Stibiconite, Stibnite, Baryte
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Large Cabinet, 28.0 x 18.0 x 5.5 cm
On a thin plate of matrix quartz are piled up dozens of thick, flattened rhombs of Baryte. Stretched across them is a 21-cm(!) pseudomorphed crystal of stibiconite after stibnite! These are well-known from Mexico, but NOT from China, and certainly not in a specimen of this magnitude! An certainly not displayed so nicely on matrix as this! Other smaller crystals, including a pretty spray, are elsewhere amongst the Barytes. Stibiconite is not something I usually recommend to anybody, as its typically earthy, dull, and boring. But THIS specimen is a real showpiece. Its only drawback is the sheer size of the Baryte plate, and that it won't fit sizewise in many collections. In fact, I complained about that when buying it, and so got it more cheaply for the reason, and am passing it on for the same reason. If you have the space, though, this IS a really fascinating talking-piece. 28 x 18 x 5.5 cm