Chalcopyrite on Calcite
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 4.5 x 4.0 cm
Baisha Copper Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi, Hubei Province, China
Striking, iridescent Chalcopyrite on Calcite from a limited find in Hubei, China back around 2015! A dusting of tiny, sparkling, multi-colored iridescent Chalcopyrite crystals cover whitish Calcite scalenohedrons in a very attractive and loose grouping. There is good isolation between the Calcite crystals and the amount of Chalcopyrite coving them is variable. Much of the pyramidal points on two are densely covered and on others the covering is patchy resulting in a nice combination of visible Calcite and iridescent Chalcopyrite! The peacock iridescence is like a kaleidoscope and the metallic color ranges from green to yellow to orange and locally red and blue which is in lovely contrast to the stark white matrix and the off-white Calcite crystals! This piece sits well on its own and only one Calcite crystal reveals a barely noticeable contact from what was another crystal. A sculpturally prepared periphery and bottom enhances the piece. No more of this style have been found since, and they are definitely in the realm of "modern Chinese classics." We only have a last few pieces from the pocket remaining, now coming to market as we trim and process some larger pieces into smaller, more balanced specimens.
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