Dragon Minerals - Update August 4, 2019

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Arsenopyrite, Sphalerite, Quartz, and Muscovite - $8
Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn Ore Field, Yizhang County, Chenzhou, Hunan, China
Miniature - 5.5 x 4.4 x 3.4 cm (2.2 x 1.7 x 1.3 inches)
63 grams (0.14 pounds)
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

Several clusters of mirror bright arsenopyrite crystals are scattered about a light gray muscovite matrix. These arsenopyrites reach 1.3 cm in size and all are completed. The largest has serrated edges due to repeated twinning (last photo). Interestingly, a few small patches of lustrous, jet black sphalerite are present. Sphalerite is fairly rare at this locality; of the 1612 Yaogangxian Mine specimen photos at Mindat only eight include sphalerite. A cleft on the back of the specimen features a 2.8 cm quartz crystal whose termination is partially incomplete. Many display angles not needing additional support are possible.

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