Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 5.4 x 4.3 cm
Mine No. 884, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
From what has to be the most famous single calcite find of the modern era in China, these sharp crystals came out around 2000. Amongst the razor-sharp spikes, sits a pristine, jewel-like, sharp twinned calcite measuring 2 cm 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. The slight hematite staining gives a red tint to some crystals and contrasts the curving top of the piece with the calcites of the main body. This specimen is very 3-dimensional. Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale Collection.