

At the moment lollingites are plentiful, but if there is one thing I have learned from nearly 10 years of observing the mineral market, it is that specimens from a particular Chinese find always end up becoming scarce, no matter how plentiful they may have once been-- just think of Yaogangxian, of the pyromorphite, the spessartine, or the (good) scheelite.  With that in mind, I keep trying to buy decent examples of the Inner Mongolian production, particularly of species like lollingite, for which this occurrence represents the best-of-species find.








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