Realgar, Calcite
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 5.9 x 4.2 cm
Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine), Shimen As-(Au) deposit, Shimen Co., Changde Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
This has to be one of the best such combo pieces out there, of this rare and exciting combination. These were ound in the early 1990s, as China was just opening up and specimen collection and preparation just beginning to get good. Sadly, what this means is that most such pieces were damaged or destroyed due to improper, ungentle handling or packing. This spectacular display piece, however, is nearly as pristine as can be and despite its size has no distracting issues at all. It glows with rich red color, more so in person> The contrast, though, is wha tmakes the piece so special it was chosen as a Cover piece for the CHINA issue of this journal. BETTER In PERSON. 9 x 5.9 x 4.2 cm