Calcite on Flourite
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
6.8 x 5 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Delicate and esthetic slender crystals of calcite are perched in a jackstraw jumble on purple Fluorite. Despite a few cleaved tips this still displays super well. Classic old time specimen, this sort of material is now quite uncommon.
Calcite enclosing Chalcopyrite
Faraday Mine, Farady Township, Bancroft District, Hastings County
5.5 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
Ex Joe Stachura. From the one time find about 30 years ago, this is a killer example of this esthetic discovery. A glass clear calcite (optical grade) encloses a garden like array of bright Chalcopyrite in many forms. The impact and condition are great, some minor rough spots exist as seen on the photos but this is still far better than most. Rare to find on the market, these are treasured pieces unlike anything else!
Campomorto Quarry, Montalto di Castro
Viterbo Province, Latium,
8.8 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
Exquisite spherical calcite on basalt from a classic old location. No damage, this displays well and has a beautiful soft luster.
From a small find in the 1970's this calcite is very esthetic and colorful. The matrix is a sparkling white to light yellow druse of Calcite covered with hills of deep red to black drusy crystals. A single later generation clear crystal is perched on one side and all is well arranged and eyecatching. A very pretty display quality specimen that is uncommon, unusual, undamaged and still affordably priced.
Classic calcite on sulfide and dolomite matrix from the great discoveries at Shullsburg. Esthetic and well presented, the calcites reach 3.2 CM. The backside isalso displayable. The front display face appears damage free (magnification finds micro nicks)there is contacting on the reverse but all in all it looks pristine. These are well respected as great and distinctive specimens, this is a good affordable example.
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Copper Mine), Edong District, Daye County, Huangs
6,8 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
A wonderfully displayed gemmy calcite (4.2 CM across)sits on a small shard of matrix that is dusted with smaller gemmy calcites as well. Great form and condition, the calcite has some glass clear faces and interior and others with a very light frosting. This looks great from any angle, from one side looking like an old English Calcite and from others like a modern Dalngorsk piece. This is from the Daye mine in Hubei, China which has produced a lot of great calcites, but this one is distinctly different than others we have seen.
Calcite (frosted) on Quartz
Rossie Lead Mine, St. Lawrence Co.
4.8 x 4 CM (miniature)
From the classic old locality of Rossie that was active from 1830 to 1860. A nicely frosted main crystal with a few smaller on the sides sits on a quartz matrix. No damage. good clarity and some internal rainbows . This seems to be an untwinned crystal that was less common at Rossie. Calcites from here were used in many crystalographic illustrations and studies in the classic literature. These are rarely available now.
An exceptional example of a very esthetic Daye Calcite. This locality has produced the some very fine Calcites, which are immediatly recognizable. The best are glassy, clear, gemmy and have a orange-rose blush from included Hematite. Like most locations the very best are quite rare. This is one of those. The larger crystal is 4.4 CM across, the matrix is covered by a carpet of gemmy glasslike crystals to just under a centimeter. The Orange color is especial good on this, there is no eye visible damage on the display face. The back of the matrix is partly sawn from collecting, there is damge that is not visible from the front. I think these will be regarded as important worldclass Calcites when they are no longer available, much like English material. Very affordable for this quality!