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Crystalline Treasures - The Mineral Heritage of China is Dr. Robert Lavinsky's personal collection of Chinese Minerals. He also owns and operates The Arkenstone,, to buy and sell fine minerals online.

Dr. Robert Lavinsky's personal collection of Chinese minerals has been assembled over nearly three decades. A large portion of it was debuted at the University of Arizona's Flandrau Science Center at the beginning of the Tucson Show in 2013, and during it's year-long showing, thousands visited to see the beautiful assemblage of minerals.

A companion book was written in collaboration with Mineralogical Record to introduce the collection and share details about China's mineral heritage. We are pleased to provide the fully illustrated text to you here, via e-book, and by ordering a hard copy from

Table of Contents

Perspective Harrison Schmitt 

ForewardsSteve Smale, Jin Yueming & Jiahua Shou

PrefaceEugene Meieran

IntroductionGuanghua Liu & Robert Lavinsky

GeologyGuanghua Liu

Mining HistoryGuanghua Liu & Wendell Wilson

Minerals vs. Rocks Guanghua Liu

In Western Eyes Thomas Moore & Robert Lavinsky

Photo Galleries of China Minerals

Including galleries of fine mineral specimens from
Anhui Province
Fujian Province
Guangdong Province
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Guizhou Province
Hubei Province
Hunan Province
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Jiangxi Province
Shanxi Province
Sichuan Province
Xinjiang Autonomous Region
Yunnan Province

The Lavinsky China CollectionWendell Wilson

Biographies of Contributors Dr. Liu Guanghua and Dr. Robert Lavinsky [hr]

Crystalline Treasures is reproduced with permission from The Mineralogical Record. View special thanks and credits for the book.