Daye Copper Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi, Hubei, China
12.7 cm tall x 10.4 cm wide
Ex-collections Dr. Stephen Smale, Gail & James Spann.
Collector quality, red inesite comes from only two locations: Wessels Mine in South Africa and Daye Copper Mine in China. Both localities produced small amounts over short periods of time–Wessels Mine during the late 1970s and Daye Mine in the early 2000s.
Glistening red spheres of inesite on clear quartz, white rhombohedral dolomite crystals, golden pyrites, and rare hubeite crystals are only found together in one place on earth: Daye Copper Mine discovered in 2002. This piece has everything desired in a specimen: a contrast in shape, color, and texture, as well as, a combination of common species and rare ones.
This piece was pictured in Fine Minerals of China by Dr. Guanghua Liu in 2006.