Calcite var. Manganoan (fluorescent)
Cabinet, 10.1 x 8.6 x 5.6 cm
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia A.R. China

This wonderfully sculptural manganoan calcite specimen features lustrous and translucent, doubly terminated, light pink crystals, to 9.5 cm in length, that are terminated by 5 mm thick , white caps. A most interesting yet weird growth! The manganese is just enough to give a robust pink color and incredible fluorescence. This is a unique crystal habit that I had not seen before, and came out in 2016. The cluster is actually complete all around, a floater - miraculously formed in some odd environment within the pockets of this iron mining complex! It is 3-dimensional in person, and the crystals are, if anything, like a tulip in shape rather than a normal calcite. The specimen has a subtle elegance to it, hard to convey. Comes with a custom lucite display base.

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