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MANGANOCALCITE

08488

Locality

Manaoshan Mine, Dongpo ore field, Suxian District, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

Dimensions

19.5 cm x 21.6 cm x 10.2 cm

Weight

Description & Provenance

Calcite is one of the most plentiful minerals on earth. The crystal habits and formations it is able to take on are numerous and diverse. Despite its many permutations, China has recently produced a unique variation of calcite in the form of petal-shaped blades that collectors have not seen from other localities. Although bladed calcites have been found from many other localities, seasoned collectors can easy identify the Chinese calcites because of their distinct formations.

This example exhibits a soft, pale pink coloration which is the product of a manganese impurity in the calcite’s elemental makeup. It has the bladed, petal-like crystal habit that makes its locality instantly recognizable. Furthermore, the edges of the blades are included with tiny pyrite crystals, which are a real, telltale factor for identifying not only the locality but the specific discovery that produced this beautiful variety of the species. Curiously, they are present only in the edges of the calcite crystals making the piece look as though its tips were adorned with a sparkling, golden glitter. Adding to its aesthetics is its semi-translucence, which allows the calcite crystals to emit a subtle but beautiful, pink glow with just a hint of light. This is a lovely example of how minerals are combination of both nature and art.

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