Ichinokawa mine, Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku Island, Japan
Large Cabinet, 19.8 x 1.4 x 0.7 cm
Ex. Giancarlo Fioravanti
Stibnite crystals from the famous and long-closed Ichinokawa Mine of Japan are considered absolute classics. Primary production of these lustrous, silver-gray crystals was from 1875-1900. This almost 20 cm crystal has one very good main termination and another that is partially terminated. Some of the edges and striations are a little bit rough, but considering the age and size of this crystal, that is not at all a surprise. Nonetheless, the quality is good and this remains a highly representative specimen of the species and this famous locality. Considered the world's finest until Romanian and Chinese material came to market. Even then, Japanese Stibnites hold a place of honor.