Cassiterite Crystal on Muscovite Matrix
Dimension: 5.1cm x 3.4cm x 2.2cm
Locality: Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
A specimen of lustrous crystal of Cassiterite measures 2.3cm x 2.2cm. The crystal has bright and highly detailed prism faces, and are intergrown to aesthetically perch on a matrix of intricate pearlsheen silvery Muscovite Mica.
Little has come from this mine since the May 2008 earthquake which severely affected operations and Mount Xueboarding had been closed for mining many years ago due to the expansion of a nearby panda preserve.
This fine specimen is an excellent display piece and in perfect condition.