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HOLD Calcite complex twins with Hematite phantoms
stock #HOLD 8.1-036
Daye Iron Mine, Edong Mining District, Huangshi Prefecture
Hubei Province, China
9.9 x 7 CM (cabinet)
price: $420


An exceptional example of a very esthetic Daye Calcite. This locality has produced the some very fine Calcites, which are immediately 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 glass-like 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 damage that is not visible from the front. I think these will be regarded as important world-class Calcites when they are no longer available, much like English material. Very affordable for this quality!

twinned Calcite on Sphalerite
stock #8.1-270
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
Tennessee, United States
12 x 10 CM (cabinet)
price: $950


Perfect jewel-like amber cognac color Calcites (largest is 7.7 CM) set on a dark red to black matrix of crystallized Sphalerite. No damage and only one tiny contact on one of the smaller Calcites, this is a pristine piece that has top notch luster. The main crystal is the sort of twin sometimes described as a "frog" where one half of the twinned pair develops selectively and makes a frog-like crystal. An Elmwood classic that is far better than you could usually expect in this price range.

Calcite
stock #6.2-057
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
9 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $375


A single sharp, gemmy Calcite crystal that has a light amber color and is in outstanding condition. Great form and luster, the clarity at the tip is very good. Shimen has produced some very fine Calcites, among the world's best they are still a bargain compared with most other locations.

Calcite with minor Realgar
stock #6.2-064
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
14.5 x 13.5 x 11 CM (cabinet)
price: $485


A substantial cluster of fine Calcites in very good condition and with great translucence and some transparency. The largest crystal is 13 CM and the color is a light yellow to amber ranging to white. A good sized cabinet piece this has several possible display sides.

Calcite with minor Realgar
stock #5.1-083
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
17x13 cm (cabinet)
price: $1200


A perfect condition large (11.5 cm) twin calcite sits esthetically on top of a mound of smaller calcites and intermingled tiny realgar crystals. All on a calcite matrix, a great example of the best quality from this find, the smaller crystals have distinctive realgar phantoms. A very attractive large cabinet piece!

Calcite with realgar
stock #5.1-085
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
10 x 7.4 cm (cabinet)
price: $450


A delicate, thin, tapering (7.9 CM) single calcite rises above the smaller crystals. Gemmy in places and clear enough to clearly show the bright red Realgar crystals inside. A very tiny flaw at the tip is only visible from one side. Even so, this is a top display calcite at a reasonable price.