Ilvaite with quartz
description: LOCALITY: Huang Gang Mine, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China 4 1/2" across Ex Professor Stephen Smale collection This piece was acquired via a trade with Steve Smale when I visited him in Hong Kong in November 2013. I find this world class specimen of ilvaite with quartz to be extremely photogenic. The piece consist of well defined, terminated crystals of ilvaite on a little rock matrix. An important trait of this piece is the cluster of greenish, double terminated, needle-thin quartz crystals attached to two of the larger ilvaite crystals. I believe the quartz crystals are hedenbergite included.
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