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    LITTLE "JEWEL": MIMETITE
    Pingtouning Mine, Liannan County, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China
    One of the problems of mineral collecting is that in a number of cases, by the time the miners at a new locality learn that the stuff they've been crushing for ore may be worth a whole lot more as specimens; they've run it all through the crusher. That was the case with the fabulous Mimetites from Pingtouning. By the time someone showed them to a dealer and the dealer figured out what they were; they were virtually all gone. The bright orange coloration with golden yellow zoning is very characteristic of material from this find. The hexagonal crystals display a 'hopper' type of habit along with some silky, chatoyant areas. Luster is brilliantly glassy and the overall condition is excellent. A pity there weren't more of them. Instant classic. 1 ¼ x ¾ x ¾ inches with custom base.


    Estimate: $5,800 - $6,500.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
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