• Calcite on Dolomite with Quartz
  • Calcite on Dolomite with Quartz
  • Calcite on Dolomite with Quartz

Calcite on Dolomite with Quartz

$500.00   €494  £420.00 approx.  

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

ID: CC31828
You may possibly have seen photographs of the entrance to Shangbao mine in Leiyang County, Hunan Province, China; once seen, never forgotten.  Towering, vertical white rocks surround the portal while the mine name (I presume) is written in vertical red script above the entrance and all set against a backdrop of a densely forested, steeply ascending slope.  From Shangbao mine we have a large cabinet specimen displaying a cream to malty brown, barrel-shaped translucent Calcite crystal perched on top of pastel pink Dolomite crystals with occasional white Quartz crystals emerging.  The Calcite measures 7.0 x 4.5 x 4.0 cm and has a naturally etched and pitted, yet soapy-smooth, surface with a most attractive waxy reflective lustre.  The Calcite crystal is of fairly complex habit.  The saddle-shaped, pale flesh-pink Dolomite crystals coat nearly all sides of the matrix and the few milky Quartz crystals scattered here and there measure up to about 1.5 cm.  The Calcite crystal appears to have two slight bruises, judged by an internal change to a much lighter colour.  There is no evidence of damage to the surface at either point, so these could be natural features.  A showy specimen.


10.7 × 16.0 × 9.0 cm
Calcite, Carbonates, Quartz and Agate
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China, Asia

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Calcite, Dolomite, Quartz

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