SMR03 Ilvaite and Quartz
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
9.5x 8.1x 5.8 cm
$2300

A beautiful and complete ilvaite crystal, with a terminated quartz crystal backing up to, and passing through part of it.

The ilvaites from this location rank among the largest and most well-formed from anywhere.  They were also among the first mineral specimens to be collected at the site.

The vast majority are just single crystals, and this piece is a pretty decent size.  What most sets it apart from the thousands of others however, is the beautiful quartz combination that imparts a much more sculptural and balanced appearance.

As is typical of most of the larger pieces, the surfaces are not smooth and glassy (for example, like obsidian.)  The piece has a decent luster, but the faces are a bit etched. 












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