Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 5.6 x 5.0 cm
Wenshan, Yunnan Prov., China
This new find is possibly the world's best of species for intensity in coloration. Very pretty material! Very lightweight. This is one of the most aesthetic pieces from a summer 2012 pocket, which I saw for sale laid out at the Shanghai show in April 2012. A thin layer of spheres, to 7 mm across, of lustrous and slightly translucent, rich, sky blue gibbsite, an uncommon aluminum hydroxide, aesthetically cover its matrix. Some small areas seem to have a thin layer of a glossy, clear mineral (clear gibbsite, aragonite, or maybe hyalite opal) coating some spherules. Beautiful display specimen!