Shizhuyuan Mine, Dongpo ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 4.1 x 2.5 cm
I remember that these were some of the first Sphalerites to come out of China about 10 years ago, and the color is amazing. This specimen feature group of sharp, lustrous, gemmy, RICH red-orange color modified crystals of Sphalerite on Quartz matrix. When these crystals are backlit, the color they exhibit is epic, and truly doesn't look quite like any other mine in the world, especially considering it's a transparent sulfide! There aren't many localities producing gem quality Sphalerite these days, and these specimens from Shizhuyuan are becoming more and more difficult to find. Ex. Brian Kosnar.