Large Cabinet, 16.0 x 11.0 x 7.0 cm
Shangbao Pyrite mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
A superb cluster of large, pristine crystals of calcite, centered perfectly on a perfectly-trimmed matrix, from a recent find in China. The large crystal you see here measures 6.5 cm across. It and the other crystals are fabulously lustrous, and have gentle striations on selective faces that add a lot of character. The crystals really glow under good light. They sit on a bed of colorless, jewel-like little calcites.