Ferberite With Quartz
Tae Hwa Mine, Chungcheongbukdo, South Korea
Cabinet, 10.5 x 8.0 x 5.3 cm
A MAJOR ferberite for this important locale....and, No, this is NOT a super ferberite specimen from the plentiful finds in China, but a much more uncommon KOREAN specimen that came out of the Rolf Wein Collection in Germany, which was dispersed around 2004-2005. What makes it extraordinary is not just its excellence for this locality, and in fact its overall quality by any standard, but also its amazing aesthetics: the large, 7.5-cm ferberite crystal is locked inside gemmy, translucent quartz crystals! Its termination, in fact, extends right up into the crystal on the left side. Ferberite is not typically a remarkably pretty mineral, so the fact that this specimen is so attractive and dramatic overall adds a lot to its existing desirability as a fine locality specimen from one of the most classic localities for tungsten minerals. Ferberite also, I can say, does not seem to occur often as inclusions. I cannot think of another piece I know with similar aeshtetics.