Calcite with Gypsum
Qinglong Mine, Dachang Sb ore field, Qianxinan, Guizhou, China
Cabinet, 12.6 x 8.4 x 5.7 cm

This very attractive, 'pineapple' cluster of Calcite is composed of distinct scalenohedrons up to 5 cm. The outer layer of each is tinted an appealing burnt-orange by hematite (I assume), and the highly lustrous surface is actually quite detailed with many small and sharp stepped faces. There is even a coating of Gypsum, some of it crystallized, that adds to both the luster and the mineral interest of the piece. Excellent aesthetics for this unusual cabinet specimen from a complex locality. It is just so sparkly and pretty, it looks like candy in person! The photos cannot capture fully the sugary look of the surface. Comes with a custom base for easy display.