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Eucryptite and Scheelite - Xinghualing Mine, China

20.5.2017

At the Tucson show one year a friend and I purchased a couple of small specimens of hsianghualite.  It was fluorescent a beautiful saturated red - almost like tugtupite.  The mine was given as the Xinghualing Mine in Hunan.  After a few attempts I finally made contact with a mineral collector over there who was interested in learning about fluorescent minerals and willing to travel.  I taught him how to prospect with a UV light (even sent him one), told him where to go and what to look for - even funded his explorations (we explored many places in China). I sent him to prospect for some of this material from the Xinghualing mine.   He found a few pieces and sent them over to me, I promptly began marketing them as hsianghualite.  As time went on we grew suspicious.  I sent some pieces out for IDs and G. Waychunas finally confirmed what we suspected - it was eucryptite.  I offered everyone who had purchased it as hsianghualite a refund but nobody took me up on it. The combination of bright eucryptite and scheelite was just too beautiful to send back.  I got a few more shipments, then sadly, things didn’t work out and I lost my contact.


These pieces have wonderfully bright red eucryptite (at first thought to be Hsiianghualite) along with bright blue scheelite.
Eucryptite is fluorescent a vibrant red under shortwave UV - slightly darker hue when compared to tugtupite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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