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Calcite (Manganoan) (new find) viewBack to FINE MINERAL COLLECTION and INVENTORY LIQUIDATION AUCTION (set 2 of 2) - end April 6th, 2017

Krushev Dol deposit, Krushev Dol mine, Madan ore field, Rhodope Mts, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
  • Starting Time:3/30/2017 06:45:00 PM(CDT)
  • Ending Time:4/6/2017 06:45:00 PM(CDT)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:Small Cabinet
  • Size Description:6.7 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm

Description:This locality is best known for its amazing sulfide specimens (mainly Galena, Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite), but the Calcites are not only few and far between, but they're often dull, white and and without excellent crystal form. In the past they certainly have not shown the wonderful crystal habit and beautiful color seen in this piece. These are arguably the finest examples of Mn-bearing Calcite that we've seen from this mine. We literally just picked this piece up in Tucson a few weeks ago, and it's one of the most colorful and aesthetic Calcites that we've seen from Krushev Dol. I was told that it came from a pocket that was discovered just before the Tucson Show, and only a handful of pieces were found. ATTENTION CALCITE collectors! This gorgeous manganoan pink color group of stepped "dogtooth"-shaped crystals with a gentle but notable vitreous / satiny luster resembles a forest of cotton candy trees. We found a tiny yellowish crystal group on the side of the piece that might be Sphalerite(?), but we're not 100% certain. No real damage to speak of and just beautiful in person. If you collect Calcites, you can't miss out on this one, as it may be from a one time find. Valued at $600.

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