1.75" Bladed Calcite on Hedenbergite Included Quartz - Mongolia

This specimen contains green, bladed calcite crystals on green quartz crystals, collected from the Huanggang Mines of Inner Mongolia. The green color of the quartz and calcite can be attributed to hedenbergite inclusions throughout the crystals.

It has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.

The "Huanggang Mine" is a complex of seven somewhat interconnected mines located near Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China. Incredible mineral specimens started coming out of this mining complex around 2009. However, the location provided for the specimens was a long ways away from the actual site. This is a practice commonly performed by dealers and miners following a new discovery to try and preserve the mineral site's true location, and/or for political purposes.

As the popularity of the site increased, more and more fascinating specimens were popping up on the market. Some of the earlier minerals included world-class ilvaite crystals, pink fluorite octahedrons, hedenbergite-included quartz (many of which were discarded at first) and arsenopyrite. Over the following years, garnets, pink manganoan calcite, gorgeous fluorites, sphalerite, löllingite, borcarite, scheelite and a variety of other minerals began to surface on the market. To this day, new mineral discoveries are made in these mines.

A brief description of the mine and minerals from the Huanggang Deposit.

Quartz var. Prase, Hedenbergite & Calcite
Huanggang Mines, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia
1.75" long