SD10 Helvite Pseudomorphs on Quartz
Jinlong hill, Longchuan Co., Heyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
20.0x 15.3x 10.2 cm
$850

Jinlong hill is most famous for producing combination specimens of quartz with hematite rosettes; such specimens were particularly abundant in the early 2000"s during the flood of Chinese minerals.  Lesser known from the site are its helvites.  Although the orange helvites from the Tongbei spessartine locality are probably the best known from the country, Jinlong produced some of the largest Chinese examples-- the crystals on this piece reach 2 cm on edge.

There is peripheral damage to the quartz, that is nearly always the case on the rare occasions when these things turn up.  The delicate perch of the helvite crystals in the main cluster does add to the visual appeal, they almost seem to be floating.








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