Calcite (var: Manganoan) with Calcite, Fluorite and Quartz

Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
13.7 x 11.2 x 8.8 cm
Start Time: 11/30/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/05/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

One of the new contemporary classics from China are the amazingly stunning pink manganoan Calcites from the Huanggang Mine in Inner Mongolia. This impressive locality has giving collectors some of the most stunning and high quality display specimens to come out of any Chinese mine in the last 10 years. The Calcites are so impressive due to the incredible size, quality and color of the crystals making them some of the most significant manganoan Calcites extant! This three-dimensional, hefty cabinet sized specimen showcases large compound groups of flattened / stacked rhombohedral crystals of glowing bright pink manganese-bearing Calcite aesthetically sitting on a matrix with associated rhombic pinkish-grey Calcite plus GEMMY colorless Fluorite and minor prismatic Quartz. The luster of the Calcite groups is what really grabs my attention as it is shiny and still "pearlescent" / vitreous when the piece is rotated in the light. The largest compound group of Calcite crystals measures 9.7 x 7.8 cm, but individual crystals are hard to isolate as they are so tightly intergrown. There is very little damage to speak of, as the main group of Calcite is damage free on the display side. The top of the piece has a negative or concave indentation, but it's not broken and it's fully crystallized, so this isn't damage either. The only real contact I can see is on the right edge of the piece, but it hardly takes away from the overall dramatic quality and character of the piece. These specimens are not getting enough attention for their superior size, color and quality. If you were to hold them up against other manganoan Calcites from anywhere else in the world, they would almost certainly win any comparison. It's only their recent appearance on the market that has kept their value lower than it should be. These will be worth more once the locality is done producing them, especially specimens with such great form, size and sheer visual beauty like this one. Valued at the inventory at $4,500, and worth it based upon the great aesthetics, form and downright impressiveness! PLEASE NOTE: This piece is fairly good sized and a bit heavy, so it will require an additional shipping charge, so please keep this in mind when bidding. Feel free to ask any questions before placing a bid.