Radiating Lustrous Arsenopyrite
Radiating Lustrous Arsenopyrite from Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia A.R., China
Collection Robert Lavinsky
Description This dramatic piece is from a special pocket found in early 2011, and to date not equaled from the mine. Many people are saying that these Arsenopyrites, for luster and sharpness, rank among the world's best of species. In person, they have a pure silver color and a sparkle to them caused by minute surface detailing, like the skin of a lizard but much, much finer in scale. On this piece, the Arsenopyrite is displayed dramatically upright, atop a natural pedestal of green Hedenbergite. A small cluster of Ilvaite pops out one side. Pristine, and complete all around. It is one of the most elegant such specimens we have seen, and is reminiscent of a closed Chinese fan. These will be likely be remembered as one of the major species' best finds of the decade. And for its size and shape, this piece will probably be among the best in its size class.
Locality Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia A.R., China
Dimensions 10.8 x 5.0 x 4.3 cm.
Specimen Grade D
Photograph www.iRocks.com, Joe Budd Photo

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