Lushi Co., Sanmenxia Prefecture, Henan Province, China

    The great Stibnite specimens of the world have, for the most part, come from two places: China and Japan. The Japanese locality was exhausted many years ago, and China has taken up the slack by opening numerous Antimony mines, some of which have yielded specimens that were the equal of the Japanese ones in quality, if not in absolute size. This fine example from Lushi County is typical of the "new" Chinese ones. It features multiple terminated prisms of brilliant, metallic luster, intergrown in a "jack-straw" type of arrangement common to Chinese Stibnite specimens. One of the crystals shows a bend near the termination, which is a tribute to the sectile nature of Stibnite - when bent; the crystals sometimes will deform much like plastic before breaking. Often, earth movements cause exactly that kind of stress on growing Stibnite crystals. Only the longest crystal shows this unusual effect; the others are "normal" with regular terminations. It sits upright in its custom acrylic base.
    Overall Measurements: 4.0 x 2.0 x 7.25 inches (10.16 x 5.08 x 18.42 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Western Minerals [Hoppel #D2219]

    Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000.

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    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Hollowware/Pottery/Glass, Large (view shipping information)

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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