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Item #6344
$ 4,500 (net)
Aquamarine and Cassiterite on Muscovite
Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Sichuan Province, China

This large plate from Pingwu is a wonderful association piece of muscovite, aquamarine and cassiterite. There are several very transparent tabular aquamarine groups nestled low in the bed of muscovite. The more opaque group of lightered colored aquas in the upper left corner of the plate rises much higher above the muscovite bed. An extremely lustrous group of black cassiterite crystals adds a finishing touch. The large aquamarine near the bottom has a few mm chips on one edge ... otherwise the piece is undamaged. Both the aquamarines and cassiterite are so lustrous they look wet. When I see pieces like this from China, I like to think of just how much more expensive as similar plate would be from Pakistan or Brazil. I also wonder just how much longer these pieces will come from China...A large cabinet specimen, 18 x 12.5 x 6 cm. The cassiterite group is about 3 cm long, and the aquas up to 7 cm.

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