Gypsum on Calcite
Cabinet, 9.8 x 7.4 x 2.9 cm
Naica, Chihuahua,Mexico

A superb, doubly terminated, tabular, crystal that measures 9.8 cm across, this is glassy and gemmy. The colorless gypsum is elegantly arranged on a matrix of drusy, sparkling calcite as if on a pedestal - you could not ask for more perfect placement. Despite its softness this piece is nearly pristine, with only the most trivial wear. The totally clear and limpid gypsum crystal is offset even more under fluorescence where the calcite is imparted with a brown hue and the gypsum transmits the UV light. Simply wonderful!