Calcite on Calcite on Matrix.
The Ezhou Prefecture, Daye, Hubei, China has produced small finds of
extremely fine calcite specimens, including many twins. This is a very
fine example from a find in 2005. Much of this material was
unfortunately scraped or dinged by the time it reached shows and retail
mineral shops. I selected this and a few other specimens for their
perfection. This is a splendid group of twinned crystals up to 3.5 cm
on a bed of smaller calcites on an interesting matrix of dolomitic
limestone, hematite and sulphides.
The specimen is 8.5 X 6 X 4 cm. The crystals are absolutely perfect on
all sides. The crystals glow with light and are highly translucent,
tinged with internal veils of included hematite. This is a
pink/orange/red hematite, not the dingy brown that is common. Also,
there is good translucency to the crystals, as I tried to show in the
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