Fluorite, Calcite, Rhodochrosite
Shangbao Pyrite mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Cabinet, 11.9 x 11.9 x 3.9 cm
This is a truly weird Chinese fluorite specimen, for several reasons. Starting with the fluorites - which are light teal-colored cubes enclosing cuboctahedral phantoms with purple bevels. The edges of the fluorites are highly modified, with complex stepping. They sit above a field of creamy calcite crystals, with a few larger, euhedral golden ones. And barely visible amidst the calcites are areas of pale pink rhodochrosite - you can see it as the pinkish areas in the photo. They do not stand out much and are micro-crystalline rather than really aesthetic, but it is the association that makes this specimen so interesting.