Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng
Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
8.7x 5.6 cm
large cabinet specimen of Ilvaite. Ilvaite was the first
mineral from Huanggang to hit the market, first appearing at
specimen, though not the most lustrous, is particularly
impressive, consisting of two very large crystals with a bit of
matrix. Less than a year ago, specimens like this would have
cost over $6,000 (and still do in most cases) but I was able to
get this piece as part of a larger group of specimens, and can
pass it on at a good price.
size and arrangement of the damage-free ilvaite crystals, together
with the sheet-like bits of greenish-brown quartz matrix make this
specimen quite appealing, particularly when compared to the masses
of lone or damaged crystals.