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Calcite

Calcite

$2,500.00   €2,061  £1,780.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC13921
The Leadhills-Wanlockhead ore field in southern Scotland is a favourite amongst collectors of British minerals, but specimens from here are notoriously difficult to find as they very rarely appear for sale.  Compared to other ore deposits, there were probably relatively few specimens produced and having been distributed in collections around the world, are now like hen’s teeth to add to your collection.  Hence, this simply gorgeous sloping crystal, composed of multiply-terminated, stacked smaller crystals is a must, should you be trying to assembly such a suite.  The specimen is most likely from the western end of the ore deposit, in the vicinity of Wanlockhead.  It has the appearance of specimens from the New Glencrieff mine, but other mines in this area are also possible sources.  The Calcite is translucent grading inwardly to a white opaque core and although colourless to white, does possess a delicate pinkish tinge, an indication of manganese-bearing Calcite.  So characteristic of Calcite from Wanlockhead, the tiers of enveloping composite Calcite crystals are all nail-head terminations and drape the overall crystal structure in cascades of glistening terminated faces.  The major termination at the top of the crystal is 3.5 x 1 cm in section with a perfectly flat 2 x 0.5 cm pinacoid.  Embedded by the base at one side are some cleaved fragments of silver Galena and black Sphalerite, showing odd glints of yellowish-clove-brown.  Under LWUV the Calcite fluoresces a mild yet vivid tangerine-orange with patchy tangerine-cream zones.  A delightful and characteristic Calcite from Wanlockhead in southern Scotland comes with four previous labels.

Details

Dimensions
8.7 × 12.2 × 8.0 cm
Categories
Calcite
Locality
Wanlockhead, Dumfries And Galloway, Scotland, Europe

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Calcite

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