Arsenopyrite With Ilvaite and Hedenbergite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia A.R., China
Cabinet, 15.3 x 13.3 x 8.3 cm
This dramatic piece is from a special pocket found in early 2011, and to date not equaled from the mine. Many people are saying that these arsenopyrites, for luster and sharpness, rank among the world's best of species. In person, they have a pure silver color and a sparkle to them caused by minute surface detailing, like the skin of a lizard but much, much finer in scale. On this piece, the arsenopyrite is displayed dramatically upright, atop a natural pedestal of green hedenbergite and black ilvaite.