Calcite (Phantoms) on Quartz
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.0 x 3.0 cm
Fischbach, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
A choice calcite specimen recovered from one of the famous quartz or amethyst geodes of old Idar-Oberstein, long-ago exhausted and now difficult to find (which is what sent so many German craftsman off to Brazil). This is a fine miniature with crystals to 2.5 cm. It shows phantoms consisting of hematite-colored reddish scalenohedra within a later generation of sharp hexagonal crystals and is complete all around.