Wolframite with Arsenopyrite, Pyrite, and Muscovite, on Quartz
Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 4.5 x 4.2 cm
Ex. Dr. Art Soregaroli
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A SUPERB, incredibly sharp cluster of lustrous blades of Wolframite from old mining here back in the 1990s. The blades range up to 5.5 cm long and 2 cm wide, and the edges, seemingly beveled in appearance, are super-sharp. Associated with the Wolframite are crystals of Arsenopyrite up to 5 mm, Pyrite up to several mm, and small, subhedral Muscovite. The entire cluster has a Quartz crystal as a core. The only blemishes on the piece are small areas of contact, possibly from Muscovite. The overall geometry, balance, and aesthetics are very good, as you can see. For the size, it is among the best I have seen in terms of quality.