Cabinet, 15.0 x 10.4 x 6.5 cm
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Sichuan Prov., China

This is a super colorful scheelite from the 2007 "RED POCKET," with unusual and distinct red tones laid over the classical orange hue. It is bright and intensely colored, and remarkably it is complete all around. For the sheer size (over 5 pounds weight!), I have not seen its equal in color and condition. With high luster and deep color combined with size, this is a very important and rare large specimen that has to stand among top pieces from this locality. China is the world's best locality for scheelites, unarguably. The scheelites coming from this extremely remote mountain locality are orders of magnitude prettier and better than those from anywhere else. However, the locale is remote, hard to work, and subject to pressure to work with hand tools if at all because it is located next to the major Sichuan Province Wolong. Panda Bear preserve. Production has definitely tapered off in the last decade, after an initial gold rush of mining here. The earthquake a few years ago in 2008 didn't help, making already difficult roads even more so. The mine is actually accessed by mule and pack train, and resides high in the mountain above the town of Ping Wu.