Scheelite

Scheelite

Regular price $1,200.00
SKU:38656
Locality: Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm

A very nice large single crystal of Scheelite from Mount Xuebaoding, Sichuan Province, China. Scheelite from this locality has been recognized for some years now as the world's best, and this crystal has great color and large size for the locality. What makes it special, however, is the very gemmy tip, which is a deep honey-orange color and would yield a sizable cut stone if desired. With the recent expansion of a nearby panda preserve and the exhaustion of a number of the larger scheelite-bearing veins, these are becoming much less common on the market. As a fun fact, Scheelite is named after Swedish chemist and amateur mineralogist Carl Wilhelm Scheele, who discovered the element Tungsten from scheelite- Tungsten comes from two Swedish words, "tung" meaning heavy and "sten" meaning stone or rock. A fitting name!

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