Calcite Specimens From China

 

A great example of a fine Chinese calcite  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 

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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...

 

 

 

OKO-748

OKO-748       Calcite      Guilin, China.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Stalactitic calcite on a hollow soda straw.  Amber color.  Very small tip cleave.  8 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm.  Nice example.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-717

OKO-717     Calcite and Dolomite      Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Province, China.  A large piece with beautifully twinned calcites to 4.2 cm each.  The big ones are second generation crystals and, along with the stacks of tan colored dolomite crystals, rest on a bed of smaller, clear calcites.  The big twins are fantastic: the highest luster one could expect, very clear, sharply formed, and with the exception of a small edge rub on one, damage-free.  The entire piece is in excellent condition.  Sawn flat on base so it sits nicely.  We just don't see much coming from this important location any longer and this one is certainly a fine piece.  $475

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-210

OKN-210      Calcite on Dolomite    Shang Bao Mine, Lei Yang, Hunan Province, China.  Very lustrous (looks lower in luster in images), clear calcites on light pink dolomites.  11.3 x 7 x 5.8 cm piece with attractive calcites with several modifications.  I've never seen calcite quite like this one from the Shang Bao Mine before but this particular dealer has been very reliable on locations in the past.  No damage.  Very nice example!  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-180

Twn plane

OKN-180     Twinned Calcite    Tongloushan Excavation Site, Slag Locality, Daye County, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China.  Very attractive clear calcite twin measuring 7 cm.  7.4 x 5.4 x 5 cm.  New material, I believe in 2015, that will rank high in a world-wide comparison for this common species.  The twin planes are thin and at first not very noticeable.  The crystal's luster is very good (depending on the crystal and the crystal face).  No damage.  Very nice internal clarity I've looked over many of these and only invested in the finest in clarity and lack of damage.  Minor calcite crystal (scalenohedrons) on rock matrix.  Nice in hand.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-198

OKN-198     Calcite on Calcite with Chalcopyrite   RESERVED   Tongloushan Excavation Site, Slag Locality, Daye County, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China.  New material that I am told is from the same location as specimens I have listed on page 4 of this month's updates.  It is certainly different however... the largest crystal looks to be twinned but the twin plane is not recognizable from the top, only from the backside/ below view.  Also, there is a schalenohedral crystal and matrix very different from the others I purchased.  This one was so aesthetic I was not able to pass on it.  The specimen measures 10 x 8 x 6 cm and shows two beautiful calcites in contrasting forms on each end.  The only issue is a tiny compression on the tip of the schalenohedral crystal that looks terrible in the image but is barely noticeable in hand (I think the image is catching the top of the phantom in the crystal).  The crystals are glassy and sit up high of an also attractive matrix.  An exceptional calcite.  $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-163

OKN-163      Calcite     Daye Copper Mine, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  These were around for awhile years ago (I have many of them still for sale on this site) but these recent ones eclipse the old ones!  Better luster, better transparency, and huge compared to those first ones.  Now it is easier to see their complexity.  Zoned growth internally but what makes them important specimens is what you see externally.  I purchased only two because almost all I found had damage.  This one measures 11.5 x 6.2 x 6.7 cm.  This one has a dark, hematite included side that I failed to photograph (sorry, it is similar to specimen #OKN-199 on page 6 of this month's listing).  It makes for a great contrast!  The piece is, of course, a schalenohedral crystal with a rhomb capping it and parallel growth rhombs creeping up all the sides.  Better in hand.  Fantastic specimen at a reasonable cost.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-154

OKN-154     Twinned Calcite on Calcite Boxwork    Tongloushan Excavation Site, Slag Locality, Daye County, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China.  Very attractive clear calcite twins to 5 cm each in calcite boxwork.  New material, I believe in 2015, that will rank high in a world-wide comparison for this common species.  The twin planes are thin and at first not very noticeable.  The crystal's luster is very good to excellent (depending on the crystal and the crystal face).  No damage.  I've looked over many of these and only invested in the finest in clarity and lack of damage.  This one is certainly better in person.  12 x 8.5 x 8 cm overall.  No damage.  One crystal stands up very high in relief while others are deeper in the boxwork.  Nice!   $425

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-155

Backside view

OKN-155     Twinned Calcite on Calcite Boxwork    Tongloushan Excavation Site, Slag Locality, Daye County, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China.  Very attractive clear calcite twins to 5.2 cm each in calcite boxwork.  New material, I believe in 2015, that will rank high in a world-wide comparison for this common species.  The twin planes are thin and at first not very noticeable.  The crystal's luster is excellent (better depending on the crystal and the crystal face).  No damage.  I've looked over many of these and only invested in the finest in clarity and lack of damage.  This one is certainly better in person and one of the best I found.  10.5 x 9 x 7 cm overall.  All three of the dominant crystals are in high in relief while others are deeper in the boxwork.   Tiny crystal on back is cleaved.  Excellent condition!  $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKG-152

OKG-152     Calcite    Weshan, Yunnan Prov., China.  A stalactite of parallel growth crystals of nice size and complexity.  It measures 11 x 4.4 x 2.6 cm.  I see only one contact point (very small) with everything else being nicely terminated and damage free.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-123

Back view

Front View

OKN-123    Calcite    Lieping Mine, Cheng Zha City, Hunan Province, China.  A rather uncommon calcite at this point, more common about ten years ago, these show intergrown schalenohedral and rhombohedral forms.  This example measures 8.5 x 7 x 5.4 cm.  Excellent condition.  Good views all around except back where a crystal can be seen to be missing.    $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-967

OKN-967    Calcite    Lieping Mine, Cheng Zha City, Hunan Province, China.  A rather uncommon calcite at this point, more common about ten years ago, these show intergrown schalenohedral and rhombohedral forms.  This example measures 7.5 x 6.4 x 5.3 cm.  It is vert translucent with large areas being transparent.  No damage.  Good views all around.  Stands nicely for display.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-960

Top view

Termination striations

OKL-960    Calcite     Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.  Many of us are familiar with the fine, clear calcites from this location seen in single crystals up to 6 cm. When was the last time you saw a cluster from there?!  I've only ever seen two and neither held a candle to this one.  My guess is that this is among the finest specimens of this beautiful calcite recovered from the location.  It has the classic look with the striations on the terminations being less commonly seen.  The specimen has the normal exceptional luster and clarity.  The crystals are up to 3.8 cm each with lots of tiny ones adding a good deal of flash.  7 x 6.8 x 6.5 cm.  This is a top calcite by any standards.  No damage.  Better in-hand.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $3,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-699

OKJ-699    Calcite with Stibnite    Guang Xi, Hunan Prov., China.  Ex. Michael Walter collection. This is the older material which put stibnite/ calcite combinations on the mineralogist’s radar.   I seldom see them available anymore so this is an opportunity for someone to get a has been specimen.  It measures 9.2 x 7.2 x 6.5 cm.  This is an extremely complex piece being composed of matrix rock, stibnite crystals and sprays of crystals and the single, double terminated calcite crystal which dominates the specimen.  It is moderately gemmy in areas showing of the internal stibnites and fracturing.  A quality damage free specimen with a 1980's price.  This is the one I chose for my own collection back in the day when there were a few of these floating around.  There were never many!  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.    450$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-158

OKK-158    Calcite    Huanggangliang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.  I had not seen this type of calcite until the beginning of this year from these prolific mines.  These are of high luster and a light pink color.  The groupings are slightly stalactitic and a couple on one edge are missing.  Very nice display characteristics, lots of flash and well priced.  7.6 x 6.5 x 4 cm overall with a carved back to reduce its size.   $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-422

OKJ-422    Calcite and Quartz    Yangangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhau Prefecture, Hunan Prov., China.  Older material from early in the mine’s history that is seldom seen now…Bogotá style (sceptered) crystals that are composed of tabular rhombs stacked in parallel growth.  Very unique and interesting.  This one measures 6.1 x 5 x 4.5 cm.  Good luster, hundreds of crystals and no damage.  $145

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-423

Back

OKJ-423    Calcite, Pyrite, and Quartz    Yangangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhau Prefecture, Hunan Prov., China.  Older material from early in the mine’s history that is seldom seen now…Bogotá style (sceptered) crystals that are composed of tabular rhombs stacked in parallel growth.  Very unique and interesting.  This one measures 7.5 x 5.8 x 3.2 cm.  Good luster, hundreds of crystals and only minor base contact and a small barren area near base.  All primary crystals are damage free and attractive.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-926

OKH-926     Calcite (twin).     Guiyang, Hunan Prov., China.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  An excellent example of this uncommon twin form, well formed on what appears to be a floater specimen.  Mounted in a perky box this fine crystal measures 2.5 x 1.7 x .8 cm.  Small prismatic attached crystal.  No damage and good luster.  Mounted in a perky box.  These have become very difficult to find and are arguably one of the finest examples of this variety of twinning.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-526

OKH-526    Calcite and Stibnite    Xikuangshan Antimony Mine, Lengshuijiang County, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  We have seen a fair number of the specimens over the past six or seven years.  Almost all have been damaged, and/or, heavily oiled.  This year I was able to purchase for fine specimens that are in good condition and not heavily oiled to hide their flaws.  This first one measures 6.5 by four by 3 cm overall.  The largest calcite is slightly over 3 cm.  There are several intergrown calcites that are extremely tabular and gemmy.  This specimen is a damage free floater that displays beautifully.  $225

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-527

Small tabular twin

OKH-527    Calcite and Stibnite    Xikuangshan Antimony Mine, Lengshuijiang County, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  We have seen a fair number of the specimens over the past six or seven years.  Almost all have been damaged, and/or, heavily oiled.  This year I was able to purchase for fine specimens that are in good condition and not heavily oiled to hide their flaws.  This piece is another damage free floater with fine terminations have a single large 5 cm tabular calcite.  It is gemmy and highly included by stibnites.  There is a small .7 cm calcite twin on one of the stibnite blades.  Another damage free floater which is superb for this locality in all regards.  $375

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-528

OKH-528    Calcite and Stibnite    Xikuangshan Antimony Mine, Lengshuijiang County, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  We have seen a fair number of the specimens over the past six or seven years.  Almost all have been damaged, and/or, heavily oiled.  This year I was able to purchase for fine specimens that are in good condition and not heavily oiled to hide their flaws.  This piece is another beautiful floater composed of two tabular calcites which show parallel growth.  One calcite is 2.2 cm and the other 1 cm.  The stibnites are well terminated with a couple showing the classic bent form.  This fine example measures 6.7 x 3.5 x 4 cm overall.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-709

OKI-709    Calcite      De Chang Mine, Sichuan Prov., China.  This year, 2010, I was able to find 3 of these specimens in aesthetic, undamaged examples.  They are obviously stalactitic formations of yellowish, cream colored calcites in magnificent groupings.  The form is amazing and the luster the highest I have seen for specimens from this locale.  This one is composed of spiky crystals to 3.5 cm each.  There is only one small crystal contact on one end so this specimen takes on the appearance of a floater.  10.5 x 4 x 4 cm.  Zero damage!  Really nice piece.  90$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKG-147

Termination phantom.

Back.

OKG-147     Calcite     Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxizhuang Prov., China.  These were probably what I would consider the most unusual of the new materials available at Tucson this year (2009).  The calcites are simply bizarre!  These large barrel shaped crystals are water clear if not for the extensive inclusions and solution etching.  Some faces are perfect and moderately striated while other faces are totally rotted away, often along faces parallel to the 0001.  Exceptionally high luster for a calcite!  You’d think they had been coated by a high gloss varnish.  Phantoms are white in color and nicely zoned in their growth.  They are present on the crystal terminations only.  Very strange stuff.  This one measures 6.9 x 5.5 x 4.5 overall with the largest crystal measuring over 4 cm wide.  It is a floater with only a couple very tiny touch marks on the backside.  A fine display specimen with no damage and fantastic aesthetics.  235$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKG-149

OKG-149     Calcite     Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxizhuang Prov., China.  These were probably what I would consider the most unusual of the new materials available at Tucson this year (2009).  The calcites are simply bizarre!  These large barrel shaped crystals are water clear if not for the extensive inclusions and solution etching.  Some faces are perfect and moderately striated while other faces are totally rotted away, often along faces parallel to the 0001.  Exceptionally high luster for a calcite!  You’d think they had been coated by a high gloss varnish.  Phantoms are white in color and nicely zoned in their growth.  They are present on the crystal terminations only.  Very strange stuff.  This one measures 6.2 x 5.2 x 5 cm overall with the largest crystal measuring over 5 cm long.  It is a floater has only a tiny cleave on bottom side of a smaller crystal, otherwise damage free.  A great display specimen with fantastic aesthetics.  235$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-242

Note the triangular growth features.

OKI-242     Calcite     Hunanshu Pin Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  This large group of tabular calcites was the only one of its kind which I found at the Tucson show, 2009, this year.  Very unique and attractive grouping which measures 11.3 x 8.8 x 5 cm thick.  The largest crystal is 8.5 cm in diameter.  They are highly translucent to clear and have a very light pink tint (VERY light).  The thing which makes them special is the odd surface growth features which every crystal has.  It’s obvious on the large, top crystal but is present on all of the crystals in this unusual stack.  It is a hoppered depression which is triangular in shape.  Really strange!  Some minor edge chips along bottom of piece.  Overall condition is very good.  250$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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$

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