A locality rarity: Scintillating, radial spray of intergrown Stibnite blades from the Giant Yellowknife Mine in Canada. The metallic luster is excellent, and the habit is attractive. This is the best Stibnite that I have seen from this locality. There is minor, associated Calcite. (This piece, funny enough, turned up in Brazil in the esoteric collection of Paulo Matioli. But it seemed a good way to get it to be noticed, to add to this update of Soregaroli specimens, as he had many Canadian locality pieces too)
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures Co., Romania
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm
The pics tell the story of this 5.6 cm spray of splendent Stibnite blades. With the superbly lustrous, terminated blades radiating out in almost every direction, the aesthetics and dimensionality of this small cabinet specimen are superb. This showy piece is from the famous Herja Mine of Romania, and the mines of Maramures County mines are now closed. NOTE: THIS REQUIRES HAND DELIVERY
Ichinokawa mine, Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku Island, Japan
Miniature, 3.6 x 1.0 x 0.6 cm
A classic, old-time, well-terminated Stibnite crystal from the renowned Ichinokawa Mine of Japan. The complete all-around, metallic-bright crystal is nicely striated. Primary production from this famous locality was over by 1900. These Stibnites were considered the world standard, until the recent Chinese finds.
Baia Sprie mine (Felsobanya mine), Baia Sprie, Maramures Co., Romania
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 3.2 x 3.1 cm
An aesthetic spray of sharp, striated Stibnite blades from the famous Baia Sprie mine. The luster is bright and metallic, with just a hint of iridescence. The fan shape is appealing, and all the crystals are complete save for those where the specimen was contacted, as expected. Old classic material, not to be confused with the far-more-common Chinese stuff!
Transparent, tabular, bladed, vitreous crystals of peretaite to 1 mm associated with yellow, radiating sprays of klebelsbergite and a trace of kermesite lining vugs in a stibnite matrix. Very rare mineral and a superb specimen. From the type locality. Josef Vajdak label.
An aesthetic, imposing plate of bladed, iridescent metallic Stibnites. The luster is very good, and you can see occasional flashes of blue and gold as the piece is turned in the light. The blades average over 1 cm tall, the longest being about 1.5 cm, with varying widths. These Romanian Stibnites are classic, old European material, not to be compared on the same level to the far-more-common Chinese stuff available today! Aesthetic and quite substantial, considering it is rich and a full cabinet-size specimen.
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!
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.
A very strang ecombination piece, that is quite complex in person, and is composed of barites, quartz-coated, ON a quartz pseudomorph after stibnite!
Thumbnail – Maximum 3.0 cm
Toenail – A “gut feeling” but often overlaps between a large thumbnail and a small miniature
Miniature – Maximum 5.0 cm
Small Cabinet – Maximum 9.4 cm
Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
Large Cabinet – Over 18.0 cm
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