Manganoan Calcite on Sphalerite
2nd Sovietskiy Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 5.5 x 3.0 cm
Just a stunning Dalnegorsk combo specimen. The calcites not only have wonderfully sharp poker-chip form, but a lovely pastel pink color from manganese. They sit on a beautifully contrasting matrix of dark crystallized sphalerite. The calcites are actually like little sandwiches, transparent in the middle and milky-translucent on the faces. Fluorescent orange.