Calcite Var. Manganoan (Fluorescent)
Cabinet, 12.4 x 8.5 x 6.2 cm
Verkhniy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran; Herb Obodda
Absolutely stellar pair of Manganoan Calcite crystals, on Quartz, from the famous mining district of Dal'negorsk. Both Calcites are nearly 5 cm across, a light pink color, and they have superb luster. The lower crystal completely encases the Quartz stalactite, while the upper crystal is attached to the Quartz along one side. This upper Manganocalcite is twinned, and this fabulous twinning plane creates an elongated diamond pattern that rings the crystal. Quite eye-catching. Of course, there is a strong fluorescence. The aesthetics of the cabinet specimen are out of this world. It is one of my favorite Manganocalcites from there. Previously in the collection of Gene Meieran, before it entered the Obodda collection.