Plumbogummite & Pyromorphite
    Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo Co., Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

    In the last few years Plumbogummite has gone from the poor stepsister that nobody respected, to something collectors might actually want to put in a lighted display case. Specimens, like this one, are the reason why. Here, large (1.4 x 0.75 inches or 3.5 x 1.9 cm), yellow Pyromorphite prisms have been partially replaced by baby blue Plumbogummite that seems to have faithfully reproduced the hollow internal structure of the Pyromorphite crystals. If you had predicted the existence of this specimen 20 years ago, you would have been laughed at, but as usual; Mother Nature gets in the last laugh. The Pyromorphite shows some luster but the Plumbogummite has a luster charitably described as muted - it's actually kind of fetching. Several of the pseudomorphs have breaks, which is how we know what color the Pyromorphite is, but considering size, and overall aesthetics, this is a seriously respectable example of the species and a fine pseudomorph. Leave the light on for it. There is a labeled base with this piece.
    Overall Measurements: 5.0 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches (12.8 x 10.5 x 10.3 cm)

    Provenance: Ex. Chinese Mineral Dealer's Private Collection

    Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
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