Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guilin Pref., Guangxi Zhuang Region, China


6 cm x 10 cm x 8 cm


451 g

Description & Provenance

Pyromorphite is a cult classic that has long been a staple in world-class mineral collections. The history of Chinese pyromorphite (as utilized in mineral collecting) is relatively recent but is one of incredible prestige, with the Daoping mine being at its core. It was just a few of the specimens collected from this locality in the late 90’s that spurred mineral aficionados to investigate the lead-zinc mine further, ultimately discovering what would become the new standard for all pyromorphite. The crystal size and colors produced in the Gongcheng area have completely out-colored, out-sized and out-classed nearly all other localities and have made fine specimens from the locality instant, modern-classics. They have become a new necessity among collectors and are highly sought after, making it so that high-caliber specimens are quickly depleted whenever they reach market.

This specimen was procured by Daniel Trinchillo of Fine Minerals International and Mardani Fine Minerals in 2014 through his direct contacts in China. It came from the Apple Green Pocket #2. The apple green pockets produced a range of greens in lime, chartreuse and of course, bright apple green, and several shades in between. This example is an aggregate of approximately 70-100 inter-grown crystals of fine crystal form and exemplary luster. It has a rich, pear-green coloring with even distribution. As is the case with most lead-based mineral pockets, the dispersion of color can be seen like a gradient along the pocket walls. Like a color test, the intensity and tone of colors vary from one side of the wall to the other, and it is specimens such as this with very good, even color that are considered among the more desired examples.

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