Calcite with Pyrite phantom inclusions
Dalen-Kjorholt Mine, Brevik, Telemark, Norway
Miniature, 4.6 x 2.9 x 1.8 cm
Ex. Dr. Robert Lavinsky
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A classic calcite style, these only came out a few times, and I think the last good pocket was in the 1980s. The specimen features a wonderfully sharp single calcite crystal with the more broad and columnar outer habit (showing rhombohedral modifications on the termination) impaled by a phantom sharp scalenohedron within. This phantom within is coated by tiny pyrite microcrystals on its surface, giving these a unique and memorable look as you see the sparkle within. Old Frazier's minerals label accompanies. This was a crystal I had in my own collection by the 1980s, when I collected calcites exclusively for myself from the mid 1980s through about 2003.

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