Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 6.0 x 4.8 cm
Xianghualing Mine (Hsianghualing Mine), Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
These new Calcites from Xianghualing are certainly some of the most attractive and colorful from China. Dozens of sharp, lustrous, gemmy, pale yellow, compressed rhombohedral Calcite crystals form "pagoda"-like or "nail head" shaped groups (second generation) have overgrown vibrant salmon-orange color scaleonhedral crystals (first generation). The final touch to these crystals is that they are included with tiny crystals of golden Pyrite, which obviously was deposited at the same time as the second generation of Calcite crystals, as it is completely suspended inside the rhombs.