New Far East & Oceania Update 15 June 2021

15 June 2021

FOR a complete change of scenery and specimens today we have put together a selection of 21 from the Far East and Oceania.

This is a massive area extending from east Asia to beyond Australia, as far as Fiji, part of Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean. This wonderful blend of countries allow for a wide and stunning selection of minerals for you to enjoy.

I begin with a lovely miniature Sylvanite from Viti Levu, the largest island in the Republic of Fiji. Wow, this is a locality we rarely get the pleasure to mention. The Emperor mine, which remains in operation today, works a gold-silver epithermal vein deposit. Sylvanite is a gold-silver telluride and in this specimen forms intergrown plates of metallic silvery-gold.

Remaining in an island setting we move westwards to Japan from where we have fine specimens of Japan Law twinned Quartz, Axinite-(Fe) with Quartz, Henmilite on Olshanskyite and perhaps the most iconic of all, a beautiful 10.5 cm tall Stibnite crystal from the legendary Ichinokawa mine on Shikoku Island. Not even a trace of Stibnite, an antimony sulphide, can be found at this mine today, but in its heyday in the late 1800s it is reported large Stibnite crystals were so plentiful, local farmers used them for fence posts in the vicinity. Those were the days! Our offering does not quite measure up to such construction projects but will look stunning in any mineral collection. The ex. matrix crystal has a fine chisel-like termination, a flattened prism with deep striations parallel to its length and a slight but very noticeable bend.

From Momeik in the Shan State of Myanmar do take a look at our classic translucent pink mushroom-like crystal of Rubellite, the red variety of Tourmaline. The Rubellite crystal measures to 2.5 cm wide and displays a multi-terminated termination of parallel habit crystals while at the base of the mushroom-shaped crystal is a development of botryoidal Rubellite.

Featuring in the “Far East” part of our title, China and Russia take dual lead roles. It is all to easy to imagine Russia does not extend so much towards the east, but it is the largest country in the world and does in fact almost meet with Alaska! The famous mining region of Dal'negorsk in Primorskiy Kray lies adjacent to the Sea of Japan where Russia has borders with China and North Korea. From Dal'negorsk we have a Quartz with Quartz pseudomorphing after Calcite and a terrific sceptre Quartz. The Quartz pseudomorph is amazing and never before have I seen such a specimen. The 7.9 cm tall Quartz crystal is a mixture original Quartz crystals and intermittent sections of Quartz pseudomorphing after Calcite. The Quartz crystals show normal crystal growth habit interrupted by thin hexagonal former Calcite plates sitting at various strange angles (like unconformities in a stratigraphic succession) which have now been replaced by Quartz.

Chinese minerals never disappoint, so make sure you see the colour-zoned Fluorites on Quartz from Yaogangxian mine in Hunan Province; two gorgeous Mimetites from Pingtouling mine in Guangdong Province; a Plumbogummite pseudomorph after Pyromorphite from Yangshuo mine; Cinnabar from Tha Tien in Hunan Province; a chrome green Fluorite from Xianghualing and last but certainly not least, a magnificent lustrous acid lime-green group of Pyromorphite crystals from the famous Daoping mine.

Australia is the largest county in Oceania, so final mention has be given to three great specimens: a Stolzite and Pyromorphite, both from Broken Hill and a Cosalite from the Kingsgate molybdenum & bismuth deposit, each locality is in New South Wales. The lead tungstate Stolzite forms acidic lemon yellow blades richly scattered over a sooty black Goethite encrusted limonitic matrix from the Broken Hill Proprietary mine. Also from here, and specifically McCulloch`s Shaft, stout, deep blackish-purple Pyromorphite crystals to 1 cm are coated with a thick drusy layer of delicate powder-blush pink Pyromorphite crystals of 1 to 3 mm long. A gorgeous Pyromorphite whose colour and crystal habits advertise Broken Hill without need of a label! The Cosalite is unusual in that it is a massive fibrous mass of metallic grey Cosalite rather than the characteristic hair-like fine filaments we are more used to in this species. The blocky fibrous mass has a graphite grey appearance with a rather greasy metallic lustre.

I was planning to end by commenting despite the weather being fabulous in East Coker today, it is nothing compared to that in Broken Hill. But on checking the internet, it is currently 25 °C in East Coker while just 18 °C in Broken Hill. I may never get the opportunity to report this again, so from the tropical heat of Somerset to the cooler climes of Oceania (!!!), enjoy today’s exceptional specimens from some of the most beautiful countries in the world. PT


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Crystal Classics would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Open Day this past Saturday.

We had a fantastic turn out on what was a beautiful sunny June day and it really was pleasing to see everyone leave with a new specimen or two for their collection. We were also very grateful to the many customers who managed to secure themselves a new specimen in our bumper British Update. 

We hope that everyone who attended had a great day and we hope to see you all again soon.



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