Calcite, Hematite
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 7.0 x 6.6 cm
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Copper mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China
A bizarre, but very fine, two-sided calcite specimen from recent finds at the Fengjiashan Mine of China. A stout, stepped-growth calcite scalenohedron is partially encased at the base with platy hematite. The front of the piece features a hodgepodge of sharp, highly lustrous, hematite-tinted, hexagonal, "poker chip" style calcite crystals. The poker chips on the back of the piece are un-tinted, have very interesting parallel-growth and look like the "pagoda style" calcites that have recently come from this well-known locale. Complete-all-around and essentially pristine. A fascinating, two-sided Chinese calcite.