Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 4.7 x 3.8 cm
near Daye, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China

This specimen features a nearly pristine, large calcite crystal, 7.3 cm across. The two basal faces have zones of ghostly white color in stark contrast to the short prismatic faces between them being glassy, gemmy and colorless. Unlike most of the others here, however, there are more gemmy clear areas to the side hexagonal faces, as you can see. Adding to the beauty and form of this specimen, is a small cluster of white calcite crystals at the base of the larger one. Looking down the gemmy prism faces, one can see all the way through 4cm or so to the bottom of the crystal and the slight bit of attached matrix underneath!

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