Calcite on Fluorite with Dolomite
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan, China
8.2 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $160

One of the best reasons to collect Chinese minerals are wonderful association pieces that are attractive, interesting and affordable. Here some "pineapple" style yellow calcites grow on a light purple field of sparkling Fluorite that is also decorated with small saddle dolomite crystals and quartz. Pretty, undamaged and not going to break the bank. Fine minerals do not always have to be expensive!