Miniature, 6.0 x 4.5 x 3.1 cm
Lengshui Jieng, Hunan Province, China
This was apparently a very small find recently (April-early May, 2012) from metallic deposits near the famous Xikuangshih fields. This is a sharp specimen with a single, beautiful, isolated ball of 8 mm in size. It is pristine, perfect, and totally free of damage as it is protected in a pocket. For sheer beauty, these unusual radial balls of acicular valentinite crystals stand out dramatically, regardless of the interesting chemistry. They are quite different from the sort of crystals you usually see. This piece is a full miniature as I would orient it for display