Epidote on Quartz
Hongquizheng, Meigu, Xichang Area, Sichuan, Southwest Region, China
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.9 x 2.3 cm
This specimen hosts the largest and best epidote crystals I have yet seen from this recently productive locale in China, with sharp curved crystals measuring a whopping 2.5 cm, standing up against matrix of a host quartz crystal. I have not seen other epidotes from here of even half this size, commonly. In person, the epidote is more glassy and 3-dimensional, and has a very dark green color. These were initially mislabeled as pumpellyite when they first came out some 3 years ago, but they have been shown since to be epidote - if unusual in forma and quality. This is MUCH BETTER In PERSON!