HMT11 Scheelite with Fluorite and Nelenite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
7.3x 4.8x 4.8 cm
$600

A beautiful (for Huanggang) combination specimen of scheelite with fluorite, from finds made a few years back.  This location produces specimens with various combinations from the same palate of species, however this is probably the only good scheelite/fluorite example I have seen.  For one thing, the position of the two minerals relative to each other, with complete fluorite octahedrons and an upright scheelite crystal, make for a beautiful display.  The scheelite has some etching near the top and on the back (it is not broken!) though the surfaces on the display side still retain a degree of luster that is very rare for this mine-- the majority are recovered with too much etching to have much of any luster left.  on top of that, the orientation of the scheelite in itself is something of an unusual occurrence-- they tend to be found lying flat against the matrixes.

The back of the specimen is also generously sprinkled with minute crystals of greenish brown nelenite, a rare silicate mineral that was first discovered in Franklin, New Jersey.  This is not what most collectors would consider "beautiful," but if you have an interest in Huanggang material you can probably appreciate the (relative?) aesthetics of this piece.











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