- Stannite on Chalcopyrite and Quartz
- Miniature, 5.2 x 5.0 x 4.7 cm
- Yaoganxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Hunan Province, China
- Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
A brilliantly lustrous ball of stepped stannite crystals, flanked by splaying GEM quartzes at its upper edge, makes this a really outstanding stannite specimen. Usually they are kind of lumpy and although great for the species, not much to look at overall. THIS ONE is very aesthetic, though; as well as significant for the rare mineral displayed. The flanking quartzes and golden chalcopyrite to either side simply makes this piece more unique and special than the crowd. In person, the stannite is more lustrous, I should add. Its a hard piece to photograph.