Calcite twin (ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection)

Leiping Mine, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 6.0 x 3.2 cm
Start Time: 09/22/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/29/2022 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

From what has to be the most famous single calcite find of the modern era in China, these sharp crystals came out around 1998-99. Amongst the razor-sharp spikes, sits a pristine, jewel-like, sharp twinned calcite from tip-to-tip across the width atop. Though more spiky-growth calcites have come out since, these twinned crystals remain one-of-a-kind and uniquely desirable. This specimen is sharp all around. Hematite staining gives a red tint to the crystals to 2 cm long, which is a beautiful effect. Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale Collection. This is a perfectly balanced small cabinet piece with intense colors.