Scheelite, Fluorite, Quartz
Taewha Mine, Chungju, Chungcheongbukdo, South Korea
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 8.0 x 6.8 cm
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
This is a massively large, and yet aesthetic, specimen of scheelite from the classic old locality of this tin mine. Scheelite from this location is highly desirable for its rarity and size, and yet extremely uncommon on the market today. It is probably 50 years or more out of the ground. The specimen features a single huge scheelite with attached quartz, purple fluorite clusters, and a small gem green fluorite cube at the lower-right. Most of these are so clunky and ugly, you don't think of them as display caliber, as opposed to "interesting reference pieces." This, though, is a notable exception and proven by the fact that Steve purchased it long ago...he collects classics only when they are as aesthetic as you could ask for, and remain in good shape. It has excellent display "horizons" and shows dramatically. The front and sides are pristine, the back contacted flatly where it had been growing against matrix in the past. It is hands down the best such example I have ever had for sale, and I have not marked it up from our trade price so I think it is a real bargain for the significance of what it is.