Scheelite on Quartz
Xianghualing Mine (Hsianghualing Mine), Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Cabinet, 10.2 x 6.0 x 5.2 cm
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
Scheelite from this famous fluorite mine is exceedingly uncommon in choice specimens, and this balanced combination piece featuring a 5 cm scheelite on quartz crystals is one of my favorites. It is complete, lustrous, and beautiful all around. These are MUCH MUCH more rare than scheelite from the Ping Wu mine, which are generally orange to reddish orange in color. From the important Chinese collection of Dr Steve Smale, to me by exchange. Joe Budd photos.