- Ilvaite With Quartz Included By Hedenbergite
- Cabinet, 12.4 x 7.7 x 7.3 cm
- Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia A.R., China
This combination specimen features a showy ilvaite leaping out from a nesting of green, hedenbergite-included quartz crystals. The ilvaite is nearly complete all around, with just a few small contacts in the back. The ilvaite termination is sharp and tapering, also nearly complete (just a few contact spots in back side), and is nicely freestanding. Although some of the quartzes are broken, they provide a highly desirable (and rarely seen) color contrast, and have come to be considered the classic association for the best matrix ilvaite from this mine. This piece is very dramatic, in person, and is an excellent example for the new finds which, despite a few little bits of damage, really looks like it would be nearly priceless if from any previous ilvaite locale we have seen.