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Barite on Stibnite from Thames - Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand [http://img.irocks.com/pics/3d37a.jpg]
Thames - Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
Thumbnail, 2.5 x .7 x .3 cm
Classic specimen of tiny sharp Barite blades completely coating a blade of Stibnite. Very attractive, and not that easily obtained. In fact, I had never seen one before...
Stibnite from Wuling Antimony Mine, Wuning Co., Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China [http://img.irocks.com/pics/den07-28a.jpg]
Wuling Antimony Mine, Wuning Co., Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
Large Cabinet, 21.2 x 11.5 x 6.2 cm
An exquisite cluster from mining about 3-4 years ago that have by all acknowledgements produced the finest stibnites in the world since the ancient Japanese finds, now long gone. These brilliantly metallic crystals are so sharp and lustrous, they look machined. This particular specimen is one of the more robust clusters I have seen, with broad, fat crystals to 1 inch wide, in an elegant spray. It has the most trivial damage possible for such a large and exposed piece, and none of any significance. I looked through thousands of these, much of the find, and this was one of my favorite picks at ANY price and size range. Also, most of these are too large, if they are of any quality. This one is an excellent size for most collections, not too large, not too spindly-looking.
Stibnite from Baiutz, Maramures, Romania [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/OB14B/OB14B19a-herb-obodda-collection-fine-mineral-specimen.JPG]
Baiutz, Maramures, Romania
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 5.5 x 3.3 cm
An aesthetic plate of bladed, iridescent metallic Stibnites. They throw off amazing flashes of blue and purple colors as the piece is turned in the light. The blades average over 1 cm tall, with varying widths. Classic, old European classic material, not to be compared on the same keel to the far-more-common Chinese stuff available today!