Quartz, Hubeite, Pyrite
Cabinet, 14.4 x 12.9 x 6.9 cm
Ezhou Prefecture, Hubei Province, China
A large, ornate and quite unusual Chinese specimen out of the J.R. Glover Collection. The quartz crystals contain little black inclusions of hubeite, a strange sorosilicate mineral only recently identified (found first at the Daye Mine, also in Hubei Province, and named after this province). At some point the quartz crystals here were sprinkled with these little black hubeites, and then growth continued, so they are now enclosed under thin sheet of quartz (rather than being on the surface of the crystals) as inclusions. Shiny golden pyrite adds an attractive accent to the specimen.