Ferberite on Quartz
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Hunan Province, China
Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 7.0 x 4.0 cm

An unusual specimen in that it features one single sharp, isolated ferberite crystal as opposed to the usual clusters which form here. The crystal is textbook sharp, perfect, and stands beautifully and dramatically from a cluster of quartz crystals backing it and nestling around its base. In fact, the piece even stands up on its own. Note the fine luster and interesting surface patterning. Joe Budd Photos.