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Hematite with quartz, Guangdong Province, China

This fine hematite with quartz specimen is from Jinlong, northeast of Guangzhou, Longchuan, Guangdong Province, China.  Combination specimens like this one were not particularly common even during the early to mid 1990's when they were at their most abundant at international mineral shows. This piece is particularly fine because all of the hematite is pristine and this piece displays well from all angles.  Jinlong produced single quartz crystals years before it started to produce these fine and distinctive combination pieces.  In the era that proceeded fine specimen preservation, artisan collectors and miners would smash the crystals off the hematite matrix because they believed that only the loose crystals had any value.  Fortunately, times do change. 


Matthew Webb Photo 

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