specimens which were gathered from the great cavity in Shaft #1 at Qingjiang in February and March 2004 must be regarded as the ne plus ultra of all stibnites
so far discovered in China.
While Jack loves the high luster on his stibnites
, cassiterites and especially his golds, he is accepting of the satiny luster on his benitoites, barites and rhodonites.
Almost all of them carry the same mix of minerals--a few stibnites
, a few green, very heavily oiled fluorites, quartzes, barites--in various qualities and quantities.
Of course they brought along a marvelous exhibit including cinnabars, stibnites
, orpiment, fine botryoidal malachite and an 11-cm realgar plate covered with bright red crystals.
The same is true of the Chinese stibnites
Dave Bunk showed some fine new stibnites
from Nevada, as well as a choice selection of rare Mexican silver sulfosalts including polybasite from Guanajuato and choice stephanites from Zacatecas.
Danny Trinchillo, the dealer responsible for bringing many fine minerals out of China and Russia, displayed some of his best, including Chinese stibnites
, pyromorphites and Dal'negorsk sulfides.
Casey and Jane Jones of Geoprime have been busy in Nevada as usual, with a fine selection of stibnites
from the Murray mine, Elko County.
The Chinese cases were filled with a miscellany of items from fossil dinosaur eggs to large shaggy stibnites
to gorgeous azurite roses, to the "poster" specimen for this exhibition: a 17-cm group of white calcite dogteeth thoroughly infiltrated by immense, glowing orange, well-terminated orpiment crystals, from the Shimen mine, Hunan Province.
Or suppose you are a mineral dealer in Changsha, China and one day a runner brings some mediocre stibnite
crystals into town to sell.
(And, by the by, my broken foot is completely back up to speed, and I do mean this literally: hotel staffers could have clocked me at warp speed as I covered the corridor distance between, say, a nice stilbite and a nicer stibnite
Minerals offered for sale at Raura in recent years include: fine transparent gypsum in stout, water-clear classic-shaped crystals; cubic pyrite in crystals reminiscent of those from Spain; stibnite
in very fine acicular to bladed crystals with a satiny luster and, less commonly, a bright metallic luster; rhodochrosite: and green fluorite with chalcopyrite.