Ilvaite With Quartz Included By Hedenbergite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia A.R., China
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.6 x 4.2 cm
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These are the most robust, large ilvaite crystals ever seen - even this piece is fatter and thicker than nearly all ilvaite from other localities I had seen before. It is particularly well-balanced for the size, with gorgeous, jet-black ilvaite with good luster. This is nearly complete all around 360-degrees except for a few very minor spots of damage (broken crystal tips), and has the complex multiple-termination style that is the less common of several habits from this new find. This was found in the fall of 2011.