IMCN60 Ilvaite with Arsenopyrite, Hedenbergite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China 8.6x 6.2x 4.6 cm
8.6x 6.2x 4.6 cm

This is one of the interesting new things found shortly before the Denver show. They are round clusters of ilvaite crystals, coated with powdery hedenbergite. Some of these have minor arsenopyrite. I particularly liked this piece because the ilvaite cluster is perched on the end of a hedenbergite spray-- you can see this best in the photograph where I am holding it. Somthing about that gives it an almost plant-like appearance. The hedenbergite coating precludes them from being called “beautiful,” but there is something undeniably cool about the rounded shape of the clusters and the way that all the crystals radiate out from a central point, which I cannot say I have seen in ilvaite from any other locality.







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