Cabinet, 13.0 x 9.8 x 5.2 cm
Canaveilles, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
A STRIKING, pristine CABINET plate of blue-green calcite colored by blue-green chalcanthite(?) or malachite(?) that is partially included within the calcite. The flattened rhombs of lustrous calcite from a very uncommon French locality would be good even if they were ugly, but they are NOT! This specimen even has part of a calcite rhomb that was not included with the greenish mineral on the display face! NOT very common. The lot came to market about 5 years ago and I bought much of it. It originated with somebody with contacts at the mine, which is now not only defunct, but reclaimed and protected from further mining by the French government. This is a phenomenal showpiece because the color is so shocking and frankly you have to really think about it before guessing that you are looking at calcite! 13.0 x 9.8 x 5.2 cm