Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China 9.7x 7.2x 6.7 cm
9.7x 7.2x 6.7 cm
A cabinet specimen of absolutely HUGE genthelvite crystals on matrix. The cluster measures 3.7 cm
There are saw mars on the back as well as on the right side of the specimen, just below the genthelvite, this is clearly visible in the pictures.
It goes without saying that this find has produced world class examples of the species, and the pieces presented here are among the best from this limited find.
Genthelvite is known as decent specimens only from Mont Sant Hilaire (Canada) and and a couple localities in Pakistan, particularly Zagi Mountain.
At MSH, the crystals were always very small, usually yellowish clusters. To put things in perspective, a 1.5 cm crystal was considered gigantic there. Zagi Mountain also produced some single crystals on matrix, some quite large. After Baotite however, it is probably the rarest thing from the site (after several trips to Pakistan I STILL haven’t seen one for sale in Peshawar.)
These are truly exceptional examples of the species, and I do believe the term “world class” can be applied to the genthelvites from this find. I have only seen a very small quantity, and those that I have posted here are the best by a long shot.