Large Cabinet, 17.3 x 12.7 x 9.1 cm
Nandan Co., Hechi Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
We had two of these amazing limonite specimens in auctions awhile back. We spent 4 months after that trying to track down the Chinese guy who had them, and by the time the Tucson Show rolled around, we had found him and arranged to meet him in Tucson. There, he had about 65 specimens - the great majority of which were ugly, but some of which had the amazing iridescence you see here. We had to buy the entire lot of 65 to get the good ones - which was hard to bite off, but we did it. This is one of the largest of all of them, granted with more contacted stalactitic "knobs" than some of the other pieces (remember that limonite is iron oxide; all of these specimens have spots of "rust" showing, but some have more contacts than others; the knobs basically look like rust inside, which is essentially what they are - iron oxide). It DOES, however, have the amazing play of colors that makes these so notable - particularly greens and reds (these colors do not show up well in the pics - the luster you can see, but not the colors). Note that we did not see ANY MORE of this material at the show, with anybody! 17.3 x 12.7 x 9.1cm