EKV01 Muhistonite on Kesterite
Huya Village, Mt. Xuebaoding, Sichuan Prov., China
8.1x 5.6x 5.8 cm
$4900

A spectacular example of green mushistonite coating kesterite, certainly one of the best I have ever seen (I'd probably put it in the top 2-3 that I have personally seen). To begin with, the cluster is huge for the species-- they are typically thumbnails, and individual specimens rarely exceed 1 cm.  Moreover, matrix specimens are extremely scarce--to put things in perspective, just the cluster of kesterite on this piece bigger than most (entire) matrix specimens I have seen.

On top of that, the piece just has superb aesthetics-- the green is considerably more saturated, the crystals are more distinct, and their arrangement/ position on the muscovite matrix truly makes this a superb example of the species.

If you are a collector of Chinese minerals, you know how scarce good examples of this material are-- Mt. Xuebaoding had its heyday around 20 years ago, when the best scheelites, aquamarines, cassiterite and apatites were found.  Kesterite/ Mushistonite (or "pandaite" as they were initially called) was never common here, and it was pretty much only during the initial discoveries that sizable matrix pieces were discovered.

And as always on this website, I do try to keep the prices reasonable-- this would easily be $8-10k in the booth (or on the website) of a high end dealer.















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