Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China 10.2x 8.7x 5.6 cm
10.2x 8.7x 5.6 cm
A large cabinet specimen of Ilvaite. Ilvaite was the first mineral from Huanggang to hit the market, first appearing at Munich 2010.
This specimen, though not the most lustrous, is particularly impressive, consisting of two very large crystals with a bit of matrix. Less than a year ago, specimens like this would have cost over $6,000 (and still do in most cases) but I was able to get this piece as part of a larger group of specimens, and can pass it on at a good price.
The size and arrangement of the damage-free ilvaite crystals, together with the sheet-like bits of greenish-brown quartz matrix make this specimen quite appealing, particularly when compared to the masses of lone or damaged crystals.