Calcite Mineral Specimens For Sale from China, Page 2

 

A great example of a fine Chinese calcite  Interesting calcite crystals from Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China  Classic calcite twins can be found from several localities in China  Classic calcite twins can be found from several localities in China

                                                                                                     All of the specimens seen above are calcite

 

So what if the price is low...as long as the specimen is aesthetic and damage free!  Chinese minerals are a great deal in our current market.  Every year there seems to be new finds of Chinese calcites as individual crystals or in interesting combinations with other minerals.  You will find many fine calcites in this section from numerous locations.  Most will be free of distracting damage and most have fine aesthetics.  The prices for good calcites are rising steadily and good examples are always in demand.  You will find a great selection below...

 

 

OKI-223

Looking down opening.

OKI-223     Calcite “Cup Calcite”, “Flower Calcite”   Bao Shan, Yunnan Prov., China.  These strange crystals appeared several years ago, were always uncommon and always expensive (until now).  They are formed much like an overgrown pyromorphite, vanadinite or mimetite crystal being hoopered and hollow.  This one measures 6.1 cm long and has a couple contact areas but is in good condition.  Priced to go.  40$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-224 (base termination)

Looking down opening which runs the entire length of crystal!

OKI-224     Calcite “Cup Calcite”, “Flower Calcite”   Bao Shan, Yunnan Prov., China.  These strange crystals appeared several years ago, were always uncommon and always expensive (until now).  They are formed much like an overgrown pyromorphite, vanadinite or mimetite crystal being hoopered and hollow.  This one measures 8.4 cm long and is a floater with only one very minor chip (tough to find).  Entirely hollow down middle and could be substituted for a shot glass!  Priced to go.  95$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-225

OKI-225     Calcite “Cup Calcite”, “Flower Calcite”   Bao Shan, Yunnan Prov., China.  These strange crystals appeared several years ago, were always uncommon and always expensive (until now).  They are formed much like an overgrown pyromorphite, vanadinite or mimetite crystal being hoopered and hollow, but this one is not hollow.  This one measures 6.2 cm long, is singly terminated and damage free.  Minor striations.  A fine piece.  Priced to go.  65$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-082

OKI-082    Calcite    Weshan, Yunan Prov., China.  10 x 8.5 x 6.6 cm cluster of beautiful crystals.  This specimen is a true floater in the form of an ovoid ball which is sporting crystals to 4 cm.  They are clear to white with great translucence to transparency.  Remember, I do not backlight my specimens like the other dealers do when showing a specimen such as this.  This could not show better, though it does poorly when photographed.  It is as nice as any calcite from China which I have seen photographed for publication, yet this one is at a price which is manageable by most.  Zero damage.  Killer!!!!  225$

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese "Nail Head" Calcite 

Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China

Three dealers at the 2007 Tucson show had these unusual calcites in their inventories.  They are composed of goethite coated schalenohedral crystals which are capped by flattened rhombohedrons which are clear to translucent and are perfection in their form.  Some refer to this combination of forms as “nail head” calcites.  Whatever you call them they are certainly highly aesthetic and bound to be appreciated by more than just calcite collectors.  Some are extremely complex with twinning and flattened rhombs on the flanks of the schalenohedrons, as well.  They were rather expensive for calcites but I did bite the bullet and purchase a couple of dozen pieces.  This was the entire inventory of one of my more regular suppliers.  These are bound to go quickly so make your choices fast.  I have posted all that remain and there are none sitting in reserve.  These fine specimens are all damage free unless otherwise noted.  I will keep all the descriptions brief in that they are so difficult to describe.  They will all be photographed from at least a couple views.  I think the photographs will speak for themselves.  These are beautiful specimens (and fluorescent).  The prices are better that the couple of other dealers who only have a couple anyways.  Don't pay 500 to 1,000$ for one of these specimens!!!

 

OKF-418

OKF-418        Calcite      Daye Mine, Huangshi, Hibei Prov., China.  I have lots of these two generation calcite specimens to offer but this is by far the most aesthetic.  It is comprised of several calcite schalenohedrons with tabular rhombs attaches on numerous surfaces.  The goethite inclusions make it a real looker from all side except its back.  8 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm.  No damage to any display faces except for a tiny ding on what might be the smallest of all the crystals.  Very showy.  270$

 

 

 

 

OKE-292

OKE-292    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 4 cm piece with a cap crystal measuring 3.5 cm.  Great piece!  50$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-294

OKE-294    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 5.6 cm piece with a huge cap crystal measuring 5.1 cm.  Great piece!  200$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-295

OKE-295    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 7.8 cm piece with a cap crystal measuring 2.2 cm.  Back view is poor due to a large cleave.  Great piece!  180$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-296

OKE-296    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 5.6 cm piece with a cap crystal measuring 3.2 cm.  This one also has a 3.5 cm nest twin on its backside.  Great piece!  160$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-297

OKE-297    Calcite        Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 5.2 cm piece with a cap crystal measuring 2.8 cm.  Great piece!  160$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-299

OKE-299    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 4.4 cm piece with a cap crystal measuring 2 cm.  Great piece!  60$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-125

OKE-125    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 8.4 cm piece with a cap crystals measuring 3.4 cm.  One flank of the primary crystal is coated by white rider crystals.  Killer piece!  275$

 

 

 

 

OKE-080

OKE-080    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 4.2 cm piece with a cap crystals measuring 3 cm.  Great piece!  85$

 

 

 

 

OKE-081

OKE-081    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 7.1 cm piece with a cap crystals measuring 3.5 cm.  One flank of the primary crystal has two small, double terminated schalenohedral crystals with its own riders.  Killer piece!  145$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-188

OKE-188    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A specimen measuring 9.9 x 6.5 x 5.5c cm.  It is one of the biggest specimens I have and is composed of three crystals and their overgrowths.  Killer piece!  350$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-107

OKE-107    Calcite    Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A 4.5 cm piece with a rider crystals measuring to 2.5 cm.  These are nest twins.  Contact to one side (back)  85$

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-574

OKD-574     Calcite Stalactites   De Chang Mine, Sichuan Prov., China.     This is one of those rare specimens which I knew the moment I saw it was important.  It is not the biggest or flashiest specimen I have seen from this location, but…. how many times to you see a pair of stalactites that displays this well on its own without any form of external support?  The base has been sawed thus allowing the piece total stability when displayed upright.  This pair of stalactites measures 12 cm tall.  A fine piece with no damage and views from every side.  750$ firm.

 

   

 

 

 

 

OKE-275

OKE-275    Calcite Twin    Huangshaping, Hunan Prov., China.   A nice twin crystal which measures approx. 3.5 cm and stands up high on the matrix of other well formed calcites.  Great transparency with minor pyrite inclusions in all the crystals.  Very light yellow tint to the primary crystals and white color to the tiny crystals coating the matrix rock.  Edge damage apparent on backside but none on fronts, sides or to any of the primary crystals.  Actually, in excellent condition overall.  6.5 x 6 x 5 cm.    80$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-230

Back

OKE-230    Calcite    Huangshaping, Hunan Prov., China.     2.7 cm rhomb of yellow calcite sits up high on a matrix which is coated by similar smaller calcites and minor pyrite (mostly as inclusions).  The calcite is transparent but highly included by internal cleavage planes and some pyrite.  Piece is mineralized on base, as well.No damage.  Interesting and showy.  40$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-217

Back

OKE-217    Calcite    Wenshan, Yunan Prov., China.   Attractive floater specimen with lots of flash.  White/ clear translucent/ transparent calcites which on one side of the specimen (back) are large, independent and diverging.  The back has one crystal cleaved off.  On the other side (the display face) the crystals are overgrown by a second generation of calcites.  Display face is damage free.  No minor rubs or any other issues.  Stands on edge without support.  Very attractive specimen.  Big discount due to the backside damage which is really minimal and should be seen anyways.   95$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-207

OKE-207    Calcite, Fluorite, Dolomite and Pyrite on Quartz    Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.   This is a pair of quartz points coated by calcite and other minerals.  The quartz have dolomite inclusions and and a layer of white dolomite on several sides and are, for the most part, covered on the other side by the calcites.  There are two purple fluorite of a bout a cm each wich are nearly covered by the calcites.  The piece is damage free except for a tiny rub on one calcite and very aesthetic in form.  Entire specimen measures 6.5 x 5.3 x 3.5 cm.  Very nice specimen that displays well.  70$

 

 

 

 

OKE-181

Back

OKE-181    Calcite    Xin Guo Mine, Jianxi Prov., China.   This is an example of the new calcite being brought to market (mostly by Collectors Edge) this year, 2007.  This was one of the very few pieces I found to be displayable and worthy of purchasing.  It has a large, 5 plus cm, crystal on a matrix of calcite and quartz covered rock.  It is translucent and fine.  Back of specimen has an old regrown contact.  Excellent display qualities…stands upright perfectly due to its sawn flat base.  250$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-159

OKE-159    Calcite    Shi Meng Realgar Mine, Chang De, Hunan Prov., China.   A nice grouping of translucent yellow schalenohedral crystals in an interlocking group.  14 x 8 x 6 cm overall with double terminated crystals to 11 cm each.  One tiny burse and one crystal tip gone due to matrix contact.  Great luster…I don’t see any realgar inclusions in this one.   70$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-190

Interesting form

OKE-190    Calcite      RESERVED     Wenshan, Yunan Prov., China.   Wonderful, snow flake like grouping of crystals.  Very complex, translucent to transparent and highly aesthetic piece.  After a long inspection with magnification I’ve found one cleaved crystal in base of piece, otherwise this is a complete floater.  Magnificent specimen!!  11 x 7.7 x 5 cm.  240$

 

 

 

 

OKE-166

Calcite ball close up

View of quartz crystal

OKE-166    Calcite on Quartz    Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.   An interesting specimen which is composed of two quartz points one of which is exposed (white, translucent and high luster) and the second is totally incased in a ball of calcites.  The calcites are a very light cream color and tabular in form.  They are layered over the quartz in a nice ball like form.  The edges of the crystals are uneven, not damaged.  The piece measures 5.5 x 3.1 x 3 cm.  Very cool specimen….75$

 

 

 

 

OKE-187

Stibnites

OKE-187    Calcite with Stibnite    Guang Xi, Hunan Prov., China.   This is the older material which put stibnite/ calcite combinations on the mineralogist’s radar.  It is possible that this is new material is being found at present but it is more likely that this is simply a recycled piece.   I seldom see them available anymore so this is an opportunity for someone to get a has been specimen.  It measures 11.5 x 8.1 x 7.3 cm.  This is an extremely complex piece being composed of matrix rock, stibnite crystals and sprays of crystals and the single, double terminated crystal which dominates the specimen.  It is very gemmy in areas showing of the internal stibnites quite nicely.  Some areas look darker but on closer inspection the entire piece is very gemmy.  One tiny rub on a corner which is difficult to notice.  Here is your chance to own one of these fine specimen instead of just seeing pictures of them in books and journals.  Certainly modern day classic material.    975$

 

 

Stibnite and Pyrite in Calcite   

Le Shi Mine, Hunan Prov., China

This is more of what was new this year at Tucson.  The mine is now famous for a variety of minerals mineral combinations but this is the first I have heard of these new calcites with stibnite.  For calcites these were rather expensive but for stibnite in calcite they are quite the bargain.  The disk shaped calcites are gray and translucent.  The pyrite forms a Mercedes Benz cross on each crystal with the pyrite being found both internally and externally.  The stibnites are thin (acicular) and very similar to some of those found in Romania.  They are almost always poorly terminated and in radiating sprays of metallic crystals.  Nice new material of which I found a whole 10 specimens (all of which I purchased).  Grab one now while the price is right.

 

 

OKE-078

OKE-078    Pyrite in Calcite    Le Shi Mine, Hunan Prov., China.   This material was new this year with most of the specimen being stibnite and calcite in combination.  This is the only specimen I found at Tucson with the pyrite alone as the secondary mineral species.  The disk shaped calcites are gray and translucent.  The pyrite forms a Mercedes Benz cross on each crystal with the pyrite being found internally and externally both.  This fine grouping is composed of about 15 to 20 crystals in parallel growth.  9.5 cm long.  Expensive for a calcite but I only saw one grouping of these (approx.) 10 specimens, all of which I purchased.  Interesting, damage free (minor contacts on some of the edge crystals) and appears to be rare.   150$

 

 

 

OKE-093

OKE-093    Stibnite and Pyrite in Calcite    Le Shi Mine, Hunan Prov., China.   This material was new this year with most of the specimen being stibnite and calcite in combination.  The disk shaped calcites are gray and translucent.  The pyrite forms a Mercedes Benz cross on each crystal with the pyrite being found internally and externally both.  This fine grouping is composed of about half a dozen crystals in parallel growth.  In this piece is one primary spray of non-terminated, silver colored stibnites measuring 1.5 cm and others about the same size with fewer of these acicular crystals.  5 cm across.  Expensive for a calcite but I only saw one grouping of these (approx.) 10 specimens, all of which I purchased.  Interesting, damage free (minor contacts on some of the edge crystals) and appears to be rare.   90$

 

 

 

OKE-058

OKE-058    Stibnite and Pyrite in Calcite    Le Shi Mine, Hunan Prov., China.   This material was new this year with most of the specimen being stibnite and calcite in combination.  The disk shaped calcites are gray and translucent.  The pyrite forms a Mercedes Benz cross on each crystal with the pyrite being found internally and externally both.  This fine grouping is composed of several crystals in parallel growth.  In this piece two primary sprays of poorly-terminated, silver colored stibnites measuring 3 cm and 2 cm respectively.  6.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm overall.  Expensive for a calcite but I only saw one grouping of these (approx.) 10 specimens, all of which I purchased.  Interesting and damage free except for several contacts on some of the crystal edges.   85$

 

 

 

OKE-062

OKE-062    Stibnite and Pyrite in Calcite    Le Shi Mine, Hunan Prov., China.   This material was new this year with most of the specimen being stibnite and calcite in combination.  The disk shaped calcites are gray and translucent.  The pyrite forms a Mercedes Benz cross on each crystal with the pyrite being found internally and externally both.  This fine grouping is composed of several crystals in parallel growth.  In this piece there are numerous poorly terminated, silver colored stibnites to 1.5 cm long.  Expensive for a calcite but I only saw one grouping of these (approx.) 10 specimens, all of which I purchased.  Some damage on edges and cleave off one surface crystal.  Still an attractive and unusual piece.   60$

 

 

 

OKE-063

OKE-063    Stibnite and Pyrite in Calcite    Le Shi Mine, Hunan Prov., China.   This material was new this year with most of the specimen being stibnite and calcite in combination.  The disk shaped calcites are gray and translucent.  The pyrite forms a Mercedes Benz cross on each crystal with the pyrite being found internally and externally both.  This fine grouping is composed of about a dozen crystals in parallel growth.  In this piece is one primary spray of non-terminated, silver colored stibnites measuring 2.6 cm and others scattered acicular crystals.  7.5 x 5 cm piece.  Expensive for a calcite but I only saw one grouping of these (approx.) 10 specimens, all of which I purchased.  Interesting, damage free and apparently rare.   80$

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-507

Back.

OKB-507  Calcite   China.    Attractive and unusual calcite with crystals to 6 cm long.  Specimen is 14.5 cm long and 7 cm high.  Attractive damage free piece which views nicely from all sides.  60$

 

 

 

OKB-504

OKB-504  Stibnite in Calcite  China.    Clear to slightly yellow calcites are penetrated at various angles by metallic, high luster stibnites.  One tiny contact spot with no other visible damage of any form.  4 x 4 x 3 cm.  Views well from all angles.  70$

 

 

 

 

OKA-670B

Closeup.

OKA-670 Calcite Unknown (undisclosed) location in China. Bright green, translucent calcite looks like fluorite. Forms a thick coating on matrix plates. VERY unusual. Crystals to 1 cm. This material is a must for any calcite collector. Both pieces stand on edge and display great. Sorry, only 1 specimens available.   OKA-670B 15 x 8 cm plate. 40$

 

 

 

 

OKD-019

OKD-019         Calcite    Lieping Mine, Cheng Zhu City, Hunan Prov., China.   Complete floater cluster.  Wow!  Damage free, double and single terminated crystals with selective white phantoms.  Unusual and attractive.  85$

 

 

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