Calcite -Gem clear with phantom
Leiping Mine, Leiping, GuiyangCo., Chenzhou Prefecture
4.1 x 3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
Bright luster, exceptional clarity and sharp form, a choice miniature from the now famous Leiping mine. In perfect, undamaged condition, this mine is famous for these superb Calcites and the bright Hematite phantoms. Very few have been available in recent years. Similar in form and habit to the classic English Calcites from the Iron fields in Egremont, these are far less expensive yet just as attractive.
Calcite - manganoan
12.1 x 7.7 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
Like a pagoda on a snowy mountain, this is an especially esthetic example of this habit. The front display surface is in impeccable condition, the Quartz and Calcite are perfect, undamaged. The backside is incomplete but not visible in any display angle. The final cap or top story of the Pagoda has a classic three faced termination and the whole has great luster as well as contrast. There werenot many of these in such fine condition, the find was in 2016 and there have not been more as far as we know.
Calcite balls with Quartz and Actinolite
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhead League
Inner Mongolia Region,
7.2 x 5.5 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A remarkable and strange Calcite formed of spherical clusters of flat crystals. The balls are connected in a chain and these are covered with bright sparkling Quartz in tiny doubly terminated clear crystals much like Herkimer Diamonds. A scattering of Hairlike Actinolite crystals are seen with magnification impaling both the Quartz and Calcite. Choice and in excellent condition, the esthetics are impressive. Another of the mineral wonders from the incredible deposits at Huangang.
Chalcopyrite on Calcite
Brushy Creek Mine, Greely, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds County
7.8 x 4.7 x 5.1 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
A series of sharp scalenohedral Calcite crystals are epitaxially coated with bright sparkling Chalcopyrite. A pretty and affordable Brushy Creek specimen that shows very well the form and color contrast that has made this a famous habit. Some minor cleaves but overall in good condition as seen. Sharp form and very good color contrast with some iridescence as well.
Calcite -light violet
Hyatt Mine, Talcville, St. Lawrence County
3.4 x 2.1 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Late Summer 2018
A single scalenohedral Calcite crystal with a light Violet hue. Sharp with a slight milky zoning, this is in good condition as well. Calcites from this locale are not often available.
Calcite (Pineapple) on Fluorite
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
3.7 x 3.2 x 2.0 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
Almost 20 years ago the Shangbao mine in China encountered some pockets of "pineapple" look Calcites. The best of these were on contrasting Fluorite and had (to my eye anyway) great esthetic appeal. This is a small but perfect example of that find. The color, luster and habit are distinctive for these Calcites and unlike any others from anyplace. The Calcites are transparent and undamaged (a small contact is on the backside, but no damage). A fine small modern classic piece.
English classic Calcite crystals on a gossan Matrix. Glass clear and lustrous as these are supposed to be. These Egremont Calcites from the West Cumberland Iron fields were mostly being found in the 19th century or earlier, they are highly respected. On this piece there are a few cleaves and a recrystallized old break, this keeps the price lower, but none of these are easily seen on display. Ex Ruth and Andy Palmer, these clear Calcites are only available from the dispersal of old collections.
An incredible, crazy little Tsumeb thumbnail! A ball-like cluster of Calcite rhombs most of which are colored a cadmium yellow. In some other zones the color is deep red from included needle crystals of Chalcotrichite and a few are green from included Malachite. Malachite balls in chains along some areas add a nice green accent making a bright, very colorful specimen. In perfect condition damage wise, this is crystalized all around, a floater. It is not clear what is causing the Cadmium yellow color, it is not typical at all. Ex Hitchings collection dating to mid 1960 vintage. Unique.